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Software Development Engineer

Vancouver, BC
Full Time
3 days ago
Amazon Photos helps consumers preserve and re-live their memories. The service comes with unlimited photo storage for Prime members and apps are available on iOS, Android, Web, Desktop, Fire Tablet & Fire TV. The service is also integrated into Alexa devices such as Echo Show and Echo Spot. Amazon Photos is the latest digital offering to consumers released on the heels of the Amazon Music and Amazon Video offerings. We have bold goals to scale growth and adoption of the service around the world and delight our customers with a great product.

We are looking for passionate and talented full stack Software Engineers who have experience building innovative, mission critical, highly scalable applications that customers love.

A day in the life
As a full stack Software Development Engineer on the Photos Web team, you will be responsible for leading architecture and development for our website. This role is a mix of 70% hands-on coding and development and 30% leadership, architecture, and mentoring. In this role, you will have the opportunity to contribute significantly to the future of Amazon Photos. You will be part of a strong team in a fast-paced, start-up like environment where agile development is embraced and innovation is encouraged.

About the hiring group
We are a close-knit team of diverse, friendly, and collaborative engineers who love working together, having fun together, and helping each other. We are obsessed with building the best possible experience for our customers and committed to working on new and cutting edge technologies. Come join us!

Job responsibilities
• Architect, design, develop and deploy new features for Amazon Photos website, working with multiple back-end teams.
• Contribute best-in-class programming skills to develop highly innovative, consumer-facing websites.
• Write clean, maintainable code and perform peer code-reviews.
• Work with other team members to investigate design approaches, prototype new technology, and evaluate technical feasibility.
• Work in an agile / scrum environment to deliver high quality software against aggressive schedules.
• Establish architectural principles, select design patterns, and mentor team members on their appropriate application.
• Help define and implement standards and promote best practices for the web development team.
• Analyze and optimize applications to maximize speed and scale, factoring in mobile network latency and bandwidth constraints.

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


• 1+ years of experience contributing to the architecture and design (architecture, design patterns, reliability and scaling) of new and current systems.
• 2+ years of non-internship professional software development experience
• Programming experience with at least one modern language such as Java, C++, or C# including object-oriented design
• Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or equivalent.
• Experience applying CS fundamentals in data structures and algorithms.
• 3+ years industry experience building distributed production software systems
• Programming experience with at least one modern language such as Java, C++, or C# including object-oriented design
• 2+ years of professional non-internship experience with front end, web or mobile software development using JavaScript, HTML and CSS


• Expert working knowledge of data structures, algorithms, and object oriented design
• Expert working knowledge of design patterns
• Strong working knowledge of operating system fundamentals
• Working knowledge of REST service patterns and other client/server interaction models
• Working knowledge of common Internet technologies (e.g. HTTP, HTML, JavaScript, AJAX)
• Relentless customer focus
• Excellent analytical skills
• Excellent written and verbal communication
Software and Programming