Software Development Engineer - Amazon Development Centre SA (Pty) Ltd, Western Cape

  • Western Cape
  • Salary: Market Related
  • Job Type: Permanent
  • Sectors: IT, Technology, Internet
  • Posted by Amazon Development Centre SA (Pty) Ltd on Tuesday, April 30, 2019
  • Reference: copy-1482244
  • Apply before Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 13 Days left

Vacancy Details

Employer: Amazon Development Centre SA (Pty) Ltd



Amazon Web Services (“AWS”) is the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. AWS offers over 100+ fully featured services to millions of active customers around the world—including the fastest-growing start-ups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies and organizations. AWS Customers are continuing to leverage AWS Services for applications ranging from exploratory to targeted innovative solutions to business-critical systems.

A key deciding factor for our customers in choosing AWS is the quality and reliability of the support they receive. AWS Support provides global technical support to a wide range of customers as they build mission-critical applications on top of the full breadth of AWS services across a range of technical domains including: compute, storage, networking, security, database, big data, analytics, and mobile services.


Kumo is the software engineering organization that scales AWS’s support capabilities. Kumo engineers work on a range of interesting challenges, like (a) providing timely and personalized information about availability of AWS resources, (b) self-service ways to solve problems in using AWS resources, and (c) efficient case management for fast and complete resolution of cases.


Kumo engineers have the opportunity to contribute to the complete vertical stack of an SOA based system, which is horizontally connected to most systems in the larger Amazon ecosystem. Our SDEs use a variety of open source technologies, native AWS services as well as services internal to AWS. We code mostly in Java, JavaScript and Python, and build on technologies powering the web such as Angular, Node and Elastic Search as well as a broad range of in-house Amazon Cloud technologies and native AWS technologies, such as Route53, Lambda, API gateway, KMS and DynamoDB.

Kumo South organization is based in beautiful Cape Town, South Africa.


Kumo teams are growing and hiring software development engineers at all levels. Depending on the level, you will demonstrate knowledge in the following disciplines at varying levels:

Software Development
· You recognize and adopt best practices in software development engineering: design, testing, version control, documentation, build, deployment, and operations.
· You write high quality, maintainable, and robust code, often in Java, Python, JavaScript, Angular and Ruby.
· You have a working knowledge of the latest UI technologies, frameworks and concepts including HTML 5, REST, jQuery, AJAX, CSS3, SOA, Responsive design
· You can define APIs and integrate them into usable interfaces

Web Development
· You understand the trade-offs between usability, performance, internationalization and localization, cross-browser compatibility, obfuscation and optimisation, and cutting-edge user interface implementation
· You understand how web applications work, perform and scale. You are comfortable with troubleshooting and problem analysis


Problem Solving
· You solve problems at their root, stepping back to understand the broader context.
· You develop pragmatic solutions. You build flexible/scalable systems without over-engineering and choose simple, straightforward solutions over more complex ones. Where existing solutions are known, you use them.
· You understand fundamental data structures and algorithms and know how, when and when not to use them.
· You anticipate and prevent future problems from occurring

Required Skills

  • java : 4 to 5 years
  • object oriented design : 3 to 4 years

Candidate Requirements



·  The technical skills required for this role include strong object-oriented design and programming in Java.

·  A deep understanding of Computer Science fundamentals is essential (know those data structures and algorithms)

·  Experience working pragmatically under deadlines with operational software is highly desired.

·  Bachelor's degree required in Computer Science, Electronic Engineering, Statistics, Mathematics or other quantitative field.

·  You enjoy building things and are curious to find how things work

·  You love solving the big and hard problems as well as make sure your service stays running



·  Experience with AWS services and server-less technologies is a plus.

·  Honour's or MSc degree in Computer Science, Electronic Engineering, Statistics, Mathematics or other quantitative field is a plus.

·  Understanding or experience with web based technologies is a plus. These may include HTTP, HTML 5, REST, JavaScript, JSON, AJAX, Apache, and Tomcat.

 ‘’Amazon is an equal opportunities employer, and we value your passion to discover, invent, simplify and build. We welcome applications from all members of society irrespective of age, sex, disability, sexual orientation, race, religion or belief. Amazon is strongly committed to diversity and Employment Equity within the workplace and the further diversification of ideas. In this regard, the relevant laws and principles associated with Employment Equity will be considered when appointing potential candidates. 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.’’



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Amazon has a thriving technical centre in Cape Town! This is the centre where Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) was first created in 2005. In 2006 the Cape Town team launched Amazon EC2. In 2012, Amazon started building an AWS Support group based in Cape Town.

The Cape Town based Development Centre still plays a key role in developing and running the majority of Amazon EC2’s core.  Amazon EC2 forms part of Amazon Web Services (AWS), which provide developers with access to in-the-cloud infrastructure services based on Amazon’s own back-end technology platform. It provides resizable compute capacity in the cloud. It is designed to make web-scale computing easier for developers. Our simple web service interface allows developers to obtain and configure capacity with minimal friction. It provides them with complete control of their computing resources and lets them run on Amazon’s proven computing environment.