Communications Lead, Japan (Remote, Japan)

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Location Asia
Team Marketing and Growth

About the role

Shopify’s growing rapidly around the world and we have a new opportunity for an experienced and dynamic Communications Manager in Japan to join our international team.

This role will lead integrated communication efforts focused on merchant profiling, executive thought leadership and creative storytelling to position Shopify as Japan’s default commerce platform for small businesses to large-scale enterprises.

The successful candidate will work closely with cross-functional revenue and marketing teams, and have demonstrated experience driving proactive communication outcomes across product, corporate and thought leadership disciplines. This role reports to the PR & Communications Director (APAC).

Responsibilities

  • Lead the delivery of a long-term communications strategy to build awareness of Shopify's presence, product offering and investment in Japan

  • Deliver senior counsel to Japan’s Country Director and cross-functional partners across a broad set of communications disciplines

  • Drive business and trade media outcomes around partnership and product announcements, merchant case studies, trends-based thought leadership and corporate storytelling

  • Lead the creation of Shopify’s narrative and messaging for Japan, including the development of briefing materials, press materials, bylines, blog posts, opinion statements and social content

  • Identify and deliver creative local campaigns that drive high quality earned media results and buzz among key audiences 

  • Manage a local agency, including oversight of the PR program, budgets and performance metrics

Qualifications

Minimum Requirements

  • 10+ years’ B2B communications experience across corporate, product and thought leadership disciplines

  • Communications experience in retail and technology sectors with a strong network of top tier media contacts and track record of building and executing targeted communication strategies

  • Native Japanese speaker with exceptional verbal and written communication skills in English and Japanese

  • Creative storyteller with a strong instinct for identifying news angles and emerging themes that Shopify can own in Japan

  • Ability to work and collaborate in a fast-paced, dynamic and deadline-driven environment, with excellent judgment and negotiation skills

At Shopify, we are committed to building and fostering an environment where our employees feel included, valued, and heard. Our belief is that a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion enables us to truly make commerce better for everyone. We strongly encourage applications from Indigenous peoples, racialized people, people with disabilities, people from gender and sexually diverse communities and/or people with intersectional identities.

Shopify is now permanently remote, and we’re working towards a future that is digital by design. That location you see above? Consider it merely an example of hundreds of potential locations Shopify is hiring. Learn more here: https://www.shopify.com/careers/work-anywhere

Our belief is that a strong commitment to diversity & inclusion enables us to truly make commerce better for everyone. We encourage applications from Indigenous peoples, racialized people, people with disabilities, people from gender and sexually diverse communities, and/or people with intersectional identities. Please take a look at our Sustainability Reports to learn more about Shopify’s commitments to our communities, and our planet.

At Shopify, we understand that experience comes in many forms. We’re dedicated to adding new perspectives to the team - so if your experience is this close to what we’re looking for, please consider applying.

How we hire

At Shopify, we put a lot of care and time into who we hire. We believe that in order to build the best products, we need to build high impact teams. Our recruitment process centres around what we call the Life Story interview, a conversational-style interview where we get to learn more about you.
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