Software Development Engineer


  • Seattle, WA
  • Permanent
  • Object Oriented Programming

  • Java

  • Data Structures and Algorithms

  • C++

  • Python

  • restAPI

  • Distributed Systems

  • Back End Development

  • Job Posted: Wednesday, August 15, 2018

  • Expires On: Tuesday, March 05, 2019

  • Job Type: Permanent

  • Duration: 1+ years

  • Desired Experience: 6-10 years

  • Work Authorization: Resident/Citizen, Citizen, H1-B, EAD

The Alexa Engine team moves toward the vision of delivering the Star Trek computer to our customers the worlds best intelligent personal assistant, accessible via natural voice commands on any connected device.

The Alexa Engine integrates Alexa technologies that go into Amazon and third-party devices; it is the underlying component for Alexa that allows other teams to build experiences. We build one set of common APIs for Amazon and third party devices and developers. We work across all Alexa teams to make sure that Alexa is always ready to respond to your requests in an accurate and timely manner. We also serve as a center of excellence for the Alexa organization. Since the Alexa Engine takes in all Alexa traffic, we manage and solve large-scale challenges like service scalability and availability. As we integrate so many different Alexa technology components, our team members have the opportunity to be introduced to many different technologies quickly in a hands-on way.

Our Alexa Language Technologies team works on services that interact with the engine, like Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR), Language Understanding Systems, and Text to Speech.

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Basic qualifications

Bachelors Degree in Computer Science or related field
Equivalent experience to a Bachelor's degree based on 3 years of work experience for every 1 year of education
3+ years professional experience in software development
Computer Science fundamentals in object-oriented design
Computer Science fundamentals in data structures
Computer Science fundamentals in algorithm design, problem solving, and complexity analysis
Knowledge of, at least, one modern programming language such as C, C++, C#, Java, or Perl

Preferred qualifications

Experience taking a leading role in building complex software systems that have been successfully delivered to customers 
Knowledge of professional software engineering practices & best practices for the full software development life cycle, including coding standards, code reviews, source control management, build processes, testing, and operations 
Experience with distributed computing and enterprise-wide systems 
Experience in communicating with users, other technical teams, and senior management to collect requirements, describe software product features, technical designs, and product strategy 
Experience mentoring junior software engineers to improve their skills, and make them more effective, product software engineers 
Experience influencing software engineers best practices within your team 
Hands-on expertise in many disparate technologies, typically ranging from front-end user interfaces through to back-end systems and all points in between 

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