If you want to quit your banking job and join Google in Singapore or Hong Kong, you might want to apply to Google Cloud – the unit currently accounts for a high proportion of the tech firm’s overall recruitment in both cities.
The cloud platform currently has 37 vacancies in Singapore and Hong Kong – almost a quarter of Google’s total roles. While some of these are sales jobs, the majority are for technologists.
This is potentially good news if you’re a cloud engineer at a bank. In the face of local skills shortages, even Google can’t afford to limit itself to hiring from other tech firms. Banks from DBS to JP Morgan now have large cloud teams in Asia and therefore provide ideal headhunting grounds for Google.
What kind of cloud jobs does Google have on offer in Singapore and Hong Kong?
If you’d enjoy a bit of client interaction on top of your tech job, you might want to consider becoming a cloud customer engineer. You'll “work with customers to demonstrate and prototype Google Cloud product integrations” and solve technical issues. But be warned – the function also involves assisting ‘sales Googlers’ and is therefore likely to come with additional target-related stresses. Oh, and you’ll have to enjoy travelling a lot and going to conferences.
Senior managers from banks could opt for a lead solutions architect job at Google Cloud in Singapore. The job rather dauntingly demands “experience in all aspects of cloud computing”, including cloud-based solutions such as BigQuery, containers, storage, load balancing, VPC, MySQL/PostrgreSQL, NoSQL, and APIs. But your tech skills alone won’t get you this Google job – you’ll need to be able to wow other managers when making presentations at staff off-sites and leadership summits.
Google’s Singapore office has a history of poaching senior cloud professionals from banks. DBS’s former APAC head of cloud engineering, Carl Bachman Kharazmi, is now working for Google. The tech firm has also hired Guillaume Van de Vyver from Standard Chartered in an APAC cloud strategy role.
Google won’t necessarily find it straightforward to fill these and other cloud roles. As we reported earlier this year, cloud-computing market leader AWS has several ex-banking technologists within its expanding Singapore ranks. And AWS currently has 68 local vacancies for solution architects alone.
If you’re choosing between a cloud job at a bank and a cloud job at a tech giant like Google, you should be aware of the differences between them. “A technology firm provides opportunities to work on projects that create new solutions, and provides an environment where you can learn from your peers,” says Clarence Quek, a senior client solutions director at recruiters Randstad in Singapore. “A bank is more likely to draw applicants who are seeking better pay, and funding for large in-house technology projects,” he adds.
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