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Online retailer,, is looking to hire as many as 50 high-tech computer engineers as it expands its development center in Cape Town.

Brent Jaye, director of Amazon Web Services (AWS), developer support and customer service told BusinessTech that the group is looking at an initial wave of 50 candidates, which would expand if successful.

“We want to hire locally,” Jaye said, noting previous success in the country, “but the positions are also open to international candidates,” he continued.

The Development Centre which focuses on software development and technical support for Amazon, including Amazon’s cloud computing services is expanding to accommodate 100 employees.

The Customer Service which already houses 800 several hundred employees, is focused on global customer service .

“We are excited about the growth in this space,” Jaye said.

Amazon has had a software development center in Cape Town for a number of years, which Jaye says has proven to be a great location for finding the top talent Amazon needs to support the continued growth of services.

The new positions are expected to be in operation by June 4, 2012, and roles are currently available for support engineers, systems engineers, software developers and technical managers.  These engineers would provide global support including trouble-shooting.

Jaye said that Amazon would be conducting interviews with between 30-40 candidates as early as the coming weeks.

The offices will join Amazon’s customer service operations at Wembley 2, Gardens.

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