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Associate, Japan

  • Application Deadline: Dec. 11, 2020
  • Tokyo
  • Application Deadline: Dec. 11, 2020
  • Tokyo

We are searching for a high performing individual with an eye for strategy and mind to drive innovation. Are you ready to make a difference and impact global business development? This is management consulting with a higher purpose.

Join our Tokyo team and contribute to the growth of Swedish companies abroad while supporting international companies to invest and expand in Sweden.

In this role you will be challenged to assess and set market strategies and establish leading innovations addressing societal needs in sustainability, health and industry.

From high-level to hands-on, gain consulting experience by working with companies of all sizes, ranging from large multi-nationals to start-ups, and across all industries.

With a population of 127 million, Japan has strong purchasing power and a high demand for new products. Due to the ageing population, health care has become increasingly important – Sweden is seen as a forerunner in this respect, and Swedish solutions have a good reputation. There has also been a renewed interest in Scandinavian design and fashion recently.

Business Sweden has been active in Japan since 1972 and we have a unique mandate to help Swedish companies grow global sales and international companies invest and expand in Sweden. We do this through trade promotion and business consulting activities. In practice, our consulting work is similar in type of assignments as large international strategy firms. We have the same analytical approach and methods, but our problem solving is dedicated to supporting the Swedish industry.

We have a great team in place and offer a great opportunity to develop your career in close cooperation with one of the world’s most innovative and sustainable set of companies – the Swedish industry.

What do we expect from you?
Associates play an important role in projects performing data analysis to identify economic and business trends relevant for our clients as well as supporting with analyses of the political and economic environments impacting international companies doing business in Japan. Our experienced consultants and projects managers work alongside our associates to further contribute to their professional development and business acumen.

We are proud of our objective driven Nordic corporate culture, valuing empowerment and requiring proactiveness and ownership of task.

Even though it won’t be your main task, you have a natural interested in lead generation and business development. We consider this a team effort.

We are a small team, thus your strong social and team-working skills are highly valued as well as energy in participating in and organizing social events.

Work with great people

Tiantian Liao
Associate, China
"Diverse projects, opportunities to quickly develop & the trust from clients are what I truly appreciate with this job"
Vlad Månsson
Market Manager, Taiwan
"This is a great place for rapid career development because of the opportunities to learn from colleagues all over the world"
Samiksha Jalan
Consultant, London
"I love working at Business Sweden because every hour and every day always brings different opportunities"
Elsa Stefenson
Trade Commissioner, Chile
"I find it incredibly rewarding to see ideas grow and become successful projects"
Youssef Benchaqroun
Consultant, Morocco
"We provide a real added value and create an impact towards our clients"
Bong-Soon Park
Senior Project Manager, South Korea
"My greatest motivation is seeing the positive impact our job has on our clients"

Skills & Requirements

Qualifications - competencies and personal characteristics

  • Strong problem-solving skills and a “can do attitude”
  • Excellent analytical skills and an ability to turn data into insights

  • Solid business acumen and result-oriented

  • A team player but with an independent drive, outgoing and eager to learn and improve

  • A passion for and ability to handle new challenges with curiosity

  • Strong organizational skills and an ability to handle time effectively


  • Master of Science is a requirement
  • Fluency in Japanese and English is a requirement
  • International experience from working or studying outside of Japan is strongly meriting
  • Experience from working in the professional services industry is a strong merit

Sounds interesting?
If so, please submit your CV/resume, short cover letter, and university grades in your application as soon as we are screening applications on a rolling basis.

Want to know more about Life at Business Sweden and meet our colleagues? Read more here.

Great Place to Work

  • Global exchanges and career opportunities

  • Exclusive focus on our client’s growth agenda

  • Extensive responsibility

  • Diversified teams with world class colleagues

  • Training academy for continuous development

  • Entrepreneurial environment

About the company

Business Sweden is a global consultancy organization with approximately 500 colleagues working in 46 countries. We all share the same passion - creating maximum value for Sweden.

Business Sweden’s purpose is to help Swedish companies grow global sales and international companies invest and expand in Sweden.
Through our consultancy services we offer our customers strategic advice and hands-on support in their international growth and establishment.

Business Sweden is owned by the Swedish Government and the industry, a partnership that provides access to contacts and networks at all levels.

At Business Sweden we value and encourage applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds related to culture, gender, age, ethnicity, race, religion and belief, disability, nationality, sexual orientation and gender identity.
The diversity of our people is an important foundation of our culture and builds a workplace where everyone can contribute with unique experiences, perspectives and cultures.

OUR VALUESOur high performance culture rests on that all our employees live our core values. We will never have guidelines for every situation we will meet, but if all of us are guided by a strong sense of our values, we will always navigate in the right direction.

RESPONSIBILITYThis is the foundation of our culture. To stay updated on codes of conduct and guidelines is everyone’s responsibility. To raise your voice if you find that something is wrong and to ask, if it is something you do not understand.

COLLABORATIONAlone we can do so little; together we can do so much. Collaboration also means doing our part of the work as well as possible, to have respect for other people's time and expertise, and to meet deadlines.

IMPACTMost of us need to feel that we go to work for a purpose and that we have a chance to leave something good behind. With our purpose to release Swedish companies' international potential, it is obvious how we can have an impact on their future success.

Carsten Grönblad | Hiring Manager

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