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Senior Software Engineer, AWS DynamoDB Storage

Job ID: 2455975 | Amazon Development Center U.S., Inc.


Want to shape the future of a NoSQL database service that supports mission-critical workloads operating at more than 20 million requests per second? Let's take its speed and efficiency to the next level!

Amazon DynamoDB is a key-value and document database that delivers single-digit-millisecond performance at any scale. As a fast-growing service at the core of the AWS Cloud, our business and engineering decisions have widespread impact across AWS, Amazon, and beyond. Many of the world's fastest growing businesses such as Lyft, Airbnb, and Redfin, as well as enterprises such as Samsung, Toyota, and Capital One depend on the scale and performance of DynamoDB to support their workloads. On the DynamoDB team, you will see the impact your work has on the world.

As a senior software development engineer on the DynamoDB Storage team, you will be responsible for the architecture that provides the foundation for the entire service. The code you write will securely, durably, and efficiently store petabytes of customer data while allowing customers to consistently access it in milliseconds or less. You will help evolve the existing architecture into a next-generation, high-performance system that customers will use to access data even faster and operate at scale more efficiently.

DynamoDB engineers say DynamoDB is a technically challenging space that requires unique and innovative solutions. As a member of this team, you will solve the hardest challenges in distributed systems. You will sit at the unique crossroads where low-level storage systems and high-scale distributed systems intersect. The problems you face will engage you and stretch your intellectual curiosity as you track emerging industry trends in storage hardware and software systems. You will help lead an amazing team of intelligent individuals to deliver results that make our customers' experience even better. You will interact with other senior SDEs and principal engineers daily, and they will help you take your design and architectural skills to the next level.

Our systems must remain highly available, scalable, and efficient. We can't get away with two out of three. As a senior software development engineer, you will design systems that adhere to these tenets and mentor junior engineers to do the same. You will be a thoughtful steward of existing systems, appropriately challenging assumptions and rearchitecting systems when necessary to allow us to scale for growth.

If you want to test your limits and tackle technical challenges you won't find anywhere else, join our team!

Key job responsibilities
Identifying technical requirements based on business goals and product direction, and translating those requirements into detailed architecture and design.

Executing multi-engineer, cross-team projects, and mentoring others on project management and prioritization.

Delivering quality projects and features on time and on budget.

Leading design reviews for the engineering team. Setting and driving technical best practices for the team.

Participating in the full lifecycle of day-to-day development activities, including prioritization, task breakdowns, writing design documents, design and code reviews, implementation, deployment, and operations.

Performing data analysis to identify opportunities to optimize our services.

Maintaining current technical knowledge to support rapidly changing technology, and working with management and the development team to bring in new technologies when appropriate.

About the team
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.

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.

We are open to hiring candidates to work out of one of the following locations:

Seattle, WA, USA


- 5+ years of non-internship professional software development experience
- 5+ years of programming with at least one software programming language experience
- 5+ years of leading design or architecture (design patterns, reliability and scaling) of new and existing systems experience
- Experience as a mentor, tech lead or leading an engineering team


- 5+ years of full software development life cycle, including coding standards, code reviews, source control management, build processes, testing, and operations experience
- Bachelor's degree in computer science or equivalent

Amazon is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Amazon is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, disability, age, or other legally protected status. For individuals with disabilities who would like to request an accommodation, please visit

Our compensation reflects the cost of labor across several US geographic markets. The base pay for this position ranges from $134,500/year in our lowest geographic market up to $261,500/year in our highest geographic market. Pay is based on a number of factors including market location and may vary depending on job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. Amazon is a total compensation company. Dependent on the position offered, equity, sign-on payments, and other forms of compensation may be provided as part of a total compensation package, in addition to a full range of medical, financial, and/or other benefits. For more information, please visit Applicants should apply via our internal or external career site.