Amazon celebrates Armed Forces Reserves Day and Armed Forces Day by recognising Amazon’s military veterans and reservists who use their skills, training and experience to deliver for customers

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Celebrating Amazon’s military veterans and reservists

Celebrating Amazon’s military veterans and reservists

 July 08, 2019

Amazon honors Armed Forces Reserve Day and Armed Forces Day in the UK by paying tribute to veterans and reservists like Sophie Martin who have joined Amazon’s UK Operations and who work to delight customers every day.

Sophie Martin, who is an Operations Manager at the Daventry fulfillment centre and Reservist for the Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers, says: “I’ve been a Reservist now for almost three years, and Amazon has been great at supporting me. Thanks to my manager’s willingness to change my shifts patterns and the two weeks of paid time off, I’ve been able to keep up with my commitment to the Armed Forces Reserve. I’ve also recently been promoted to Operations Manager in Daventry.”

Amazon offers opportunities to those who have served in the Armed Forces 

Armed Forces Day is an annual event that commemorates the service of women and men in the British Armed Forces – the Naval Service, British Army and Royal Air Force as well as the Regular Reserve, Volunteer Reserves and Sponsored Reserves.

As a signee of the Armed Forces Covenant, Amazon has joined a national pledge to ensure that those who serve or have served, and their families, are treated fairly.

In 2011, Amazon launched its Military Programme in the UK, offering veterans the opportunity to pursue exciting post-military careers in operations, engineering, logistics HR and cloud computing and Amazon has gone a step further by announcing that it will support employees who continue to serve with the UK Military as members of the Armed Forces Reserve by ensuring that they will get up to two weeks of paid leave each year to attend training in addition to their annual leave. 

Fulfillment is at the heart of the Amazon experience

Throughout the week of Armed Forces Day 2019, in fulfillment centres across England and Scotland, groups from the Armed Forces, Reserve officers and veterans were welcomed on public tours and took part in a Q&A session with ex-military personnel working in Amazon Operations. Guests also heard from employees like Sophie and discussed Amazon’s military hiring programme for veterans and military spouses.

Gillian Russell, Military Programme Manager, and retired Royal Navy Officer, at Amazon, said: “As a company that employs many former military personnel, we understand how important it is for people to find fulfilling jobs after they leave the Services. Fulfillment is at the heart of the Amazon experience, our teams possess a wide range of skills and expertise, from business analysis and inventory management to engineering. We’re always looking to recruit veterans who want to continue to use their hard earned skills in a fast paced business environment and that appreciates their training and operational experience gained during their time in uniform. We are thrilled to offer talented veterans the opportunity to launch into exciting post-military careers with limitless possibilities.” 

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