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Software Development Manager, Prime Video Search



Software Engineering
Posted on Saturday, August 5, 2023


Do you want to take on one of the most important engineering leadership challenges shaping the future of movies, television, and digital video? Do you want to define the next generation of how and what Amazon customers are watching?

Prime Video (PV) is a premium streaming service that offers customers the greatest choices in what to watch, and how to watch it. PV delivers movies and TV shows instantly to TVs, tablets, game consoles and PCs worldwide. This is a young and evolving business within Amazon where creativity and drive can have a lasting impact on the way video is enjoyed worldwide. You will be encouraged to see the big picture, be creative, and positively impact millions of customers. We’re building the future of streaming - yes, it’s challenging, but it’s also a lot of fun!

The Prime Video (PV) Search Engineering team is looking for a Software Development Manager with a strong technical background, and a passion for search technologies, information retrieval problems, and digital entertainment.

About the team
PV-Search Engineering is a team that was created to build video-focused search infrastructure from the ground up. Our vision is to make Prime Video applications the first choice for anyone to find, discover, and engage with any Movie or TV Show. We will do that by developing structured video search systems that understand the intent of the search query accurately, utilizing rich metadata sets, and consistently displaying relevant results to customers.

Key job responsibilities
You will join a team of passionate engineers and product owners who innovate and develop new ways to search for video content across Prime Video's expanding catalog. You will lead a team that develops scalable, tier-1, AWS-based software platforms that serve billions of search operations each month. You will work with data engineers and applied scientists to experiment with new features and algorithms to improve the accuracy and efficacy of the search, and measure their impact. Finally, you will partner with senior leaders across the org in developing a strategic vision for Prime Video, while also mentoring and developing a team of enthusiastic engineers. This role reports into a Senior Manager, and has direct exposure to Directors and VPs.

To accomplish this, you will be expected to have an established background in building scalable systems, excellent people and program management skills, great communication skills, and a motivation to achieve results in a fast paced environment. You should be somebody who enjoys working on complex system software, is customer-centric, and feels strongly about connecting customer problems through underlying scalable software that raises the bar on customer and operational goals. Experience with building web services-based applications, especially at massive scale, will be helpful.

About the team
The Retail Search team is responsible for improving discoverability and engagement with Prime Video content on Amazon Retail sites worldwide. We primarily do so through creating search experiences that aim to show our customers the most relevant content in new and delightful ways. In order to ensure that we are always serving our customers’ needs, we run A/B experiments to help us make data-driven decisions and learn key insights that help us build for the future.

We are open to hiring candidates to work out of one of the following locations:

New York, NY, USA


- 3+ years of engineering team management experience
- 7+ years of working directly within engineering teams experience
- 3+ years of designing or architecting (design patterns, reliability and scaling) of new and existing systems experience
- 8+ years of leading the definition and development of multi tier web services experience
- Knowledge of engineering practices and patterns for the full software/hardware/networks development life cycle, including coding standards, code reviews, source control management, build processes, testing, certification, and livesite operations
- Experience partnering with product or program management teams


- Experience in communicating with users, other technical teams, and senior leadership to collect requirements, describe software product features, technical designs, and product strategy
- Experience in recruiting, hiring, mentoring/coaching and managing teams of Software Engineers to improve their skills, and make them more effective, product software engineers

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

Our compensation reflects the cost of labor across several US geographic markets. The base pay for this position ranges from $148,000/year in our lowest geographic market up to $287,700/year in our highest geographic market. Pay is based on a number of factors including market location and may vary depending on job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. Amazon is a total compensation company. Dependent on the position offered, equity, sign-on payments, and other forms of compensation may be provided as part of a total compensation package, in addition to a full range of medical, financial, and/or other benefits. For more information, please visit Applicants should apply via our internal or external career site.