Experienced Software Engineer, Inventory


February 11, 2015

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Job Specialization: 
Software Development
Company Overview: 

To booklovers around the world, AbeBooks is a great place to buy books. However, we have always been a technology company that helps booksellers and book-buyers. Since 1996, our technology has been helping to revolutionize the book business and that quest goes on.

Our technology workers are versatile, quick-thinking and thrive on deadlines. They plan and build systems that will yield long-term tangible benefits but also drop everything when required to solve critical issues where every minute counts. Anyone looking for a technology job at AbeBooks has to prove they are a flexible team player because there is no room for prima donnas. We do a lot with a relatively small number of people.

We are devoted to Agile practices and methodologies in software engineering, and e-commerce is a business that never sleeps when it comes to site operations. Our QA engineers are analytical on a global scale. Scalability is the magic word for the database administrators while the product managers have vision and a get-it-done attitude. Our web developers insist on the highest standards when building dynamic pages and user interfaces. Do you have what it takes to join our team?

Job Summary: 

Do you want to use your software skills where they will have a real impact on the business's bottom line and the performance of a global online marketplace?

AbeBooks.com, an Amazon company, is looking for a senior engineer with a strong sense of ownership, customer focus, and a passion for designing clean solutions to complex problems. If you are excited about the prospect of leveraging technology to address the technical and analytical challenges of running a large scale global marketplace, with thousands of international sellers listing more than 140 million new, used, rare, and out-of-print books, we'd like to meet you.

This position is on our Inventory team and is based at our headquarters in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. As a member of our development team you will build and extend a wide range of systems, from seller UI tools, through data management pipelines and site merchandizing components. The diversity of these systems ensures that this position offers a broad and exciting range of technical challenges and opportunities.

The successful candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • 3+ years experience developing with Java, with a solid understanding of OOD/OOP
  • 3+ years developing high performance, high availability and scalable applications using technologies such as messing systems, caching tiers, relational and non-relational databases etc.
  • BS/MS degree in Computer Science or equivalent
  • Solid experience of testing and a passion for producing high quality code
  • Solid background in algorithms and data structures
  • Solid understanding of relational databases
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work collaboratively in a cross-functional team to create exceptional value
  • Familiar with Linux (Or Unix) environment
  • Able to learn quickly and dive deeply to diagnose the root cause of problems
  • Able to develop code independently or as part of a pair programming team

Experience with the following would also be beneficial:

  • eCommerce
  • Service-oriented architectures
  • Amazon Web Services
  • Agile practices and methodologies such as Test Driven Development and Scrum
  • Continuous Integration
  • Maven, Spring, Hibernate, JMS, JMX, HTML, AJAX, JavaScript, Tomcat or Jetty
How To Apply: 

If you are interested in this role, please apply online through the Amazon jobs portal at http://www.amazon.jobs/jobs/291437/experienced-software-development-engineer-inventory.

We look forward to receiving your application!