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Senior Product Manager - Japan Expansion

Aspire is the leading all-in-one finance operating system for growing businesses in APAC. We are on a mission to reinvent business finance for a new generation of entrepreneurs and business owners, empowering startups and MSME to realise their full potential. 

Founded in 2018, Aspire has raised over USD 300M+ across equity and debt from world-class investors. In 2023, we successfully closed an oversubscribed USD 100 million Series C equity round led by Sequoia Capital and Lightspeed Ventures with participation of Tencent, Paypal Ventures, LGT Capital Partners, Picus Capital and MassMutual Ventures. To power our solutions, we have partnered with some of the best companies in the world such as Visa and Wise and helped more than 15,000 businesses using our suite of products.

For 2 consecutive years in 2022 & 2023, Aspire has been awarded Best Employer of the Year and Startup of the year by Asia FinTech Awards, and also LinkedIn’s Top Startup in Singapore. In 2023, we also made it to CB Insights’ Top 100 Global Fintech List. 

You will be amazed by the energy and experience of our team! Aspire serves as an environment for you to innovate and drive change with our team of ex-entrepreneurs, ex-founders, and high-achievers with international and diverse backgrounds.

Are you a top talent who is passionate about entrepreneurship? Join our rapidly growing team to make an impact in the fintech space! 

About the Role:

As Aspire is preparing his launch in Japan, we are looking for a solid Senior Product Manager to help us launch the best All-in-one Finance Platform in this country!

As a Country Product Manager, you will be responsible to help us better understand the Japanese Market and its customers, and build the necessary features to help Aspire win in Japan!

This role requires you to help us launch our Spend Management and Business Account Products in Japan by identifying the necessary features, the UI/UX changes, and infrastructure updates required for this. You will also lead a team composed of designers, engineers and QA as well as work closely with stakeholders beyond the product or tech team (growth, operations, legal).

  • Work closely with stakeholders across business, marketing, sales, compliance, etc. to develop a clear and compelling product strategy and vision for the payment gateway, aligned with the company's overall business goals
  • Conduct in-depth market research, competitor analysis, and industry trend monitoring to identify opportunities and stay ahead of the curve in the payment gateway market.
  • Make data-driven decisions to prioritize features and improvements based on customer needs, market opportunities, technical feasibility, and business value.
  • Manage all lifecycle stages from ideation through sunset, and be responsible for ensuring that deliverables are understood, releases are delivered on time, and users are engaged
  • Lead a team of engineers and designers to make key improvements to the product

Minimum Qualifications

  • 5 years proven working experience as a Product Manager in Payments or Fintech in Japan.
  • Fluent in English and Japanese to communicate with our Japanese customers and partners
  • Be very comfortable with technology, payment infrastructures and money flows
  • Familiar with the Japanese culture, ideally with a good understanding of Japanese UX/UI standards.
  • Demonstrated sharp analytical and problem-solving skills with strong attention to details
  • Ability to drive negotiations with different stakeholders to make informed trade-offs
  • Data-driven - has the ability to extract insights from raw data and communicate them clearly
  • Outstanding communication, presentation and leadership skills

 

 

What we offer

  • Uncapped flexible annual leave.
  • Hybrid work arrangement. 
  • Training subsidy for your professional growth.
  • Wellness benefit.
  • Team bonding budget to foster collaboration and sense of belonging.
  • Flexibility to work from anywhere (for up to 90 days per annum).
  • Culture is Key: We always strive to cultivate a special culture that brings special talents together - You can learn more about our culture on our careers site and LinkedIn Life page.

Equal Opportunity Statement 

Aspire is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to providing equal employment opportunities to all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by applicable laws. 

 

Please note: by submitting your application, you acknowledge that you have read and understood Aspire’s Data Protection Policy for Employees, Freelancers, Contractors and Job Applicants (the “Policy”), and consent to the collection, use and disclosure of your personal data by Aspire for the purposes set out in the Policy. You may withdraw consent for such collection, use and disclosure, and make an access or correction request in respect of your personal data, in accordance with the Policy by emailing people@aspireapp.com

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