Country Manager Japan

At Domestika we are looking for a General Manager to build up our Japan business and drive its operations.

Reporting to the VP Asia, as General Manager for Japan, you will be responsible for setting up and leading Domestika’s Japanese operations and growth, working with other key teams across the organization to drive operational excellence. Together with our Production team, you would build our Production (Filming and Editing) capacity in Tokyo and collaborate with the Marketing team in growing our brand recognition in Japan.

Domestika is one of the largest growing communities within the creative industry. It all started as a small but dynamic showcase of creative professionals, designed to help them connect and learn from each other. Years later, born from this core value, Domestika widened its reach by designing and producing online courses for all those who want to learn and improve professionally with the best teachers. The community has grown to more than 5 million people who are constantly curious and passionate about learning new skills. Domestika has the support of one of the most relevant funds in Silicon Valley.

The company is based in San Francisco, California. The team is distributed across 10 countries. Domestika has the support of one of the most relevant funds in Silicon Valley (USA).

What will the Country Manager Japan do at Domestika?
• Responsibility for launching and growing Domestika in Japan.
• Support the Production team in hiring and onboarding Japanese team members (Producers, Filmmakers, Runners, Photo/Art Direction) in Tokyo, as well as their search for filming studios and supply of AV equipment that will support the production of content by Domestika in the US.
• Work with central Marketing teams in setting up the Japanese speaking teams.
• Be the face of Domestika in dealings with local authorities and other partners in the creative community in Tokyo and Japan.
• Provide strong local leadership and management to Domestika team in Japan, ensuring consistency, quality, and effectiveness.
• Pay close attention to daily operations.
• Attract, retain and lead a loyal and committed team of Domestika colleagues.
• Foster a performance-oriented culture, coach and enable teams to achieve their target.
• Ensure a smooth cross-functional working relationship with other global teams to drive the growth of Domestika in the US through action plans, KPIs, and reporting systems.
• Lead the development of strategic partnerships to drive brand awareness, support both the creative community, as well as our members, in identifying external partners that have the potential to accelerate company growth.
• Oversee health of the Japanese P&L, as well as KPIs across all departments dedicated to Japan.

• Minimum 7+ years of experience building and leading large teams.
• Strong academic background: BA/BS degree or equivalent, MBA from a top school is a plus.
• Entrepreneurial track record within digital media, Internet or consumer business. Ideally as General Manager managing at a fast-paced, fast growth company or start-up.
• Having set up early-stage country or city operations is a plus.
• Excellent organizational, planning and problem-solving skills: ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects and deadlines.
• The ability to think strategically and spot opportunities for growth in Japan while driving day-to-day operations and building up the team.
• Outstanding people and stakeholder leadership skills with the ability to communicate with, motivate, inspire, and develop teams. Naturally engaging and charismatic (can win “hearts and minds”).
• Commercially minded, with demonstrable experience negotiating with vendors and partners.
• Experience working cross-functionally with other teams or departments to obtain ambitious goals.
• A passion for and relationship with the creative industry would be a plus.
• Native Japanese speaker.
• Fluent English speaker. Fluency in Spanish would be a plus.

What do we offer?
• Work in one of the fastest growing companies in the creative industry.
• Be part of a fun, creative, cooperative, and multicultural team.
• The opportunity to set a presence from scratch in a new country for Domestika and be a key leader in the international expansion of our online community.



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