sector five proudly presents:
A Head of Planning Role in Japan
(Still home to the World's Second Largest Economy)
We're recruiting an Executive Planning Director to live and work in the exotic and mysterious city of:
Exciting senior agency management opportunity for a head of planning at one of Japan's top international
Culture: "Cool International Japanese Hybrid Agency"
Blue Chip Client Base* 350+ person agency* Strong local talent* Excellent Creative Resources
Demonstrated ability to effectively lead and manage a team of “personalities.”* In-depth applied knowledge of “integrated" marketing models & brand planning processes:
Experience across clients, categories and disciplines, including shopper marketing and digital
Skillful management and navigation of high-level client agendas and issues.
Recognized as a catalyst for influencing or changing behavior on both the agency and client side.
*Will serve as one of 5 senior members of a tight, fun and motivated agency management team*Japanese work or language experience not required but an advantage-- the ideal candidate has experience in a cross cultural environment
$150-$300K base plus bonus and comprehensive benefits
package including housing, relocation, educational allowances, etc.
A person who consistently shows up and sticks it out.
A person with a restless, youthful spirit.
A person biased toward work, not just talking…
who likes to roll up their sleeves, and get their hands dirty.
A person who loves a challenge, and doesn’t discourage easily.
A person who inspires others around them to change.
And ultimately, a person that other people trust, and like to be around.
*Serious candidates should already know why they are interested in Japan
*Race- Gaijin OK. Japanese OK. Alien or Earthling.
*Personality-- smart, hard working, expert, resilient, cool under pressure, cool, approachable, humble, aggressive yet mellow, outgoing, assertive, ambitious, motivated, likes to win, used to winning, positive, likes to have fun, high energy level, adaptable, flexible. Like most great planning directors, he/she is probably a good dancer.
*Can use chopsticks and preferably already has a passport with lots of stamps in it.
*Can deal with all types of people and enjoys being both teacher and student.
*Whether they are a graduate of a top university or a high school dropout they have an interesting story.
*Age- Not too old, not too young. Somewhere between puberty and the nursing home. Experienced enough to know how to lead and mentor a team and influence senior clients- but still young at heart and filled with energy and enthusiasm.
80% failure rate
Japan is not for the timid. It's hard. It's so serious it's crazy and so crazy you can't take it seriously. It's simple and sophisticated.
An exciting and mystical land of contradiction and conformity where yes means no.
There are tons of challenges. Most people don't speak English even in Tokyo.
It ain't like Kansas and approximately 80% of ex-pats do not make it past the three year mark. It ain't Hong Kong or Singapore, either.
But for some it becomes the place they want to stay longer than their original assignment and you'd be surprised how many folks end up there forever.
OK OK, I'm interested- now what?
For a confidential discussion, please send your resume with a note that explains a little bit about yourself and why this sounds so interesting
to email@example.com with the subject "Japan Planning Director." If you make it really interesting we'll get back to you faster. If you're a great
planner with a great personality and you've been with great agencies and on great brands and part of great teams and have a really sexy resume
and you convince us you're perfect for the job we'll get back to you even faster.
We try to get back to everyone but if we don't do so
immediately it usually means we just didn't know of a good match right now but will keep you on our radar for future opportunities.
Or we just forgot.
sector five-because in today's tough times,cloning is just too darned expensive
Sector Five is an international executive search and business development consultancy, specialized in marketing and
communications across Asia (mostly Japan and China) and the US. We're actively seeking strong planning and other
agency leaders for interesting opportunities in Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Singapore, and across
the US (almost everywhere except Hawaii.)