Software Development Engineer III


On Site
USD 187,000.00 - 212,000.00 per year
Full Time


Software development
IT management
Amazon S3
IT strategy
Computer science
Data structure
Software design
Version control
Spring Framework
Analytical skill
Search engines
Open source
Operational excellence
Process improvement
Software engineering
Microsoft Excel
Amazon Web Services
Amazon SQS
Amazon DynamoDB
User experience
Continuous integration
Continuous delivery
Apache Solr
Spring MVC
Apache Maven
Apache Ant

Job Details

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At Zappos, we look for people who will show up as their whole self because we value diversity and inclusion, as well as people who enjoy fun and maybe even a little weirdness. So be sure to check on whether you're aligned with our company values and culture. If you think you can see yourself delivering WOW as a member of the Zappos family, then check out the job description below!

Company Culture is at Our Core

Our 10 Core Values are more than just words, they're a way of life. We know that companies with a strong culture & a higher purpose perform better in the long run.
Do our values speak to you?

1. Deliver WOW Through Service
2. Embrace and Drive Change
3. Create Fun and A Little Weirdness
4. Be Adventurous, Creative, and Open-Minded
5. Pursue Growth and Learning
6. Build Open and Honest Relationships With Communication
7. Build a Positive Team and Family Spirit
8. Do More With Less
9. Be Passionate and Determined
10. Be Humble

Company Perks: Quick Reference
  • Zappos pays 100% of every employee's medical, dental, and vision benefits.
  • Zappos pays 100% of 12 therapy, mental health, or coaching session annually.
  • A multitude of benefits and incentives to stay mentally and physically healthy and fit.
  • Meaningful assistance programs like professional development, mentoring, and 401k with employer contribution.
  • Paid time off for life, vacations, staycations, and rest.
  • A generous Zapponian discount program.
  • Make an impact through volunteer adventures and other community programs.
  • Want to have some fun, too? Yes, please! Enjoy team building, family spirit, and plenty of room to recharge!

Zapponian [noun| employee of Zappos]. You are self-motivated. You think like an entrepreneur, constantly innovating and driving positive change, but more importantly, you consistently deliver mind-boggling results.

Bold [adjective| not afraid of anything]. A role at Zappos is an opportunity to be a part of something different. To go bold. We're a company that isn't afraid to take risks and question the status quo. Oh yeah, we like to have fun too.

Perks [noun| the good stuff you get for working hard]. Zappos pays 100% of your medical, dental and vision premiums. Primary care visits, dental exams, eye exams and generic prescriptions are all free. Plus matching 401k, life coaches, orthodontic benefits, and more. And don't forget, an unlimited 40% discount.

1990s [noun| a decade we love, but no longer live in]. Old school cover letters are so 1990. Want to show us who you really are? Create a video cover letter. A flash mob, a comedic monologue... whatever showcases your passion for Zappos and the work you'd be doing! Videos are not required, but if you create it, we'll watch it.

Scout [noun| you're a recruiter, too]. As a Zapponian, we'll ask that you always keep your eye out for great talent to join our family. Consider yourself an extension of the recruiting team, scouting for the best people to grow our company.


At Zappos Tech, we're on a mission to deliver unparalleled shopping experiences to our customers. We're seeking a Software Development Engineer III (SDE3) to join our Discovery Team, the heart of the customer journey at Zappos. As an SDE3, you will help lead software development for the core customer journey on - from Homepage to checkout: Search, Search Results, Homepage, Ads, Widgets, Recommendations, and much more. If you're passionate about cutting-edge products, thrive in dynamic environments, and excel in technical leadership, we would love to hear from you!


  • Lead and Innovate: Drive the development and maintenance of Java-based applications leveraging AWS services (ECS, SQS, S3, DynamoDB). Your work will ensure our architecture supports scalable, maintainable, and high-quality solutions.
  • Collaborate for Success: Work hand-in-hand with product managers, UX designers, and engineers. Your role will be pivotal in creating optimal customer experiences, steering technology choices, and ensuring the architectural integrity of our systems.
  • Mentor and Elevate: Guide junior developers, raising the coding standards bar and providing constructive feedback. Your expertise will help mold the next generation of engineers.
  • Navigate Ambiguity: Tackle complex problems without a predefined technology strategy. You'll balance business needs with technical solutions, ensuring scalability and future growth.
  • Champion Best Practices: Your code will not only solve problems efficiently but also serve as a benchmark for quality and best practices within the team.
  • Continuous Learning and Leadership: As a key influencer in team strategy and goals, you'll foster an environment of growth, inclusivity, and open dialogue.


  • Experience and Expertise: 5+ years of professional software development experience, including mastery of at least one programming language and a solid understanding of computer science fundamentals (data structures, algorithms, and software design).
  • Technical Leadership: 5+ years of leading design and architecture decisions, mentoring teams, and driving the delivery of complex, service-oriented systems.
  • Engineering Excellence: 5+ years of experience in the full software development lifecycle, including enforcing coding standards, conducting code reviews, managing source control, overseeing build processes, performing testing, and handling operations.
  • AWS Savvy: Hands-on experience with AWS technologies and a deep understanding of Java 8+, especially with the Spring Framework.
  • Problem Solver: Exceptional analytical skills and a proven ability to navigate ambiguity, making informed decisions based on customer and business insights.
  • Communication Expert: Strong verbal and written communication skills, capable of engaging with both technical and non-technical stakeholders across all organizational levels.


  • Advanced AWS and Java Expertise: You have a deep knowledge in DynamoDB, ECS, SQS, SNS, S3, and are comfortable with CI/CD automation.
  • Search Engine Proficiency: 2+ years of experience with search engines (ideally Solr), enhancing our customers' discovery journey.
  • Open Source Experience: Experience with open-source tools (Git, SpringMVC, SpringBoot, Maven, Gradle, Ant, JUnit, Jenkins) to help us stay at the forefront of technology.
  • Academic Background: A Bachelor's degree in computer science or equivalent experience.
  • Strategic Thinker: A knack for operational excellence, process improvement, and a history of solving complex problems with innovative non-technical solutions.

This role is open to candidates physically located in the following metropolitan statistical areas: Austin, TX; Las Vegas, NV; New York, NY; and Seattle, WA. Candidates who are not physically located in one of these areas may not be considered for this role.

The base pay range for this position is $187,000-212,000 per year ; however,

base pay offered may vary depending on job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. In addition, a full range of medical and other benefits is offered.

The Fine Print

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