Over the last 16 years Amazon has invested heavily in innovation across Europe and continues to grow
Amazon is currently hiring for hundreds of roles across its Development Centers in Austria, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Spain and the UK
Roles in Europe range from machine learning scientists and robotics engineers through to software, hardware and aerospace engineers
Luxembourg - 18 October 2018 – Amazon today announced it now has over 5,500 highly skilled researchers and engineers working across 25 Development Centre sites in Europe, which invent and enhance products and services for customers including Alexa, Amazon Web Services (AWS), consumer and transportation technology. These teams - based in Austria, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Spain and the UK - include machine learning scientists, robotics engineers, solutions architects, software, hardware and aerospace engineers, and more.
“For over 16 years, our European Development Centres have been a key part of our mission to invent on behalf of customers around the world,” said Jeff Wilke, CEO Worldwide Consumer, Amazon. “Many of the products and services our customers love have come from Europe. That includes Alexa, who found her voice thanks to teams in Poland and learned how to answer questions with help from teams in the UK, and automatic translation services that enable sellers from any country to export around the world, which were invented and built in Germany. The brilliant inventors across our European Development Centres enable us to offer wider choice, lower prices, and a better shopping experience for hundreds of millions of customers around the world. With 25 Development Centres and over 5,500 highly skilled inventors across Europe—and more to come—we have a long-term commitment to investing in European innovation.”
Amazon continues to ramp up its investment in R&D across Europe, announcing today that a new site is set to open in Manchester next year, along with plans to expand Development Centres in Scotland and Cambridge, and ongoing hiring for hundreds of roles in Development Centers across the continent. Since 2010, Amazon has invested €27bn across its entire European operations.
European Leaders Inventing for Global Customers
Tech leaders working across Amazon’s European Development Centers work with teams across the globe to build products and services for customers around the world. For example, Development Centres in the UK, Poland and Cambridge support the global work on Amazon Alexa.
The international technology team in Luxembourg helps to build and deliver solutions on a global scale, from front-end customer experience to back-end service technology, such as services for third-party sellers or in new payment methods.
In the UK, Amazon’s London Development Centre houses teams of software development engineers, user-interface experts, data analysts and graphic designers working to build new technologies for Amazon’s Prime Video service, benefitting 100 million Prime customers around the world. There are thousands of models of Smart TVs, games consoles, set top boxes that the Prime Video app runs on, and the work in London helps to ensure customers around the world have the same high quality experience wherever they are watching, on whatever living room device they are watching on.
In Scotland, teams in Amazon’s Development Centre work on new advertising technology to help customers find and discover products they’ll love and personalised shopping recommendations, benefitting Amazon customers and employees around the world.
Germany is now a global leader in machine learning. The Development Center in Berlin supports Amazon’s global research in artificial intelligence (AI) with science teams in computer vision, robotics, machine translation, and demand forecasting. The newly opened research site in Tubingen, Germany, focuses on technologies that enables computers to understand causality, which helps AI systems to predict customer behavior in response to automated decisions, for example, the order of search results to improve their search experience.
Transportation technology teams across Europe are also rolling out delivery innovations, including Amazon Lockers, pickup points, in-app map tracking and photo on delivery to customers in Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the UK. We also have Prime Air Development Centers in Austria, France and the UK contributing to the creation of a delivery system designed to safely get packages to customers in 30 minutes or less using unmanned aerial vehicles.
AWS teams across Europe are inventing new cloud computing products and services for customers around the globe, including parts of the storage service Amazon S3 and the hypervisor underpinning the compute service Amazon EC2. With a growing number of teams across eight European Development Centres, AWS is continually expanding its services to support virtually any cloud workload. It now has more than 125 services that range from compute, storage, networking, database, analytics, application services, deployment, management, developer, mobile, Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), augmented/virtual reality, security, hybrid and enterprise applications.
Investing in Future Inventors & Entrepreneurs
Each of Amazon’s Development Centres cooperate with science institutions, research labs, universities, and start-up companies to share ideas and foster collaboration across Europe. The Amazon Scholars program enables academic leaders to work with Amazon in a flexible capacity without leaving their academic institution, ranging from ongoing part-time to full-time research and applied science roles during sabbaticals. Amazon Scholars can work in a variety of capacities at Amazon, allowing for experimentation and measurement of new scientific ideas.
Amazon’s investment in European innovation enables businesses large and small to boost their productivity and reach millions of customers around the world. These small businesses serve millions of customers through selling on Amazon, Amazon Launchpad, Handmade at Amazon, and AmazonFresh’s Local Shops and Markets. The company also empowers businesses to reach more customers and run their businesses more effectively through services such as Alexa voice recognition, Amazon Pay, the Amazon Appstore, and AWS. In Europe, 990,000 companies and creative professionals build their businesses with Amazon Marketplace, AWS, and Kindle Direct Publishing. Over 200,000 jobs in Europe are supported by businesses selling on Amazon, and last year these businesses exported over €3bn worth of goods.