With the technology sector predicted to drive an MBA jobs boom in 2022, it’s no surprise that Big Tech firm Amazon plans to increase its number of MBA hires this year.
Amazon is among the world’s largest companies. It has a market capitalization above $1.6 trillion—one of only five companies to boast such a stat— and its share price has increased by around 95% since January 2019.
With an impressive headcount of more than 1.3 million, Amazon is one of the largest MBA recruiters in the world. Here’s everything we know about Amazon’s MBA recruitment plans in 2022.
Amazon MBA jobs to increase as demand rises
The entire technology sector has performed well during the coronavirus pandemic and Amazon has been one of the industry’s leaders over the past three years.
In 2021, the number of MBA jobs at Amazon increased by 20% in response to increasing demand for Amazon products and services, an Amazon spokesperson told BusinessBecause. These include the flagship e-commerce site, along with the company’s cloud computing software, Amazon Web Services, and streaming service, Prime Video.
“We hire based on business demand,” said the Amazon spokesperson. “We work with business teams across Amazon to determine their need for student talent each hiring season.”
Amazon plans to expand further in 2022. The company has evolved beyond e-commerce and technology, with more than 30 bricks and mortar Amazon Go stores in the US. It also recently entered the high street in the UK, opening 15 Amazon Fresh grocery stores in London.
Healthcare—an industry experts say is ripe for tech-led innovation—is another area Amazon is exploring. The company launched Amazon Care, a virtual and physical app-based care service, in Seattle in 2019. It plans to deliver the service in 20 more locations in 2022.
“As Amazon’s customer products and services evolve, so does our need for talent. We expect to continue to increase hiring in 2022.”
What Amazon MBA jobs are available?
Amazon MBA jobs exist across a range of sectors including product management, retail, finance, pathways operations, and program management.
Amazon hiring programs include ‘Launch’, a three-year rotational track available for European MBA graduates entering the corporate side of the business. MBA grads on the Launch program can move between the company’s various locations in Europe, including the UK, France, Germany, and Italy.
‘Pathways’ is a five-year track offering MBAs a route into Amazon’s operations side. Roles cover areas like logistics, supply chain, transportation, and fulfilment operations.
There are also a variety of Amazon MBA internship schemes available.
“We value MBA students because they tend to fit well within our corporate culture,” said the company spokesperson. “They are customer obsessed, risk-oriented, scrappy, and analytical.”
How to land an Amazon MBA job
Amazon looks for MBA graduates who are results-driven, with some technology experience and who demonstrate skills in strategic thinking and data-driven decision making.
The company values students with hard, technical skills. Abilities in programming and SQL are preferred, while students who have participated in MBA projects or clubs that focus on tech will also appeal to the company’s recruiters.
Amazon also looks for students with soft skills, valuing MBAs “who are able to deal with ambiguity, be flexible, show forward thinking, and display resourcefulness and efficiency,” the spokesperson says.
Amazon also has its 14 leadership principles that MBAs should be aware of when applying. These include: 'dive deep', 'think big', 'strive to be Earth’s best employer', and 'success and scale bring broad responsibility'.
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