Cloud Systems Engineer, Enterprise Security Service (ESS-ADC), Amazon Dedicated Cloud

Vienna VA Amazon Development Center U.S., Inc.

The AWS Region Services team is hiring a cleared Cloud Systems Engineer to support cloud security services for the U.S. Intelligence Community. Join our mission to help lead, deploy, and support the security systems that raise the security bar for the U.S. Government.

As a Cloud Engineer on our team, you will be instrumental in managing the operational load to scale a massive & always-on distributed system, proactively automating away problems in order to improve the quality of service for our security operations customers.

If you thrive in operating complex systems, diagnosing and resolving the hardest corner case operations problems, please apply! Our systems engineers don't just solve problems – we look to engineer services to scale with lots of automation, decreasing effort along the way. We know that the really interesting problems are hiding inside this automation challenge.

You'll work side-by-side with our security engineers and service development teams to deploy and maintain the security information and event management (SIEM) platform they use every day. We have a lot of log data to process and we need your help! You'll implement mechanisms to drive our availability metrics up and our latency metrics down. We're need you to "think big" and ensure that we're set up to scale for the future. We need you to Invent and Simplify new operational tools to improve the velocity of our Security Operations service customers.

We're not looking for hands or button pressers — we're looking for motivated individuals who want to scale security systems and change the way the business operates as a result. You need to be open to new challenges and willing to learn new technologies. In addition to using internal Amazon tooling, we are huge advocates for using public AWS services to build our platform, You should always be thinking, "how could this work without me involved" and then working to build those tools to achieve it.

This position requires that the candidate selected must currently possess and maintain an active TS/SCI security clearance with polygraph. The position further requires the candidate to opt into a commensurate clearance for each government agency for which they perform AWS work.

Key job responsibilities
You will be expected to challenge and be challenged, to create and to innovate. We are inventing and supporting real things for real people – not presentations. This must excite you.

You must be a builder. We pride ourselves on being multitalented and flexible, and we look for the same in our potential candidates.

A day in the life
Here at AWS, we embrace our differences. We are committed to furthering our culture of inclusion. We have ten 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.

We are dedicated to supporting our new team members. Our team has a broad mix of experience levels and Amazon tenures, and we’re building an environment that celebrates knowledge sharing and mentorship.

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.

About the team
We are dedicated to supporting our new team members. Our team has a broad mix of experience levels and Amazon tenures, and we’re building an environment that celebrates knowledge sharing and mentorship.

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

Arlington, VA, USA | Herndon, VA, USA | Seattle, WA, USA


– Associate's degree, or Cloud+ or GICSP (Global Industrial Cyber Security Professional) or GSEC (GIAC Security Essentials) or SSCP (Systems Security Certified Practitioner)
– 3+ years of systems administration experience Linux/Unix (Ubuntu, CentOS, RedHat, Solaris etc) in production environments.
– 1+ years of experience working with scripting languages (Bash, Shell, Python).
– Experience with DNS, DHCP, SSH, HTTP, TCP/IP and other common network protocols
– Current, active US Government Security Clearance of TS/SCI with Polygraph


– Proficiency in one or more scripting languages (Bash, Python, Ruby, Perl)
– Experience developing distributed service applications & developing user experiences scenarios
– Excellent analytical ability and communications skills
– Strong interpersonal relationship skills
– Working experience and good understanding of the AWS environment, including VPC, EC2, EBS, S3, SQS, Cloud Formation and Lambda.
– Proven ability to troubleshoot and identify the root cause of issues.
– A history of dealing well with ambiguity, prioritizing needs, and delivering measurable results in a dynamic environment.
– Experience with maintaining distributed systems and web services
– Automation, testing or monitoring framework development
– Experience in a 24×7 production environment, esp. one based on Linux
– Meets/exceeds Amazon’s leadership principles requirements for this role
– Meets/exceeds Amazon’s functional/technical depth and complexity for this role

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Our compensation reflects the cost of labor across several US geographic markets. The base pay for this position ranges from $105,200/year in our lowest geographic market up to $188,200/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.

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