Adding capacity to its Tech Hubs network, the company aims to recruit talent beyond its headquarter locations in Washington state’s Puget Sound region and Arlington, Virginia

Amazon has announced plans to create more than 2,500 corporate and technology jobs over the coming years in multiple cities across California including 1,000 jobs at Santa Monica’s Water Garden.

The company will expand its Tech Hubs in San Diego and the Los Angeles area, including Irvine and Santa Monica. The company said the investments come after Amazon opened more than 15 sites across Southern California and created more than 17,000 jobs statewide in 2021 alone.

“Communities across California have welcomed Amazon over the past decade and have seen firsthand how our investments can unlock new opportunities for their neighbors and local economies. We’ve created more than 170,000 jobs across the state and are committed to continue investing here,” said Holly Sullivan, Amazon’s vice president of worldwide economic development. “These 2,500 new jobs include roles building cloud infrastructure, improving the Alexa experience, and designing cutting edge video games. They’re a fantastic opportunity for Californians of all backgrounds to join Amazon and build a successful career.”

In announcing the opening, Amazon said the California expansion will support various teams across the company, including retail, Amazon Games, Amazon Web Services, and operations. A variety of roles are already available, including software development engineers, game designers, and user experience designers, along with positions in human resources, finance, IT, and more. People interested in applying for roles at Amazon can learn more here.

Amazon’s investments in California will include new office space in three cities, contributing to local job creation and the revitalization of downtown areas. These investments include:

  • Santa Monica – As part of Amazon’s expansion at its Los Angeles Tech Hub, the company plans to create more than 1,000 new corporate and tech jobs in Santa Monica over the coming years. To accommodate this hiring effort, Amazon has signed a lease for a 200,000-square-foot space with J.P. Morgan Asset Management at the Water Garden. The new site will begin welcoming employees in mid-2023.
  • Irvine – Further expanding its Los Angeles Tech Hub, Amazon also plans to create more than 800 corporate and tech jobs over the next few years in Irvine. The company has signed a lease for 116,000 square feet of space at Spectrum Terrace with Irvine Company and plans to occupy the office space later this year.  
  • San Diego – Amazon has signed a lease for a 123,000-square-foot space with Seritage Growth Properties and Invesco at University Town Center to accommodate more than 700 employees. About 1,000 tech and corporate employees are already working at Amazon’s San Diego Tech Hub. The new office space will open for employees in early 2023. 

Amazon is already present in Santa Monica working on content creation at Amazon Studios in the Water Garden.

“Santa Monica is welcoming them with open arms and we’re pleased with their commitment to stay and expand their footprint in Santa Monica,” said Economic Development Manager Jennifer Taylor.

“Adding 1,000 jobs is significant. The creative and tech industries are about 37% of the city’s jobs we have about 29,000 positions in creative and tech so adding to that is definitely welcomed because these are high-paid jobs and build on our talented workforce.”

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Matthew Hall has a Masters Degree in International Journalism from City University in London and has been Editor-in-Chief of SMDP since 2014. Prior to working at SMDP he managed a chain of weekly papers...