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Head, SAP.iO Foundry Tokyo Job

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Date: Aug 17, 2019

City: Tokyo, 13, JP

Company: SAP



Requisition ID: 212734
Work Area: Sales
Expected Travel: 0 - 10%
Career Status: Professional
Employment Type: Regular Full Time

SAP started in 1972 as a team of five colleagues with a desire to do something new. Together, they changed enterprise software and reinvented how business was done. Today, as a market leader in enterprise application software, we remain true to our roots. That’s why we engineer solutions to fuel innovation, foster equality and spread opportunity for our employees and customers across borders and cultures.

SAP values the entrepreneurial spirit, fostering creativity and building lasting relationships with our employees. We know that a diverse and inclusive workforce keeps us competitive and provides opportunities for all. We believe that together we can transform industries, grow economics, lift up societies and sustain our environment. Because it’s the best-run businesses that make the world run better and improve people’s lives.


SAP.iO is accelerating startups to strategically expand the SAP ecosystem.  Through the SAP.iO Foundries, SAP provides promising B2B software startups with access to curated mentorship, access to SAP APIs, SAP technologies, and opportunities for exposure to SAP customers.  SAP.iO Foundries are operational today in major startup hubs including Berlin, New York City, Paris, San Francisco, Tel Aviv and Tokyo

The Director, SAP.iO Foundry Tokyo is the lead for SAP.iO’s Tokyo startup program activities, including startup acceleration, and focuses on engaging both internal and external resources while executing on deliverables to ensure the success of SAP.iO Foundry startup programs and services offered to participating startups. The Director sources mentors, coordinates business unit and customer visits, and works with SAP and external PR, marketing, and legal teams for program promotion and success. The Director must also lead key events such as “Demo Days” and help drive other external marketing events.


This position is based in Tokyo, and dual reports to the Head of SAP.iO Foundries APJ & China, based in Singapore and Chief Transformation Officer  SAP Japan, based in Tokyo.




  • Gain support internally across business units and with key executives and pro-actively look for and champion ways that the SAP ecosystem, partners, and customers can help add value to the programs and startups
  • Design and project manage the SAP.iO Foundry Tokyo’s programs, including overseeing and driving the day-to-day SAP.iO Foundry Tokyo operations
  • Act as a conduit for SAP and the startups by connecting, introducing, and leading resources and people to the program and those stakeholders involved
  • Drive final review of companies selected to participate and receive services
  • Recruit external experts and internal mentors for the program, and ensure that they are engaged and supporting startups
  • Drive the development of “Demo Days” and coordinate executive participation to drive mentorship, customer introductions, and organizational support
  • Coordinate activities with the broader SAP.iO organization, including other regional SAP.iO Foundry activities (e.g., Berlin, New York City, Paris, San Francisco, Tel Aviv)
  • Provide additional support for other areas of SAP.iO, including support for community engagement, deal sourcing, and input on SAP.iO Fund investments, especially in the Tokyo area.





         Required skills

  • Have an extensive network and direct connections to high-level technology executives, venture capital funds, startups and partners in the Tokyo ecosystem
  • Significant previous work with the entrepreneurship, startup, accelerator, venture capital, corporate investment, etc. communities
  • A good understanding or desire to work with startups, the Tokyo ecosystem, and VC/Angel investing communities
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA), advanced degree or equivalent experience
  • Self-motivated and proactive in the working environment; proven ability to work with speed and accuracy to deadlines is essential
  • Deep understanding of emerging technologies and ability to evaluate the strategic impact for the organization


    Preferred skills

  • Deep understanding of how large corporations operate internally, their cultures, and what it takes to get things done when multiple business units and executives are involved
  • The ability to quickly build relationships and convey influence when needed at all levels, to resolve conflicts and maintain direction
  • Effective written, verbal and presentation and communication skills at executive to project team levels
  • Passion for innovation



  • At least 10 years’ prior experience working on projects across business units and a demonstrated success interfacing across multiple divisions of the organization



Tokyo, Japan






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