Amazon has big advertising ambitions, and it's coming after Madison Avenue's talent to realize them. Amazon trailed Facebook and Google in rolling out ads for fear of annoying consumers, but it's now hiring in earnest.
As of the week of June 17, its site listed about 190 full-time jobs open in New York, the epicenter of the ad industry, ranging from account executives to copywriters to a head of OTT partnerships.
Last month, Amazon was reportedly looking at new office space at One and Two Manhattan West, nearby to commuter-heavy Penn Station and within a 20-block radius of major holding companies such as Omnicom, Dentsu, and Publicis.
"They're quietly building up the Manhattan garrison," said Jon Reily, VP and global commerce strategy lead at Publicis Sapient, an agency of the holding company Publicis, and a former Amazon e-commerce exec.
Amazon is hiring for big advertising roles A scan of Amazon's advertising job postings shows that it's hiring for roles aimed at brands and agencies, and it comes at a time of a lot of volatility at agencies.