• Software Development Manager

    Location ZA-Cape Town
    Posted Date 9 months ago(10/26/2017 12:56 AM)
    Job ID
    Amazon Development Centre (South Africa) (Proprietary) Limited
    Position Category
    Software Development
  • Job Description

    Amazon Development Centre South Africa is seeking a very strong technical leader to manage and grow an engineering team. This requires a thorough knowledge of what it takes to develop scalable, extensible technology, as well as how to structure and develop organizations. This presents a significant intellectual, technical and operational challenge.
    This vacancy is for the EC2 Placement team which is tasked with implementing a novel mechanism to optimize the placement of customer instances on physical hosts throughout the instance life-cycles. This problem-space is particularly interesting, as it requires us to build systems which solve multi-axis optimization problems in computationally efficient and safe ways. Given EC2's scale, there are wide-ranging and sizeable up-sides to this project.
    Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) is the web service that is pioneering cloud computing by providing resizable compute capacity in the cloud. It gives any developer complete control of their computing resources and lets them run on Amazon's proven computing environment. We are continuing to build the team in order to expand on our feature set and manage our rapidly increasing scale. We are expanding our capacity management initiatives to support high growth at large scales and create novel markets to support the computing needs of our customers.
    The ideal candidate will be clearly passionate about the large opportunity that Amazon EC2 presents and about web services in general. This person has thrived and succeeded in delivering high quality solutions in a hyper-growth environment where priorities shift fast. The position demands excellent technical skills and knowledge coupled with strong leadership, planning, and management abilities. Knowledge and experience with one or more development methodologies, and experience developing engineering process is required.

    Key responsibilities:
    • Translation of complex functional and technical requirements into detailed project plans and schedules; manage the day-to-day activities of the engineering team by defining, implementing and maintaining a coherent, progressive development strategy for our product line.
    • Responsible for the over-all systems development life cycle
    • Delivery of quality applications on-time and on-budget
    • Management and execution against project plans and delivery commitments
    • Management of departmental resources, staffing, and enhancing and maintaining a best- of-class engineering team
    • Evolution of the software engineering practice within the organization, including better reporting, tools, and evolution of development methodology
    • Work closely with the architects to develop the best technical design and approach for product development
    • Maintain current technical knowledge to support rapidly changing technology
    • Continue to build an effective development organization by driving the recruiting and hiring of senior level engineers, developing and managing the group, and conducting performance reviews of team members
    • Create and execute appropriate quality plans, project plans, test strategies and processes for development activities in concert with business and project management efforts.
    • Develop and execute unit testing strategy and processes.
    • Drive and manage the bug triage process, represent development team in project meetings to ensure efficient testing and bug fixing process, and be an effective advocate for the development group
    • Report on status of product quality to management, customer support and product teams via rigorous execution of detailed plans and accurate reporting of test cases executed, bugs discovered, bugs fixed, etc.
    Amazon.com offers a demanding, exciting and rewarding experience, with opportunities to work with the world's best computer scientists on some of the most interesting problems.
    Amazon is an equal opportunity employer.

    We are required by law to verify your ability to work lawfully in South Africa. Amazon requires that you submit a copy of either your identity document or your passport and any applicable work permit if you are a foreign national, along with an updated curriculum vitae.

    Basic Qualifications

    • 5-10 years experience in Software development and 2-5 years as Development Manager
    • BS in Computer Science or equivalent
    • Experience with Java, C# or C/C++.
    • Strong customer focus
    • Strong desire to build, sense of ownership, urgency, and drive.
    • Proven results oriented person with a delivery focus and demonstrated ability to achieve stretch goals in a highly innovative and fast paced environment.
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • Ability to work well with people and be both highly motivated and motivating.
    • Strong analytical skills with excellent problem solving abilities.
    • Strong technical vision.
    • Strong presentation and leadership skills.
    • Ability to handle multiple competing priorities in a fast-paced environment

    Preferred Qualifications

    • MS in Computer Science or equivalent
    • Experience with Linux/Unix and UNIX tools.
    • Previous demonstrated project management success on similar projects with emphasis placed on experience with high-volume web-based applications

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