Just when you thought Grab was all about layoffs, the tech firm has added multiple Singapore-based vacancies to its careers website as it rolls out a new range of financial products. Last time we looked, on 18 June, Grab had only a handful of roles in the Republic, following its decision days earlier to make 360 redundancies, about 5% of its global workforce, as a result of the pandemic.
Now the firm has 80 openings in Singapore – that’s more than Google (40), Facebook (58), and Microsoft (37). Of the US tech giants with a sizable local presence, only Amazon – with a colossal 235 roles – is recruiting more heavily than Grab.
Grab’s jobs include 29 technology-focused positions in its engineering, data science and analysis, UX and design, and IT services teams. “We continue to grow in different parts of our business and therefore we are looking for great talent, internally and externally, to fill the roles,” says a Grab spokesperson.
The head of engineering job is arguably the most senior tech vacancy on offer at Grab in Singapore. It demands at least 15 years’ experience in software product engineering and strategy as well as “very strong business acumen”, according to Grab’s career site. The job description suggests that Grab still has a strong appetite for engineers – it requires you to grow your teams and use your “eye for talent to hire the best engineers and engineering managers”.
Recruiters in Singapore say much of Grab’s tech hiring is driven by its finance platforms rather than by its ride-hailing and delivery businesses, the former of which has seen its revenues tumble during the pandemic. Grab Financial Group, the company’s financial services arm, yesterday launched a slew of new consumer products, including micro-investments, loans, health insurance and a pay-later programme.
As its services expand, Grab Financial is now “building a product team to build its own custom payment gateway”, and is recruiting a head of engineering for the unit, which it has named GrabLink, according to its careers site. In this job you will work closely with product management, the business and clients to “architect, design, and develop software solutions for payment processing”. More GrabLink tech jobs are expected over the coming months.
Below “head of” level, Grab also has several Singapore-based “lead” technology jobs on offer, many of which are in sought-after fields in which banks are also competing for talent. The tech firm is hiring, for example, a lead data scientist to focus on “challenging problems in computer vision and deep learning that can ultimately scale up the AI capability of Grab’s platform”.
Other notable roles include a lead full stack engineer, lead insider threat data analyst, and lead QA engineer. There are also two senior machine learning engineer positions available, which tackle “problems that run the gamut from building machine learning/deep learning models to developing full-scale production systems”. Most of Grab’s technology jobs demand knowledge of Python.
Grab may need to recruit more people later this year and into 2021, if its joint bid with Singtel to operate a digital bank in Singapore is approved.
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