Senior Product Manager

  • Tokyo
  • Partial Remote
  • Full-time
  • November 15, 2022
Apply from Japan Only
No relocation to Japan
(No visa sponsorship from overseas)
Language Requirements
Japanese: Not Required 👍
English: Fluent
Minimum Experience
Senior or above

Our Mission: Smarter, safer, connected driving in any vehicle

Driving technology always feels old. Not by a little bit. Years and years out of date. Is that really just “the way things are”? We don’t think so and we’re here to fix that. We believe vehicles can be 1000x smarter, safer, and more connected to the world around us. We’ve started on this mission by building a mobile-based connected vehicle platform used by millions of drivers in over 150 countries. In 2019, we joined forces with Honda as their first startup acquisition, and now we’re expanding our vision by bringing together software and hardware to build new products that solve real needs for millions of drivers around the world.

About the Role

As Senior Product Manager, you will have a leading role at Drivemode building the next generation of connected services for Honda vehicles. You will be working closely with our engineering, quality assurance, designers, and support teams. You will have the opportunity to be part of a team creating global products that impact millions of people in a unique startup culture that values flexibility, innovation, and critical thinking.

What You Will Do

  • Build cutting edge digital solutions for Honda’s next generation of vehicles
  • Lead product analysis of end-user needs
  • Build a roadmap that aligns user needs, stakeholder wishes and pushes technical boundaries 
  • Keep the team moving forward by identifying and removing bottlenecks  
  • Work very closely with Product Owners to keep stakeholders aligned with the right amount of product documentation
  • Own core product KPIs and improve them through data-driven decisions

  • What We Are Looking For

  • 3-5 years experience as a Product Manager working on software products
  • You are able to shape and lead product discovery following lean/agile principles
  • You have exceptional English communication skills, both written and verbal
  • You are a customer champion and can execute a roadmap to achieve great outcomes for customers
  • You are a team player and know how to use soft power to motivate people around you
  • A flexible attitude and entrepreneurial mindset, willing to do what it takes, even if it's outside of your usual responsibility area
  • You think that cars and motorcycles can be 1000x better than they are today

  • Nice to Have

  • You have a prior software engineering or technical background
  • Experience in automotive or mobile products
  • Proficiency of Japanese language is a plus but not mandatory
  • Smarter, Safer, Connected driving in any vehicle.

    We were founded in 2014 by entrepreneurs from Zipcar and Tesla Motors and acquired by Honda in 2019. In 2020, we released Honda RoadSync with Honda motorcycle team. In 2023, our CEO Yo Koga was named as Global UX Officer and Drivemode is set to expand further to transform Honda and win in the growing Electric Vehicle market with our expertise in software and user experience.

    Our Current Work

    Honda motorcycles
    We are building a modern software platform for Honda's new electric motorcycles. The platform, including mobile app and infotainment system, will be deployed in many countries. Not only working with Honda's motorcycle engineers as one team, we also do our own in-house hardware prototyping to enable us to learn and move quickly. The goal is to provide seamless motorcycle rider experiences with deeply integrated software and hardware.

    Honda/Acura vehicles
    We are working on a vehicle companion app & platform for Honda's next generation electric vehicles. The app will be a critical part of connected service offering for any future Honda & Acura vehicles globally. We are working closely with Honda's industry-leading hardware and vehicle experts to design the software and hardware as one experience for users.

    Our Future Direction: This is just the beginning for us; we expect to expand our scope into other software driven areas for Automotive while continuing to grow and build on more capabilities

    Working at Drivemode
    We’re a diverse group of Silicon Valley and Tokyo entrepreneurs who want to make driving better. Our approach focuses on speed, learning, flexibility, and data-driven decision-making. We aren’t just “coders” or “designers;” we are problem solvers who understand that why you do something is just as important as what you do. We love challenges: the bigger, the better.

    Our organizational structure is flat and everyone has an opportunity to share ideas, regardless of manager or job title. Openness, transparency, and communication are always priorities. We trust our employees’ abilities to make decisions in the best interest of Drivemode and give them the freedom to do what it takes to bring out the best in themselves and others. We provide support, mentorship, and growth across all positions to help employees identify and reach career and developmental goals.

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