Amazon is to expand its Development Centre in Scotland, creating space for an additional 250 new roles dedicated to research and development (R&D) in the Edinburgh's Waverley Gate building.
Amazon’s Customer Service Centre, the previous occupant of the space, will now move to state-of-the-art offices in the Scottish capital.
The new roles will join hundreds of highly-skilled software engineers, scientists and designers already working at the site. Teams in Edinburgh work on new advertising technology and personalised shopping recommendations, benefitting Amazon customers and employees around the world.
Amazon has over 2,500 employees in Scotland across the Development Centre and customer service sites in Edinburgh, fulfilment centres in Dunfermline and Gourock, Prime Now site in Glasgow and delivery stations in Dundee and Motherwell.
“Edinburgh was Amazon’s first research and development centre outside of North America and it has a well-earnt reputation as a global centre for innovation, software engineering and machine learning,” said Graeme Smith, Managing Director of Amazon Development Centre Scotland. “The new roles are Silicon Valley jobs right here in the heart of Scotland and will join teams working on large-scale projects using cutting edge technology which helps benefit hundreds of millions of Amazon customers around the world.”
“Scotland and Edinburgh in particular are home to some of Europe’s most exciting start-ups so it is fantastic we are able to expand our presence here. Beyond creating these new roles we look forward to continuing to contribute to the wider tech-sector through our commitment to gender equality and diversity in the workplace, with activities including sponsorship of the Scotland Women In Technology Awards and the Amazon Women in Innovation Bursary.”
Economy Secretary Derek Mackay said:
“This is welcome, additional investment in Amazon’s Scottish Development Centre in Edinburgh which was the first of its kind outside of the US. This expansion will provide capacity for 250 new high-skilled roles and shows the level of talent in the Scottish workforce.
“The Scottish Government has an ambitious economic strategy to create the right environment for job growth. This includes delivering enhanced physical and digital infrastructure, core skills and increased innovation and use of technologies in key industries.”