Amazon’s Echo device and the related Alexa persona are both revolutionary and game changing innovations in driving voice first interactions with customers. Since its launch, Alexa has continually delighted customers with her ever increasing repertoire of capabilities and skills. A key part of the success of Alexa and her ability to delight customers is Amazon’s speech recognition and language understanding capabilities, and specifically our ability to scale the surface of capabilities by enabling internal and external developers to build on Alexa. As Alexa grows in use, so do her capabilities, bolstered by our internal teams, 3P developers (ASK) and OEMs (AVS).
We are seeking a Senior Manager of Software Development to lead the Alexa Integration Experiences organization.
As the leader of this organization, you will responsible for all providing services and user interfaces that enable developers to navigate, discover and use our ontology in their voice based applications. You will also own the systems used to extend, validate our spoken language capabilities based on the ontology. Last but not least, your team will be responsible for collaborating with our speech and language scientists in using active learning techniques to continuously and robustly improve our speech and language models. The ideal candidate will have a background in semantic understanding, semantic web based systems, machine learning concepts, techniques and applications and strong distributed systems knowledge. To accomplish your goals, you will be responsible for developing and socializing a vision that drives engagement and excitement throughout the organization - working closely with our partners in research and engineering to help shape the next generation of automated model training at large scale.
Key Objectives: · Develop a vision for the organization and socialize it with your partners and management. · Develop key metrics that measure your organizational objectives and measure and report on them regularly. · Build a strong engineering organization, setting up the right organizational structure to deliver on your goals. · Develop a detailed roadmap that stages the right deliveries, delivering continuous value. · Foster Amazon’s culture and principles within the group while setting new standards in executional and operational excellence · Lead cross-team research and development; be a strategic thought leader in how to implement unmatched capabilities that enable Alexa to delight customers, everywhere.
· Master’s Degree in Computer Science · 5+ years managing engineers and managers of engineers. · 10+ years’ experience developing software · Experience using ontologies such as those exposed by schema.org · Familiarity with machine learning concepts and algorithms · Familiarity with big data tools and technologies.
· Prior experience with machine learning algorithms · Prior experience running large scale distributed systems · Prior experience using ontologies such as those exposed by schema.org · Has relentless high standards while delivering strong results · Thinks strategically with the ability to dive deep when needed · Ability to communicate with senior leadership on strategic and tactical issues.
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