Language Manager (Swahili, English) Job Vacancy in Nairobi, Kenya - Google

About the job

Google is a universally recognized name. The Localization team helps Google's ideas and products look, feel and sound natural to users in their own countries. We collaborate with international Engineering, Product and Marketing teams to steer products through the localization process and ensure successful launches across the globe. Our team is an international collection of enthusiastic, creative and knowledgeable people who excel in a fast-paced, culturally diverse environment. You are an excellent communicator who plays a strategic role by building relationships with partner teams to establish needs, deadlines and budgets. You will flex your project management skills in order to ensure that our Localization process runs effectively and efficiently.

As a Language Manager, you will lead Google language strategy and localization efforts across African languages using extensive localization experience, project management skills, and a linguistic skill set to directly lead and manage Swahili.

Google creates products and services that make the world a better place, and gTech’s role is to help bring them to life. Our teams of trusted advisors support customers globally. Our solutions are rooted in our technical skill, product expertise, and a thorough understanding of our customers’ complex needs. Whether the answer is a bespoke solution to solve a unique problem, or a new tool that can scale across Google, everything we do aims to ensure our customers benefit from the full potential of Google products.

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  • Form a critical part of the African Go-To-Market team with regional Marketing and Product to enable native language experiences for African users of Google products across the continent.
  • Define and evolve Google's Language Strategy for Sub-Saharan Africa, spanning a number of priority languages and markets in Africa, taking into account input from users, linguists, stakeholders, and the tech industry trends.
  • Develop a solid understanding of market language trends and user expectations for language quality across Sub-Saharan Africa through regular interactions with regional stakeholders, user studies, and engagement with the localization industry.
  • Own quality for all content across a portfolio of Sub-Saharan African languages, including direct management of Swahili localization and language resources (i.e., Style Guide, Terminology) and indirect management of other priority Sub-Saharan African languages via a network of vendor linguists.

Minimum qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent practical experience.
  • Experience as an Swahili language translator, localization specialist, linguist, copywriter, writer, or editor.
  • Ability to speak and write in English and Swahili fluently.

Preferred qualifications:

  • MBA, Master's degree, or equivalent program management experience.
  • Experience within the creative, localization, journalism, public communications, or the online marketing/advertising industry.
  • Experience in partner/stakeholder management while working across cross-functional teams and time-zones.
  • Ability to manage multiple and diverse stakeholders across businesses and leadership levels.
  • Excellent communication/presentation skills.


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