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Software Dev Engineer, Alexa Audio Playback Experience - Tooling

Job ID: 2656866 | Services LLC


Do you want to transform the way people enjoy entertainment on their Alexa devices? Do you want to challenge the status quo of the audio experience? Do you want to take on very ambiguous problems? If you answered yes to these questions, we have a dream job for you.

The Alexa Audio Playback Experience Tooling team is redefining the Alexa entertainment experience. It is day 1. Join our inclusive team as a developer and help transform how millions enjoy music, podcasts, and audiobooks through Alexa. You'll contribute to our cutting-edge instrumentation platform, optimizing audio performance and ensuring seamless compatibility across Alexa devices. We value your fresh perspective and offer mentorship to grow your skills in Java, cloud technologies, and agile methodologies.

You'll be joining a dynamic team that plays a crucial role in ensuring the best possible audio experience for Alexa users. This team owns a cutting-edge instrumentation platform that empowers cross-functional teams to measure and optimize latency, reliability, and audio delivery performance. Through data-driven insights and proactive identification of improvement areas, they drive continuous enhancement of Alexa's audio capabilities. Additionally, the team stewards a vital service that provides up-to-date information on audio format support across Alexa devices, enabling seamless compatibility and a consistent user experience.

With a collaborative and inclusive culture, this team values diverse perspectives and fosters an environment where everyone can contribute their unique expertise. You'll have the opportunity to make a tangible impact on Alexa's audio quality, working alongside talented peers who share a passion for pushing the boundaries of voice technology. You'll learn from mentors and contribute your unique perspective to cross-functional projects. We believe diverse teams drive innovation, so we're looking for eager learners with a foundation in Java and problem-solving skills. You'll gain hands-on experience with distributed systems, CI/CD, and data-driven optimization.

If you enjoy breaking down problems, and are excited about voice technology, we want to hear from you! At Amazon, we believe diverse teams drive innovation in ways that delight customers.

Desired Strengths:

- Passionate about pushing boundaries and delivering exceptional user experiences
- Proven skills in software design, engineering, and building distributed systems at scale
- Experienced with modern dev practices like agile, CI/CD, cloud computing, containers etc.
- Ability to think strategically, break down complex problems, and deliver innovative solutions
- Exceptional communication, collaboration, and cross-functional partnership capabilities
- Entrepreneurial mindset eager to blaze new trails and shape the voice entertainment space

Key job responsibilities
- Incorporate best practices, produce secure, testable, maintainable, and extensible code and perform peer code reviews
- Work with product management, UX, and cross-functional teams to build and ship technical solutions for the best customer experiences
- Develop highly scalable and robust backend systems to power Alexa's entertainment offerings
- Provide technical leadership, set architectural direction, and make strategic decisions
- Advise senior leadership of technical opportunities and pitfalls to ensure long term rapid delivery of customer features.
- Participate in the hiring process as well as mentor others - improving their skills, their knowledge of your software, and their ability to get things done
- Continuously enhance existing products

A day in the life
Design, implement, and deliver software in ambiguous and complex problem spaces

Work with an assorted set of stakeholders across organizations such as product and program management teams and UX teams

Influence the technology decisions that will drive future products and features that directly affect our growth in this critical space

About the team
Join our unique Alexa team where you'll collaborate with inspiring peers, receive mentorship, and grow your expertise. We cultivate an inclusive culture of ownership, continuous learning, and celebrating wins together. Be part of our exciting mission to reinvent entertainment through voice AI.

Alexa Audio Playback Experience Tooling team’s vision is to improve the Alexa audio experience, so that customers can enjoy their favorite music, podcast, radio, or books, anywhere they can access Alexa. Voice technology shines in environments where customers are occupied with other tasks.


- 3+ years of non-internship design or architecture (design patterns, reliability and scaling) of new and existing systems experience
- 3+ years of non-internship professional software development experience
- Experience programming with at least one software programming language


- 3+ 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 $129,300/year in our lowest geographic market up to $223,600/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.