Facebook scouting for India leadership jobs

The US-based social media behemoth, Facebook is scouting for a raft of India leadership jobs even as it struggles to fill the corner office in its biggest user market, says an ET report. The report said that the social media giant had advertised a raft of India leadership jobs. Anumeha Chaturvedi writes in the daily that over the last week or so, Facebook India, which is yet to fill the post of Managing Director after Umang Bedi demitted office in October last year has now invited applications for vertical head for e-commerce, head of creative strategy, director of small and medium businesses, a strategic partner for platform partnerships, a public policy manager for India and South Asia, and a strategic partner manager for news alliances in the country, noted the report.

Citing the descriptions posted on jobs and social networking platform Linkedin, the vertical head for e-commerce will be based out of Gurgaon and will be expected to lead Facebook India’s e-commerce team and manage the firm’s monetization of the e-commerce vertical, says the report. What is more, the executive will be expected to create and deliver compelling sales narratives that would eventually help the industry shift to mobile commerce, in addition to driving key account relationships with C suite level decision-makers in e-commerce, said the report.

Candidate Profile

Again citing the advertisement for head of creative strategy, the report said that the candidate should be an experienced creative and strategic leader with a strong portfolio of award-winning effective marketing campaigns to lead a team of creative strategists working across all vertical industries, besides strengthening partnerships within the Facebook sales organization as well as patrons and agencies pan India. This job position is also based in Gurgaon.

According to the report, headhunting firm, Spencer Stuart is managing the search for Facebook’s India head. The US social media firm has in excess of 250 million users in India. When the daily sent an e-mail query remained unanswered till press time. The roles of strategic partner development, news in India and strategic partner manager for news partnerships could be based either in Delhi or Mumbai; people in the know of things about the company’s plans told the daily. While the former post is meant to support Facebook Journalism Project’s global strategic initiatives in India, the latter is expected to collaborate with the biggest newsrooms pan India to implement strategic partnership plans around the social media firm’s products, tools and services, the report said.

Quoting the job posting, the report further said the partner manager for platform alliances will also work with the Messenger and Instagram product and engineering teams and should be someone who is passionate about the way Facebook can work with businesses, start-ups, and developers to build valuable product experiences for people. The candidate should be obsessed with technology, social media and business strategy in India said the report. Platform Partnerships at Facebook is responsible for establishing and managing strategic relationships with Facebook’s key product partners, said the report and added that the firm is not receiving fresh applications for the position of director, small and medium businesses after advertising for the said positions a few days ago.¬†Candidates interested to work with Facebook can apply.

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