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Senior Partner Solutions Architect, New York, New York

CategorySolutions Architect
Job typeFull Time
CountryUnited States of America
StateNew York
CityNew York
Are you a builder who can think outside the box? Are you passionate about scaling a unique initiative globally? AWS GameDay is a simulation exercise that uses hands-on learning, gamification, and light competition to teach AWS services, cloud best practices, and group cooperation. GameDays replicate real-world problems to prepare technical professionals for resolving worst-case scenarios with the latest and greatest AWS technology. Our main goal is for customers to use GameDay as a learning mechanism which will ultimately help them operate their businesses smarter on AWS. We host GameDay events publicly at conferences such as re:Invent, and privately for customers ranging from startups to large enterprises.

We are looking for a GameDay technical lead who will build and maintain our content portfolio, assist with the development of new tools, and improve the participant experience as we deliver events worldwide. If you have development experience at a startup or in a similar fast-paced environment, are excited to work with modern tools, can operate efficiently through ambiguity, and deliver on-time then this job is for you. You will enjoy this role if you are a problem-solver with broad technical skills and have the ability to drive technical conversations. The team is small and focused today, but will grow over the coming year, providing ample opportunity to flex your skills and play to your strengths.

As the GameDay technical lead, your top priority will be producing and maintaining fun, exciting, and educational content. You'll also help define our roadmap and development workflows, ensuring that development practices are held to a high standard. You will understand the latest cloud market trends to determine what content our customers want more of, and what services are in-demand, in order to strategically build new challenges. Your cloud experience will allow you to understand common customer pitfalls and pain points, and where GameDay can help transfer knowledge to customers in their day jobs. You will write documentation such as operator guides and FAQs covering content so that other AWS teams can run GameDays for their customers in hands-on enablement events.

At Amazon it is always Day One: we never stop building and innovating on behalf of our customers. The same is true when it comes to diversity. Using our Leadership Principles to guide us, we are innovating in diversity, inclusion, and equality like we do in all areas of our business: using data, thinking big, and building disruptive solutions. We seek diverse builders from all walks of life to join our teams, and we encourage our employees to bring their authentic, original, and best selves to work.

May require up to 20% travel.

Work/Life Balance
Our team also puts a high value on work-life balance. Striking a healthy balance between your personal and professional life is crucial to your happiness and success here, which is why we aren't focused on how many hours you spend at work or online. Instead, we're happy to offer a flexible schedule so you can have a more productive and well-balanced life-both in and outside of work.

Mentorship & Career Growth
Our team is dedicated to supporting new members. We have a broad mix of experience levels and tenures, and we're building an environment that celebrates knowledge sharing and mentorship. Our senior members enjoy one-on-one mentoring and thorough, but kind, code reviews. We care about your career growth and strive to assign projects based on what will help each team member develop into a better-rounded engineer and enable them to take on more complex tasks in the future.

Inclusive and Diverse Culture
Here at AWS, we embrace our differences. We are committed to furthering our culture of inclusion. We have twelve employee-led affinity groups, reaching 40,000 employees in over 190 chapters globally. We have innovative benefit offerings, and we host annual and ongoing learning experiences, including our Conversations on Race and Ethnicity (CORE) and AmazeCon (gender diversity) conferences. Amazon's culture of inclusion is reinforced within our 14 Leadership Principles, which remind team members to seek diverse perspectives, learn and be curious, and earn trust.

Basic Qualifications:
• Degree in Computer Science, Engineering, or related discipline
• 5+ years architecting and operating solutions built on AWS
• 3+ years professional experience in software development
• Knowledge of at least one modern programming language such as Java, Python, JavaScript, or similar
• 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
• Presentation skills with a high degree of comfort speaking with executives, IT managers, and developers

Preferred Qualifications:
• Has built, delivered, and participated in hands-on technical trainings (workshops, hackathons, bootcamps)
• Has experience applying gamification to training or competitive environments
• Has a history of building and delivering small projects with others, has a GitHub presence in the community
• Embraces ambiguity as an opportunity to innovate and is not afraid to take calculated risks

Amazon is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Amazon is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, disability, age, or other legally protected status. For individuals with disabilities who would like to request an accommodation, please visit https://www.amazon.jobs/en/disability/us.