Amazon to Create 150 Local Jobs
By edhat staff
Amazon announced its workforce expansion in Santa Barbara with plans to create an additional 150 jobs in the technical field.
The company has opened a new 48,000 square foot office for Alexa tech teams in downtown Santa Barbara at 1001 State Street, the former home of Saks 5th Ave. The new office includes energy-efficient appliances and sensors to reduce energy and water consumption, enhanced bike storage and lockers to encourage alternate modes of commuting and open spaces to enhance collaboration and innovation between teams.
“We have been able to hire great talent in Santa Barbara and look forward to doubling our workforce here,” said Kevin Davis, Site Lead of Amazon’s Santa Barbara office. “Santa Barbara is an incredibly welcoming city with a high quality of life and innovative culture – and we’re excited to create more jobs, and continue to invest locally in the community.”
The tech teams based in Santa Barbara are working on Alexa, a virtual assistant using artificial intelligence (AI) connected to Amazon products. The jobs revolve around developing new ways to power Alexa’s factual knowledge in devices such as Amazon Echo and Fire TV. The Santa Barbara-based teams work with scientists in Amazon’s Development Center in Cambridge, England in this effort.
“We welcome a new Amazon office in downtown Santa Barbara, adding to the mix of innovative, technology companies in our region. We encourage their employees to participate in community events and enjoy the amenities of local restaurants, shopping, and arts and culture,” said Cathy Murillo, Mayor of Santa Barbara.
Amazon currently has dozens of open roles located in Santa Barbara, including Software and Data Engineers, Knowledge Engineers, Data Scientists, Machine Learning Associates, Product Managers, and more. The full list of open jobs is available here.
Amazon states it has created more than 45,000 full-time jobs in California since 2010 and invested over $34.5 billion.