Amazon is expanding the company’s workforce in Santa Barbara, California, and plans to create 150 additional tech jobs in the city.
With plans to double its workforce, the company has opened a new 48,000 square foot office for Alexa tech teams located in downtown Santa Barbara.
“We have been able to hire great talent in Santa Barbara and look forward to doubling our workforce here,” said Kevin Davis, site lead of Amazon’s Santa Barbara office. “Santa Barbara is an incredibly welcoming city with a high quality of life and innovative culture— and we’re excited to create more jobs, and continue to invest locally in the community.”
The tech teams based in Santa Barbara help Alexa get even smarter every day, developing new ways to power Alexa’s factual knowledge in devices such as Amazon Echo and Fire TV, according to the company. The Santa Barbara-based teams work with scientists in Amazon’s Development Center in Cambridge, England, in this effort. Amazon currently has dozens of open roles located in Santa Barbara, including software and data engineers, knowledge engineers, data scientists, machine learning associates, product managers and more.
The new Amazon office includes energy efficient appliances and sensors to reduce energy and water consumption, enhanced bike storage and lockers to encourage alternate modes of commuting, and open spaces to enhance collaboration and innovation between teams.