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Technical Program Manager Amazon Ion

Technical Program Manager Amazon Ion

Job ID 
Posted Date 
Amazon Corporate LLC
Position Category 
Software Development
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North American Teams - Consumer - Retail Plus

Job Description

Your job will be to disrupt Amazon’s culture by introducing new ideas that will change the way we develop software. This team has no on-call, no legacy systems to support, and 100% freedom to design new solutions that will impact all of Amazon. This is a great opportunity for growth given the visibility of your program at the Consumer Leadership Team along with the 6 Principals and 2 Distinguished Engineers in our org to support us. As the Technical Program Manager of the Ion Team, you will shape Amazon’s future by introducing frictionless programming. You will be pioneering an approach to software engineering by enabling developers to focus on building systems that delight their customers, while minimizing boilerplate code. The Ion Team develops libraries, frameworks, and techniques to operate on data using Ion (a superset of JSON) as the foundational technology. Your goal will be to provide strategic guidance while developing a vision that will make Ion an integral part of every AWS service.

In this role you will be responsible for scoping and delivering large projects end-to-end. Responsibilities include collection of business and systems requirements from internal and external customers, writing specifications, driving project schedules from design to release, and managing the production launch. You will lead and coordinate design/implementation efforts between internal teams and outside merchants and vendors to develop optimal solutions. You will be expected to make appropriate tradeoffs to optimize time-to-market, clearly communicate goals, roles, responsibilities, and desired outcomes to internal cross-functional and remote project teams.

The right candidate will possess a strong program management background, will have demonstrated experience leading medium to large projects, and will have a well-rounded technical background in current web technologies. You must be able to thrive and succeed in an entrepreneurial environment, and not be hindered by ambiguity or competing priorities. This means you are not only able to develop and drive high-level strategic initiatives, but can also roll up your sleeves, dig in and get the job done. As a TPM, you will anticipate bottlenecks, provide escalation management, anticipate and make tradeoffs, and balance the business needs versus technical constraints. An ability to take large, complex projects and break them down into manageable pieces, develop functional specifications, then deliver them in a successful and timely manner is expected. Maturity, high judgment, negotiation skills, ability to influence, analytical talent and leadership are essential to success in this role.

As the successful candidate, you will be a rock star program manager, be data driven, have the ability to creatively deal with ambiguity, and juggle cross-organization complexity. You will also have the leadership skills to influence your peers to build scalable and cost-effective systems. If you are interested in making a difference, come join our team. We’ve been waiting for you!

Professional traits that are not unique to this position, but necessary for Amazon leaders:
• Exhibits excellent judgment
• Has relentlessly high standards (is never satisfied with the status quo)
• Is able to dive deep and is never out of touch with the details of the business or the technology
• Expects and requires innovation of her/his team
• Has passion and convictions and the innate ability to inspire passion in others
• Strong results orientation
• Thinks big
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Join us today to help drive this technology to new customers and create a community of users worldwide.

Basic Qualifications

  • 5+ years of Technical Program Management experience in a related industry
  • 3+ years of coding experience in Java, C++, or JavaScript
  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Computer Science or related technical field
  • Experience managing efforts in Unix/Linux environments, distributed systems and/or developing large scale web applications
  • Experience with open source projects, notably contributing
  • A first-hand working knowledge of current web technologies
  • Experience with business applications such as Word, Excel and Project

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability to communicate effectively with both technical and non-technical individuals.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Track record for being detail-oriented with a demonstrated ability to self-motivate and follow-through on projects