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Director, Corporate Strategy & BD

Apply Now Apply Later Job ID 10077615 Location Minato-ku, Japan Business The Walt Disney Company (APAC) Date posted Apr. 12, 2024

Job Summary:

About The Walt Disney Company (Japan) Ltd.

The Walt Disney Company established a commercial presence in the Japanese market with the founding of a local subsidiary in 1959. In April 2000, it took control of Disney’s business interests in Japan (except Tokyo Disney Resort®) with the integration of all local subsidiaries and affiliates and in August 2002, it renamed itself The Walt Disney Company (Japan) Ltd. Today WDCJ is involved in a diverse range of businesses in Japan, operating in the following core segments - Studios Motion Pictures, Direct-to-Consumer streaming services, Media Networks, Consumer Products, Disney Store, Games and Parks & Resorts.

Job Description

Position Title:

Director, Corporate Strategy & Business Development


Corporate Strategy & Business Development


Walt Disney Company (Japan) Ltd.

Report Line:

SVP, GM DTC / Corporate Strategy & Business Development, APAC


Job Summary:

Corporate Strategy & Business Development (CSBD) is responsible for developing strategies to drive long-term growth for the company. CSBD team works closely with the leaders of all businesses to drive and support strategy development and execution.

We seek a candidate with experience in investment banking, corporate development, private equity, or management consulting in Japan. This role requires a proven record of driving deal/strategy partnership experience, strong problem-solving and analytical skills, excellent teamwork, effective communication in both Japanese and English, and the ability to collaborate across a diverse range of stakeholders, including multiple levels of business and functional teams within TWDC.


  • Lead and drive the overall Japan strategy, M&A, and new business initiatives in Japan
    • Drive TWDC’s Long Range Plan process and ad-hoc strategy reviews
    • Track, compile, analyze, and extract insights from key data needed to inform business strategies, such as industry trends, competitive analysis, and research to inform business strategies
    • Develop business plans to capture new business opportunities and key growth initiatives
  • Support the country and DTC GM in identifying, analyzing, and executing potential M&A and/or strategic partnerships in Japan in light of the local strategy
  • Provide guidance, advice, and analytical support on strategy for all LOBs, including DTC and theatrical businesses in the local market
  • Influence, engage, and gain buy-in to deliver strategic planning and growth objectives
  • Support strategy execution and organizational transformation

Professional Qualifications and Experiences

  • At least 10 years’ experience in top-tier investment banking, corporate development, private equity, or management consulting in Japan with a proven record of deal experience (required)
  • Strong understanding of media and content landscape in Japan
  • A high level of familiarity with digital platform – SVOD; Preferably comes with relevant experience in digital space or e-commerce players/platforms
  • Project management skills and ability to multi-task, prioritize, and work in a fast-paced environment
  • Solid experience in stakeholder management
  • MBA from a top business school with 6+ years of post-MBA experience preferred


  • Ability to influence, persuade and engage in communication at all levels of the organization
  • Outstanding project management skills and ability to multi-task
  • Excellent teamwork capabilities
  • Ability to think pragmatically and ability to drive executions
  • Superior verbal and written communications skills, particularly the ability to develop cogent arguments and present them concisely to a range of stakeholders, including senior executives
  • Strong problem solving, analytical and numerical skills
  • Creative mindset with the ability to leverage on data to develop strategy/decisions
  • Flexibility and ability to adapt to changing business needs and priorities
  • Good cultural sensitivity
  • Champion of Change

About The Walt Disney Company (APAC):

For over 70 years, The Walt Disney Company has been entertaining consumers in Asia Pacific – and enriching people’s lives. Today’s consumer can discover new branded experiences in many ways and in many markets from Australia, New Zealand, Mainland China, Japan, Korea to Southeast Asia.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise that includes three core business segments: Disney Entertainment, ESPN, and Disney Experiences. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with TWDC (Japan) Ltd., which is part of a business we call The Walt Disney Company (APAC).

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