Amazon plans to go big on R&D, to hire over 1,000 people

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Amazon, the global e-commerce giant, is looking to hire more than 1,000 people in India, mostly for the job as a software professional.

Most of them will cater to the research and development unit for the company’s various divisions, including,, the devices business, and the cloud-computing division Amazon Web Services (AWS).

According to the listing on Amazon’s website, it has around 1,245 open positions in India. The company already employs around 50,000 people in the country, making India its second largest workforce centre after the US.

Dale Vaz, director of software development at Amazon India, said to ToI, “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.” He further adds:

We are always looking for Android app developers who can solve India-specific problems like the fragmentation of the An droid universe with smaller capacity handsets and the poor connectivity and speed in India. We’ve seen the India team reinventing the Amazon app experience.

The Seattle-based tech giant is looking for talent in technology spheres like research scientists, data analytics, natural language processing, artificial intelligence machine learning and Android developers.

Amazon Web Services, the cloud computing platform, is also looking to hire 195 people in India. Among the open positions, as listed on the company’s website,  557 are in Bengaluru, 403 in Hyderabad and 149 in Chennai.

The Bengaluru centre is said to be the largest for Amazon in India. In the Chennai centre, the major focus is on its own devices like Kindle and Fire.

The recruitment number for Bengaluru office alone is higher than for any other centre outside of the US, including London, Luxembourg, Dublin, Berlin and Tokyo.

The company’s executives says that they process a lot of data and are always looking for data-processing and profiling engineers.