Imagine being the Product Manager for Google in New York and manage the next Gmail or YouTube? You would be the go to product expert for products that could potentially be used by millions of people worldwide. Plus, if you need help you’ll be able to call on the smartest of the smartest engineers, marketers and financial types.
We’re talking about becoming a Product Manager for Google, one of the largest companies in the world.
At Google, they put their users first. From innovative software products like Gmail, YouTube, Chrome, StreetView to pioneering mobile devices like the Android, Google build’s products that organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible to their users. The Product Management team works closely with the engineers to guide products from conception to launch. As part of the Product Management team, you bridge the technical and business worlds as you design services that Google’s customers love. You’ll work with Googlers from Engineering, Sales, Marketing, and Finance, to name just a few. You have a bias toward action and can break down complex problems into steps that drive product development at Google speed. As a Product Manager, you will be part of shaping Google’s next moonshot.
So who is the ideal Google Product Manager?
You’ll need at least a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Computer Science or related field and/or equivalent practical experience. If you’ve got an MBA, MS or Phd, that’s even better!
No newbies please! They want to see at least 3 years and optimally close to 5 years of experience including Product Management or design experience with a focus on software products and technologies. You should be knowledgeable across multiple functional areas such as product management, engineering, UI, sales, customer support, finance or marketing.
Google needs take charge types so you should have excellent problem-solving, organizational and analytical skills, with the ability to evolve product strategy based on research, data and industry trends.
So let’s hear why Google thinks they’re a great place to work at:
“One of the many reasons Google consistently brings innovative, world-changing products to market is because of the collaborative work we do in Product Management. With eyes focused squarely on the future, our team works closely with creative and prolific engineers to help design and develop technologies that improve access to the world’s information. We’re responsible for guiding products throughout the execution cycle, focusing specifically on analyzing, positioning, packaging, promoting and tailoring our solutions to all the markets where Google does business.”