Amazon creates 200 jobs, designs new office for collabs

SINGAPORE: SIN16, Amazon’s new headquarters at Asia Square, is designed to optimize agile working, learning and collaboration.

The new space is intended to house a newly expanded workforce that will include 200 new hires for its Consumer Business and Corporate functions by the end of 2022.

The online retail giant is planning to expand its range of offerings in Singapore as well as include more support for local businesses to go global. Amazon has created more than 1,000 direct jobs since 2019 and has approximately 2,000 full-time and part-time employees in the country.

Amazon Singapore country manager Henry Low said, “The way we work has been changed by the pandemic forever so as our teams continue to grow here, the new space will ensure they have the flexibility and ample space to collaborate, co-create, and continue to innovate on our customers' behalf.”

Highlights of the new office include:

Showcases of Amazon’s history and leadership principles: The office space features a milestone wall of key events in Amazon’s journey in Singapore, along with prominent wall panels highlighting core company values known as leadership principles such as “Customer Obsession”, “Learn and Be Curious”, “Best Employer” and more.

Features of the vibrant culture of Singapore: Rooms across the office are named after local streets and landmarks, including a wall featuring iconic Singlish phrases.

Spaces for creativity and inspiration: Employees can unwind at the pantry and mini café, equipped with Nespresso coffee machines and game tables, including amenities to play billiards, foosball, and electronic darts. Employees can also enjoy interactive game board walls for friendly competitions of Scrabble and Chess.

Collaboration spaces: The office includes a product showcase area for teams to highlight the latest and greatest products and services they develop, as well as 50 breakout areas for informal discussions and brainstorms. The office also has five large meeting rooms, each with a capacity of up to 14 people. All meeting rooms and training rooms are fully equipped with video-conferencing capabilities.

Facilities for work and learning: Employees can enjoy height-adjustable desks and individual lockers to safe keep their personal items. Teams and employees who require more privacy and focus can access 33 quiet rooms and 12 phone booths spread across three floors. There are also two training rooms that can double up as physical town hall event spaces.

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