It never ceases to amaze me how many lives and communities are transformed by the work we do at Walmart. The cutting-edge technology we build makes life better for customers and members, further empowers our people, and unlocks new value for our business. Just as our tech stack is the foundation of every technology-enabled app, product, or service, our people enable everything we achieve with technology. This is what makes a people-led, technology-enabled company.
I am pleased to announce that Walmart Global Tech is doubling down on our greatest asset – our people. We’re hiring more than 5,000 employees worldwide this fiscal year and adding hubs in Toronto and Atlanta, two cities with impressive tech talent and strong ties to Walmart.
A fast-growing technology powerhouse
Global Tech is the fastest growing corporate team at Walmart, and our technologists have a legacy of groundbreaking innovation.
Walmart’s early adoption of technology helped make it one of the world’s finest success stories. Technology and our team have changed a lot since Walmart made Universal Product Codes (UPCs) the retail standard, developed one of the most advanced supply chains, and introduced satellite communications in the early 1980s. Today, Walmart Global Tech builds and manages the foundational technologies that build customer experiences, including cloud, data, enterprise architecture, DevOps, infrastructure and security. We’re also a premier business services company, creating solutions that help 2.3 million Walmart and Sam’s Club employees work and live better.
Walmart Global Tech now has more than 20,000 employees worldwide. More technologists are choosing high-impact careers with us, and we continue to invest in our current workforce. In the last fiscal year we grew 26% and 20% of our team earned a promotion.
This year we are focusing on hiring Cybersecurity Professionals, Architects, Developers, Software Engineers, Data Scientists, Data Engineers, Technical Program Managers and Product Managers. Our growth includes entering new locations and expanding our presence in communities we call home.
Enter new locations
We have strategically chosen Atlanta and Toronto as our newest tech hubs because of their growing tech footprint, connection to Walmart, and broad, diverse talent.
Walmart has a strong presence in Toronto, and the city is home to 26% of Canada’s tech workforce. Each year, 25,000 students in the region graduate in STEM-related fields. We plan to make Toronto one of our main Walmart Global tech hubs, with plans to create several hundred new tech jobs over the next 12 months – all to keep local talent on Canadian soil. In the short term we are starting with 45 full-time employees, mainly software developers, product managers and technical program managers. In addition to the hundreds of jobs that Walmart Global Tech is planning in Toronto, Walmart Canada is investing $1 billion in technology and other areas like renovating local stores.
Atlanta is a key location for both Walmart and the cybersecurity industry, with growing strengths in software development, AI, machine learning, and data science. The city’s talent pool is supported by strong local universities with the highest graduate growth rates in the United States. Our first phase of hiring in Atlanta includes 140 new full-time positions for employees such as data scientists and software engineers. Our new team will join more than 70,000 Walmart employees currently based in Georgia.
We right now sent our roles in our new Atlanta and Toronto teams and will be announcing more in the coming months. Both teams will work virtually in the short term and eventually transition to our hybrid way of working as we find physical space for routine collaboration, personal development, networking and culture building.
A global team
With Atlanta and Toronto, Walmart Global Tech now has 17 hubs stretching from Silicon Valley and Northwest Arkansas to Dallas and India. Our growth includes continuing to build teams in two locations we entered last year: Seattle, Washington and Chennai, India.
Increasing diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace remains a top priority as we grow. The tech industry has long had opportunities to build more diverse teams, and I believe Walmart can lead the way for candidates with unconventional experiences and educational backgrounds.
This includes reaching out to underrepresented groups such as women and people of color, members of the military community, formerly incarcerated individuals and caregivers returning to the workplace. We recently redesigned our military and STEM partnerships to focus on competency-based pathways, and we continue to work with several Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Six months ago, Walmart became a founding member of one tena coalition of major US employers aiming to hire 1 million black workers in family support roles over the next 10 years.
Each new hire is an integral part of our Walmart Global Tech team, and we strive to help new hires find opportunities for personal and professional growth. We are looking for talented individuals who bring fresh perspectives and a passion for advancing technical innovation to help others.
If you are interested in transforming lives and communities by shaping the future of retail with us, please visit us careers.walmart.com/technology to learn more and to apply.