American multinational technology company, Amazon is on the move to have a digital currency and blockchain specialist to lead its payments team.
The e-commerce site posted the blockchain specialist vacancy on Friday as a new job listing, a move industry pundit sees as a coup from the company that is famed for securing some of the widest transactions through various payment methods.
Amazon’s Payments Acceptance and Experience team is on the lookout to finding a qualified product leader who would help create Amazon’s Digital Currency and Blockchain strategy.
The product leader would be required to align with the company’s team to jointly create a synergized roadmap that focuses on customer’s experience, technical strategy, and capabilities, amongst others.
While confirming the legitimacy of the job listing, Amazon in an announcement to the Insider wrote:
“You’ll need to operate with a high level of autonomy and operate analytically, working backwards from data and customer insights to build new and innovative solutions to unsolved problems. As a product leader you will have a proven track record of creating a strong vision and roadmap and successfully delivering results,”
One of Amazon’s spokesmen told the Insider that the company was “inspired by the innovation happening in the cryptocurrency space and are exploring what this could look like Amazon,”
The announcement came as a surprise and in valid cases a shock as the Seattle-based company had in the past being very vocal in its rejection of digital currency as a form of payment, as back in 2017, Amazon CEO, Andy Jassy had in a statement announced that the AWS department of Amazon will not be latching on the blockchain hype and would not be interested in the digital currency technology.
It is of note that Amazon had a managed blockchainservice in its cloud division, Amazon Web Services (AWS).
The Managed Blockchain from Amazon is a fully controlled service that made it easy joining public networks or the creation of accessible private networks by employing famous open-source frameworks such as Ethereum, in the process allowing multiple parties to perform transactions without a central entity.
People can change their minds, don’t they?
Then companies can too.