Amazon Pathways

We offer a unique, industry-leading Global Leadership Development Programme that is well-paced over a five-year period, or at your own pace according to previous experience. This is the fast track for ambitious students who see themselves in Senior Management roles. Amazon takes you there faster.

Amazon Pathways - your fast track to senior management.

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Step 1: Area Manager

  1. You'll step into your Amazon career as an Area Manager in a Fulfillment Center
  2. At orientation in Luxembourg you will gain the insight you need to manage entire teams
Kick off your career by managing and directing 80 to 100 members.

Start Something Big

Begin with 1 week of training in our European HQ

Think Big:

You'll enjoy exposure to unbelievable management opportunities.

Skills for life:

Amazon's Fulfillment & Operations are industry-leading. What you learn here will catapult your career forwards.

Your innovation can and will impact Fulfillment Centers all over your region, your country, and across Europe.

Forge Partnerships:

With the help of technology and engineering teams from across Amazon, you’ll drive improvements in all kinds of Fulfillment Center processes.

Develop, test, build:

Experience cutting-edge technology and Amazon Robotics firsthand. Then deploy what works for you and your team: it’s your decision.

Own your space:

The results of your smart decisions will be visible and tangible enough for all to see.

This is where you step into the fast lane. Pathways candidates progress very rapidly.

Step 2: Operations Manager

  1. You'll be promoted from Area Manager to Operations Manager, boosting your profile up a level
  2. The teams you manage will grow from between 80-100 to 300-500 team members and your projects will be more European in scope
  3. Experience comes full circle: you started as an Area Manager, and now you'll be directly managing the next intake
Kaizen, amongst other advanced methodologies you acquired during your studies, will be put to good use here.

Grow as a leader:

Your decisions can impact positively on the lives of hundreds – even thousands – of Fulfillment Center associates.

Problem-solve away:

With other Pathway candidates, Fulfillment Center Senior Management, and whoever else you can find.

Get guidance:

Regular 1:1 meetings with your General Manager and experienced Pathways colleagues.

Step 3: Operations Manager

  1. Either: you’ll be transferred to another Fulfillment Center to test your leadership skills in a different context
  2. Or, you’ll move to a role in a specialist project team, such as Transportation, to gain greater exposure and expertise
  3. Whichever Pathway you take, you’ll now be managing between 600 to 800 team members
Lead large teams, in one of the world's most innovative companies - all in a day's work.

Meaningful upward trajectory:

You’ve made great progress in managing thousands of team members, and the only way from here is up.

Get set:

More Fulfillment Centers are opening across Europe and the world. Which means more potential for you, and countless options for your forward progress.

Step 4: Senior Operations Manager

  1. This is where you graduate from the Pathways Leadership Development Programme
  2. You’ll now step into a Senior Operations Manager position for your entire Fulfillment Center
  3. A whole department, such as Inbound or Outbound Logistics, will be managed directly by you
Fast track your leadership capabilities in a high growth environment. Then you'll be ready for senior Leadership roles.

What next? It’s Up to You!

Once you complete Pathways, all kinds of opportunities open up for you across the full Amazon ecosystem, including Retail, Kindle, AWS, and more.

Previous Pathway graduates are now:

  • – Directors of Fulfillment Centers
  • – Specialty businesses, such as Prime Now
  • – Customer Service Directors
  • – Senior Managers of Transportation Optimisation
  • – General Managers

What path will you take?


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Marcelo's Path

No other programme in the world gives you that fast-paced exposure to work and the chance to develop yourself as a leader.

Marcelo Affonso

Marcelo Affonso
  • Director Regional Operations, North America
  • After Pathways: progressed from Senior Operations Manager to General Manager in a UK Fulfillment Center
  • Spent 18 months as an Operations Manager
  • Spent 6 months as an Area Manager
  • Joined Amazon as a Pathways Operations Manager and spent the first six months as an Area Manager

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Rodrigo's Path

Pathways has been a fundamental part of my development as a leader, no other programme gives the opportunity to learn so much so quickly, while delivering so many cool things.

Rodrigo Zapata

Rodrigo Zapata
  • General Manager in a Fulfillment Center in KTW1: Sosnowiec, PL
  • After Pathways: General Manager in a Fulfillment Center in Wroclaw, PL, General Manager - Customer Service for Spain and Canada in Luxembourg, Senior Operations Manager - Customer Service Spain and Latin America in Costa Rica, and Senior Operations Manager - EU Customer Service Site Strategy in Luxembourg
  • Spent 7 months as an Operations Manager in Doncaster, UK
  • Spent 11 months as an Operations Manager in Leipzig, DE
  • Spent 16 months as an EU Transportation Business Analyst in Luxembourg, LU
  • Joined Amazon as an EU Transportation Business Analyst

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Kerry's Path

My top tip for success on the Pathways programme is to volunteer for the hard jobs, not the easy ones.

Kerry Person

  • Vice President, Amazon Logistics North America
  • After Pathways: Director, NA Capacity Planning Director, WW Ops Integration/Capacity Planning Director, CEE
  • Spent 8 months as an Operations Manager
  • Joined Amazon as an Operations Manager

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Pathways Interview Process

If successful:

  • assessment

    Analytical test

  • Initial call with our recruiter

  • recruit

    Two 30 mins interviews

  • recruiter

    Two 45 mins interviews

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    Berlitz language test

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    Fulfillment Center tour & meeting with General Manager

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    Job Offer


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Availiable roles to apply for now:

  • Pathways Operations Manager

    For MBA, MSc or PhD level graduates, this programme is a unique, three year opportunity designed to fast-track both leadership capabilities and career progress. This hands-on role is the chance for ambitious candidates to get their foot in the door, lead large teams of hundreds, and make their way to senior management level roles.

    View Pathway Opportunites across Europe

Other positions you may be interested in:

  • Germany - 2017 - Pathways Operations Manager m/f
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  • Czech Republic - 2017 - Pathways Operations Manager
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  • France - 2017 - Pathways Operations Manager
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  • Pathways Intern
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