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Software Development Manager - Nitro SSD

Job ID: 2514681 | Amazon Data Services, Inc.


- 3+ years of engineering team management experience
- 5+ years of designing or architecting (design patterns, reliability and scaling) of new and existing systems experience
- 7+ years of working directly within engineering teams experience
- Knowledge of engineering practices and patterns for the full software/hardware/networks development life cycle, including coding standards, code reviews, source control management, build processes, testing, certification, and livesite operations
- Experience partnering with product or program management teams


The AWS Hardware Engineering team is driving rapid innovation in the server and storage infrastructure used by Amazon Web Services. Our designs are fundamentally changing the data center, providing operational and financial benefits that are critical to the success of the AWS business and its millions of customers. Our Software Engineers solve challenging technology problems, and take big bets on new concepts, enabling AWS services to continue to revolutionize the industry.

We are looking for an experienced Software Development Manager to build and own next generation storage solution development for AWS world scale compute and storage solutions. The ideal candidate for this role will be an innovative, hands-on leader seasoned in building and leading software teams developing vertically integrated NAND based storage solutions.

As a manager in this team, you will be leading a team of highly motivated software developers that thrive on solving challenging problems with innovative solutions. The team couples software and firmware skill-sets with storage and scalable software engineering disciplines to solve real world data storage problems. You would lead a team building, validating, and operating software solutions in diverse technology domains from embedded software platforms to large-scale distributed software systems in C/C++, Python, and other languages using proprietary and open source technologies and Amazon services alike. You are highly organized, data-driven, have a passion for recruiting, leading and developing world-class engineering talent, and executing projects on aggressive timelines.

You will collaborate with internal and external development teams (architecture, hardware, validation, software services). You will establish strategic vision and drive tactical execution in defining and delivering new products and services. AWS Engineers are shaping the way people use computers and designing the future of cloud computing technology – come help us make history!

What you will do: You will build and lead a team designing and building transformative AWS-specific hardware, firmware and software for non-volatile memory based storage solutions, including NAND-based SSDs. You will deliver scalable storage solutions and associated operational infrastructure to automate monitoring and analysis services. You will work closely with other AWS software teams to tailor and operate storage solutions for the AWS environment.

Why it matters: Public cloud IT services represent the majority of growth in the overall IT services market and will continue to do so for several years to come. The breathtaking scale of AWS, combined with a deep understanding of how our hardware is used, creates a unique opportunity for component customizations that will directly benefit our customers.

Why you will love it: You will lead a team of engineers working with teams across the company to build next-generation cutting edge solid-state drives and storage solutions. You will have a direct impact on our bottom line and the ability to deliver features and functionality to our customers. You will be part of a growing, fast paced, and fun team and have ownership for the implementation of your work.

This role is open in Cupertino or Seattle.

Key job responsibilities
Work backward from customer input to build and drive product roadmap
Deliver product development using Agile/Scrum development methodology
Innovate on architecture and drive feature design details
Drive operational excellence and build operational excellence into product development practices
Hire, mentor and grow the organization to deliver the product roadmap

A day in the life
Sprint ceremonies
Ops Review
Design Review, Roadmap delivery
Leadership review and product update
1:1's with team, peers, customers

About the team
Nitro SSD is an AWS strategic initiative to improve customer experience by increasing storage availability, reducing SSD related operations, improving device security, and enabling uniform customer experience with transparent multi-sourcing of NAND. We achieve this through software and hardware design ownership, while multi-sourcing NAND from memory suppliers. Nitro SSD brings differentiated features, such as Torn-Write-Prevention, that drive customer value, reducing their infrastructure spend, while improving performance for their database workloads as an example.

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

Cupertino, CA, USA


- Experience in recruiting, hiring, mentoring/coaching and managing teams of Software Engineers to improve their skills, and make them more effective, product software engineers
- Experience in communicating with users, other technical teams, and senior leadership to collect requirements, describe software product features, technical designs, and product strategy
- Knowledge and operational experience with storage, networking, and/or large-scale distributed systems.
- Hands-on experience with SSD based storage systems, including Flash Translation Layer, NAND interface layer development
- Hands on experience with one or more of the following protocol stacks including block storage (NVMe, SAS/SATA), networking (Ethernet, TCP/IP) and interface (PCIe, USB, I2C).
- Excellent written communication and verbal skills.
- Hands-on experience with Agile and Scrum software development methodologies
- An understanding of AWS technologies (

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Our compensation reflects the cost of labor across several US geographic markets. The base pay for this position ranges from $148,000/year in our lowest geographic market up to $287,700/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.