Argos creates 150 permanent tech roles

Argos this morning announced it is looking to fill 150 new permanent positions with technology specialists who can “think big” on digital.

The catalogue and online retailer said that it will “develop its own technology, rather than buying it in”, and is now set to employ 150 new tech experts, from graduate to principal level.

These positions will include software development engineers, engineering managers, machine learning engineers, big data engineers and product managers.

Recruits will have the opportunity to work with Java 8, Kotlin, Hadoop, Spark, Python, Kafka and React.

Argos’ aim is to develop its own tech lab, where the retailer will have dedicated software engineers to work on new projects and future innovations.

Roles will be used at Origin, Argos’ technology hub in Victoria, London, or in the head office at Milton Keynes.

“Around 60 per cent of our business today starts online and over 70 per cent of those sales are on mobile devices. This investment in our people will ensure we remain at the forefront of retail technology,” Argos chief executive John Rogers said in a statement to press.

“Creating 150 new permanent tech roles demonstrates the importance we place on growing and nurturing our own tech talent, ensuring Argos is a fantastic place to shop for our customers.

“We’re excited by what our teams are achieving so far and we’re looking for more people who not only want to build today’s tech, but also to think big and create new experiences and functionality that our customers don’t even know they want yet,” he added.

Since Argos opened its technology hub in London in 2014, Argos has recruited almost 300 tech specialists across its IT, engineering and digital product teams.

Argos is the leading homeware and electrical retailer in the UK.

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