The only Hong Kong-based Amazon job worth quitting finance for

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The only Hong Kong-based Amazon job worth quitting finance for

If you want to quit the finance sector and work for Amazon in Asia, your obvious destination is Singapore. The tech firm currently has 270 vacancies across almost all of its departments in Singapore, with a focus on its AWS cloud platform. In Hong Kong, by contrast, Amazon has a mere nine openings.

The (fairly) good news, however, is that Amazon is continuing to hire for its AWS data centre in Hong Kong, which opened this April, and is the eighth one of its kind in Asia, along with Beijing, Mumbai, Ningxia, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney, and Tokyo. Among its more senior roles, AWS is looking for a technical operation manager for the data centre. You’ll need “in-depth knowledge of data center operations and processes”, but also at least five years’ experience of managing teams.

Away from the data centre, arguably the most interesting (and most relevant if you work in finance) of the current AWS vacancies in Hong Kong is for a blockchain architect. In this role, you’ll be designing end-to-end solutions for customers using blockchain templates (such as Hyperledger Fabric and Ethereum) and other AWS services.

But it isn’t all about the grunt work – you’ll also be helping to “develop an overall blockchain ecosystem engagement strategy”. At least seven years’ experience in software development is required, including on blockchain projects, as is “deep experience in one or more relevant languages (Java, Node.js, Go)”.

Amazon may not find it entirely straightforward to fill blockchain jobs in Hong Kong. “There’s a local skills shortage, especially of developers who have direct blockchain experience as opposed to just the relevant programming skills,” says Warwick Pearmund, associate director of emerging technologies at Pure Search in Hong Kong. “Mid-to-senior leaders are hard to find as the tech hasn’t been around for long.”

However, when it comes to attracting candidates, Amazon does have the advantage of being a large global tech firm – many of Hong Kong’s blockchain jobs are at small fintechs. Hong Kong’s blockchain-based startups include payments platforms OK Link, CoinSimple and BitSpark.

Amazon may want to hire from abroad if it can’t find a blockchain expert locally. Last August, the Hong Kong government included blockchain in its first ever ‘talent list’ highlighting specific professions needed most for Hong Kong’s economic development and potentially qualifying for a special immigration quota.

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