Principal, Senior Principal, and Distinguished Engineers are Amazon's most senior individual technical contributors.

Amazon’s Principal Engineer Community sets the standard for engineering excellence at Amazon.  The community comprises Principal, Senior Principal, and Distinguished Engineers who are responsible for driving Amazon’s overall technical architecture. Principal Engineers at Amazon are pragmatic visionaries. They make a lasting impact that echoes through the technology, the product, and the company. They work on Amazon’s hardest problems, building high quality, architecturally sound systems that are aligned with our business needs. They remain hands-on and lead by example. By being close to the details, they earn the respect needed to be effective technical leaders. Principal Engineers bring clarity to complexity and demonstrate smart ways to simplify. They are leaders and mentors, setting excellent examples for their local teams and the entire Amazon engineering community. They meet regularly to question each other’s assumptions, illuminate pitfalls, and foster shared understanding across all groups at Amazon. Amazon's Principal Engineering Community created a set of tenets to articulate and perpetuate the guiding values and expectations of Principal Engineers at Amazon! Click here to learn more about the tenets.

Amazon continues to expand our Principal Engineer Community and we are actively looking for senior technical individual contributors across every business at Amazon!

If you are interested in pursuing a senior individual contributor role at Amazon, please contact the Senior Technical Talent Recruiting team using this email alias:

The Senior Technical Talent Recruiting Team is the dedicated talent acquisition team responsible for hiring Principal, Senior Principal and Distinguished Engineers across the globe. We focus on finding the right role fit for senior level technical individual contributors at Amazon.

More information on our workplace culture below:

Amazon is a company of builders who bring varying backgrounds, ideas, and points of view to inventing on behalf of our customers. We are committed to diversity and inclusion and always look for ways to scale our impact as we grow.  

  • In 2020, we made—and met—a number of companywide commitments intended to increase representation at all levels across our organization while ensuring that our deep-rooted culture of inclusion is reinforced through learning and action. We doubled the representation of Black senior leadership—directors and vice presidents—by hiring and promoting Black leaders across the business and are committed to doubling again in 2021.
  • In honor of Black History Month, the Amazon affinity group – Black Employee Network - launched a scholarship to help eliminate barriers for Black students and provide access to careers in supply chain and computer science.
  • The Principal Engineering Community added a tenet titled Lead with Empathy as part of a pledge to build a more inclusive community

In honor of Black History Month, we are featuring a few of our Black engineers. Look through the employee profiles below to learn more about what they are working on and why it is exciting to them!

Meet Amazonians working in Amazon Principal Engineering Community

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