Job Description

About Million Steps

Welcome to Million Steps! We are an ambitious team of consultants that connects Japanese companies and the Israeli hi-tech ecosystem. We work with large Japanese companies and provide end-to-end support in engaging with and partnering with innovative Israeli startups. Our services are result-driven and involve developing a comprehensive understanding of the client’s needs, researching promising Israeli technologies, and communicating with all sides to make good partnerships come to life. Bridging the cultural gaps is challenging and requires sensitivity to detail and nuances, creativity, and skillful navigation of complex situations.

In addition to large Japanese companies, we also work with very promising Israeli startups who would like to enter the Japanese market. Our work with Israeli startups involves strategic planning and execution of business development activities in Japan.

Requirements

Your will work closely with clients and counterparts from Japan and Israel and help them identify opportunities and implement projects. The work will be versatile and each project will be different, but projects will usually involve gathering and analyzing information (both independently and in collaboration with other specialists), formulating, testing and communicating ideas for new partnerships and business models, and working with clients’ teams on project implementation.

In executing projects, you will work with many different people and organizations, including our network of shareholders in Israel, well-known Israeli VCs, startup management and business development teams, multinational companies’ R&D centers, universities and research institutes, and more.

Your role will also include involvement in our sales efforts, by developing and converting opportunities with Japanese companies and organizations who are interested in Israeli innovation.


What we look for

  • An excellent track record in consulting or business development in fast-paced environments that require complex problem-solving
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; we look for someone who reads the situation, understands the core interests of the parties involved, and creates a path to success through effective communication
  • Team player and independent thinker - you know how to bring your own ideas to the table and also work together with the team
  • Detail-oriented and skillful navigator - able to handle multiple projects at once, prioritize your own tasks and work effectively in a dynamic and fluid environment
  • Native Japanese and near-native English
  • Willing to travel abroad if needed
  • Bachelor's degree from a top-tier institution; advanced degree a plus
  • Experience at a startup and/or with data-driven technology products is a plus

Benefits


The time is ripe for Japan - Israel collaboration. Japanese and Israeli companies are increasingly recognizing the value of partnerships that combine Israeli core technologies and Japanese "Monozukuri" manufacturing capabilities. We are still a small team, but we are quickly gaining traction and expanding. By joining us, you will have a chance to work in a highly dynamic and stimulating environment where your initiatives and ability to execute will be highly valued.




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