Although the American tech giant; Amazon was established in South Africa in 2004, they do not have much presence in other Sub-Saharan countries. Recently the company started to make significant investments in Nigeria, sponsoring advertisement campaigns and signing production deals with leading filmmakers in the country. In 2016, Amazon expanded its Prime Video streaming service to Nigeria, and local businesses started to patronize the Amazon Web Service. The Amazon Web Service sometimes advertises Lagos-based roles on behalf of its Nigerian clients. Amazon’s recent interest in Nigeria, backed up by the announcement notifying the general public of a call for Lagos-based Software developers to work with the company, has raised questions in the mind of Nigerians. Is Amazon planning to set up an office in the country? Is Amazon hiring from Nigeria?
Call for Lagos-based Software Developers
Recently, Amazon announced on their job website that they are looking to hire tested and trusted software development engineers. Interested candidates must be based in Lagos, equipped with commendable expertise in solving algorithmically complex issues, and open to relocation opportunities.
To this effect, the Amazon International Events team will be hosting an interviewing event scheduled to take place from the 1st to the 5th of August, 2022. Only selected applicants for the software developer role will be invited to this event.
The Job Description
As highlighted on their official job website; www.amazon.jobs the company is building customer-focused software that can also serve many fast-growing businesses. To achieve this, they require an expert software development engineer to work on innovative and leading technologies. The job role requires the interested professional to have a great deal of technical expertise. Excellent leadership skills and the ability to be a self-starter when necessary is a plus.
The professional will be responsible for solving algorithmically complex issues, proffering front-end and back-end services that can scale to millions of requests, and building and designing highly distributed systems.
Job Requirements Include:
- 1+ years of experience contributing to the architecture and design of new and existing systems.
- 2+ years of non-internship experience developing software in a professional capacity.
- Experience in coding and programming using at least one software programming language.
- Experience with Relational and SQL databases, Spring, MVC frameworks, REST/RPC API design, and development.
- Practical experience writing large-scale web applications including architectural decisions, language choices, frameworks, and implementation.
- Excellent technical communication skills.
- Teamwork ability.
- Experience in communicating with users and other technical teams to collect requirements, describe software product features, and brainstorm technical designs.
- Working knowledge of professional software engineering practices, coding standards, code reviews, source control management, and other practices involved in full software development.
The job offer requires that selected candidates be willing to relocate to any of the company’s offices in the United States, Canada, and Ireland.
What Does the Job offer from Amazon entail for Nigerians?
The news of Amazon hiring from Nigeria is received by Nigerians with mixed feelings. Many tech gurus may see it as an opportunity to experience life outside the country and work with one of the largest technology firms in the world. However, founders of digital companies and technology firms in Nigeria are worried that it would leave the country robbed of some of the best talents in the technology industry.
Nigeria is rated third on the list of countries with the highest number of software developers in Africa. However, the talent supply is still significantly lower than the demand. This is due to the surge in the adoption of digital technology by companies and businesses since the lockdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. With remote work facing challenges caused by inflation in the country’s economy, Amazon’s attached clause of relocation makes the offer more attractive to tech experts.
Amazon’s decision to turn to the Nigerian market in its search for tech talent may be a win-win for all parties involved except the Nigerian economy. The global tech giant gains vibrant talent at a lower cost (owing to the difference in the currency value and Nigeria being a developing country), tech experts get an opportunity to work in an environment where their skillsets are challenged and valued, and the Nigerian economy loses talents that could have contributed immensely to the growth of the technology ecosystem.
Amazon has indeed expressed its desire to hire Lagos-based Nigerians with technical expertise in software development engineering. Interested technology professionals confident in their ability to perform excellently in this role can apply at www.amazon.jobs/en
However, the tech giant has not hinted at any desire to establish an office in the country yet. An Amazon spokesperson was quoted saying, “we have no changes to share with regards to the location of our teams or on expansion plans for other businesses. We are investing in the region, and that is what the advertising campaigns represent” when asked about Amazon’s intentions for Nigeria.
The company’s request for technical talent from Nigeria might be great news for tech gurus living in the country, but not-so-great news for the technology ecosystem. It will be wise for more people to acquire tech-related skills in the country. That way, we’ll be able to fill the void that Amazon hiring from Nigeria will most likely create.