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Setting the standard for Amazon engineering

Our principal, senior principal, and distinguished engineers are responsible for building and managing Amazon’s technical architecture—they define the structure of all the technology systems that power Amazon. As visionaries in the field, they set the standard for engineering excellence that’s held through our technology, our products, and our company.

Staying close to the details, our most-senior engineers partner with business leaders to drive improvements. They bring clarity to complexity, demonstrating smart ways to solve some of the most complicated business challenges. They build scalable systems while applying groundbreaking technologies.

Amazon principal, senior principal, and distinguished engineers are leaders and mentors who set excellent examples for their local teams and our entire engineering network. They meet regularly to foster a shared technical understanding across Amazon, illuminate issues, and question each other’s assumptions—all guided by a set of principles that define our principal engineering community.

We hire Principal Engineers in a variety of technical disciplines including data, database, front-end, hardware, network, security, software and systems development.

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