Posted on January 16, 2020 by staff

Amazon opens Manchester office to create hundreds of jobs


Tech giant Amazon has opened a new corporate office in Manchester which it said has the potential to create hundreds of new jobs in the city.

The new office will reportedly be home to over 600 tech and non-tech employees over six floors, and will include software development engineers, solutions architects, applied scientists, business development specialists and finance analysts.

It is the latest addition to Amazon’s presence in the North West which already includes fulfilment centres in Manchester Airport, Warrington and Bolton, as well as a sortation centre and three delivery stations in the region.

Amazon has already begun advertising roles at the new location for both professionals and graduates.

“I am delighted we’re opening our first corporate office in the North of England today,” said Doug Gurr, UK country manager for Amazon.

“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.”

The new corporate office will feature waste processing through centrally monitored recycling streams and lighting, heating and ventilation systems on a demand-based systems.

Alongside the office opening, Amazon has also launched a new Amazon Future Engineer Bursary for students at The University of Manchester from low-income backgrounds, to support undergraduates studying computer science, which will provide £3,500 a year to the selected students throughout their undergraduate course.

Professor Robert Stephens, head of computer science at 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.”