This month jobs in Tokyo

We’ve curated a list of hot jobs in Tokyo for October! There’s some really interesting positions this month; in particular a role with W+K Tokyo as a Studio Designer. Make sure you check it out.
W+K Tokyo

Studio Designer

A unique opportunity exists to join the creative team at Wieden+Kennedy Japan. W+K prides itself on executing the highest-level creative work that stands out, brings ideas to life and pushes the audience to a new level of experience. We are currently looking for awesome people for our creative team.

About Studio Designer

Strong design and creative abilities are a requirement for this position. At W+K we strive to communicate new and creative ideas, push concepts and create work with a difference. We are looking for a unique studio designer who can bring our ideas to life in a creative way.

Essential capabilities

• Provide a design point of view and communicate it to the creative team
• Create multiple design solutions for a given brief
• Work closely with Art Directors to bring visual concepts to life on comps and mechanicals
• Work closely with the Studio Manager to stay within allotted project schedules
• Use various techniques, including image searches and scans, digital photography, image manipulation, hand trimming, mounting, sketching and drawing, for comp work, for all of our client and in house work
• Design and execute brochures, booklets, OOH, POP, magazine and newspaper ads, logos, TV titles and graphics as well as presentation materials; creates design extensions for campaigns as requested
• Build detailed mechanicals for print, OOH and collateral to W+K quality standards
• Prepare final digital files and proofs to be sent to printer, check quality of color proofs and communicate with printers and other outside vendors when required
• Responsibility for design quality, time and uniqueness of the execution of ideas

Requirements

• Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design preferred but not necessary
• 3-5 years previous production and design experience required
• Fluent in Japanese, English skills preferred but not essential
• Advanced knowledge and experience with Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and Acrobat)
• Working knowledge of HTML, Flash, After Effects an advantage, and any additional creative capabilities are an asset (illustration, motion graphics, painting and so on)
• Ability to work independently to see projects through to finish is a plus
• Ability to use experience, resources, and interact and collaborate with other people within the agency to solve problems
• Ability to work well with art directors, copywriters and other designers
• Ability to consistently demonstrate sound creative, strategic, and analytical thinking skills, while maintaining composure in sometimes high-pressure situations
• Exceptional attention to detail, multi-tasking, initiative and follow through skills
• Effectively communicates and works well in a team environment

Please send your application including your portfolio to:
Mail title:Designer position
Mail address:ronny.gallegos@wk.com

Ideo Tokyo

Business Designer

LANGUAGES
English Fluent
Japanese Business/Native

We are seeking an awesome Business Designer to join our Tokyo location. We want someone who has a unique blend of real-world experience and theory, someone who likes to blur the lines between strategy and creative, who has a passion for bringing market-leading offerings and new ventures to market. You will work as a core member of IDEO’s interdisciplinary teams and our expectation is that you would quickly grow into a project leader, responsible for orchestrating and delivering across all areas of a design challenge.

IDEO Tokyo’s mission is to help Japan renew and reframe its creative and economic leadership position in the world by being a catalyst for change. As part of a small studio that is still starting-up and growing, this person must demonstrate a collaborative working style, great communication skills, and the ability to thrive in a non-rules based environment of innovation.

Example briefs that a Business Designer may be given by clients include:

Design a new venture that creates new revenues for the business.
Design a new business model that enhances and extends consumer experiences while creating new opportunities for revenue.
Help clients identify and develop new growth options within existing brands.
Design new products, services and consumer experiences that differentiate the company from its competition.
Create compelling new value propositions for customers.
Design organizational structures and strategic assets to help the company drive its own innovation.
Help Japanese businesses enter international markets
Help non Japanese companies enter the Japanese market.
Visit http://www.ideo.com/work/ to view featured work on our website.

Basic Requirements:

At least 3 years of working experience, primarily with businesses located in Japan.
Demonstrable experience taking an idea from theory and analysis into a market launch. For instance, this could be as an entrepreneur, a core member of a startup, a venture capitalist, or a product or marketing manager at a multinational corporation.
Fluency in designing business models, carrying out market research, and performing financial modeling.
Native level in Japanese and fluency in English is essential.

In addition:

You can coach and teach other designers (independently of seniority) about business and energize the community with an entrepreneurial spirit.
You are able to combine human stories and needs with hard data to identify a compelling path forward for product, service and venture creation.
Successful candidates will combine rigorous business acumen across all of the following areas, along with world-class depth in one or two: Marketing (Product or Brand), Product Development, Organizational Behavior, Operations, Finance.
You can work across work cultures and comfortable with non-hierarchical organizations.
You can bridge Japanese and western business cultures and practices.
You can help clients make difficult and innovative decisions within Japanese organizations.
You can ask smart and thoughtful questions in addition to coming up with innovative solutions.
You can work with, learn from, and contribute to the global community of Business Designers at IDEO.
An MBA or a bachelors degree in business is helpful but not a requirement.

To Apply

Please visit our website at http://www.ideo.com/careers to submit your curriculum vitae.

Please include a response to the following questions with your application. Keep it simple, to 200 words or less:

What business model inspires you Why
Which industry is ripe for an application of this business model to disrupt existing players and how so
How could you prototype the offering

Blippar

Designer

LANGUAGES
English Fluent
Japanese Fluent

An incredible opportunity to join our brand new Japan office in central Tokyo and to help grow our presence across APAC.

This is a hybrid role sat between the creative, commercial and technology teams at our new Tokyo office. You will become part of the global team that is building amazing blipps for the worlds most exciting brands. You will develop an intimate understanding of the capabilities that the platform offers, working with our local team at the forefront of our operation to create and conceive exciting new campaigns.

From interactive games to unique advertising campaigns; your primary role will be to define, develop and deliver exciting campaigns for our clients. In conjunction with our commercial teams you will scope, conceptualise and deliver on the bleeding edge of advertising innovation. We will expect you to have both an artistic vision as well as the ability to hands on create and build each project in which way you see fit. You will of course be given plenty of training but your ability to pick up ideas and run with them will help you hit the ground running.

We are looking for experienced creative professionals that share Blippar’s dream of making amazing experiences at the cutting edge of mobile technology. As a senior member of the Japan team you will have both a strong leadership ability that will allow you to realise projects and your own creative ability and technical savvy to help deliver work.

REQUIREMENTS
We are open to people from different backgrounds, both Agency and Client-side, as long as you have a portfolio of amazing work and love working in fast paced environments. Ideally you will have:

Deep experience of using a range of creative design tools
Understanding of mobile app, mobile advertising and game design
Understanding of all emerging technologies across mobile, wearables and AR
Innovative vision and creative flair
A bonus would be a knowledge of front end development skills
As well as experience with 3D Modelling software
A passion for making amazing things
Bi-lingual Japanese and English

BENEFITS
Our bright, open, centrally located offices are energetic environments bursting with collaborative ideas and boundless enthusiasm. As a growing company spearheading the exciting augmented reality industry, the biggest perk of all is the creative freedom and control you’ll be afforded; this is a genuine opportunity to shape a brand new advertising medium and the way in which people all over the world use it.

You will be working closely, and from the start, with some of the world’s leading brands, media agencies, publishers and educators – including Pepsi, Warner Brothers, Procter & Gamble, Nestle, Disney and Coca Cola – developing creative augmented reality solutions for global powerhouses across the full spectrum of industries. What we are doing has never been done before, so an active imagination is something we value particularly highly.

Blippar’s senior management team are dedicated, hands-on, approachable people who will nurture your talent and encourage the development of your own ideas; we believe these are key to the continued success story of our platform.

Being part of Blippar’s close-knit, passionate, forward-thinking team affords plenty of potential for learning about and getting involved in all sections of the business. As a creative tech company offering spectacular marketing solutions to clients, there are few areas we don’t touch upon. Life at Blippar is a steep learning curve, ideal for ambitious candidates who wish to push themselves into completely uncharted territories.

We also offer:

Competitive packages (¥10-12M)
Great benefits and shares scheme
Employee incentive scheme
Flexible working environment
Weekly beers and free lunches
International travel opportunities
Chance to develop ground-breaking tech
Work with state-of-the-art hardware and software
Creative freedom and control
Collaborative opportunities with huge brands

Apply on original posting

Repro Inc.

Designer / Front end Engineer

LANGUAGES
Japanese Conversational

DESCRIPTION
Repro is looking into global market to be established as the field’s first standard. We are planning on having an office in San Francisco within 2015.

We are an exciting startup that has raised a new round of funding from Digital Garage, BrainPad and SHIFT among others of JPY 100 million (US$836,000).

Join the team!

Responsibilities

Design beautiful, intuitive interfaces for analytics or dashboards
Shape concepts into finished products

REQUIREMENTS

Experience with web/interface design using design tools
Comfort with iterative design process
Bonus Skills

Experience with HTML, CSS, JavaScript and Git
Experience of running your own service or a startup

BENEFITS
Flexible work hours
Lunch & dinner is served at the office
Annual Salary ¥4M ~ ¥7M depending on experience

Apply on the original job posting

Tacchi Studio

UI DESIGNER

We’ve been very successful over the last couple of years through our dedication to finding the best way to combine technology and design into cohesive digital products. We’re looking to take this experience to the next level with a talented and passionate designer. We’re looking for someone who has an eye for beautiful digital design, combined with a passion for using Lean UX/Startup processes to create user experiences that help people do things.
As a small studio we’re very much like a startup; We’re all experts at something, but we all chip in and help with whatever needs to be done. As our UI designer you’ll have a varied role, in particular you’ll be responsible for ensuring that the apps we create are delightful and beautiful. This includes working with our team to define structured experiences, creating mockups and prototypes, and taking the results of our collaborative UX design process to turn into beautiful pixels. You’ll also be called upon at times to help out with a variety of other tasks necessary for producing world class digital products.

If you can say yes to the following, please get in touch!

Can you show us a portfolio of work that includes at least two native mobile app designs and one web app? The work doesn’t have to be paid or published, we just need to see that you have the ability to produce beautiful work.
Can you create native mobile and web app designs with beautiful use of color, layouts, typography, iconography and animation?
Can you design interfaces that adhere to the iOS Human Interface Guidelines and Android Design Guidelines?
Do you have experience with (or are you interested in learning about) Lean UX and Lean Startup principles?
Can you form friendly yet professional relationships with important clients?
Do you have a desire to learn new things and take on challenges?
Do you speak native level Japanese, conversation level English?
Do you have a passion for creating things and being around technology?
Do you have excellent time management?
Do you live in Tokyo and have a valid working visa where necessary?

Bonus points for any of the following:

Do you have any experience with HTML, CSS, Javascript, iOS or Android development?

Lancers

Designer

LANGUAGES
Japanese Fluent
DESCRIPTION
Understanding the following responsibilities and coming up with design solutions:

Optimize the functionality of the website and reconstruct the brand image
Overall design of Lancers and other services offered by Lancers
We focus on “benefits for the clients” before anything. Your ideas and design will reflect the company’s vision.

REQUIREMENTS
Experience in web service design
Knowledge in HTML and CSS
Ages up to 35, female and married candidates are welcome
Coming up with UX structures, turning them into appropriate UI
Experience in HTML5, CSS3, Javascript
Experience in designing apps and websites for smartphones

BENEFITS
You will learn:

JavaScript
Github
Content creation using data and user feedback
Collaboration with engineers and designers
Teamwork

Annual salary: ¥4-8 million

Apply on the original job posting

Sensy

UX/UI Designer

LANGUAGES
Japanese Business
English Business

DESCRIPTION
Sensy’s UX design draws heavily from user-centered design practices: gathering insights into the experiences, desires, motivations and the needs of both the people who use and our business partners. We aim to create meaningful experiences in an innovative new future in user interaction.

As a UX/UI designer, you’ll report to the head of UX and Product Manager. In this job, your responsibility is the user. You will be required to empathize with and thoroughly understand the goals, desires and preferences of Sensy’s target users. You’ll use this knowledge to inform concepts and innovative solutions and to communicate those ideas to internal and external stakeholders. Typically activities include sketching, user research, prototyping, storyboards, wires frames, content inventories, motion studies and specifications, plus more.

Requirements
Experience working with Photoshop and Sketch
Software prototyping experience
Mobile application design experience
In-depth knowledge of html and css
Experience working primarily in a UX/UI role

Languages
Business level Japanese
Business level English

Good to have skills
Ability to code in html5 and javascript
Mobile application development experience

Sensy website

Apply on the original job posting

Riccardo Parenti

Italian. Art Director, interaction design enthusiast, occasionally photographer. Riccardo is the founder the TGD community, starting the LinkedIn group when he first moved to Japan in 2010. He is also a volunteer for Behance Tokyo. He loves to spend his free time seeking and exploring abandoned buildings in the Japanese countryside.

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