Amazon bases itself in Manchester

Amazon has opened its first UK corporate office in Manchester.

The tech giant’s office occupies all six floors of the Hanover Building in the city’s Northern Quarter and measures 90,000 square feet, which the company expects “in time” to house 600 employees.

The online bookseller is looking for software developers, solutions architects and finance analysts across both Amazon and its cloud arm, AWS.

The head office bolsters the tech giant’s presence in the North, where it also has distribution centres in Manchester Airport, Warrington and Bolton, alongside a sortation centre and three delivery stations in the North-West. The new city office will bring its total headcount in the region to 6,000.

Doug Gurr, UK country manager at Amazon said: “I am delighted we’re opening our first corporate office in the North of England. Manchester offers an incredible talent pool, a thriving hub of fast-growing UK tech start-ups and is a centre of academic and intellectual excellence. We are already actively hiring for a range of skillsets for our new Manchester office, so if you’ve always wanted to build the future, come and build it with us.”