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AWS Sr. Software Development Engineer , AWS Security- Pathfinders

Job ID: 2002369 | Amazon Dev Center U.S., Inc.


Job summary
The Secure All the Things (SAT2) team is looking for a Software Development Engineer (SDE) to help research, innovate and build new AWS Security tools from the ground up. You’ll work with security engineers, program managers, data engineers, and others across multiple teams to develop innovative security solutions at massive scale. This is a highly visible program across AWS where you will have the opportunity to have a huge impact.

You will work in an agile team to help AWS service teams and builders to make things secure and innovative, and make AWS security easier for developers.

Our programs and services protect the AWS cloud for all customers and preserve our customers’ trust in us. You’ll get to use the full power and breadth of AWS technologies to build services that protect every single AWS customer, both internally and externally, from security threats – not many teams can say that!

Mentorship & Career Growth: Our team is dedicated to supporting new members. We have a broad mix of experience levels and tenures, and we’re building an environment that celebrates knowledge sharing and mentorship. Our senior members enjoy one-on-one mentoring and thorough, but kind, code reviews. We care about your career growth and strive to assign projects based on what will help each team member develop into a better-rounded engineer and enable them to take on more complex tasks in the future.

**This role is open to alternative locations including: New York, NY – Boston, MA – Seattle, WA - Herndon, VA – Arlington.

Please contact Jewel Rose - for additional details.

Key job responsibilities
Who you are: You are a creative, collaborative person who likes to be close to the details. You are someone who's excited about cloud security. You like to get inside technology, understanding how things work, when to make subtle change, and when to disrupt the status quo to achieve the right results. You’re someone who prioritizes effectively and often. You’re a catalyst, influencing positively across diverse teams to rally support for your initiatives. You dig in with technical teams to innovate and build solutions to meet goals.

What you will do: You'll leverage your knowledge in multiple domains to investigate, understand, develop, and deliver elegant solutions to complex security questions. You'll bring your high standards, applying the right technologies while following security engineering best practices. You will be a security thought leader for our team and AWS Security, owning a set of long-term security outcomes. You're also someone who will be setting the bar high for your colleagues, serving as a mentor to your teammates.

About the team
Who we are: AWS Security is on the cutting edge of many security issues for a wide variety of platforms and technologies including cloud services, Internet of things (IoT), identity and access management, mobile devices, virtualization and custom hardware, all operating at massive scale. Our team drives large scale, long-term programs across all of AWS.

Inclusive Team Culture: Here at AWS, we embrace our differences. We are committed to furthering our culture of inclusion. We have ten employee-led affinity groups, reaching 40,000 employees in over 190 chapters globally. We have innovative benefit offerings, and we host annual and ongoing learning experiences, including our Conversations on Race and Ethnicity (CORE) and AmazeCon (gender diversity) conferences. Amazon’s culture of inclusion is reinforced within our 14 Leadership Principles, which remind team members to seek diverse perspectives, learn and be curious, and earn trust.

Work/Life Balance:
Our team puts a high value on work-life balance. Striking a healthy balance between your personal and professional life is crucial to your happiness and success here, which is why we aren’t focused on how many hours you spend at work or online. Instead, we’re happy to offer a flexible schedule so you can have a more productive and well-balanced life—both in and outside of work.


  • 4+ years of professional software development experience
  • 3+ years of programming experience with at least one software programming language
  • 2+ years of experience contributing to the system design or architecture (architecture, design patterns, reliability and scaling) of new and current systems
  • Experience as a mentor, tech lead OR leading an engineering team

o BS in Computer Science or related field, or equivalent work experience
o 6+ years of experience in identifying security issues and risks, and developing mitigation plans
o 4+ years of experience in network, system, or software architecture; design, implementation, support, and evaluation of security-focused tools and services
o 4+ years of scripting or programming experience in Ruby, Python, Shell/BASH scripting, Java, C/C++, C#, Perl, or other languages. C experience preferred.
o 2+ years of experience in one or more of the following areas: cryptography, web and network protocols, data structures and algorithms, software development, threat modelling, pen tests, or vulnerability assessments


o Have a clear understanding of cloud computing services/deployment architecture
o Demonstrate innovative security approaches in non-traditional IT environments
o Have experience generating automated metrics to measure service and program effectiveness and consistency
o Have excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to present complex technical information in a clear and concise manner to a variety of audiences
o Have experience in the development of security products

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