Principal, Strategy & Operations

Job Description

Posted on: 
December 4, 2023

As a Principal in the StratOps team, you will be part of a high-performing team, responsible for in-house consulting projects to help Google DeepMind leadership answer knotty strategic questions essential to Google DeepMind’s success, including realising the most impactful applications of our research. This role is integral to the achievement of Google DeepMind’s mission and requires someone who can bridge Google DeepMind research and Google’s industry-leading products, platforms and technologies to pave the way towards an inclusive AGI-enabled future.


Serve as manager on the Google DeepMind-wide Strategy & Operations (StratOps) function to help Google DeepMind leadership answer strategic questions essential to Google DeepMind’s success, including realising the most impactful applications of our research:

  • Partnering with Applied, Product, Science, and Research teams to identify, evaluate and realise opportunities for Google DeepMind’s technology to benefit humanity
  • Driving recommendations, with influence and credibility, to Google DeepMind’s executives on pivotal decisions
  • Overseeing a portfolio of work - ensuring timely, impactful, and quality delivery of your own work and that of associates working with you
  • Building trusted relationships across Google DeepMind to ensure effective partnership
  • Retaining the resources the StratOps team needs to succeed, including external perspectives, additional capabilities and flex capacity

Serve as a leader in the organisation by:

  • Role modelling Google DeepMind’s values
  • Participating in leadership forums
  • Mentoring team members
  • Cultivating positive and productive team environment

Job Requirements

  • Strong understanding of AI technology and its applications. Direct experience with AI-Driven business and product strategy is required.
  • Strong problem solving and analytical capabilities that underpin the creation of objective and effective solutions. Comfort with independently working with quantitative data and of structuring quantitative analysis.
  • Ability to apply top-down strategic thinking to complex, ambiguous and unfamiliar problems and translate into pragmatic solutions and / or proposed path forward.
  • Strong leadership skills and ability to work cross functionally and collaboratively. Coming in with a proven track record of senior stakeholder management. Deep understanding of Google’s business and key exec stakeholders is a plus.  
  • Ability to hold both bold and responsible considerations together in all analyses and recommendations.

Would be great if you also have:

  • Interest and experience in Robotics and Gaming, and broadly new areas for AI applications
  • Proven track record in going 0 → 1 / new product launches
  • Strong bias towards action and responsible execution. Operating with urgency in order to accelerate the bold and responsible impact Google DeepMind can have on the world.  
  • Adept at creating clarity. Skilled communicator, able to present both verbally and in writing, and deal tactfully with a diverse array of individuals. Experience delivering clear and concise recommendations and updates to leadership team(s).
  • Responsive and resilient to difficult, ambiguous and sometimes changing objectives
  • Experience in contributing to functionally, geographically and culturally diverse teams

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