Amazon officially opened the doors of its new corporate office in central Manchester, located in the city’s iconic Hanover Building in the Northern Quarter. The 90,000 sq. ft. site will, over time, house 600 new roles across all six floors in the building.
Amazon has already begun advertising roles for the new site, including technical and corporate roles for talented software developers, solutions architects, applied scientists, brand, and business development specialists and finance analysts across Amazon and Amazon Web Services (AWS).
The Manchester office also has multiple graduate opportunities throughout 2020, including the Retail Graduate and Business Development Graduate roles.
These positions offer new graduates the opportunity to work with brands across all critical areas of Amazon’s Retail and Merchant Services businesses.
New employees will see a range of industry-leading benefits, from shares in Amazon, private medical insurance, employee discounts, and the opportunity for flexible working.
“I am delighted we’re opening our first corporate office in the North of England today. 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.”
Doug Gurr, UK Country Manager, Amazon
The new corporate office is designed as a collaborative and sustainable workplace to minimize waste and optimizing space.
Waste is processed through centrally monitored recycling streams, and lighting, heating, and ventilation systems are leading edge demand-based systems allowing for a lean and efficient operation.
Employees will benefit from a variety of sustainable and fair trade products in the kitchen and washroom areas and plants to support the indoor air quality and environment.
New Amazon Future Engineer Bursary for The University of Manchester
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. The bursary will provide £3,500 a year to the selected students throughout their undergraduate course.
“The University of Manchester is delighted to be part of the Amazon Future Engineer program 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 programs that the University delivers, will help inspire and enable more students to study computer science and pursue tech careers.”
Professor Robert Stevens, Head of Computer Science, The University of Manchester
The First Cohort of AWS re/Start Students in Manchester Graduate and Secure Jobs
AWS re/Start is a training and job placement program in the UK, educating learners with little or no technology experience on software development and cloud computing.
The first cohort of young learners from Manchester will celebrate their graduation at the opening of the new Amazon office after completing a 12-week course that blends theory and practical work with soft skills and employability development to prepare them to start a career in cloud computing.
AWS re/Start brings together a range of organizations to offer a unique opportunity for people of all backgrounds to transition into cloud computing.
The graduates from this first Manchester cohort will begin working for some prominent UK organizations, such as FibreNation and Isosec, and some of the most exciting local startups, such as Mission Labs.
Applications for the February 2020 AWS re/Start program are currently open.
AWS re/Start launched in the UK in 2017 and has now expanded globally with cohorts in the United States, France, and the Netherlands.
AWS Startup Garage Comes to Manchester
AWS is also launching the AWS Startup Garage in Manchester, a new initiative designed to support startups as they develop their businesses.
The AWS Startup Garage will bring together startups from all industries and of different stages to network, share best practices, and get direct access to AWS experts.
The initiative will be hosted in Amazon’s new corporate office throughout 2020 and has been created to help grow the local tech startup ecosystem by fostering a community for startups and helping them in tackling technical and business challenges.
Startups will be able to learn from each other and the AWS team, make connections, and ultimately become an active part of the local startup community.
AWS is already working with Manchester-based startups, including:
Wondrwall – A technology company dedicated to changing the way we live and how we use energy, which combines intelligent AI-powered home automation, clean energy production, and super-efficient heating systems to help the world’s homes save money, time and the environment.
Mission Labs – Aims to take on traditional telcos by re-thinking how communications solutions are built, delivered, and used through products like CircleLoop, a next-generation business phone system that is self-service and works anywhere in powerful applications.
DigitalBridge – A guided design platform that enables retailers to help their customers to design and buy their dream bathroom or kitchen.
Amazon’s Growing Presence in Manchester
The new Manchester corporate office builds on Amazon’s presence in the North West, adding to fulfillment centers in Manchester Airport, Warrington and Bolton, as well as a sortation center and three delivery stations in the region.
The opening of the new corporate office will enable Amazon to increase its permanent employee headcount in the North West to more than 6,000 people.
In September 2018, pupils from Brentnall Primary School in Manchester were the first to benefit from Amazon Future Engineer, a new childhood-to-career program that aims to build the pipeline of computer scientists in the UK.
In 2019, Amazon partnered with Enterprise Nation to launch the first Clicks & Mortar store in St Mary’s Gate, Manchester – enabling small online businesses to test physical retail for the first time.
Also, the company held its Amazon Academy for small businesses in Manchester, providing hands-on practical advice on how to boost revenue, productivity, and exports through ecommerce.
Additionally, AWS operates two Edge Locations in Manchester as part of its global content delivery network of 210 Points of Presence in 78 cities across 37 countries, to securely deliver data, videos, applications, and APIs to customers globally with low latency and high transfer speeds.
The opening of Amazon’s Manchester corporate office is part of Amazon’s long-term commitment to the UK. Since 2010, Amazon has invested over £18 billion in UK operations and currently employs almost 30,000 people across the UK.
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