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Walmart has chosen Toronto as the location for one of two new Walmart Global Tech hubs, citing the “growing tech presence, connection to Walmart, and broad and diverse local talent.” The other hub will be in Atlanta.
The expansion is part of Walmart Global Tech’s plan to hire more than 5,000 associates globally this fiscal year.
Walmart Global Tech plans to make Toronto one of its larger hubs, with hundreds of new jobs over time. The initial hiring phase is expected to include 45 full-time roles in software development, technical program management, and product management. Initial hiring in Atlanta is expected to include 140 new full-time roles such as data scientists and software engineers.
“The cutting-edge technology we build for 230 million customers around the world is fueled by our greatest asset – our people,” says Suresh Kumar, Walmart’s Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer and Chief Development Officer. “We are excited to join the vibrant and diverse tech communities in Toronto and Atlanta. Work from these new hubs will impact millions of lives and transform the future of retail.”
In 2020, Walmart Canada announced a $3.5 billion investment to make the online and in-store experience simpler, faster and more convenient for Walmart Canada’s customers. Deploying the latest technology throughout the business is a major part of the investment.
“Canada has a dynamic and world leading tech community powered by talented people and innovation that is recognized on a global scale,” adds Nicolai Salcedo, Chief Technology and Data Officer, Walmart Canada. “It’s inspiring to see Walmart recognize the Canadian tech community and invest in further developing local talent with new opportunities that will be brought through this new tech hub.”
“Walmart’s decision to make Toronto the home of one of its larger tech hubs with hundreds of jobs to come is another vote of confidence in our city’s thriving tech sector,” continues Toronto Mayor John Tory. “As Mayor, I am committed to supporting our technology sector and continuing to encourage companies to locate here and hire here. This is all part of our non-stop effort to ensure that Toronto comes back stronger than ever.”
With the addition of the Toronto and Atlanta hubs, Walmart Global Tech will have 16 technology hubs, including teams in Seattle and Chennai, India that launched last year. Walmart Global Tech is the fastest growing corporate team inside for the retailer, says the company.
In the last fiscal year, Walmart Global Tech grew by 26% to 20,000 associates and 20% of the Global Tech team earned a promotion.