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Global mobility of talent: American digital giants have openings across Europe

As the global economy heats up, the global war for talent is heating up. And the global movement of capital and talent is creating massive opportunities in innovative industries around the globe.

The BBC just reported the scramble for skills has prompted countries – even cities – to develop special programs for expats and entrepreneurs, hoping to lure international talent.

Ray Dalio, founder of Bridgewater Associates, the world’s largest hedge fund ($102 billion under management), says the global economy is “at or near its best.”

In its most recent earnings report, Apple execs admit holding $250 billion (with a “b”) on their balance sheet in cash reserves, most of which is held offshore in the Republic of Ireland, Switzerland and Luxembourg. That’s more than the gross domestic product of a lot of rich countries including Finland!

We went through the recruitment websites of the dominant American digital companies, and they’re all making big moves in Europe.

For example, Amazon’s career page lists 732 jobs in Germany alone.

Netflix goes all in in Amsterdam


We were a few weeks ahead of the story, but San Jose-based Netflix announced last week it’s adding 400 jobs in Amsterdam, its European headquarters and customer service hub. And that’s just the beginning.

Amsterdam offices will service 11 countries (Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Sweden and the UK), according to the Netflix news release. Initially, the Amsterdam HQ will employ a multi-lingual workforce of 170, expanding to 345 by the end of 2017 and surpassing 400 by the end of 2018.

Netflix executives have added a lot of new positions just since we posted in April, many in customer service, and 10 new HQ jobs including Director of Social Media for Europe.

From the posting:

The director will lead a team of Netflix employees and agency partners, running local, pan-regional and global title and brand campaigns and will need to inspire a highly-skilled team of social experts. It will require senior partnership and collaboration with the content, PR and product teams, and reports to the Director of Social Media, EMEA.

Job opportunities at Netflix’s new European customer service hub are here.

Job opportunities at Netflix’s EMEA HQ are here.

Also, if you’re a creative type, Netflix has spent more than $1.75 billion on European productions since 2012, including more than 90 original productions in various stages of development. We’re guessing this investment is about to increase exponentially as Netflix spends a total of $6 billion worldwide on original series just for 2017 alone.

Which means they need content in several languages including French, Spanish, and German.

As conventional broadcast television fades and on-demand expands, there are going to be lots of opportunities in Europe for internationals.

Apple also is expanding in Europe

Sitting on mountains of cash, will Apple keep cranking out new generations of iPhones? Will Apple CEO Tim Cook try to zig into the streaming content business and challenge Netflix? Will he zag into autonomous cars? Who knows …

What we know for sure is, Apple is looking for advanced tech talent from Denmark to Spain including software development engineers and language modeling specialists. The only country that comes up blank in a job search is Portugal.

Apple has posted 40 positions in Germany since April. There are 16 openings posted for Belgium since March, but the majority are for people to work in Apple stores. There are 25 postings for France posted since 1 May. But the largest number is 30 in Ireland

Here’s a quick sampling:

Featured content producer

  • Job Number: 56720143
  • Munich, Bavaria-Bavaria, Germany
  • Weekly Hours: 38.50

Job Summary

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ Share on Google+. This is the place where you can find all the information you need about iTunes, Apple TV, and mobile devices. Responsibilities for this global store include ongoing quality assurance, updates, and maintaining the integrity of the store. This candidate must be working independently and reporting to a remote management team. Fluency in English and German is required.

Key Qualifications

  • Experience with web-based content management systems.
  • Experience working with creative and technical teams demonstrating excellent coordination skills, with a sense of humor and purpose.
  • Ability to logistically troubleshoot and follow-up on store or tool errors, with a bigger picture mindset and confidence to prioritize the escalation of issues.
  • Ability to critically analyze workflow and process, suggesting improvements based on key learnings.

Speech Research & Development Engineer in Brussels:

Key Qualifications

  • Experience building and tuning broad vocabulary speech recognition systems
  • Ability to implement experiments using scripting languages (Python, Perl, Ruby, bash) and tools written in C / C ++
  • Experience with standard speech recognition toolkits (such as HTK, Attila, Kaldi, SRILM, OpenFST or equivalent proprietary systems)
  • Experience working on ASR systems in multiple languages is preferred
  • Large scale data analysis using distributed clusters (eg MapReduce) is preferred


You will be responsible for a wide variety of speech-related research and development activities, including acoustic modeling, language modeling, and tools development. Our speech recognition research is typically data driven and we are particularly interested in unsupervised techniques to leverage large quantities of data. You should be passionate about creating phenomenal products. Because you are a team player who has a lot to do with a lot of people.

iOS Sr. Software Engineer Media Apps

  • Job Number: 55006168
  • Paris, France
  • Posted: 12-May-2017
  • Weekly Hours: 35.00


Love music and ready to take on the responsibility of shipping great products under tight deadlines? Join our small but passionate and talented team that brought you Apple Music, and help us take it to the next level.

Key Qualifications

  • Ability to write clear and high-performance code in Swift, Objective-C and Cocoa Touch
  • Ability to solve complex technical problems under pressure
  • Ability to analyze large features and implement practical solutions
  • Ability to step into a large base and make surgical fixes
  • Passion for quality and close attention to details
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Solid understanding of a variety of CS concepts and QA practices


New features, resolve issues and optimize performance for Apple Music on iOS. Participate in cross-functional teams on upcoming features Uphold high-quality coding and engineering practices in the team. Work with designers to deliver simple and elegant user interfaces.

Google has 120 jobs posted just in Dublin

Google as a lot of open positions across Europe. A lot! But the greatest density of opportunity is at its Europe HQ city of Dublin, where 120 jobs are listed.

Most of the jobs are related to account management. But there are several interesting jobs including:

Digital Marketing Strategist (Portuguese)


  • Develop a deep understanding of our strategic products (Mobile, Brand, Conversion Tracking, Shopping) and the scenarios in which they are a good fit for our clients.
  • Know our internal tools and how they can be used in the team, account or campaign level to identify opportunities for our clients.
  • Implement solutions, track performance and optimize against advertiser goals.


Minimum qualifications:

  • BA/BS degree or equivalent practical experience.
  • Ability to speak and write in English and Portuguese fluently and idiomatically.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Client service/account management experience.
  • Experience in data analysis and reporting.

While Dublin has the largest number of jobs, Zürich has the super high-tech jobs including:

Software Engineer, Research and Machine Intelligence


  • Participate in cutting-edge research in artificial intelligence and machine learning applications.
  • Develop solutions for real world, large scale problems.

Preferred qualifications:

  • MS or Ph.D. degree in Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, or related technical field.
  • Experience coding in C, C++, Java, or Python.
  • Strong background in Machine Learning or Artificial Intelligence
  • Extensive knowledge of Android and/or WebKit.


As Dispatches told you at the beginning of the month, Amazon is making a big push for Prime in Europe by buying up about 1,300 small warehouses across the continent, which the Seattle-based digital commerce giant will use for distribution.

Amazon Prime – Amazon Premium in some markets – is offered in the United States, as well as in the United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Germany, France and Austria in Europe.

The new distribution facilities will be vital to expanding Prime Now, Amazon’s one-hour delivery service for Prime members, according to media reports.

That means Amazon needs more people … a lot more people, judging by their recruitment sites; 306 in France, 233 in Berlin, 64 at the Bad Hersfeld operations in Germany, 49 in Poland. You get the idea.

One of the more interesting opportunities is for a junior data scientist on a temporary assignment in Berlin. But the qualifications for this, like so many positions, is really demanding:

You will make the best of your skill set in predictive modeling, recommendation modeling, (un)supervised learning, simulation, etc… to explain, quantify, predict and prescribe. You will know how to translate business goals into agile, insightful analytics. You will seek to create value for both stakeholders and customers and will convey findings in a clear, actionable way to managers and senior leaders.

You also have to be fluent not just in English, but in Python or another programming language.

Here’s an interesting job in Paris:

Senior Product Manager – Technical (Paris)

Key Responsibilities:
· Lead the development of the consumer-focused product strategy and vision supported by internal and external analysis
· Responsible for defining user needs, identifying gaps, features enhancements and opportunities.
· Define creative, high quality, simple product roadmaps based on team strategy and vision
· Develop detailed, crisp business requirements and user stories that can be used to create product specifications and architecture for each product and application


· Bachelor’s degree or higher with a technical discipline
· 10+ years of professional experience with 5+ years of consumer facing software product management experience
· Experience working on Android, iOS, Windows or other mobile software/applications
· Native-speaking level proficiency in French


· MBA or Master’s degree
· Passion for creating innovative solutions for consumers in household
· Experience delivering solutions enabling customers to discover, install, and manage mobile apps and/or services.
· Experience delivering consumer software products and services in a high growth environment

We’ll follow up later with a look at what Microsoft, Facebook, and other American companies are looking for in Europe.

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