Amazon announced it plans to open new technology center in Tempe near Arizona State University’s main campus.  In addition, the new project is expected to create an additional 550 jobs in the Phoenix metro area over the next few years.

550 New Jobs

The tech giant Amazon is already Arizona’s third largest private sector employer and is now planning to expand its  technology center in Tempe. Currently, there are more than 400 open jobs at the technology center. Applicants can apply for the open job positions at amazon.jobs. The new jobs roles will assist Amazon in consumer retail, web services and operations. The company will need software development engineers, senior solution architects, project managers and business analysts.

“Not only do Phoenix and Tempe have an incredible existing talent pipeline, but this is a place where people want to move to as well. We’ve already created more than 5,000 corporate and tech jobs in the Phoenix area, and we are excited to continue investing here”. The site lead for Amazon’s Phoenix Tech Hub Doug Welzel said in a prepared statement.

“Highly skilled and growing workforce as well as our premier attractiveness for technology and innovation”. Sandra Watson, president and CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority said in her statement.

Opportunity for Arizona State University Graguates

Arizona State University’s close proximity to the expansion center is a plus for the company. ASU is one of the largest universities in the U.S. and produces thousands of graduates looking to join the workforce. Amazon’s officials have announced that the Tempe Tech Hub is going to be using two special hiring programs.

Amazon Returnship and Best Fit Programs

Amazon Returnship is a program is to help professionals get back to work after they lost or left their jobs. The 16-week paid initiative is for the people who do not have a job during the past one year. After joining the program, the employees work on a specific project for a four-month period. Afterwards, there is a possibility of moving in a full-time position at Amazon.The other special hiring program being used is Best Fit. This will allow engineers to apply once at Amazon. The company will consider them for thousands of jobs throughout the company.

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