If there’s a skill-set that will get you a job with either a bank or Google, it’s cloud engineering (or experience working with cloud providers). Even in mid-August, traditionally a quieter period for hiring, cloud jobs have gone wild.
Google is ramping up cloud recruitment. In New York, the company has 80 cloud vacancies open, around half of which were again posted in the past week. They include a global marketing lead for the financial services industry. (Requirements, according to the posting, include refining “all marketing activities required for Google Cloud to become the preferred cloud for Financial Services.”)
As we noted in April, Thomas Kurian, Google Cloud’s new CEO, intends to hire more staff for his department, particularly customer-facing staff who can help add cloud clients. When Alphabet, Google’s parent company, reported its second quarter earnings in July, it said that cloud and search had been its biggest areas of hiring in the previous quarter.
Just as Google ramps up its cloud-based hiring, however, banks are doing the same. JPMorgan has a cloud engineering hub in Seattle and wants to hire another 50 developers this year. Goldman Sachs is currently looking for cloud engineers to work for its Marcus retail bank and its software engineering platform. Michael Steliaros, Goldman Sachs’ Global Head of Quantitative Execution Services, recently said that cloud is the most exciting innovation of the moment; meanwhile, JPMorgan chief executive Jamie Dimon devoted a long section of his most recent shareholder letter to extolling its benefits.
Google Cloud already has financial services customers, including HSBC, which has been a client since 2017. However, cloud jobs at JPMorgan and Goldman Sachs typically require experience working with AWS or Microsoft Azure. Google is chasing more financial services cloud customers, after launching Anthos to provide advanced security and open architecture supporting multi- and hybrid-cloud customers earlier this year.
This article originally appeared in eFinancialCareers.