Amazon announces plans to create 550 new jobs in Tempe

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Amazon today announced plans to create more than 550 corporate and tech jobs in Tempe over the next few years, and to further expand the company’s Phoenix Tech Hub.

These new roles will support Amazon’s growing Consumer Retail, Amazon Web Services and Operations teams and include positions such as software development engineers, lead solution architects, project managers and business analysts.

“Not only do Phoenix and Tempe have an incredible talent pipeline, but this is a place people want to move to,” said Doug Welzel, site manager for Amazon’s Phoenix Tech Hub. “We have seen amazing growth in recent years that has created jobs and economic opportunity for the wider community. We have already created more than 5,000 jobs in companies and in the technology sector in the Phoenix region and we look forward to further investing here. “

“It is investments from companies like Amazon that will continue to help Tempe attract more businesses and tech talent to our city,” said Corey Woods, Tempe mayor. “This type of investment not only creates good jobs, but also helps fuel the economic engine of our community and offer our residents and citizens more opportunities.”

To match its Phoenix growth, Amazon signed a 63,000 square foot extension to its existing offices at 100 S. Mill Avenue in Tempe, developed by Cousins ​​Properties and Hines. The additional new office space is expected to be opened for employees at the end of 2022.

“We are proud of Amazon’s continued investments in Arizona and the 32,000+ jobs they support,” said Sandra Watson, president and CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority. “The latest expansion of Amazon’s Tech Hub in Tempe reflects our highly qualified and growing workforce as well as our first-class attractiveness for technology and innovation.”

Amazon currently employs more than 5,000 technology and business people in its Phoenix Tech Hub. As part of its recruiting and hiring efforts, Amazon is constantly innovating and creating new programs to enable candidates of all backgrounds and experience levels to join the company.

Two of the newest programs include:

  • Amazon Returnship, an initiative to help professionals get back to work after losing or leaving their jobs – including people displaced by the effects of COVID-19. As part of this 16-week paid initiative, Amazon offers the program to people who have been unemployed or underemployed for at least a year. The initiative offers them a new opportunity to get back into work by restarting their careers at Amazon. The candidates go through a tailor-made and shortened interview process that takes their professional career into account. After starting your new role, you will receive dedicated support and individual coaching. During the program, returnees work on a specific project and after four months have the opportunity to switch to a full-time position at Amazon.
  • Best Fit, a new program that allows software engineers to apply once and be considered for thousands of jobs on hundreds of teams within the company – including some roles they may not even have thought of. This investment in Amazon’s Phoenix Tech Hub is part of an expansion into multiple cities across the country and within the company. The company plans to create 3,000 jobs in Austin, Chicago and Phoenix over the next few years. Last year Amazon announced it would create 500 jobs in the Phoenix area, with investments also in 100 S. Mill Avenue. There are currently more than 400 business and technology roles available on Amazon’s Phoenix Tech Hub. Interested parties can find more information here.

Committed to Arizona

Amazon continues to support communities across Arizona, including organizations like the Foundation for Southern Arizona, which awards grants to local organizations that support the LGBTQ + community, and the Ajo Center for Sustainable Agriculture Community, a Native American-led nonprofit with a Mission to support a sustainable and fair local food system in Ajo and the surrounding area.

Amazon also supports local schools through Amazon Future Engineer, a global computer science education program designed to inspire and train millions of students each year to try computer science and programming. The program supports more than 40 schools across Phoenix and reaches nearly 1,100 students with a quality computer science curriculum, robotics clubs, and project-based learning.

Since 2010, Amazon has created more than 32,000 full- and part-time jobs in Arizona and invested more than $ 16 billion across the state, including infrastructure at fulfillment centers, Whole Foods Market locations, and the Phoenix Tech Hub. These investments have earned Arizona’s economy an additional $ 13 billion and supported 44,000 indirect jobs, in addition to those directly employed by the company, from construction jobs to positions in logistics and professional services. There are currently more than 37,500 independent writers and small and medium-sized businesses on Amazon.

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