Google beefs up Sydney cloud team for Cloud Platform launch

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Google beefs up Sydney cloud team for Cloud Platform launch

Google is on a hiring blitz in Sydney as it readies to launch Australian availability of Google Cloud Platform (GCP).

The search giant announced the impending launch of GCP's Australian region in November, with three availability zones set for Sydney. Now it is staffing up, including hunting a channel chief to pitch the public cloud to small and medium business customers.

The most senior role is for the head of Google Cloud ANZ, who should have 12 years of technology sales experience. This senior executive will "advocate Google Cloud offerings to leading companies, schools and government agencies" and "help make the world a more Googley place."

"You will possess a sales management background that enables you to lead a team of senior sales executives with engagements at the CXO level, manage a sales pipeline, and lead sales efforts that will include teaming with Google Cloud sales executives, inside sales, customer engineers, solutions architects, and partners within Google Cloud accounts," according to the job ad.

The head of Google Cloud will work closely with various teams including channels, marketing, professional services, customer engineers, solution architects and inside sales – many of which Google is beefing up in the current recruitment drive.

The company's APAC SMB partner manager for Google Cloud will drive "rapid G Suite and Google Cloud Platform (GCP) growth to SMBs via our global partner network," according to a job ad.

"As APAC SMB partner manager, your role is to drive G Suite and GCP sales to SMBs by working collaboratively with our direct sales teams and our extensive partner network. Partners are critical to the growth, adoption and scale of Google Cloud products. You will work with key SMB-focused partners to develop their Google Cloud business via sales and marketing campaigns, trainings and enablement."

Many of Google's top Australian cloud partners are heading to San Francisco this week for the Cloud Next 2017 conference, which will include presentations from the likes of Google chief executive Sundar Pichai and Google Cloud senior vice-president Diane Greene.

Google will use Sydney as its launchpad into Asia, with recruitment advertisements for inside sales reps who speak Korean, Thai, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Mandarin and Cantonese.

This multi-lingual inside sales team will be be based in a sales hub and work within a territory team "to identify new prospects in medium-sized companies and large enterprises." 

GCP already has Asian regions in Taiwan and Japan, and this year will expand to Singapore and India. The company has also revealed new data centres for Brazil, Germany, London and Finland, as well as additional presence in the US with a Northern Virginia region.

The Sydney hiring spree will include technical resources, including cloud solution architects with "deep understanding" across all aspects of cloud computing, including infrastructure, storage, platforms and data, automation, continuous integration and deployment, SQL, NoSQL, NewSQL, networking and cloud-based delivery models.

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