On Tuesday, the tech giant announced that it had plans to create over 800 new roles for its Amazon Web Services business. This includes roles for software developers, user experience designers, technical program managers and more. The 800 new jobs come in addition to the 600 AWS jobs that the company announced last year.
Although AWS might not be as well known as Amazon’s online marketplace, or even its Whole Foods brand, the cloud-hosting business actually earned the company $13.5 billion in revenue in Q1 2021 — and it’s been steadily growing for the past few quarters. So it’s no wonder that Amazon wants to continue expanding the business.
Amazon plans to base these jobs out of its new 137,000-square-foot Redmond office at 16331 NE 72nd Way. This office space is currently under construction and expected to be completed next year.
In addition, Amazon announced that it was also opening another facility in Redmond, a 22,000-square-foot lab space for its Project Kuiper team. Project Kuiper is a years-long Amazon initiative to launch thousands of satellites into low Earth orbit, in order to bring broadband internet access to remote corners of the world. The new lab space will allow the Project Kuiper team to continue its research, development and testing. It will also give the company space to expand the team.
Between AWS, Project Kuiper and Amazon’s other businesses, the company currently has over 200 open Redmond-based jobs.
“Amazon’s continued commitments in Redmond not only demonstrate the strength of the talent pool in our city, but also that we’ve created an amenity-rich, business-friendly environment in which companies large and small continue to grow and hire,” Redmond mayor Angela Birney said in a statement.