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.

How Amazon is honoring and celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week was first recognized in 1978, following a joint congressional resolution. The first 10 days of May were chosen to coincide with two important milestones: the arrival in the United States of the first Japanese immigrants (May 7, 1843) and contributions of Chinese workers to the building of the transcontinental railroad, completed May 10, 1869. In 1992, Congress expanded the observance to a month-long celebration that is now known as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

Learn more from Ming Huang, president of Asians@Amazon's Seattle chapter on heritage, support, and representation.

Here are some of the ways you can celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with Amazon:

  • Amazon is proud to sign on to the AAPI Giving Challenge and join leaders in business as a corporate partner for the launch of The Asian American Foundation, a new nonprofit organization founded to serve the AAPI community in the pursuit of belonging and prosperity, free from discrimination, slander, and violence.
  • For all of May, ask Alexa "who inspires you" to hear about important figures in the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.
  • Starting May 1, Prime Video will feature a dedicated landing page with a curated selection of titles to honor the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community.
  • Amazon Handmade is celebrating with a curated storefront featuring handcrafted items by Asian and Pacific American-owned businesses. Visit to discover the entire collection.

Meet Amazonians working in Amazon Principal Engineering Community

Watch the videos below to learn more about what we are working on at Amazon!

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Amazon Go and the world’s most advanced shopping technology!

VLDB Women in Tech Coffee Talk

Amazon Prime Air

Alexa Experiences Lightning Talk