The appearance, and then swift disappearance, of a job vacancy for someone to head up a new 'mobile wallet and offers division' at Google provides the strongest confirmation yet that the internet giant has big plans for NFC.
The strongest confirmation to date that Google is planning to launch a mobile wallet service has appeared in the form of a job vacancy for an 'EMEA head of commerce marketing'.
Lara O'Reilly, a reporter for UK publication Marketing Week, spotted the advert on LinkedIn last week and also saw the vacancy on Google's own recruitment site.
The advert is no longer live on either LinkedIn or Google but, O'Reilly has confirmed to NFC World, the vacancy specifically stated that the new recruit would be responsible for leading a mobile wallet and offers division.
According to O'Reilly's article:
Google is currently searching for an EMEA head of commerce marketing to lead its mobile wallet and offers division. Its mobile offers platform will provide consumers with location-based offers on their Android smartphones.
The EMEA head of commerce marketing will also be responsible for hiring two commerce product marketing managers as Google looks to expand the division. The new hire will report to Google's marketing director for UK and Ireland Torsten Schuppe.
The news follows confirmation last week from France-based POS terminal maker Ingenico that it is working with Google on the development of NFC-based services for retailers.