Never mind the tech sector, Google is one of the biggest companies in any business. It’s won the search engine war, conquered every corner of the internet and even expanded into gadgets and hardware. Its brand name has even become a verb, and the company has painted its primary colours over virtually every aspect of our lives.
And the people who keep the machine whirring, according to data from company review platform Glassdoor, are handsomely compensated for their good work. Here are the top ten highest paid jobs at Google, and what the workers are expected to do…
10. Director of Marketing
Role: If you’ve seen any new product launched, from the Pixel 4 to the Nest family, this has gone through the Director of Marketing. Responsible for strategising campaigns and getting creative ideas over the finish line, this is a role that walks a line between project management, and knowing how to do your best Don Draper.
9. Global Creative Director
Role: Working closely with the Director of Marketing, the Global Creative Director has an even wider remit. Not just limited to marketing campaigns, this individual must define the voice of Google, create interactive experiences and liaise with designers, strategists, writers, engineers and filmmakers.
8. Director of Product Management
Role: Now this is a tricky one. The Director of Product Management has to almost second-guess the consumer; work out what they want or need in their lives and then liaise with engineers, researchers, designers and project management teams to create it. It’s then just a business of scaling expectations and working out which products are worth pursuing.
7. Finance Director
Role: It’s a pretty self-explanatory one — but that doesn’t make it any less daunting. It can be tricky managing the accounts, establishing financial policies, maximising returns on assets and maintaining legal compliance in a small company. So imagine doing that for Google. This role is worth every penny.
6. Senior Director, Talent Management
Role: One of the most highly prized commodities in Silicon Valley is fresh ideas – and the people who dream them up. This young blood is the lifeblood of Google. So, as the Senior Director of Talent Management, there are programs to kick off, managers to manage — and countless schemes, targets and guidance policies to lay down. You’ve got the brand’s future in your hands, after all…
5. Director, Global Partnership
Role: Partnerships are becoming increasingly important in business. Google may seem like a one-brand band, but you can be sure that there are deals and helping hands pushing the global giant on its merry, moneyed way. As the director of these partnerships, this role is tasked with incubating business growth for a variety of products.
4. Senior Director, Product Management
Role: Leading the product development teams may seem like a basic task, but it takes a lot to be a good manager. By using deep, established analytical skills, this role demands strong decision making and the ability to work five steps ahead. Only then do companies get to market-leading positions like Google.
3. Director of Engineering
Role: Once again, this is a leadership role — helping to optimise workers and their workloads. But it’s also much more than that. As Director of Engineering, you have to be a pioneer; a virtuoso of your craft and able to turn science into an art. Develop products, outline strategy and bust any problems that come your way.
2. Director of Operations
Role: Just take a moment to think about all of the operations that go on daily at Google. There are the researchers, the developers, the engineers and coders — and then all the behind-the-scene logisticians and administrators. Now imagine you’re in charge of all of them — that’s why this job is so well-paid.
1. Senior Vice President
Role: It’s got both ‘Senior’ and ‘President’ in the job title, so that should tell you a little something about just how important this role is. You’ll oversee revenue generation, preside over the people presiding over all operations, analyse finances, establish company-wide policies and lead the company into the future. Think you’ve got what it takes?
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