published Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Amazon jobs posted

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    A worker separates packages for final shipment inside the 800,000-square-foot Amazon.com warehouse in Goodyear, Ariz. (AP File Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Online retailing giant Amazon has listed about a half dozen management-level jobs on its website apparently related to the pair of distribution centers the company is building in Southeast Tennessee.

Amazon plans to hire more than 1,400 full-time workers along with over 2,000 seasonal slots later this year to staff its facilities in Hamilton and Bradley counties and has previously said it will conduct job fairs during the summer to help fill many of the jobs.

In its Web listing, Amazon lists positions such as “area manager-Tennessee” for “fulfillment centers” where the online retailer distributes the products it sells online. Amazon doesn’t have any such centers in Tennessee aside from the two 1 million-square-foot facilities going up on sites near Volkswagen in Chattanooga and near Wacker Chemical near Charleston, Tenn.

Amazon did not return calls seeking comment Monday.

J.Ed. Marston, the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce’s vice president of marketing, said it’s “a logical conclusion” the jobs are related to the local distribution center, though he can’t confirm it.

“It’s our understanding it will be fully operational by next fall,” he said.

On Amazon’s website, the job location for the posts is listed under Lexington, Ky., where it already has a fulfillment center. It’s unclear if the physical location for the “Tennessee”-related jobs are in Kentucky or if Lexington is a regional human resources clearinghouse for the company.

Other jobs listed are for a site safety manager, a learning manager, a facilities area manager and a senior manager of operations engineering.

Jeff Hentschel, communications director for the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, said it does not have any Amazon jobs listed in its database but it’s ready to add them.

“We’d love to work with Amazon and its future hiring needs,” he said.

At Amazon’s 40-acre site in the Enterprise South industrial park, some exterior concrete walls are already up for its mammoth distribution center.

“They’re clearly moving forward,” Marston said.

When asked about any training incentives from the state for Amazon, Mark Drury of the state Department of Economic and Community Development said the department does not comment on proposed agreements with companies until contracts are signed.

Contact Mike Pare at mpare@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6318.

about Mike Pare...

Mike Pare, the deputy Business editor at the Chattanooga Times Free Press, has worked at the paper for 27 years. In addition to editing, Mike also writes Business stories and covers Volkswagen, economic development and manufacturing in Chattanooga and the surrounding area. In the past he also has covered higher education. Mike, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., received a bachelor’s degree in communications from Florida Atlantic University. he worked at the Rome News-Tribune before ...

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