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Distinguished Software Engineer



Software Engineering
Multiple locations
Posted on Wednesday, February 7, 2024

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Position Overview

Autodesk's Entertainment & Media Solutions (EMS) team is on a mission to enable anyone, anywhere, to create incredible digital entertainment. Our tools empower studios and artists worldwide to bring to life the captivating creatures, immersive worlds, and compelling characters seen in the games, shows, and movies we enjoy every day. Autodesk is building Flow, a cloud-native platform that connects people, workflows, and data across the entire Entertainment & Media production lifecycle, from earliest concept to final delivery.

Reporting to our Senior Director of Engineering, you will engage at all levels of an experienced cross-disciplinary team. You'll help us solve deep technological problems connected to human systems and building innovative solutions. Your responsibilities will include owning the overarching solution, working with software engineering teams to bridge key technical relationships, and driving projects towards success. As a senior technical individual contributor, you possess hands-on development experience on multiple platforms and on web services. You enjoy working with smart and passionate developers in an evolving business context. You will join the ranks of a growing community of Autodesk Distinguished, Sr. Distinguished and Fellow Engineers/Architects. You'll help us establish technical standards and drive Autodesk's overall technical architecture and engineering practices. You'll work on Autodesk's hardest problems, building high quality, architecturally sound systems that are aligned with our business needs. Autodesk senior technical contributors are pragmatic visionaries who can translate business needs into workable technology solutions.


  • Be the technical expert on our most demanding, cross-functional projects, and develop innovative solutions with little or no precedent

  • Lead product and engineering teams in thinking differently on how to solve the most complex and unique challenges

  • Oversee advanced product development activities where outcomes have long-term impact on our success

  • Partner with product owners to define roadmaps, architecture, and success metrics for new system capabilities, and influence the broader Autodesk EMS Cloud products

  • Define and ensure the quality of architecture and design of systems

  • Functionally decompose complex problems into simple, straight-forward solutions

  • Assist in the career development of others through mentoring

  • Engage with the Autodesk developer community on advanced technical issues and help managers guide the career growth of their team members

  • Exert technical influence over multiple teams, increasing their productivity and effectiveness by sharing your knowledge and experience

  • Anticipate market needs and influence the development of product strategies and objectives, including new industry group applications or functionality that require significant resource investments

  • Effectively research and benchmark Autodesk technology against other competing systems in the industry

  • Contribute intellectual property through patent generation

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree and/or Master's degree in Computer Science or equivalent experience will be considered

  • 15+ years of practical experience in software engineering

  • Proven track record of leading delivery of large-scale, high-quality systems

  • Experience delivering complex, service oriented software development using innovative solutions

  • Experience managing complex projects with strategic impact

  • Experience guiding, coaching and facilitating technical decisions around product development life cycle processes and applying best practices

  • Experience mentoring an engineering community on complex technical issues

  • Cloud-native platform or services development experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in Computer Science or a related field

  • Deep hands-on technical expertise in delivering solutions in at least two or three major technical areas (e.g. large-scale systems engineering, complex distributed systems, machine learning & data science, monitoring or management tools for large-scale environments, etc.)

  • 2+ years as the technical lead for an organization of 50+ software developers

  • Experience making architectural tradeoffs required to rapidly deliver software solutions and learn new technologies quickly

  • Up to date knowledge on technology trends in cloud computing and machine learning

  • Experience with AWS services

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About Autodesk
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