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Sr. Network Dev Engineer , AWS Backbone

Job ID: 2642834 | Amazon Data Services, Inc.


Do you like to design, operate, and implement networks of large scale? Would you like your work to play a key role to support all aspects of connectivity to/from Amazon and the outside world, as well as the connectivity between Amazon’s data centers and services to design and architect innovation so networks are fail-proof, infinitely scale and grow?
AWS Infrastructure Services owns the design, planning, delivery, and operation of all AWS global infrastructure. In other words, we’re the people who keep the cloud running. We support all AWS data centers and all of the servers, storage, networking, power, and cooling equipment that ensure our customers have continual access to the innovation they rely on. We work on the most challenging problems, with thousands of variables impacting the supply chain — and we’re looking for talented people who want to help.

You’ll join a diverse team of software, hardware, and network engineers, supply chain specialists, security experts, operations managers, and other vital roles. You’ll collaborate with people across AWS to help us deliver the highest standards for safety and security while providing seemingly infinite capacity at the lowest possible cost for our customers. And you’ll experience an inclusive culture that welcomes bold ideas and empowers you to own them to completion.

The AWS GCNA (Global Connectivity and Network Availability) Organization is looking for a Network Development Engineer to join our Backbone Enterprise, and Regional Engineering (BERE) team. Network Development Engineers partner with our broader Infrastructure organization on configurations standards and tools, and collaborate with Systems and Software Engineers to ensure fast, smooth roll-out of new designs and products, and also deploy and sustain networking software tools.

AWS GCNA (Global Connectivity and Network Availability) is the backbone that connects the global
AWS network. Focused on controlling the internet traffic that allows users to access their information
and applications regardless of where they are in the world. GCNA is responsible for building and
designing a complex backbone network that allows internet traffic to flow efficiently between data
centers and customers.

Key job responsibilities
Network Development Engineers perform high quality network and/or systems operations, deployments, scaling, technology refresh, sustaining engineering, best practices application, optimization, internal/external customer interactions, and produce appropriate technical documentation.
• Your core job responsibility is to design network designs, services and deployment procedures that solve for many requirements.
• Together, you and your leadership team will decide on the projects that best support your team’s mission.
• You and your team will design ahead of customer or technology needs, always predicting and solving for problems that have not yet occurred. This takes the form of creating and defending High Level Design (HLD) and Low Level Design (LLD) documents, working with internal stakeholders to influence technology roadmaps, constructing and testing your solutions, and providing support to the teams that will deploy and operate these designs.
• You will create and automate deployment processes that increases quality and velocity.
• You will Work closely with our internal customers on designs/solutions; bringing those designs/solutions from concept to production

A day in the life
Engineers in the Backbone Enterprise and Regional Engineering (BERE) organization have a wide range
of responsibilities: we work with internal partners to develop and implement the next gen platforms
along with the tooling ecosystems to support with these platforms driving efficiency and scalability
through the automation of builds, configuration deployment, and the scaling of capacity. As our
network is one of the largest in the world, there is no blue print at our scale allowing our engineers to
develop solutions to the complex challenges that we face daily. We encourage durable solutions that
look around corners while taking into consideration our customer needs from a cost, performance, and
reliability perspective. Our team develops tooling that provides the required visibility and control of
traffic across the network, while prioritizing the automatic mitigation of events to minimize the impact
to our customers during events.
• Work in a 24x7 team on call rotation, with ability to drive into workplace for critical events/needs.
• Manage customers during problem resolution and operating efficiently under pressure.
• Sit at the computer during scheduled work hours with appropriate breaks while maintaining a high level of alertness and attention to detail.
• Travel to data center/network sites and Amazon/customer offices as needed.

About the team
Within AWS Networking, the Backbone Enterprise, and Regional Engineering (BERE) organization is
responsible for the design, implementation, and operations of a wide array of networking infrastructure
that provide global connectivity between all AWS Regions and edge locations.
BERE provides the massive scale required to support our AWS customers and internal services, via a
network that grows by 70% annually. In addition, they have teams that are responsible for the design
and operation of our global corporate office and data center network, allowing tens of thousands of
Amazonians to perform their daily tasks in support of our customers.

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

Seattle, WA, USA


- 3+ years of automation scripting using Python, Bash, Shell and/or Perl experience
- 8+ years of major internet routing protocols experience
- 5+ years of working in a Linux/Unix environment experience
- Associate's degree, or CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker) or CFR (CyberSec First Responder) or Cloud+ or GICSP (Global Industrial Cyber Security Professional) or SSCP (Systems Security Certified Practitioner)


- Candidates should have a minimum of 5 years industry experience in a similar environment e.g ISP, peering and exchange, and large (IP) carrier networks.
- Background in high availability, global backbone design and architecture is highly preferred.
- Strong Unix/Linux skills and the ability to script in Python, Perl, shell, C or C++ is desirable, SDN is a reality in AWS Networking. Daily activities will involve applying networking knowledge to SDN and Network Automation tools.
- Understanding of Hardware Load Balancers in a large data center environment
- Expert-level certifications (e.g. CCIE, JNCIE) a huge plus.

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 $127,300/year in our lowest geographic market up to $247,600/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 This position will remain posted until filled. Applicants should apply via our internal or external career site.