Innovation Partner - Operations & Business Development (West Japan)

Innovation Partner - Operations & Business Development (Osaka, Japan)

This is a unique opportunity to play a key Operations & Business Development role with the Rainmaking Innovation Japan team, creating and executing the world-class Startupbootcamp SCALE Osaka program focused on leading international tech scale-ups and their entry into Japan to engage with Japanese companies and consumers.

Rainmaking is hiring an "Innovation Partner - Operations & Business Development" to work closely with the Managing Director to build and execute a world-class business development plan to ensure the sustainability of the Osaka Startupbootcamp Scale program, to seek and build new opportunities for Rainmaking in Japan, to assist with relationship management with an existing consortium of large and prestigious Japanese corporate partners and finally to act as an advisor and mentor for high quality foreign scaleup companies in our program as they attempt to secure their first Japanese customers.

Reporting directly to the Managing Director and working closely with the Osaka based team, this role offers an opportunity to play a key Operations role whilst also making a significant impact connecting foreign startups and scaleups with our existing Japanese corporate partners, and finally identifying and attracting new partners to our program from corporate Japan.

We’re looking for someone who ticks as many of the following boxes as possible, and the first one is non-negotiable ;) :

- You are a great match with our strong and value driven culture (see below)
- You have hands-on experience and capability to support Japan based business Operations
- You have 5+ years of experience in successful business development and sales in Japan (preferably working with foreign companies entering the Japan market)
- Strong experience pitching and selling in Japanese language
- Ability to engage on strategic planning as to close deals
- Ability to work within diverse teams including different cultures
- Ability to provide clear and timely communication (in English) with team
- Preferred existing network in corporate Japan at sponsorship decision making level
- You have a strong understanding and experience with Japanese business culture (Native level Japanese language skills preferred)
- You are available to start full-time in April 2020 in our offices based in central Osaka city
- Preferred Japan based startup experience
- Preferred experience with accelerators, incubators or other startup support programs
- You are organized, action and service oriented
- You are a self starter with focus on execution and speed

Desired criteria includes :

- Experience working with startups, growth companies and/or in the corporate world.
- You have a current knowledge of the accelerator and incubator programs in Asia and beyond
- You are diplomatic and cool under pressure

What we offer :

- A unique culture focusing on three strong values: being entrepreneurial, being impactful and being kind. Read our culture book here 
- A great working environment and awesome colleagues
- A fun and challenging role with lots of room to influence how things get done
- An opportunity to work with some of the world’s best startups transforming the way they engage with exciting new markets 
- A platform designed to create meaningful partnerships between startups and partners of the program
- A genuine path to be a happy and whole person with flexible and independent work environment so you can have time to carve out for your friends and family

About you :

- You have deep experience and success selling to, partnering with and delivering services to large Japanese corporations
- You live and breathe all things sales and business development and are attracted to startups, founders and technology
- You want to improve people's lives by driving innovation across borders
- You love action and getting things done
- You love being a team member and team leader
- You are an independent self starter… but you enjoy being part of a family
- You are action oriented and highly persistent

About Rainmaking :

- We are the people behind Startupbootcamp, the global accelerator with 89 programs on four continents behind us 
- We are a fast growing innovation execution engine 
- We are a partnership of serial entrepreneurs with a mix of corporate and startup backgrounds 
- We are 150+ passionate innovators distributed across 12 offices
- We’ve worked with 100 of the Fortune 500 
- We’re at the intersection of startups, corporates, investors and talent
- Read about Rainmaking