A pair of job postings listed by online retail giant Amazon kicked the excitement level up a notch in anticipation of the company’s new “HQ2” headed for Long Island City, Queens. According to Bloomberg, the ads, seeking a software development manager and software engineer, referred to the company’s impending New York expansion by saying the new HQ would be the site of a 50-person team starting in 2019 as part of its Intelligent Cloud Control group. Following a flurry of press inquiries, Amazon quickly added that though they would begin hiring for HQ2 later in 2019, the listings were for positions in an already-existing office.
A description that said, “Following Amazon’s recent announcement of the launch of Head Quarter 2 (HQ2) we are building a development organization in New York starting with 50 people in 2019. Our expansion in HQ2 will allow ICC to meet its ever increasing staffing needs and provide the engineering leadership necessary across all of the other Amazon teams we work with that will also establish a base in HQ2 in the future” was removed from the listings.
According to a company spokeswoman, the two listed roles were for already-existing NYC offices in which Amazon has been growing teams focused on cloud computing, advertising, and fashion.
Amazon announced November that it would bring its second headquarters to Long Island City, following a 14-month long contest among hundreds of cities across the country. The company will also open a second new headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, with each location expected to house 25,000 new employees.
The company has said it would be adding 700 new hires to the LIC location later in 2019 and about 3,000 more in 2020: “We haven’t posted roles in our Long Island City headquarters yet, but we’re excited to kick off our recruiting process later in 2019.”
No new jobs have been listed yet for the company’s second headquarters-to-be in Northern Virginia.
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