The creator of the iPhone, Apple, might be warming up to digital assets, and is now looking to hire a business development manager with experience in “alternative payments”.
According to a job offer posted on 25 May, the tech giant is looking for an individual with five years or more experience working for “alternative payment providers, such as digital wallets, BNPL [buy now pay later], Fast Payments, cryptocurrency and etc.”. Once hired, the new business development manager will be responsible for the end to end business development, including screening partners, negotiating and closing commercial agreements and launching new programs. Apple wrote:
“The Apple Wallets, Payments, and Commerce (WPC) team is seeking an experienced Business Development Manager to lead Alternative Payments Partnerships. We are looking for a proven professional in global alternative and emerging payment solutions.”
Experience in the crypto industry is not the only requirement, however, and candidate must have more than 10 years of professional experience and more than 6 years in the business development field in order to qualify for the position. While the tech giant is yet to make an entry into the crypto market, the new job offering could indicate Apple is planning to do so in the future.
Apple is not the only company that could be eyeing an expansion into the crypto market. Earlier this month, Ebay became one of the first e-commerce companies to allow the sale of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) on its platform. Last month, during an earnings call, toy firm Hasbro revealed it was “actively developing” and pursuing NFT opportunities, especially in the digital gaming sphere.