Google Battling Banks Hard for Cloud Engineers

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.

One Response to “Google Battling Banks Hard for Cloud Engineers”

  1. This article started me to thinking: what are the requirements for actually being a ‘cloud engineer’ ? I like to think I have a good background on things myself, between my B.S. and my M.S. in Computer Science and a recent graduat from 2006, yet nowhere did I have any formal courses that came even close to operations in a network server center. Anything like that was maybe when you worked in a small group for an assignment and the group decided it needed to have a client part and a server part, then off to find a professor that had some unused server capacity on his favorite tower we could get access to, that we could live with a given configuration already in-place on the tower that was already playing host to several projects. Given that as the norm for the training of ‘cloud engineers’ who otherwise would just be in the general ‘software engineer’ pool, it would seem to be that the only real place to really learn ‘cloud engineering’ is going to be in-house training in a cloud location, so what Google and these bloated corporate banks ought to be doing is simply hiring software engineers who want to learn cloud engineering, rather than poaching a very limited pool of ‘former’ cloud engineers.