CEO Japan and Vice President Asia

Challenging executive role for a global automotive corporation

Take over P&L responsibility for the factories and R&D centers in Japan, India, Korea and Southeast Asia. Drive the growth strategy in Asia. Acquire new business to increase turnover and market share with a focus on the electric & autonomous vehicle

  • Sijainti

    Yokohama (Kanagawa, Japan)

  • Yritys

    Global Automotive Corporation

  • Viitenumero



    Your main tasks & responsibilities:

  • Lead the country organization in Japan and take over P&L responsibility for the overall business in Asia
  • Coordinate several factories and R&D centers in Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia and India
  • Lead, motivate and develop all departments/functions located in Asia including Sales, R&D, Operations, Manufacturing, Quality, SCM, Finance and Controlling
  • Ensure the successful launch for new products
  • Take over responsibility for the acquisition of new OEM customers and Tier1 suppliers in order to increase turnover, profitability and market share in Asia
  • Serve as key contact for top customer accounts; Develop and implement a sustainable client network for the company
  • Generate business strategies for addressing future market scenarios in Asia, constructively challenging the conventional wisdom
  • Prepare and control budgets/forecasting to ensure the effective implementation of the business strategy; Monitor revenues and costs against plan/forecast to identify problem areas and adapt procedures to improve the overall performance of the company
  • Drive product innovation for the business, in alignment with the market needs and business development goals
  • Act as an active and integral member and contributor to the global Executive Board
  • Be located in Yokohama (Kanagawa) and travel regularly across Asia

    Your skills and experience:

  • Educated to degree level in Engineering, preferably accompanied by an MBA
  • Minimum 10 years of experience living and working in Japan, with a deep understanding for the countries culture and language
  • Strong track record as regional CEO/COO or a similar role with responsibility fornR&D and manufacturing sites across Asia, preferably within a global automotive company
  • Understanding of the Japanese automotive market and network to OEM customers in Asia
  • Perfect fluency in Japanese and English is absolutely necessary
  • Background in developing sales in Asia and in managing large engineering and manufacturing teams in a complex global matrix organization
  • Strategic mind-set who identifies business opportunities and envisions the long-term market potential
  • Excellent leadership skills; Ability to build best-in-class teams and a culture of trust collaboration and performance orientation

    Our Offer

  • An interesting and challenging executive role that combines responsibility and extensively delegated powers to implement change and progress in an international environment
  • Comprehensive scope for career development and the opportunity to contribute directly to the company’s results
  • Leading position of the company in the global market with innovative and attractive product solutions
  • Financially sound and highly profitable organization
  • Team spirit and trustful cooperation in a highly motivated team
  • High loyalty of employees and identification with the company
  • An unrivalled opportunity for personal growth within a well-organized, financially sound and promising business
  • A competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package

    Interested in learning more?

    If so, we look forward to talking to you.
    Please send your CV and motivation letter in English (stating reference DE-17717, desired remuneration and availability).

    Mercuri Urval GmbH
    Peter-Müller-Str. 26
    40468 Düsseldorf

    We do, of course, guarantee confidentiality.


Our client is one of the leading global automotive suppliers and a market leader in each of its product divisions. One of the core areas is driving innovation for the electric and autonomous vehicle.

The company is highly profitable and generates an annual revenue of several billion € per year. The group’s business culture is based on shared values such as commitment, continuous improvement, team spirit and entrepreneurship and the company belongs to the TOP employers in Japan. To further develop the strongly growing business in Asia we are looking for a highly dedicated leadership personality to take over the role as CEO Japan as well as responsibility as Vice President Asia. The role will be located in Yokohama (Japan) and require frequent travelling to the other sites in India, South Korea and Malaysia.