Amazon to open new Development Centre in Cambridge

Amazon announced today (Thursday May 4) that it is investing a new Development Centre site in Cambridge that will open this Autumn.

The 60,000sq ft site at One The Square in the city’s CB1 business district will have capacity for more than 400 employees, including machine learning scientists, knowledge engineers, data scientists, mathematical modellers, speech scientists and software engineers.

Once the new site opens, Amazon’s current Development Centre building at Castle Hill in Cambridge will be used primarily for research and development for Prime Air, a delivery system from Amazon designed to safely get parcels to customers in 30 minutes or less using unmanned aerial vehicles, also called drones.

Teams working on devices such as Kindle, Fire tablet, Fire TV Stick, Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Look and Alexa, will move to the new site this Autumn.

The online retail giant is currently recruiting extensively in Cambridge as part of its expansion plans in the city.

Amazon UK country manager Doug Gurr said: “We are constantly inventing on behalf of our customers, and our Development Centres in Cambridge, Edinburgh and London play a major role in Amazon’s global innovation story.

“By the end of this year, we will have more than 1,500 innovation-related roles here in Britain, working on everything from machine learning and drone technology to streaming video technology and Amazon Web Services.”

The company today announced that it has invested £6.4 billion across the UK since 2010, and this year has pledged to create 5,000 new permanent roles across the country, bringing its full time workforce to 24,000.

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