Amazon to hire 600+ developers and support staff for Cape Town office

Amazon.com last month said it is looking hire up to 611 workers for its South African office in Cape Town, as it looks forward to expanding its presence across Africa.

The move comes as the giant online retailer says it has witnessed significant growth in South Africa, thus prompting the need to employ developers and skilled technical support staff to work at its Cape Town office.

James Greenfield, software development manager for Amazon in South Africa, said: “We’re looking for people who can understand the technical issues as well as have great rapport with our customers.”

The support team not only helps companies take their infrastructure into the cloud and solve problems, they also help us understand how customers are using the services and give feedback to the development team – a critical part of the overall effort, according to Greenfield.

The offices are to be home to a development team that is focused on software development and technical support for Amazon, including Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), and a support team for Amazon Web Services (AWS) users worldwide.

Jobs available include system administrators and developers at all levels to contribute to the ongoing development of Amazon offerings, such as Amazon EC2.

There are currently positions open for a number of developers to join the team, as well as development managers, technical writers, product managers, security and operations engineers and systems administrators with Linux, Windows, networking and database skills, the online retailing giant revealed.

“We’re looking for people who are smart, adaptable, curious, motivated and willing to learn,” Greenfield said. “We’ll provide training for the right people if necessary.”

Amazon’s Cape Town office, in addition to the team supporting Amazon’s Web services, includes a customer service team, which is currently seeking associates for temporary positions over the holiday season.

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