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Job ID : 1384167 Date Updated : September 18th, 2023

Software Development Lead (Japanese speaking)| Remote-first Exclusive job

Hiring Company Catena Media K.K.
Location Available across Japan
Job Type Permanent Full-time
Salary Negotiable, based on experience

Work Style

Remote Work and WFH Casual Clothing Side Business Ok Minimal Overtime Flex Time

Job Description

The Japanese team is looking for a passionate, driven, and experienced IT professional to join our team as a Lead Developer. The IT department is responsible for supporting the business in becoming the World’s number one lead generation company. We do this by creating advanced technology-based products and handling the proper development and display of all our unique content.


  • As a leader at Catena Media, heading our development teams within our APAC region, your main responsibility will be to support and manage the multi-talents of our Internal development teams to reach periodically set goals and thereby Catena Media’s long-term goals. You will empower your team to perform to their highest potential. In addition, you will be responsible for recruiting and retaining the right talent by acting as a true role model following our core values. 


  • As the Software Development Lead, you own a set of development teams focusing their expertise on different products, areas and verticals within Catena Media - APAC. These teams are responsible for delivering world-class technology sites and building cutting-edge features to make Catena Media the number one affiliate worldwide.
  • Represent APAC’s Development and its products to the organization. You are the voice of APAC’s Development inside and outside the company, sharing its work, evangelizing its success, and articulating its vision - making sure Development is crucial to its long-term success.
  • Working with the Group Head of Central Technology to set  short- and long-term strategies for the department and identify requirements for growth;
  • Instil a high-quality, product-centric engineering culture in all APAC Development teams;
  • Grow a positive value-based working environment and team spirit culture;
  • Manage the APAC technology development function, including development teams and the QA team.
  • Implement mechanisms to monitor, manage and provide progress on all software development activities;
  • Accountable for the on-time and on-quality delivery of software development projects with APAC development;
  • Work closely with the Product Lead in the division to drive the general products’ vision following the company goals and KPIs;
  • Recruit, lead and mentor A-grade technical talent;
  • Identify and provide training to the team to foster the growth of individual and team capabilities;
  • Build a strong, collaborative communication framework between departments and global verticals;
  • Manifest an agile organisational structure which can react quickly to changes within the company and the industry;
  • Other tasks may be assigned, based on business needs and the department supervisor's request.
  • Any other duties as required

General Requirements

Minimum Experience Level Over 3 years
Career Level Mid Career
Minimum English Level Fluent
Minimum Japanese Level Fluent
Minimum Education Level Bachelor's Degree
Visa Status Permission to work in Japan required

Required Skills


  • A natural leader with proven experience in leading high-performance technology teams;
  • Experience in working with various development methodologies (agile/scrum/kanban) whilst following the ITILv4 framework;
  • A solid work ethic and professional attitude that will serve as an example to direct reports and teams;
  • A solid technical background, preferably with experience in a similar role;
  • Excellent communicator with good presentation skills and the ability to present to executive leadership when needed;
  • Ability to balance technical knowledge with business opportunity and ability to present technical solutions to non-technical audiences in a simple, structured way;
  • Excellent stakeholder management skills in both a technical and non-technical environment;
  • Bachelor and/or Masters's degree in a technology field;
  • Fluency in both English and Japanese is a must.

Leadership and team management responsibilities:

  • As a People Leader, you are expected to lead yourself and others and to do so effectively. This Job Description clarifies what is expected from you in your role as a People Manager. This does not mean that you need to behave exactly like other leaders in the organisation; every leader is unique in personality and style. What will make you a great People Manager at Catena Media is the ability to apply the skills, behaviours and methods outlined below at the right moment, and understand in which situations you need to lead, manage or coach.
  • Managing team performance effectively through the practising of ongoing performance management, including conducting performance reviews and regular 1-1 meetings
  • Leading by example by delivering positive results and being a visible Catena ambassador
  • Communicating effectively and ensuring information is delivered in a clear and timely manner 
  • Taking ownership of recruitment and selection for your team by working closely with HRBPs and TA teams 
  • Enabling team and individual growth from the induction stage to ongoing learning and development 

Job Location

  • Available across Japan

Work Conditions

Job Type Permanent Full-time
Salary Negotiable, based on experience

Job Category

  • IT, Web and Communication > Software Developer
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Company Details

Company Type Large Company (more than 300 employees) - International Company
Non-Japanese Ratio Majority Japanese