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Director of Engineering

Director of Engineering

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Company Services, Inc.
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Software Development
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North American Teams - AWS

Job Description

Want to work on the coolest technology while growing your career, in a group that cares about people just as much as products?

Amazon is breaking new ground and changing the rules for relational Databases. The PostgreSQL-compatible edition of Amazon Aurora is helping customers have enterprise performance, availability and durability, along with compatibility with the world's most advanced open source database - PostgreSQL. If you’re an engineer who is looking to grow, come on board! We have one of the most senior teams in AWS - and our senior engineers are eager to brainstorm, mentor, and get software built together. We built software, we patent new things, and we attend conferences around the world to learn even more.
Amazon Aurora is an exciting new area of innovation for AWS, and the PostgreSQL-compatible edition of Amazon Aurora is the newest part of it, built on one of the cleanest code bases in the open source community. The PostgreSQL-compatible version of Amazon Aurora is a new relational database which offers enterprise-class performance, availability and durability - all at open source prices - to our customers, along with the management benefits of RDS. We’re a relatively new team in Database Services, one of the fastest growing businesses within Amazon Web Services. We are currently spread across Seattle, the San Francisco Bay Area, Boston, Sydney, and Dublin. Not only do we have deep database and systems programming problems to solve for our customers, but we also minimize the effort required to maintain SQL databases by automating administrative tasks like backup / restore, scaling CPU / RAM / storage and replication / failover for high availability, allowing our customers to spend their valuable time focused on building their businesses.
RDS for PostgreSQL runs the largest fleet of PostgreSQL databases in the world. We make regular software releases, take care of our customers, and take care of our engineers. PostgreSQL is the most advanced open source database out there, and we’re proud to contribute to its success. By combining the open source power and popularity of PostgreSQL with Amazon Web Services, for both our database engines, we think we have a winning combination for both startups and enterprises who are moving all their most important data and applications to the cloud. Check out the awesomeness of PostgreSQL at
We have challenging problems to solve in distributed systems, concurrency, database internals, caching, query optimization, languages, and performance engineering. We intend to be the world's best and fastest database, built by an excellent team, all while having fun - come join us on the journey!

We are a new team within the Relational Database Service, one of the fastest growing businesses within Amazon Web Services. We are looking for seasoned, talented software engineers and engineering leaders in Boston, Seattle and the Bay area. Join a team building an RDS service delivering the full power of the AWS Cloud to RDS customers. This project involves melding traditional database engine work with advanced distributed systems concepts in novel ways only possible in an environment like RDS. We are seeking experienced engineers with an understanding of one or both of systems level software development concepts (database internals, hardware and networking architectures, space/time tradeoffs, impacts of throughput/latency, modern strategies for concurrency) and the scalability, manageability, and resiliency strategies necessary to provide a mission critical service at global scale.

We are looking for a seasoned Director of Software Development to join our team and help us take the service to the next level. To apply for this role, you should possess solid analytical, design and problem diagnosis skills. Expertise with high-performance systems or service design is a plus. You should be comfortable building and managing teams through all phases of software development, including hiring and growing your own team of managers. The ability to translate high-level technical requirements into executable project plans is essential. If this sounds like you, come join us in and help AWS continue to lead the cloud computing revolution.

What is in it for you?
· Huge impact: Work on a service that will be used, directly and indirectly, by millions of customers.
· Gratification: You will know you are solving problems most software developers don’t yet know exist.
· Critical: Databases are cornerstones to many of our customers’ applications.
· Ownership: you will quickly become responsible for key components of the service.
· Learn: If want to learn about challenges of large-scale fault tolerant systems in practice – this is an opportunity of a life time.
· Innovate: We learn from our customers and invent every day.
· Make history: AWS is the leader in a current industry wide revolution.
· Have fun: Surround yourself with engineers that like to solve complex problems, but also work in a fun environment.
For more information about Aurora, please visit
For more information about RDS for PostgreSQL, please visit

Basic Qualifications

  • BS Degree in Computer Science or Engineering, or equivalent experience

  • Experience in Agile/SCRUM enterprise-scale software development

  • At least 12 years of commercial software development experience, At least 6 years managing a development team

  • Experience with more than one of Java, C/C++, C#

  • Experience leading teams designing and delivering systems level software

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in designing and building sophisticated fault-tolerant distributed systems

  • Experience developing system software, distributed systems and data networking offerings

  • Understanding of developing software with systems-level performance constraints.

  • Familiarity with relational database principals.

  • Background developing database internals.

Professional traits that are not unique to this position, but are necessary for Amazon leaders:
- Exhibits excellent judgment
- Hires and develops great people
- 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
- 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

** For more information on Amazon Web Services, please visit
Amazon is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer – Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran / Gender Identity / Sexual Orientation.