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2020-01-08T21:14:55-05:00 X, The Moonshot Factory
Early Pipeline Strategy Lead, X

Business Strategy

Mountainview, CA


As a Strategy Lead, you will join and support a team of strategists dedicated to a small number of projects and investigations. You will be an integral part of the team as you work closely to better understand business and moonshot potential of relevant ideas and technologies. In this role, you will think through challenging problems and explore ambiguous path to find the best solutions that will set projects up for success. You will be directly involved in various projects and encouraged to approach them with rigor, creativity and critical thinking.

X is Alphabet’s moonshot factory where uncomfortably ambitious, world-changing new ideas are developed and taken out into the world. X projects have the potential to transform the lives of billions of people and make the world a radically better place. For X to be successful, we have to repeatedly turn breakthrough technology ideas into products that solve large problems in the world, and create meaningful businesses for Alphabet.

The Strategy Team at X is a team of strategists that are each dedicated to a small number of projects and investigations, and support them on questions that vary from how big is your market, all the way through to what is your business model, your 5 year plan and P&L. Our strategists view themselves as an integral part of the project team. They work shoulder to shoulder with them to better understand the business and moonshot potential of the relevant ideas and technologies, and help by quickly and collaboratively solving problems and challenges, and setting the project up for success in the real world.


  • Lead market sizing, competitive and regulatory analyses and value chain mapping for projects. Lead review and ensure quality of analyses and summary of materials through the project’s lifecycle
  • Lead the planning and implementation of major change priorities at the moonshot factory, with a bias toward rolling up your sleeves and making things happen.
  • Ensure factory business operations are running smoothly (e.g., recurring communications with Alphabet), proposing and implementing changes as needed
  • Help prioritize and focus, foreseeing and addressing future challenges while identify risks and ways to overcome them
  • Present findings to project teams and executives to guide strategy while effectively managing dialog with key decision makers
  • Drive recommendations, implementation and results while working cross-functionally to resolve non-technical challenges

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent practical experience
  • 8 years of experience in strategy consulting or other business strategy role with a background in Chemistry, Human Biology, Health, Physics, Engineering or Computer Science.
  • Experience leading strategic and operational initiatives.
  • Experience gathering and analyzing data and turning it into actionable insight.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's of Business Administration and/or degree in a technical, science or engineering field.
  • Experience in Financial modeling.
  • Ability to take initiative, adapt quickly to changing priorities and work with a high sense of urgency.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the broader technology industry.
  • Distinctive problem-solving and analytical skills.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills and excellent presentation skills with the ability to influence without authority.

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. X was formerly known as Google[x] and is part of Alphabet.

At X, we don't just accept difference - we celebrate it, we support it, and we thrive on it for the benefit of our employees, our products and our community. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements.

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