2022-04-10T08:00:33-04:00 X, The Moonshot Factory
Strategy Associate, Early Investigations (1-2 year contract)
Business Strategy
Mountain View, CA, Tel Aviv, IL

X is Alphabet’s moonshot factory. We are a diverse group of inventors and entrepreneurs who build and launch technologies that aim to improve the lives of millions, even billions, of people. Our goal: 10x impact on the world’s most intractable problems, not just 10% improvement. We approach projects that have the aspiration and riskiness of research with the speed and ambition of a startup.

 

About the team:

The X Pipeline is a team of product managers, engineers, program managers and strategists who work on growing early stage X investigations into full-fledged projects. Early Pipeline takes new technology and builds out a founding team, while Later Stage continues to de-risk the technology, and figures out the product applications and potential markets, customers, and business models. We ask and answer questions like: who is it for? why would they want it? what problem are we solving for them? who pays for it? how big is that market? are we breaking any laws of man?

 

About the role: 

This role is a 1-2 year contract. The position is a product-focused business strategy role, ideally bringing in someone from a top tier strategy consulting firm, to help 1-2 existing projects working to address global problems. The day-to-day aspects of the role will involve understanding and evaluating a new technology, researching and interviewing potential customers, estimating market size, building economic models, and reporting results to X leadership.

 

How you will make 10X Impact

  • Lead market sizing, competitive and regulatory analyses, and value chain mapping for projects where markets, competitors, and/or regulations may or may not exist.  
  • Help identify key risks where projects could fail, and ways to stress-test them as quickly as possible by speaking to potential external partners
  • Review economic models in partnership with Partnerships and Finance. X projects aim to become profitable businesses at scale, so this matters
  • Present findings to project leads and X executives to guide strategy and investment for projects
  • Work cross functionally to de-risk other non-technical aspects of projects, partnering with Legal, Policy, Marketing/PR, Operations, etc.

 

What you should have

  • BA/BS or equivalent practical experience
  • 2 years experience in management consulting, investment banking,  or other investor role
  • Very strong strategy and analytical skills. Ability to gather and analyze large quantities of information, and turn them into insightful business recommendations. Good at problem stating and problem solving, and turning ambiguous problem spaces into radical solutions. Must be able to break down problems independently
  • Ability to be standalone and autonomous in defining scope and needs of project and executing on scope
  • Can do and humble attitude, willing to learn new tools and content to become an effective thought partner with project teams
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills (writing strategy docs, writing and delivering presentations), can with senior external partners with ease
  • Motivated by making the world a better place through technology, and wanting to be part of a team that makes this happen

 

I'd be great if you also have these:

  • Degree in a science or engineering field
  • Financial modeling experience
  • Thrive on ambiguity, setting own goals and effectively delivering to them in a very fast-changing environment
  • Ability to influence without authority, working with technical and cross-functional teams who do not report into this role to get things done.

 

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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