Technical Consultant (Backend)

  • Tokyo
  • Partial Remote
  • Full-time
  • July 6, 2023
8,000,000 - 10,000,000 JPY /yr
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No relocation to Japan
(No visa sponsorship from overseas)
Language Requirements
Japanese: Fluent
English: Conversational
Minimum Experience
Mid-level 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 Years and years out of date.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 a backend technical consultant, you will work as part of a highly skilled technical consulting team on project engagements to build the software systems which power the electric vehicles of the future. You will improve the design and implementation of telematics systems and driver-facing mobile applications that interact directly with the hardware systems on cars and motorcycles.

What you will do

  • Transform a huge, global hardware company (Honda) into having a software-first mindset by providing backend software architecture design and development guidelines.
  • Analyze current technical solutions, test new, alternative technologies and approaches, and present the best solutions.
  • Help develop Honda’s next-generation electric vehicle software products by working with their engineering team and providing code review, issue analysis, and fixes.
  • Validate the feasibility of challenging requirements.

  • What We Are Looking For

  • Someone who thinks that cars, motorcycles, and other types of transportation can be 1000x better than they are today.
  • At least three years of experience with backend and cloud systems, especially AWS
  • Business level Japanese.
  • Strong communication skills to breakdown deep technical subjects into simple, actionable recommendations
  • Experience working on large and complex projects from inception to delivery.
  • A flexible mindset and ability to learn new technologies and systems quickly.

  • Nice to Have

  • Experience with large-scale backend development
  • Experience with other cloud computing providers such as GCP, Azure
  • Experience with mobile application development

  • EEOC Statement

    Drivemode is proud of a very diverse team with employees coming from 5 continents/11 countries as of today. Diversity in our workplace has played an important part in our success; we recognize each employee’s unique background, knowledge, experiences, ideas, and viewpoints, which are all critical in developing a product that has the greatest impact on drivers all over the world.

    Drivemode provides equal opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, age, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity,  disability, or any other characteristics that make you unique.

    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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