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2019-07-18T17:35:35-04:00 X, The Moonshot Factory
Project Lead, X Early Stage Project

Project Leadership

Mountain View, CA

Team:

We're an early stage team at X with a growing, interdisciplinary portfolio. To prove our path to the moon, we make early contact with the real world through both internal and external partnerships.

The Role:

As an Energy Project Lead, you will collaborate closely with Early Stage co-leads and technical and non-technical Xers alike. You will play a pivotal role in accelerating and growing a new project that is applying machine learning to help us create breakthroughs in energy. We need stellar individuals in this role with the appropriate hard and soft skills and style to succeed. 

Responsibilities:

  • Lead and manage a growing technical and business team, along with a cross-functional team (e.g., finance, HR, legal) to scale from commercial pilots and beyond, while driving advanced development. P&L Responsibility.
  • Develop and evolve project strategy, define the product or service offerings and roadmap, establish and/or iterate on product-market fit, and resulting team priorities and ongoing go-to-market plans and execution.
  • Work closely with X Early Stage Co-leads and cross-functional teams, to ensure successful growth of the project, maintaining entrepreneurial and bespoke, yet replicable Alphabet-friendly solutions for your project needs along the way. 
  • Communicate project vision, strategy, current status, and goals and milestones, etc. to the team, key stakeholders across X, Early Stage teams, Alphabet, and/or partners as applicable.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • BA/BS or equivalent practical experience
  • 10 years experience leading and managing complex, ambiguous projects from early stage to scaled, enterprise software businesses and beyond.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in the energy sector, or demonstrated knowledge of the energy sector. 
  • Tenacity and sense of urgency; comfort and ability to make things happen quickly; ability to thrive and achieve audacious personal and team goals in a fast-paced, fluid and often chaotic, collaborative environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to influence at all levels of management and teams, cross-functionally and externally and to earn and maintain ongoing trust.
  • Exceptional communication skills (oral, written, and presentation).
  • Flexibility, open-mindedness, collaborative approach, and a sense of humor!

Manager Expectations:

We believe every Xer should have a great manager. Whether you are an applicant evaluating a prospective manager, or an applicant to a management role, these are the expectations for our managers:

  • [Psychological safety first] We can't build moonshots without a foundation of trust and respect. Create space for team members to be seen, heard, and understood.
  • [Continuous development] Take the time to invest in yourself and those around you. Create an environment where team members are empowered to do the same for one another.
  • [Build a team with intention] Assemble a diverse team of people who have the substance and stamina to reach the moon.
  • [Mission is critical] Why are we here? What are we working towards? Get clear on the answers, and then make sure your team understands where you’re headed and how to get there together.
  • [Nurture our culture] Be a role model of X’s values and champion creativity, passion, and play.
  • [Be accountable] Everything at X is a team effort, but the buck stops with managers. Celebrate your team’s successes and own the failures. Taking responsibility earns respect.

About X, the moonshot factory

X creates radical new technologies to solve some of the world’s biggest problems. We develop uncomfortably ambitious, potentially world-changing new ideas such as self-driving cars, balloon-powered Internet and smart contact lenses. We’re a team of makers, entrepreneurs, engineers, designers and scientists with deep technical expertise who love the challenge of the seemingly impossible. We believe that a culture of psychological safety creates the foundation of trust and respect necessary to build moonshots. X was formerly known as Google[x] and is part of Alphabet.




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