Amazon in Singapore invites you to quit your banking job

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Amazon in Singapore invites you to quit your banking job

Amazon Web Services (AWS) in Singapore wants to hire cloud developers from banks as it aims to serve more clients in the finance sector.  

The US tech giant is competing with Google Cloud, Alibaba Cloud, Microsoft’s Azure and others to win market share from banks. As trust in cloud compliance capabilities improves, banks are moving some of their services to the public cloud to reduce costs, improve agility, and gain access to data science, AI and machine learning technologies.

HSBC, for example, signed a deal with AWS last July to introduce cloud services – including compute, containers, storage, database, analytics, machine learning and security – to all of its businesses globally. DBS has also used AWS for machine learning, grid computing, and data analytics workloads as part of its digital transformation.

In Singapore, AWS has vacancies for senior solutions architects, financial services. Prior experience in the finance sector is “preferred”, but in reality it’s unlikely that candidates who haven’t worked in a financial institution will be hired because the job function is customer facing.

This is a technology role focused on building and migrating applications, software and services on the AWS platform. But it sits in the business development and sales team, and also involves educating customers (e.g. banks) on the “value proposition of AWS”, according to Amazon’s careers site. If you can’t communicate convincingly to banking clients, this job isn’t for you.

Amazon in Singapore has a track record of recruiting developers from the finance sector. It took on Joshua Chong from DBS in August, for example, as well as several banking technologists in 2019. AWS faces competition for banking technologists with sales and development skills – Google Cloud in Singapore also has plenty of these roles on offer.

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