The Amazon fulfilment centre in Hemel Hempstead honoured Armed Forces Reserve Day (26th June) and Armed Forces Day (29th June) by paying tribute to the veterans and reservists who have joined Amazon’s UK Operations over the last eight years.
As a signee of the Armed Forces Covenant, Amazon has joined a national pledge to ensure that those who serve or have served, and their families, are treated fairly.
In 2011, Amazon launched its Military Programme in the UK, offering veterans the opportunity to pursue exciting post-military careers.
This year, Amazon has gone a step further by announcing that it will support employees who continue to serve with the UK Military as members of the Armed Forces Reserve by ensuring that they will get up to two weeks of paid leave each year to attend training in addition to their annual leave.
Tino Koechli (37) joined Amazon over four years ago and is currently a Programme Manager in Transportation at the Amazon fulfilment centre in Hemel Hempstead. Originally from Bern, Switzerland, Tino joined the Swiss Armed Forces as part of the National Service, serving as a Staff Sergeant and then as an Armed Police Officer.
Speaking on why he came to work at Amazon, Tino said:
“I was looking for an exciting new challenge with a global business based in the UK. I was lucky when the opportunity with Amazon came up and I could apply my skills from the Swiss Armed Forces. A lot of the work I did with the Swiss Armed Forces mirrors the operational approach at Amazon, which also meant a smooth transition into my new role.”
When talking about what he loves most about working at Amazon, Tino added:
“Amazon encourages you to think outside the box to find innovative solutions that deliver smiles to our customers. We are continuously improving our operations and driving initiatives that make positive change. I also love the diversity of our team, and how our combined backgrounds mean that we can all come to a project with different ideas and experiences.”
Shauli Ziv, Site Leader at Amazon in Hemel Hempstead said:
“Fulfilment is at the heart of the Amazon experience. We deliver millions of products to hundreds of countries worldwide. Our teams possess a wide range of skills and expertise, from business analysis and inventory management to engineering. We are thrilled to offer talented veterans the opportunity to launch into exciting post-military careers with limitless possibilities.”
Gillian Russell, Military Programme Manager, and retired Royal Navy Officer at Amazon, said:
“As a company that employs many former military personnel, we understand how important it is for people to find fulfilling jobs after they leave the Services. We’re always looking to recruit veterans who want to continue to use their hard-earned skills in a fast-paced business environment that appreciates their training and operational experience gained during their time in uniform. Who knows, maybe they just might join the team and become Amazon’s next General Managers, Directors and VPs.”