Amazon’s Drone Team Is Hiring: Look At These Nifty Job Ads

Amazon’s Drone Team Is Hiring: Look At These Nifty Job Ads


George Anders’s founder, Jeff Bezos, keeps saying he wants to revolutionize package delivery by using drones. Skeptics snicker, but Bezos won’t back down. Does he realize how much controversy may lie ahead? It sure looks like it, based on a peek at Amazon’s latest job listings.

I’ve been covering Amazon since 1998, and I’ve learned that when the company is being coy about how it plans to bring a new initiative to life, the best place to look for insights is on the Careers tab of Amazon’s website. After all, outsiders can be kept in the dark, but job candidates need to know what skills are needed and how they might be used.

This time, as usual, the job listings don’t disappoint. There are interesting details to glean from the engineering postings, such as the fact that some of  the drone development engineers will be based in San Francisco, or that Seattle-based Amazon right now is more concerned about building out its expertise in software, rather than hardware.

For the fullest glimpses of what project leaders Gur Kimchi and Daniel Buchmueller have in mind, though, turn to the non-technical listings. What caught my eye are notices for  full-time communications manager and a full-time patent lawyer to help get this project off the ground. The jaunty tone of those listings underscore Bezos’s willingness to charge ahead, no matter what everyone else is saying.