Amazon is creating hundreds of roles across its Development Centers across Europe from machine learning scientists to aerospace engineers

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Amazons expansion supports innovation across Europe

Amazon's expansion supports innovation across Europe

 October 29, 2018

Amazon has invested heavily in innovation across Europe and is continuing to grow through its recruitment for hundreds of roles across its Development Centers in Austria, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Spain and the UK. These roles range from machine learning scientists and robotics engineers through to software, hardware and aerospace engineers.

A team of skilled researchers

Amazon now has over 5,500 highly skilled researchers and engineers working across 25 Development Centre sites in Europe, which invent and improve products and services for customers including Alexa, Amazon Web Services (AWS), consumer and transportation technology. 

“Our European Development Centres have been a key part of our mission to invent on behalf of customers around the world,” said Jeff Wilke, CEO Worldwide Consumer, Amazon. “Many of the products and services our customers love have come from Europe. That includes Alexa, who found her voice thanks to teams in Poland and learned how to answer questions with help from teams in the UK, and automatic translation services that enable sellers from any country to export around the world, which were invented and built in Germany. The brilliant inventors across our European Development Centres enable us to offer wider choice, lower prices, and a better shopping experience for hundreds of millions of customers around the world. With 25 Development Centres and over 5,500 highly skilled inventors across Europe—and more to come—we have a long-term commitment to investing in European innovation.”

Investing in the UK

Amazon investment in research and development across Europe includes a corporate office in Manchester along with expansion of Development Centres in Scotland and Cambridge. The new investment creates 1,000 new highly skilled roles in the UK. Amazon has invested more than £9.3 billion in the UK to build and run its operations, and is on course to grow to 27,500 roles - including over 6,500 roles in its corporate, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and R&D divisions.

Secretary of State for International Trade, The Rt Hon Liam Fox MP, said: “Ensuring that the world’s best and brightest companies continue to invest and innovate in the UK is at the heart of our Global Britain agenda. Amazon’s decision to create hundreds of highly-skilled jobs in Manchester, Edinburgh and Cambridge is an enormous vote of confidence in the UK and a signal to the world that the UK is very much open for business.”

Supporting small UK businesses

Amazon’s investment in UK innovation helps large and small businesses to boost their productivity and reach millions of customers around the world. Small businesses in particular play an important role in helping Amazon provide for millions of customers by increasing selection and variety, for example through selling on Amazon, Amazon Launchpad, Handmade at Amazon and AmazonFresh’s Local Shops and Markets. Amazon also supports businesses to reach more customers and increase their efficiency through services such as Alexa voice recognition, Amazon Pay, the Amazon Appstore, and AWS. In the UK, 85,000 people are employed by businesses selling on Amazon, and 60 per cent of UK businesses selling on Amazon export, achieving £2.3bn exports in 2017.

“With the UK taking a leading role in our global innovation, we are delighted to announce plans to create capacity for over 1,000 new highly-skilled roles across the country,” said Doug Gurr, UK Country Manager, Amazon. “These are Silicon Valley jobs in Britain, and further cement our long-term commitment to the UK.”

Expansion across the country

The new corporate office in Manchester is located in the city’s iconic Hanover Building in the Northern Quarter. The six-storey, 90,000 sq. ft. site gives creates at least 600 new roles in the city and the capacity to work on projects to benefit Amazon’s customers around the world, including software development, machine learning and research and development. This will complement work at Development Centres in London, Cambridge and Edinburgh.

The expansion of Amazon's Development Centre in the heart of Edinburgh creates more than 250 new, highly-skilled roles that will work across three floors in the city’s iconic Waverley Gate building. The new employees work alongside hundreds of software engineers, machine learning scientists and user experience designers at the Scotland Development Centre. Teams in Edinburgh work on new advertising technology and personalised shopping recommendations, benefitting Amazon customers and employees around the world.

Amazon’s Cambridge Development Centre creates capacity for an additional 180 new roles. The Development Centre's research and development teams provide new innovation to millions of Amazon customers around the world including: Amazon Devices, Amazon Alexa (that powers devices such as Amazon Echo, Echo Dot and Echo Show); AWS; Prime Air (a drone-powered future delivery system to safely get packages to customers in 30 minutes or less) and core machine learning and retail systems, which improve retail experience for Amazon customers.

European leaders inventing for global customers

Tech leaders across Amazon’s European Development Centers work with teams across the globe to build products and services for customers around the world. For example, Development Centres in the UK, Poland and Cambridge support the global work on Amazon Alexa. The international technology team in Luxembourg helps to build and deliver solutions on a global scale, from front-end customer experience to back-end service technology, such as services for third-party sellers or in new payment methods.

Amazon’s London Development Centre houses teams of software development engineers, user-interface experts, data analysts and graphic designers working to create new technologies for Amazon’s Prime Video service, benefitting 100 million Prime customers globally. There are thousands of models of Smart TVs, games consoles, set top boxes that the Prime Video app runs on, and the work in London helps customers around the world have the same high quality experience wherever they are watching, on whatever living room device they are watching on. In Scotland, teams in Amazon’s Development Centre work on new advertising technology to help customers find and discover products they’ll love and personalised shopping recommendations.

Germany is a global leader in machine learning. The Development Center in Berlin supports Amazon’s global research in artificial intelligence (AI) with science teams in computer vision, robotics, machine translation, and demand forecasting. Amazon's research site in Tubingen, Germany, focuses on technologies that enables computers to understand causality, which helps AI systems predict customer behavior using automated decisions, for example, the order of search results to improve their search experience.

Transportation technology teams across Europe are also introducing delivery innovations, including Amazon Lockers, pickup points, in-app map tracking and photo on delivery to customers in Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the UK. We also have Prime Air Development Centers in Austria, France and the UK contributing to the creation of a delivery system designed to safely get packages to customers in 30 minutes or less using unmanned aerial vehicles.

AWS teams across Europe are inventing new cloud computing products and services for customers around the globe, including parts of the storage service Amazon S3 and the hypervisor underpinning the compute service Amazon EC2. With a growing number of teams across eight European Development Centres, AWS is continually expanding its services to support virtually any cloud workload. It now has more than 125 services that range from compute, storage, networking, database, analytics, application services, deployment, management, developer, mobile, Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), augmented/virtual reality, security, hybrid and enterprise applications.

Investing in future and entrepreneurs

Each of Amazon's Development Centres cooperate with science institutions, research labs, universities, and start-up companies to share ideas and create partnerships across Europe. The Amazon Scholars program enables leaders in academia to work with Amazon without leaving their academic institution, with flexible options such as ongoing part-time to full-time research and applied science roles during sabbaticals. Amazon Scholars can work in a variety of capacities at Amazon, allowing for experimentation and measurement of new scientific ideas.

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