Experience Design Architect

  • Tokyo
  • Partial Remote
  • Full-time
  • March 1, 2024
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No relocation to Japan
(No visa sponsorship from overseas)
Language Requirements
Japanese: Conversational
English: Business Level
Minimum Experience
Senior or above

Experience Design Architect

Gran Manibus, a boutique consulting firm under SCSK and Sumitomo Corporation, is looking for a seasoned experience design expert to bring modern technology to reinvent business around Sumitomo which spans various industries. The engineering division in Gran Manibus is a new area of investment, and we are looking for a talent who is aiming to build new business from the ground up.


What You Will Do

Experience Design Architect will play a pivotal role in shaping the entire customer experience for the products and services we will build together with our clients and partners. Your mission is to create seamless, delightful interactions that resonate with users and drive business success. You’ll collaborate closely with cross-functional teams, including design, engineering, and product management, to translate strategic vision into exceptional user experiences. You will be primarily responsible for: 

  • Strategic Leadership:
    • Develop a high-level strategy for product and service experiences, aligning them with business goals.
    • Architect the overall experience ecosystem, considering touchpoints across web, mobile, and other platforms.
    • Collaborate with stakeholders to define user experience (UX) principles and guidelines.
  • Information Architecture:
    • Create and maintain a reference architecture for our portfolio of digital experience solutions.
    • Establish design guidelines (DEG) and best practices to be used consistently across the ecosystem.
    • Produce and evaluate functional design requirements.
  • User-Centric Design:
    • Implement personas, journey maps, and storyboards to inform design decisions.
    • Ensure a consistent corporate look and feel across all digital touchpoints.
    • Analyze website content and design, continuously improving usability.
  • Collaboration:
    • Work closely with design and engineering teams to implement UI and UX solutions.
    • Facilitate workshops and co-creation sessions to ideate and iterate on designs.
    • Engage in cross-functional collaboration to address complexity and ambiguity.

In addition, the role is expected to support pre-sales through working with client leadership and account team. 


What You Will Bring 

As an Experience Design Architect, you bring expertise in creating design vision and strategy, turn them into actual design implementation through working with designers and engineers.

Ideal candidate would have 

  • 10+ years as UX/UI designer and/or experience designer. Preferred to have experience in leading design team and have experience in working for building whole customer experience for products or services.
  • Design thinking process and framework.
  • Familiarization with workshop and co-creation techniques.
  • Information architecture and experience architecture.
  • Overwhelming passion to technology and innovation
  • Excellent communication skills. Inspire and lead people toward the goal. Create and harvest culture to embrace success or failure to build a better tomorrow.
  • Proactively update knowledge around technology and design.
  • Extremely hands-on.
  • Native level Japanese (N1) and business or native level English.
  • Comfortable to deal with ambiguity.
  • Self-directed and take ownership.


How This Opportunity Will Help Grow Your Career

We are focused on bringing modern technology to traditional businesses such as manufacturing, energy, agriculture and other areas which have not been using technology. In those areas, you will work on complex scenarios which you would often design and build solutions with combination of hardware and software. Unlike typical software service business, you will work on more interesting and advanced scenarios which could become one-of-a-kind services.

You will also have great experience of leading agile transformation within a large-scale organization through building new services or products. Working with a multicultural team is also giving you an opportunity to go out to international market. 


About Gran Manibus and Sumitomo Group

Gran Manibus, a boutique consulting firm under SCSK and Sumitomo Corporation. We are working with SCSK, Sumitomo and their customers to transform their business and its value. We offer business advisory services to IT consulting services. Gran Manibus is currently investing to build a modern product engineering team to help accelerate business value transformation. 


How We Hire

Below is a typical journey when you apply for a position in Gran Manibus. 

  • Casual interview
  • Technical interview
  • Manager interview focus on soft skills
  • CEO interview

We will provide further details of the employment conditions during the interview.


Gran Manibus is a boutique consulting firm under SCSK and Sumitomo Group.

They help clients transform their business value through business and IT consulting services. Gran Manibus is currently working on reinventing its business and service models and making a significant investment in building a modern product engineering team.

Their dream is to build a modern product engineering team that will help any business around the world from Japan!

Experience Design Architect at Gran Manibus