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Vice President of Engineering (Product)

Mercari Minato-ku, Tokyo
  • 💴 No salary range given
  • 🏡 Fully remote (from Japan)
  • 🧪 Minimum years of experience unspecified
  • 💬 Fluent Japanese
  • 🌏 Apply from abroad
  • 🧳 Relocate to Japan

About Mercari

Mercari Minato-ku, Tokyo

Mercari is a marketplace app that makes it easy for people to safely sell and ship their things. Having been downloaded over 100 million times, it is now among the largest peer-to-peer selling platforms globally.

Key benefits

  • Full flextime
  • Outside work encouraged
  • Employee stock ownership program

About the position

At Mercari, we are dedicated to pushing the boundaries of technology in the e-commerce industry. Our platform revolutionizes the way people connect and transact online. As the company continues to evolve and mature, we are seeking an Engineering Executive for our Product Engineering Organization.

In Product Engineering we are the architects of innovation, the builders of the future. It is here, at the heart of Mercari, that our dedicated team works to construct the very essence of our platform. Tasked with the pivotal role of bringing our product visions to life, our engineers collaborate closely with product leaders, drawing upon the robust infrastructure laid down by our platform teams. Through this partnership, we champion the principles of iterative development and bold experimentation. Our eyes are always on the pulse of product metrics, guiding us as we navigate the intricate balance of engineering excellence with the dynamic needs of our users. In Product Engineering, we embrace the art of making calculated trade-offs and taking strategic risks when necessary. This approach ensures we continually deliver an unparalleled user experience, propelling Mercari to the forefront of the e-commerce industry.

As an Executive Level Engineering Leader, you will have the unique opportunity to contribute to new business ventures, inspire large-scale teams, grow and manage engineering leaders, and improve our company processes.

Unique and Bold Challenges

  • Play a key role in taking the first Japanese Unicorn to the next level
  • Drive Innovation & Business expansion
  • Build and Lead world class product engineering teams


  • Potential Succession: Work closely with existing senior engineering leaders, gradually stepping into their roles and continuing their impactful work. Contribute to succession planning efforts by identifying and nurturing talent within the organization.
  • Strategic Contribution: Collaborate with cross-functional teams and key stakeholders to drive the company’s growth and take it to the next level. Implement innovative strategies for improved business outcomes and increased market presence.
  • Team Leadership: Lead and inspire large-scale teams of engineers, facilitating a collaborative environment that fosters excellence and high performance. Mentor and develop engineering leaders to support their professional growth and continued success.
  • Process Improvement: Identify areas for improvement, both within engineering and across the wider organization. Drive initiatives to enhance efficiency, productivity, and quality through the implementation of industry-recognized best practices.


  • Shared understanding and belief in our company’s mission and values
  • Proven experience in senior leadership positions, successfully managing and leading teams of engineers. Previous experience with scaling tech companies and managing other senior leaders is highly desirable.
  • Industry Expertise: Experience working on large-scale products ideally B2C or C2C platforms. Knowledge of modern web technologies is essential.
  • Business Acumen: Demonstrated ability to contribute to new business ventures, drive strategic initiatives, and deliver impactful results. Experience with global companies and operating in a fast-paced, dynamic environment is preferred.
  • Language Skills: You are Proficient (CEFR - C1) in English and Japanese and have the ability to communicate and understand nuances and actively participate in meetings in both languages.
  • Leadership Skills: Exceptional leadership qualities, including the ability to inspire, motivate, and mentor individuals at all levels. A track record of driving high performance and a commitment to developing talent. Experience managing managers

Nice to haves

While not specifically required, tell us if you have any of the following.

  • E-commerce experience ( Mercari operates the largest C2C marketplace in Japan, expertise or knowledge of this area would be a big advantage)
  • Experience scaling an organization from Startup to Enterprise stage
  • Experience collaborating with globally distributed teams, overseas sites and external partners

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