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This will be the first time in the history of famous messaging app WhatsApp is scouting for a full-time employee. The company want someone to lead its operations in India.
The company is looking for an individual who can lead the operations in the country "including products for people and businesses along with our interest in peer to peer payments," reads a job advertisement on its official website.
The position is open for senior leadership's designation which requires a healthy experience in the product. Along with the track record of successfully leading partnership and business development skills in the Indian market.
According to the job application posted on WhatsApp careers page, the key responsibilities of leader will be, "Manage the day to day tactics of communications in India -- from proactive pitches highlighting positive uses of the product to feature launches, partnerships or marketing campaigns as well as handling issues as they arise."
WhatsApp payment is also rolling steadily in India with its beta-testing program for over a million users. The company is coming out with the payment option which will be powered by the UPI (Unified Payment Interface) method.
UPI payment method let the users make instant bank transfer payments. The same method which Paytm and Tez use for their instant bank transfers. In the initial stage of WhatsApp beta-testing Paytm founder Vijay Shekar has criticised WhatsApp Payment for security issues.
The beta-testing is already live on Android and iOS devices for some selected users. The WhatsApp listing for India's head clearly mentioned that the head will focus on payments.
The position is based in Mumbai and the appointed leader will report to WhatsApp's Chief Operating Officers Matthew Idema in California. The job description says that the leader has to be expert in "cross-functional leader across WhatsApp and Facebook teams."
WhatsApp is looking for candidates with 15 years plus experience in product-driven companies. As well as with five years of experience with payment technologies in India. So its pretty clear that Payment will be playing a big part of the future strategy in India.
Apart from that, the company has also posted for Communications Manager in India, who will be responsible for creating and implementing the long-term communications strategy for India to support brands.