In big research and development push, Amazon to hire over 1,000 in India
In big research and development push, Amazon to hire over 1,000 in India

Amazon is looking to hire over 1,000 people, mostly software professionals, in India. The hires will cater largely to research and development for the company's divisions, including,, the devices business, and the cloud-computing division, Amazon Web Services (AWS). The company told TOI the hiring was limited only by the availability of talent in the required technologies, and it was looking to hire as many as possible. Amazon's website lists 1,245 open positions in India on its careers page as of Wednesday evening. It has around 50,000 people on its rolls in the country.

India is currently the second largest workforce centre for Amazon after the US. Globally, it has 3.41 lakh employees. “The numbers are mind boggling. We're looking at a fully functional tech organisation in India and are hiring varied skills across several job families. India is a big focus area for talent, “Dale Vaz, director of software development at Amazon India, said. It is looking for talent in technology spheres like research scientists, data analytics, natural language processing, artificial intelligence machine learning and Android developers. AWS is looking to hire 195 people in India. Among the open positions, 557 are in Bengaluru, 403 in Hyderabad and 149 in Chennai. “We process a lot of data and are always looking for data-processing and profiling engineers,“ Dale Vaz said.

The Bengaluru centre is the largest for Amazon in India. The Chennai centre focuses on devices like Kindle and Fire. The recruitment number for Bengaluru alone is higher than for any other centre outside of the US, including London, Luxembourg (where the global CTO of consumer business sits), Dublin, Berlin and Tokyo. Terry Hanold, vice-president of international consumer technology in Amazon, told TOI the talent and excitement he saw in India was similar to that in Silicon Valley 20-30 years ago. While app development is a focus globally, India, a mo bile-first market, focuses more on mobile and app. “We are always looking for Android app developers who can solve India-specific problems like the fragmentation of the Android universe with smaller capacity handsets and the poor connectivity and speed in India. We've seen the India team reinventing the Amazon app experience,“ Vaz said.



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