BENGALURU: After a two-year lull in hiring, ecommerce giant Flipkart is increasing headcount in areas of data science and analytics, among other specialisations, according to HR consultants.
The company has over 700 open positions and the majority of these are across functions in the technology department —data scientists, UI & UX designers, product solution engineers, tech program managers, software developers, IT infrastructure & service delivery and IT applications.
At the recently concluded campus recruitment round, Flipkart has also made offers to at least 20 students from the Indian School of Business (ISB), said an HR consultant familiar with the matter. ET had reported in November that Flipkart is back on campuses after skipping placement seasons at the Indian Institutes of Technology and Indian Institutes of Management.
“Flipkart is aggressively hiring in tech functions. Over 4/5th of all current open positions at Flipkart is for technology functions,” confirmed a spokesperson for Flipkart, adding that the “aggressive tech hiring is part of the company’s ‘AI for India’ programme, which leverages Flipkart’s strengths in tech and data to build scalable AI-powered solutions for the country”. For this, the retailer has kept about 50 data sciences positions open.
The hiring drive comes after the company had to trim costs in 2016 and 2017 and saw its corporate workforce fall from being 15,000-strong at the end of 2015 to 8,000 employees. Flipkart had also deferred the joining dates for campus recruits from the IIMs in early 2016. However, things have changed since the Bengaluru-headquartered company received $4 billion in funding last year.
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