These are some of the 1,000 jobs up for grabs at a huge new Amazon centre in the North East

Amazon has announced it is opening a new Fulfilment Centre in Darlington which will bring 1,000 new jobs to the North East.

Friday, 20th December 2019, 2:26 pm
Updated Tuesday, 24th December 2019, 2:30 pm
Amazon is coming to Darlington. Picture by PA

Amazon has started recruiting for a range of new roles for the fulfilment centre, including engineers, HR and IT professionals through to health and safety, and finance specialists and operations managers.

The Darlington site will be fitted out with advanced Amazon Robotics technology. The robots slide under a tower of shelves where products are stowed, lift it and move it through the fulfilment centre.

Darlington will be Amazon’s first fulfilment centre in the North-East. Amazon opened a delivery station in Washington, in 2015, creating 90 permanent jobs, and works with around a dozen independent delivery companies with hundreds of drivers to provide the fast and reliable delivery Amazon customers love and trust.

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What will you get paid and what are the benefits?

Amazon fulfilment centre employees receive competitive pay and comprehensive benefits. Pay starts at £9.50 an hour for all permanent, temporary and seasonal employees working in the company’s fulfilment centres.

Employees are offered a comprehensive benefits package, including private medical insurance, life assurance, income protection, subsidised meals and an employee discount – which combined are worth more than £700 annually – as well as a company pension plan.

Amazon also offers employees an innovative programme called Career Choice that provides funding for adult education, offering to pre-pay 95% of tuition and associated fees for nationally recognised courses, up to £8,000 over four years.

What job are available and how to apply for a job?

Recruitment has started for professional roles in HR, IT, finance, engineering and operations.

The specific roles include workforce staffing specialist, safety specialist, buyer, operations manager and more.

Recruitment for the Amazon team in Darlington who will pick, pack and ship customer orders will begin early next year. People interested in applying for jobs at Amazon should click here.

What does Amazon have to say about the new Darlington site?

“We are excited to start the New Year with a recruitment drive for 1,000 new permanent roles in Darlington, with competitive wages and comprehensive benefits starting on day one,” said Stefano Perego, Amazon’s Vice President of UK Customer Fulfilment.

“We are delighted to expand our operations in the North East with this new team playing a crucial role in delivering a first rate level of service for our customers.”

What does the move to the North East mean for the area?

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: “My number one priority is always attracting the businesses and investment to the Tees Valley that will create the good quality well-paid jobs we all want to see come to our region and they don’t come much bigger than Amazon.

“Jobs are already open for application in HR, IT, finance, operations and engineering – just the sort of high-quality professional roles we want to see for the talented people in our area. I would encourage everyone to get applying for these exciting new roles now!”