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'THIS IS A NEW SITE': Amazon is hiring for an Australian fulfilment centre in Melbourne

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It appears Amazon Australia’s first retail operations centre will be located in the outer south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne, with warehouse job vacancies currently being advertised for Dandenong South.

Amazon advertised for an operations manager in mid-June, to manage between three and seven “front-line supervisors”. The job description also requires the employee to undertake “physical warehouse activities”, including “lifting and moving material up to 16 kilos each” and “standing and walking for up to 10-12 hours a day” in a building more than 400 metres long.

The Dandenong South branch has also advertised for a site safety manager, which explicitly refers to the location as a “fulfilment centre” – a term that Amazon uses for its retail operations facilities.

“This will be a new site, so we’ll expect you to drive our Amazon EHS [employee health and safety] culture with the site leaders, and be instrumental in embedding Amazon EHS policies and processes and ensure compliance to all applicable local legislative obligations,” the ad reads.

Business Insider attempted to contact Amazon Australia for comment.

There are currently eight other Amazon Australia positions advertised for Dandenong South, including loss prevention manager (security), studio manager (product photography), public relations manager and area managers (front-line supervisors).

The Dandenong South area, about 31km south-east of the CBD, is popular for large distribution centres with major retailers, including Aldi and Bunnings.

After months of rumours, Amazon confirmed in April that it would set up an Australian arm. The company was at the time seeking a fulfilment centre with floor space of up to 93,000 square metres.

Speculation then followed as to where Amazon would establish its first warehouse, with local councils even pitching to the internet giant to come to their area.

Industrial property provider Goodman Group, which already had a relationship with Amazon globally, was reported to be the frontrunner to also supply space in Australia. Fairfax Media reported in June that the “most likely” locations for the first centre were Brickworks and Goodman Oakdale Industrial Estate in western Sydney.

In parallel to the Dandenong South job ads, Amazon Australia has also posted a bunch of vacancies in Sydney that relate to the new retail business. These include merchant product managers, Amazon Music staff, Australia compliance lead and senior PR manager.

Amazon claimed in April that its Australian arm would bring many jobs and much economic activity to the country.

“We are excited to bring thousands of new jobs to Australia, millions of dollars in additional investment, and to empower small Australian businesses through Amazon Marketplace,” the company stated.

“We are optimistic that by focusing on the things we believe customers value most — low prices, vast selection, and fast delivery — over time we’ll earn the business of Australian customers.”

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