Amazon opens up shop in Joburg – and is hiring

Amazon is expanding its presence in South Africa and plans to hire over 250 highly skilled engineers, network specialists, account managers and other technologists.

The company is adding a new office in Johannesburg for Amazon Web Services South Africa.

The new office joins the established Amazon Development Center in Cape Town, which has been in operation since 2004 and develops technology for several Amazon businesses, including Amazon Web Services (AWS).

As part of this expansion, Amazon plans to hire more than 250 people in the next 12 months to fill highly-skilled technical roles that will be based in both offices.

The new Johannesburg office has been launched to support the growing customer base of AWS. The office is now open and operational and is supporting organisations of all sizes, from start-ups to the country’s oldest and most established enterprises and public sector organisations, as they make the transition to the AWS cloud.

The new office will have account managers, solutions architects, partner managers and various other functions for South African customers to directly engage with AWS.

Amazon first established a presence in the country by opening a development center in December 2004 to help build the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) service.

Many of the more than 250 new roles in South Africa will be based here and will work on Amazon EC2 as well as the engineering of other new services as well as pioneering networking technologies and next generation cloud software.

AWS now counts some of Africa’s fastest growing businesses as customers including, Entersekt, PayGate and Travelstart as well as established enterprises such as Adcorp and Medscheme.

The new, highly skilled roles include: Software Development Engineers; Network Development Engineers; Support Engineers; Technical Account Managers; Systems Engineers; Solutions Architects and many more.

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