Amazon Business has already made quite a mark on the world of business-to-business e-commerce: Not yet two years old, it reports that it surpassed $1 billion in sales during its first full year of operation and is widely recognized as a major force driving other sellers to build and perfect B2B e-commerce sites and marketplaces.
But as Amazon.com Inc. sees it, its B2B site still has a ways to go to reach its potential.
“It is still very much Day One for Amazon Business,” Amazon says. It is still focused, it adds, “on building solutions that enable B2B customers to find, research, and buy products and services.”
Those quoted comments were pulled not from a statement by an Amazon executive, but from a job description posted Jan. 5 and still listed today on Amazon’s own recruitment website for a senior program manager for Amazon Business. It’s one of dozens job openings currently at Amazon Business, according to a search for “Amazon Business” on Amazon’s jobs site, Amazon.jobs.
And though Amazon.com already has some 180,000 employees corporate-wide—and plans to create more than 100,000 new full-time jobs in the United States within the next 18 months, it announced today—it promises in its pitches to new recruits for Amazon Business they can have the best of both worlds: the resources of a large corporation, and the personal touch of a new boutique firm.
“We operate like an agile start-up within Amazon, so there are plenty of opportunities for the right candidate to come into the role, take charge and increase his/her level of impact and ultimately grow as a leader within the org,” Amazon says in the job listing for senior program manager. A spokeswoman says Amazon doesn’t break out the total number of current openings at Amazon Business or how many will be dedicated to the B2B site as Amazon proceeds to create 100,000 more jobs.
Among other listings today for jobs at Amazon Business are chief of staff, customer advisor, vendor manager, order management, e-marketing manager, and separate heads of U.S. sales for healthcare, education and government markets. The listings also include positions for software developers capable of developing apps on Force.com, the app development platform of Salesforce.com Inc. Such apps are typically designed to integrate with Salesforce.com’s software suites for CRM, marketing and other operations. They could enable Amazon Business’s own sales managers, for example, to trigger automated marketing messages offering new services to clients that sell products through the Amazon marketplace.
In addition to the dozens of listings that show up specifically for Amazon Business, Amazon’s recruitment site also lists thousands of openings for business and technology professionals, including software developers and project managers, at other divisions that complement Amazon Business, Amazon.com and the retailer’s international sites. Amazon Web Services, the company’s cloud technology and services operation, lists more than 6,000 job openings for such positions as software engineers, finance managers, director of customer service and application security engineer.
CEO Jeff Bezos says many of the 100,000 new hires over the next 18 months will help to staff new fulfillment centers and contribute technical expertise as the company continues to “invent in areas like cloud technology, machine learning and advanced logistics.”
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