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Amazon chief technology officer Werner Vogels in Dublin yesterday. Photo: Mark Condren

Amazon chief technology officer Werner Vogels in Dublin yesterday. Photo: Mark Condren

Amazon chief technology officer Werner Vogels in Dublin yesterday. Photo: Mark Condren

Online retailer Amazon will create 300 new jobs in Dublin over the next two years, the company announced.

Amazon is looking to hire data centre technicians, software engineers and customer support staff to be based in its office in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.

The retail giant has had a presence in Ireland since 2004 and already employs 1,400 people here.

"We have been extremely impressed with the creativity and strong technical talent available in the country," Amazon chief technology officer Werner Vogels said.

"We recognise that some of the greatest technology minds in the world can be found in Europe and we are looking for some of these talented people to join our rapidly growing team," he added.

Amazon ran its operations in the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain from Dublin, Dr Vogels said.

The company will expand its office space in Dublin to over 100,000 sq ft to account for the new roles.

"What we do here is we build new products for Amazon Retail, we build new products for Amazon Kindle, we build new products for the cloud computing division, all of those are very highly skilled technical jobs ... those are the kind of jobs that we will continue to be adding," Mr Vogels said.

"Something that we find is really core here in Europe, definitely in Ireland, [is] that there's a good sense about international diversity and how to deal with customers around the world.

"Especially if you look at serving customers in Europe, there's clearly great cultural differences ... and we find that our engineers and technical account managers here in Ireland are extremely well suited to actually serve those kind of customers."

Amazon also has an office in Cork, where it employs 800 people.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny was present at the announcement and said that "having a company of Amazon's stature adding more jobs further strengthens our international reputation".

"The Government's plan to secure recovery involves supporting and growing the vibrant digital sector in Ireland."

IDA chief executive Martin Shanahan said Amazon's jobs announcement was "a huge vote of confidence in their highly skilled Irish workforce".

Irish Independent