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Amazon Announces Canadian Operations Expansion with Hiring at Tech Hubs: Interviews

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Retail giant Amazon is expanding its footprint in Canada with plans to hire 1,800 new corporate and technology employees at its Canadian offices in 2021, including its Vancouver and Toronto Tech Hubs. 

The company said the new hires mark the latest milestone as it continues to invest to meet customer demand.

The 1,800 new hires will support teams across Amazon, including AWS, Alexa, Amazon Advertising, and Retail and Operations Technology. More than 1,500 positions are currently open on amazon.jobs for software development managers, senior software development managers,  software development engineers, senior software development engineers, data engineers, program managers, cloud computing solutions architects, sales and marketing executives, and more.

Kristin Gable, spokesperson for Amazon in Canada, said the company is “customer obsessed.”

Kristin Gable

“So we’re constantly innovating on behalf of customers and what you’re seeing with today’s announcement is we’re building the team that will be innovating on behalf of customers here in Canada,” she said. “Today’s announcement of 1,800 new corporate and technology employees really focuses on roles in Amazon’s tech hub where we support various teams across the company including a lot of the teams that support our cloud division, AWS, our retail sites, and our various logistics components.

“What you’re seeing is the growth of the team that is committed to supporting our customers. Last fall Amazon announced 3,500 what we call net new jobs that will be added in Canada between 2020 and 2023. The hires that we are announcing today are part of those growth projections. They also demonstrate great momentum in our commitment to being accountable for what we’ve announced in the past.”

The company said full-time employees at Amazon receive competitive wages, as well as medical, vision, and dental coverage, a group RRSP plan, stock awards, and performance-based bonuses. Amazon is also committed to providing employees with access to the education and skills training they need to grow their careers, offering a variety of company-funded training opportunities to help them transition into higher-paying, in-demand careers within the company and beyond.

Future Amazon Headquarters at The Post in Vancouver. Rendering: QuadReal

Amazon has more than 1.3 million employees worldwide.

The company said software development engineers applying to Amazon will benefit from Best Fit, a new way to find the job that best fits a candidate’s interests and skills. Amazon offers candidates choice and reverses the process: instead of having job applicants do their own research about which teams they would like to join, Amazon’s teams pitch future employees the roles that they have open.  

“Candidates interested in software engineering jobs at Amazon only have to apply once and are automatically considered for positions in this field across many teams within the company. Candidates describe their ideal job, including their tech stack (the set of technologies used to build a web or mobile application) and domains of interest, their preferred location, and the kind of team they are looking for. After passing an online assessment and interviews, they are presented with multiple matches—both in the fields they prefer, and in new areas where they could be successful,” it said.

Alfonso Palacios

“We are inventing new ways for candidates of all backgrounds to easily access the job that will help them grow,” said Alfonso Palacios, Vice President of Recruiting at Amazon, in a statement.

Candidates looking for a one-stop resource for software development engineer jobs at AWS can visit https://www.amazon.jobs/en/teams/aws-software-development-engineer.

Amazon employs more than 23,000 full- and part-time employees at the company’s fulfillment centres, corporate offices, development centres, and other facilities in British Columbia, Ontario, Alberta, Manitoba, and Quebec. Between 2010 and 2019, Amazon invested more than $11 billion (CDN) in Canada, including infrastructure and compensation to employees.

The company’s presence in Canada includes one data centre region, two tech hubs, two sortation centres, and 13 fulfillment centres with three on the way in 2021 including Hamilton, Ajax and Ottawa.

The company has operations located in over 25 communities in five provinces. 

The tech hub in Vancouver employs more than 2,700 people with more than 5,000 jobs to be added by 2023. The tech hub in Toronto employs more than 1,600 people with more than 2,000 jobs being added by 2023.

Amazon said it has contributed more than $9 billion to the Canadian GDP between 2010 and 2019.

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Mario Toneguzzi
Mario Toneguzzi, based in Calgary, has more than 40 years experience as a daily newspaper writer, columnist, and editor. He worked for 35 years at the Calgary Herald covering sports, crime, politics, health, faith, city and breaking news, and business. He is the Senior National Business Journalist with Retail Insider in addition to working on his own as a freelance writer and consultant in communications and media relations/training.

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