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Sr. Software Development Manager,Amazon Alexa Skills Kit

Sr. Software Development Manager,Amazon Alexa Skills Kit

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Amazon Corporate LLC
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Software Development
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Job Description

Do you want to change the world? Alexa and Echo are literally shaping the future of voice recognition and cloud-based content/services. Alexa is the name of the Amazon cloud service and the brain that powers Echo, the award-winning and groundbreaking new Amazon device designed around your voice. Echo connects to Alexa, to provide information, answer questions, play music, read the news, check sports scores or the weather, and more—instantly. It's hands-free, and always on. All you have to do is ask.

To achieve this, we blend of a variety of disciplines (such as NLP, data mining, machine learning, big data, semantic web, graph stores, cloud computing) in an effort to understand our customers and the things they're excited about. To complement our complex algorithms and extensive data analyses, we create elevated and inspirational mobile and web features across the entire echo system. We use artificial intelligence, data mining and usability studies to develop new features, and we test them through hundreds of R & D experiments a year. We want to make it easy for you to search for your favorite products, discover new brands you’d like, play your favorite songs or even replenish your fridge - and much, much more!! We are also incredibly intent on solving some of the most complex computing problems to be found in industry and academia, and we get to test our solutions in the real world every day. And most importantly, we relentlessly ask: "What haven't we though of yet?"

On a day-to-day basis, you will lead an organization of close-knit Engineers that are incredibly technical, agile, data driven, and highly collaborative. You'll find yourself partnering across organizations with world-class technical leaders, Engineers, Research Scientists and Data Analysts, PhDs and industry veterans who have expertise in a wide range of disciplines. You’ll help analyze customer behavior, propose innovative ideas and solutions, implement big things, and then measure the results. Engineers on our team love to break things to see how they work, iterate and fail fast, improve on what works, discard what doesn't, and learn from both. And we love to have fun! We gather often for social events, and we regularly get out of the office (rain or shine) to discover new things outside of work.

If you're as passionate as we are about making Alexa and Echo increasingly awesome for our customers all around the world, we'd love to chat with you! We're seeking highly talented, driven and motivated technical leaders with big ideas, who are also obsessed with finding new, intuitive, and engaging ways to interact with our customers. We also know submitting online applications can be impersonal, so feel free to contact us directly and learn more: discover-alexa-jobs (@) We can’t wait to hear from you!

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science or related field
  • 7+ years professional experience in software development and building production software systems
  • 5 years of experience managing software development teams, with hands-on architectural or distributed systems experience
  • Experience with Computer Science fundamentals such as object-oriented design, algorithm design, data structures, problem solving, and complexity analysis
  • Experience building customer and developer facing products and services
  • Experience with at least one modern programming language (Java, C/C++, C#)

Preferred Qualifications

  • Masters Degree/PhD in Computer science/Math or related field
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and mentor other Managers and software developers to maintain architectural vision and software quality while building and maintaining high agility, high morale and low to zero process teams
  • Ability to take a project from requirements gathering and design to actual product launch
  • A track record of excellence in communication with executives and technical as well as non-technical leaders
  • Experience in building SDKs and Developer Tools in various programming languages like Java, Javascript or Python is preferred.
  • Experience with front-end technologies (JavaScript, CSS, HTML, jQuery, AJAX, MVC/MVMM, and libraries or frameworks such as Backbone, Knockout, React or Angular) is highly desirable
  • Experience in mobile web development is highly desirable, as is experience with Objective C and Python
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with minimal process and maximum productivity
  • Most of all: enthusiasm, creativity, and inventiveness! You will be asked to find new ways to solve challenging problems every day
  • Ideal candidates must be innovative, creative, flexible and self-motivated, with the ability to design and write high-performance, reliable, and maintainable code
  • Ideal candidates must have experience developing cloud software services and an understanding of design for scalability, performance and reliability

Amazon is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer – Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran/Gender Identity/Sexual Orientation