Amazon Dedicated Cloud Engineer I, AWS Intelligence Initiative

Amazon Web Services
August 5, 2022
Seattle, WA
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Job summary

AWS has established a specialized group of service teams responsible for the work we are doing with the U.S. Intelligence Community. We are building some of the largest and most complex distributed systems in the world, and we need world class people to help us implement and operate them.

The AWS Intelligence Initiative Team is hiring cleared engineers for a unique opportunity to work with some of the best and brightest engineers and technical leaders. Engineers undergo an intensive 9-12-month development program to learn about operational culture, enhance their technical skills through a hands-on job path curriculum, complete rotations with engineering teams to obtain a holistic view of our technology, dedicated mentorship, and support from our programs alumni all while obtaining a U.S. Government security clearance.

Upon graduation from our program, engineers will have the foundational skills and knowledge needed to excel at AWS to help U.S. Government agencies implement innovative cloud computing solutions, solve technical problems and join a specialized engineering team. If you are passionate about the potential of cloud computing and about building simple and elegant software solutions, apply for a role today and come learn about our commitment to developing engineers skillsets to operate in dedicated AWS regions.

This position requires that the candidate selected be a US Citizen and must currently possess an active Top Secret security clearance. The position further requires that, after start, the selected candidate obtain and maintain an active TS/SCI security clearance with polygraph and satisfy other security related requirements.

Location: Seattle, WA

This role will reside in the Amazon campus in Seattle, Washington, with direct views of the Space Needle, South Lake Union and the Amazon Spheres. Our employees love being in the heart of the city. With museums, great local food, shopping, and more. Just a walk or bike ride away, working at Amazon means the best Seattle has to offer is always right at your fingertips. The Seattle campus also benefits from a variety of public transit options such as Link Light Rail, RapidRide bus lines and the Washington State Ferry System. We are located about 15 miles from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, which provides visitors the ability to drive or take the Link Light Rail train directly to our downtown Seattle campus, and within walking distance of Seattles infamous Pikes Place Farmers Market.

Key job responsibilities

The AWS Intelligence team is seeking highly motivated engineers who are focused on operational excellence and troubleshooting complex system operations, have a good understanding of Linux, networking and general knowledge of cloud services. We need engineers who understand how to think big, and simplify solutions to complex problems; all the while ensuring that our customers continue to have the best experience possible.

In this role, you are able to take a defined set of tasks and execute it on schedule. You identify ineffective processes. You may identify when technical implementations have defects or are not highly available, performant, or maintainable. You understand operational risks and avoid taking unnecessary risks. You identify operational concerns and resolve, mitigate, or escalate concerns in a timely manner.

About the team

Here at AWS, we embrace our differences. We are committed to furthering our culture of inclusion. We have 13 employee-led affinity groups, reaching 40,000+ employees in over 190 chapters globally. These groups play an important role in building internal networks for creating a community, advising Amazon business units, leading in service projects and reaching out to communities where Amazonians live and work. We have innovative benefit offerings and host annual and ongoing learning experiences, including our Conversations on Race and Ethnicity (CORE) and AmazeCon (gender diversity) conferences. Amazons culture of inclusion is reinforced within our 16 Leadership Principles, which remind team members to seek diverse perspectives, learn and be curious, and earn trust.

Typical Day in the life:

On a "typical" day, our engineers may dive deep to find the root cause of a customer issue, investigate why a metric is trending in the wrong direction, or discuss radical new approaches to automate operational processes. As a member of our team, you will join an elite group of engineers who provide troubleshooting and operations support, and innovate to automate operational tasks.

Work/Life Balance:

Our team puts a high value on work-life balance. It isnt about how many hours you spend at home or at work; its about the flow you establish that brings energy to both parts of your life. We believe striking the right balance between your personal and professional life is critical to life-long happiness and fulfillment. We offer flexibility in working hours and encourage you to find your own balance between your work and personal lives.

Mentorship & Career Growth:

Our team is dedicated to supporting new members. We have a broad mix of experience levels and tenures, and were building an environment that celebrates knowledge sharing and mentorship. We care about your career growth and strive to assign projects based on what will help each team member develop into a better-rounded professional and enable them to take on more complex tasks in the future.


1+ years of systems administration experience (Linux/Windows).

Experience working with scripting languages.

Excellent communication skills and the ability to work well in a team.

In lieu of above relevant work experience, degree in Computer Science, Engineering or a related field.


1+ years experience with cloud computing technologies.

1+ years of networking experience.

1+ years of experience with support procedures and methodologies for production computing environments.

Experience automating routine tasks.

Experience troubleshooting.

Experience with performance and log analysis.

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