Amazon to create 1,000 jobs in Manchester at new fulfilment centre

Amazon is to open its first fulfilment centre in north-west England, creating 1,000 new jobs in Manchester over the next three years.

The online retailer is recruiting operations managers and engineers, and for IT and HR roles at the site, which will open later this year.

Mike Kane, the MP for Wythenshawe and Sale East, said: “This is fantastic news for residents of Wythenshawe and Sale East … This investment is another big step in the renaissance of Wythenshawe.”

The centre will join Amazon’s 10 fulfilment centres in the UK, including two in Doncaster and one each in Dunfermline, Dunstable, Gourock, Hemel Hempstead, Milton Keynes, Peterborough, Rugeley and Swansea Bay. Two of these centres opened in 2015.

The move is part of Amazon’s plan to expand across the UK this year, creating 2,500 permanent jobs.

The company is hiring at its head office in London, at three research and development centres in Cambridge, Edinburgh and London, at its customer service centre in Edinburgh and at warehouses across the country. Amazon is also recruiting people to support a new UK datacentre region.

Next year, the company plans to open a new head office, which will house 5,000 employees in Old Street, central London.

The group caused a stir in the grocery market last week by signing a deal to sell food from Morrisons, the UK’s fourth largest supermarket chain.

Fresh, chilled and frozen food made by Morrisons will be available from Amazon within the next few months on its Prime Now and Pantry services.

Prime Now delivers products to customers within one hour for £6.99. It is available in London, Birmingham, Newcastle, Manchester and Liverpool but is expanding fast. Amazon Pantry is a nationwide service that allows shoppers to build up a box of grocery items for delivery the next day.

Amazon is also believed to have signed up former Marks Spencer clothing head Frances Russell as it works on plans to further its fashion business with an own-label clothing brand.

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