Maps are no longer static. Our maps represent the ever-evolving world, accessing, aggregating, and adapting anonymous data from millions of sensors and phones in real-time. Mapbox has the exciting opportunity to power devices and products across the next frontier in location-based data, such as Internet of Things and AR/VR.

Whether you’re watching the delivery of your grocery order on Instacart, looking at a gym on ClassPass, sending your snaps on Snap, tracking your personal best on Strava, monitoring your gas budget on Metromile, or checking today’s forecast on The Weather Channel, Mapbox is the location and maps within those apps. We’re changing how people move by live-mapping the world. We are the developer platform for location.

What We Do

Maps are no longer static. Our maps represent the ever-evolving world, accessing, aggregating, and adapting anonymous data from millions of sensors and phones in real-time. Mapbox has the exciting opportunity to power devices and products across the next frontier in location-based data, such as Internet of Things and AR/VR.

In 2019, Mapbox made considerable investment in the platform to support the Japanese market, including the integration of best-in-class Zenrin data, and supporting the launch of Yahoo! JAPAN’s new maps for millions of people. Today, the demand for Mapbox in Japan is growing as we become the leading Japanese platform for maps and location.  Our team is product-focused and customer-obsessed, developing opportunities to rapidly and sustainably scale our business throughout Japan. We’re building a sales and solutions team tailored to the Japanese market and we need a passionate, experienced leader to join us.

Mapbox location services start with data: maps, imagery, places, addresses, turn restrictions and over thirty other categories. That data can be created by Mapbox (traffic), extracted from third party data (speed limits), licensed (places) or pulled from open sources (addresses). The objective is to provide Mapbox’s various services which allow them to offer products which can be benchmarked against the best in class, create market differentiation, help meet profitability and budget targets and allow us to do business without undue licensing restrictions. Data partnerships need to be driven by strategy, first at the services level and subsequently at the data level to get maximum impact and avoid short term tactical actions. 

What You'll Do

The Data Services Lead is Mapbox’s expert in Japanese map data. You will work closely with multiple Mapbox teams and customers to understand their biggest location challenges, especially in the context of Japanese data and customer expectations. You will manage data partnerships as our point person for inbound data suppliers, linking worthwhile opportunities to the appropriate service owners. Additionally, you will work closely with Mapbox Data Services teams to improve Mapbox data in Japan. Our Data Services teams use multiple human and machine learning methods to improve data that supports road networks, traffic and incidents, POIs, and addresses. As a Japan map expert, you will provide advice and guidance on how to improve a variety of data types and styles of visual and navigational maps for Japan. Also, you will help make data corrections, and teach and train other Mapbox teams to make data corrections for Japan.The data partnerships needs to show the following:
  • Strong, strategic mindset
  • Working knowledge of geospatial data types, suppliers and alternatives
  • Outward facing business skills, with an ability to manage high level strategic relationships
  • Negotiating and deal-making skills, including a high degree of creativity to craft unique business partnerships.
  • Partnering mentality to work collaboratively with our Mapbox Japan leadership and Mapbox Service Leaders to build strategic plans
  • Ability to deal with ambiguity. This job has not been done before so the models need to be created.
  • A strong communicator who is comfortable working with customers and global teams to solve complex problems and ability to implement location solutions, such as search engines, navigation systems, or online maps

Responsibilities would include:

  • Work closely with Mapbox’s biggest customers and partners (like Zenrin, J-Systems, and Yahoo! Japan) to understand their problems and define data requirements.
  • Define specifications for new location datasets, updates, and solutions needed for key Mapbox uses cases -- logistics, visualization, social, and automotive
  • Participate with Mapbox Service owners to build goals that create competitive advantages, focusing on how leveraging data assets can be used in those strategies. Translate those objectives into a data partnerships strategy that outlines a 2-3 year plan to get data superiority.
  • Manage existing contracts and partners; when necessary, negotiate commercial deals for data licensing, ranging from tactical buys to multi-year strategic contracts.
  • Develop standard contract terms that Mapbox needs from data suppliers that can be used as a starting point for negotiations.
  • Own the existing data contracts and plan for a data acquisition budget. Track spending to plan.
  • Work closely with the Mapbox Data Services team to improve Mapbox data in Japan and make mission-critical data edits to Japan data as needed
  • Partner with data engineering and data scientists to guide implementation, define metrics, and shepard solutions to market
  • Lead technical evaluation of new Japanese data sources and vendors
  • Reports to the Chief Business Officer and works closely with the manager of Data Services in the US.

What We Value

In addition to our core values, which are not unique to this position and are necessary for Mapbox leaders:

  • We value high-performing creative individuals who dig into problems and opportunities.
  • We believe in individuals being their whole selves at work. We commit to this through supportive health care, parental leave, flexibility for the things that come up in life, and innovating on how we think about supporting our people.
  • We emphasize an environment of teaching and learning to equip employees with the tools needed to be successful in their function and the company.
  • We strongly believe in the value of growing a diverse team and encourage people of all backgrounds, genders, ethnicities, abilities, and sexual orientations to apply.
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