Google's Mobile Hiring Frenzy
After Google claimed a partial victory in the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) 's ruling on the upcoming 700MHz wireless broadband auctions Tuesday, a glance at the firm's available jobs show it still has some large shoes to fill if it wants to be a mobile player in the U.S. (See FCC Straddles Open Access Issue.)
Most notably, the firm is looking for a "Head of North American Mobile Business Dvelopment" who should have "a thorough understanding of the mobile vertical – both from a carrier and a handset OEM perspective."
That handset reference is likely to reignite excitement about the oft-rumored "Google Phone." (See Google Spy: Big Team Picking Up Phone.)
Devices, however, are by no means the only focus of Google's mobile intentions. The job listings call for everything from developers familiar with wireless Web technology and application delivery, to a mobile product marketing manager.
Nonetheless, the search giant is still -- intriguingly -- looking for a "Manufacturing New Product Introduction Program Manager" in Mountain View in its supply chain section. The weirdly phrased position is to "ensure that Google can manufacture new hardware products in mass production without problems." (See Google Hiring for Hardware Product Intro.)
"We build the servers ourselves that run Google and offer the Google Search Appliance to enterprise customers," responds a spokesperson for the search giant via email. "It shouldn't be a suprise that we're looking for experieced professionals in technology hardware."
— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung