Lauren Gemmell | Amazon

I grew up with technology from a very young age, as both my parents taught Computing Studies at High School. I attended the University of Glasgow originally for a Mathematics and Computer Science joint degree, but quickly flipped into pure Computer Science because I loved the problem solving and being able to build products. During my final year I attended a talk by Amazon Development Centre Scotland’s Managing Director at the time, Matt Round, and was inspired by the way Matt passionately talked about life at Amazon as well as the interesting challenges the business was facing and solving. I joined the Development Centre in Edinburgh after graduating in 2006.

Following this, I worked across a variety of teams as a Software Engineer including Amazon’s worldwide Dynamic Merchandising and Dynamic Advertising teams, where I found my passion in building useful products for customers and honed my skills. Slowly I became more interested in big wider projects and have now held a management position for over half a decade.

In 2015, I took the opportunity to create my own software engineering team as part of Amazon Registry Services, which at the time was a new product offering for Amazon. My group is responsible for enabling customers to discover, create, and maintain their presence on Amazon’s top-level internet domains such as .moi.

Building the team from scratch, I am now responsible for running a team of over 17 engineers in the Edinburgh Development Centre, and Amazon’s global headquarter in Seattle, United States.