Argos is to expand its digital and tech team by 25% - adding 150 roles to help support its growing digital business.
The retailer said it would be recruiting permanent technology and digital specialists to help make customers’ shopping experiences even better as it looks to drive the business forward.
Argos develops its own technology rather than purchasing it, which has allowed it to roll out its nationwide same-day Fast Track delivery and Fast Track store collection. This means it requires dedicated software engineers to work on new projects and future innovations.
The new roles range from graduate-level vacancies to principal-level positions, and include software development engineers, software engineering managers, machine learning engineers, big data engineers and product managers.
Since Argos opened its technology hub in 2014, it has recruited almost 300 tech specialists across its IT, engineering and digital product teams.
Around 60% of Argos’ business originates online and close to three-quarters of its sales take place on mobile devices.
“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,” said Argos CEO John Rogers. “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. This investment in our people will ensure we remain at the forefront of retail technology.”
Since Sainsbury’s £1.4bn takeover of Argos in April 2016, about 50 stores-in-stores have opened. Sainsbury’s CEO Mike Coupe has pledged to open another 200 within the next three years.