​Amazon has signed a lease for a 200,000-square-foot space at the Water Garden, in Santa Monica, Calif.

Amazon To Add 2,500 Corporate and Tech Jobs in Expansion of Southern California Tech Hubs

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Amazon plans to add more than 2,500 corporate and tech jobs across multiple sites in Southern California, the company announced Tuesday.

The tech giant is already hiring for its expanding hubs in Santa Monica, Irvine and San Diego where it is leasing new office space. Roles include software development, engineering, game design, user experience and more across such Amazon teams as retail, games, operations and Amazon Web Services.

The breakdown by city includes:

  • Santa Monica: More than 1,000 jobs over the coming years and 200,000 square feet of new office space at the Water Garden. The site will start taking on new employees mid-2023.
  • Irvine: More than 800 jobs over the next few years and 116,000 square feet of space at Spectrum Terrace that the company plans to occupy later this year.
  • San Diego: More than 700 employees and 123,000 square feet of space at University Town Center.

Spectrum Terrace in Irvine Calif., where Amazon is leasing more space. Irvine Co. Photo

Amazon already employs more than 5,000 people in corporate and tech roles in Los Angeles and another 1,000 in San Diego. It opened more than 15 sites in Southern California and created more than 17,000 jobs statewide in 2021. The new figures will add to the 170,000 people the company employs across all roles in California.

The company said it has invested more than $81 billion across the state, including infrastructure from fulfillment centers, Whole Foods Market locations, and the three tech hubs.

“These 2,500 new jobs include roles building cloud infrastructure, improving the Alexa experience, and designing cutting edge video games,” Holly Sullivan, Amazon’s vice president of worldwide economic development, said in a news release. “They’re a fantastic opportunity for Californians of all backgrounds to join Amazon and build a successful career.”

Amazon employs 1.6 million people worldwide, up 28% year-over-year.

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