Amazon Hiring Developers And Engineers In Cape Town

Written by Peter Pedroncelli
Cape Town
Amazon is hiring South African developers, engineers and other professionals for their Cape Town expansion. Photo by Christina Morillo @divinetechygirl

U.S. e-commerce giant Amazon is expanding in South Africa, with more than 100 job openings for tech professionals including software developers, support engineers and infrastructure managers needed to work in its web services division.

Other jobs include positions for data scientists, cybersecurity experts, and user experience experts who work with developers and designers to create intuitive, user-friendly software.

Two new data centers are expected to be launched in South Africa in early 2020, with the goal of speeding up cloud services and reducing costs for Amazon’s local corporate clients, according to BusinessInsider.

Amazon has had a presence in South Africa since 2004, when the e-commerce giant opened its first development center in Cape Town, according to ITWeb. This is where the company developed the early version of Amazon Web Services. In 2015, Amazon opened an office in Johannesburg.

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The data centers are essentially large, secure server and data-hardware warehouses. They’ll be used to store large amounts of data. Amazon says these will enable African businesses to leverage advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, internet of things and mobile services to empower their own innovation.

Amazon jobs in Cape Town

Amazon has come under fire in the U.S. for replacing humans with robots including 3,000 AmazonGo locations that are cashierless.

Much of the infrastructure in the African centers is expected to be automated, in line with Amazon’s typical data center strategy. However, humans will be needed to run the complex operations and maintain important things such as security.

Some of the positions in Cape Town aim to attract multilingual professionals who speak Dutch and German. They are expected to deal with Dutch and German-speaking clients in Europe with regards to customer service and publisher relations.