Amazon started as online book store and has grown to be the worlds largest online retailer.
New Amazon Manchester Corporate office now open
Manchester, the tech hub of the North and home to hundreds of online retailers, is now also the home for Amazon. They’ve officially opened the doors of the new Amazon Manchester corporate office, located centrally in the city’s iconic Hanover Building in the Northern Quarter.
The 90,000 sq. ft. Amazon Manchester corporate office will, over time, house 600 new roles across all six floors in the building. Amazon has already begun advertising roles for the new site, including technical and corporate roles for talented software developers, solutions architects, applied scientists, brand and business development specialists and finance analysts across Amazon and Amazon Web Services (AWS). Our Manchester office also has multiple graduate opportunities throughout 2020 including the Retail Graduate and Business Development Graduate roles. These positions offer new graduates the opportunity to work with brands across all key areas of Amazon’s Retail and Merchant Services businesses.
“I am delighted we’re opening our first corporate office in the North of England. Manchester offers an incredible talent pool, a thriving hub of fast-growing UK tech start-ups and is a centre of academic and intellectual excellence. We are already actively hiring from all a range of skillsets for our new Manchester office, so if you’ve always wanted to build the future, come build it with us.”
– Doug Gurr, UK Country Manager, Amazon
New Amazon Future Engineer Bursary for The University of Manchester
Amazon has also launched today a new Amazon Future Engineer Bursary for students at The University of Manchester from low-income backgrounds, to support undergraduates studying computer science. The bursary will provide £3,500 a year to the selected students throughout their undergraduate course.
Professor Robert Stevens, Head of Computer Science, The University of Manchester, said: “The University of Manchester is delighted to be part of the Amazon Future Engineer programme and welcomes the support Amazon is providing to fund two undergraduate students studying computer science. We hope that this initiative, together with a number of other outreach programmes that the University delivers, will help inspire and enable more students to study computer science and pursue tech careers.”
The first cohort of AWS re/Start students in Manchester graduate and secure jobs
AWS re/Start is a training and job placement programme in the UK educating learners with little or no technology experience on software development and cloud computing. The first cohort of young learners from Manchester will celebrate their graduation at the opening of the new Amazon office, after completing a 12-week course that blends theory and practical work with soft skills and employability development to prepare them to start a career in cloud computing. AWS re/Start brings together a range of organisations to offer a unique opportunity for people of all backgrounds to transition into cloud computing. The graduates from this first Manchester cohort will begin working for some prominent UK organisations, such as FibreNation and Isosec, and some of the most exciting local startups, such as Mission Labs. Applications for the February 2020 AWS re/Start programme are currently open. AWS re/Start launched in the UK in 2017 and now has expanded globally with cohorts in the United States, France, and the Netherlands.
AWS Startup Garage comes to Amazon Manchester
AWS is also launching the AWS Startup Garage in Manchester, a new initiative designed to support startups as they develop their businesses. The AWS Startup Garage will bring together startups from all industries and of different stages to network, share best practice and get direct access to AWS experts. The initiative will be hosted in Amazon’s new corporate office throughout 2020 and has been created to help grow the local tech startup ecosystem by fostering a community for startups and providing them with help in tackling technical and business challenges. Startups will be able to learn from each other and the AWS team, make connections and ultimately become an active part of the local startup community. AWS is already working with Manchester based startups including: Wondrwall, a technology company dedicated to changing the way we live and how we use energy, which combines intelligent AI powered home automation, clean energy production and super-efficient heating systems to help the world’s homes save money, time and the environment; Mission Labs, which aims to take on traditional telcos by re-thinking the way in which communications solutions are built, delivered, and used through products like CircleLoop, a next-generation business phone system that is self-service and works anywhere in powerful applications; and DigitalBridge, a guided design platform that enables retailers to help their customers to design and buy their dream bathroom or kitchen.
This is great news for the UK and the North West in particular. Amazon is a fantastic company that contributes billions of pounds to the UK economy, obviously directly NOT in corporation tax (LOL!!) but in jobs and the contribution their employees, suppliers, and third party sellers (like me) make in terms of tax, national insurance, the money they spend, etc.
Amazon get a lot of stick from some sections of the media but the overall contribution they make to the UK economy is massive and they don’t get enough credit for it. I am an Amazon seller so I am well informed and perhaps a little bit biased.
Does this also mean that some good northern commonsense will prevail at Amazon? Have they got room for some Mancunians in seller support? It would be nice to deal with people who really understand you, are interested in your problem and not just wanting to get your case closed and off their computer as quick as possible. Does The Jeffmeister read these articles? Hello Jeff!
It would be fantastic to be able to speak to someone at Amazon seller support who understands the pain of a Man Utd supporter, has been to a match, and preferably hates City but I would accept either with open arms.