: Software Development Manager
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Cambridge, MA 02142

Employee Testimonials



Come join the team building Alexa, the service powering the wildly successful Amazon Echo! You can help us invent the future. We are looking for a passionate, hard-working, and talented Software Development Manager who has experience building innovative, mission critical, high volume applications that customers love. You will form and lead a team of talented, seasoned engineers to allow Alexa to provide customers with precise answers to their questions. You will have an enormous opportunity to make a large impact on the design, architecture, and implementation of Alexa features that are used every day by people you know.

You should have a commitment to working with a diverse team as well as strong communication skills. Our team values contributions from members with a variety of technical backgrounds and experiences. If you have an entrepreneurial spirit, know how to deliver, are technical and innovative, and relish the opportunity to delight customers with pioneering solutions, we want to talk to you.

You’re the ideal candidate if you are passionate about Alexa and making people's lives better. You have a demonstrable track record of success in delivering new features and products. You take a pragmatic and iterative approach to building software: you have an ability to simplify and get things done, analyze customer feedback and focus on the most impactful and successful ideas customers need, fail fast, and work effectively with external and internal teams. You are highly quantitative, have great judgment and passion for building a great customer experience. You are a hands on leader who loves working closely with engineers to architect and develop robust, scalable technical designs. You are a coach, a mentor, attuned to people career aspirations, a leader who creates a positive climate in the workspace.


· Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science or related field
· 7 years of full life cycle software development experience
· 5 years experience managing software development teams with success in mentoring and developing highly successful teams
· Experience with architectural or distributed systems experience
· 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 in programming in more than two languages (C++, Java, Python…) and relevant open-source technologies


· Masters or Ph.D. in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering
· Design of architectural and distributed systems
· Experience mentoring entry level software engineers to improve their skills, and make them more effective, productive software engineers.
· Excellent communication skills with the ability to present complex technical information in a clear and concise manner to a variety of audiences
· A strong track record of delivering quality products
Amazon is an Equal Opportunity-Affirmative Action Employer-Female/Minority/Disability/Veteran/Gender Identity/Sexual Orientation


Employee Testimonials

Spyros M.
Senior Principal Scientist, Alexa Machine Learning

“For scientists, this is a great place for doing research because Amazon is very data-driven and metrics-oriented. The rigor expected in scientific publications in terms of running controlled experiments and tracking progress based on well-established metrics is exactly what we see in our team.”

“You also interact with people with strong technical and practical experience and learn from each other,” he says. “You’re exposed to a breadth of challenges, many of them long-term applications for artificial intelligence."

Chao W.
Alexa Science Manager

“Since 2000 I’ve been focused on developing spoken language and machine translation systems that can engage with humans more effectively, and hopefully break down language and other barriers,” Chao says. “We’re still far from systems that truly understand the meaning of what we’re saying, but the progress we’re making with Alexa is incredibly exciting.”

Janet S.
Senior Manager of Applied Modeling and Data Science

“We have much further to go in developing systems that can truly understand and converse with humans naturally.  But I’m incredibly proud of how far we’ve come with Alexa, and super excited about the work teams are doing to make Alexa smarter every day.”

Shankar A.
Senior Manager, Applied Science

“When I first joined the team I didn’t realize just how big and ambitious this initiative really is,” said Shankar. “What’s incredibly exciting for speech scientists like myself is how algorithmic innovations in machine learning and data science have created a sophisticated voiced-based AI like Alexa, and how our work on improving this technology has a positive impact on the day-to-day lives of millions of customers using it."

Chris C.
People Manager

“We have an incredibly diverse, experienced and curious team that is always pushing the envelope even further! Here at Amazon, we pride ourselves on being peculiar. We bring in talent from all around the world, leading to a diversity of background, culture and perspective in each team!” 

Beatriz R.
Team Manager

“I have quickly learned that Amazon is a company where you can actually voice out your ideas and concerns, where you can expect the support and interest of Leadership. We are quick to take action, passionate about improving processes and driven to enhance morale, so being able to speak up without fear has been my best asset. Now at the year mark at ADS, I am happy to say that the culture is one where you are proud to be a member of the team. “