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Updated 2022-09-20
Activated 2022-09-20

Public Affairs Manager - Japan

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Government/Public Sector - Government/Public Offices
Industry Other
Location Asia Japan Tokyo

Job Description Booking.com, the world’s leading accommodation website, is looking for a  Public Affairs Manager for Japan based in Tokyo. The Public Affairs Manager will represent the interests of Booking.com before government, political and regulatory audiences and other relevant senior level officials within Japan and the wider North Asia region. Successful candidate will work closely with other parts of Legal & Public Affairs department, as well as with business units, corporate units and corporate functions, the Accommodations BU, and aligns with the business priorities of our local and regional partner services offices.
This role contributes to the strategic positioning and reputation of the company among external stakeholders.
Key responsibilities:

•Help develop and implement PA strategy to support business priorities and Booking.com’s corporate profile in Japan and to a lesser priority, other markets in North Asia
•Liaise with elected members and government officials on business related public policy issues
•Facilitate high level meetings with key stakeholders, including legislative bodies regulatory bodies, industry association and alliance partners to promote and advocate forthe company’s PA priorities
•Support the management of our trade association memberships and represent the company
•Ensure continuous monitoring and evaluation of political stakeholder activity and regulatory developments
•Work closely with the broader PA team to align messaging and provide colleagues with a through understanding of PA priorities
•Articulate Booking.com positions in briefing papers, consultation responses, internal and external meetings
Company Info At Booking.com, we make it easier for everyone to experience the world. We began by taking hotel bookings online over 20 years ago and we’ve been shaping the travel industry ever since. Today, we’re building a platform that connects every part of a trip – from a great place to stay to getting there, getting around, seeing the sights and sampling local life.
It all started with one man and a rather good idea. Dutch entrepreneur Geert-Jan Bruinsma realized how useful it would be to connect hotels and guests. From a small office in Amsterdam, he built a website called Bookings.nl. This little startup grew steadily in its first few years. The formula for success was pretty simple: working hard to get it right for our customers.
By 2005, we were well on our way to becoming the market leader for European bookers. This growth did not go unnoticed by other large players in the travel sphere. The Priceline Group (now Booking Holdings) acquired Bookings.nl in 2006 to give us the Booking.com we know today. Despite evolving from a small startup to a global player, little has changed about our company culture. We’re open, inclusive and always ready to overcome any challenge. We might be over 20 years old, but we’re just getting started.
Working Hours 9 to 6
Public Affairs Manager will hold following qualification and experience:

•Bachelor's Degree or higher
•5-8 years of relevant experience in Japan and North Asia, ideally in a government institution in combination with in-house or consultancy experience in the area of public affairs
•Demonstrable knowledge of and experience in influencing policy-making.
•Good understanding of policy and legal challenges facing the tech industry and affinity with the tourism and travel industry in Japan and North Asia would be a plus
•Excellent oral communications skills and ability to distill complex information into clear messages that will resonate with political and regulatory audiences, as well as into succinct updates for the business teams
•High quality written skills and practical experience in drafting materials for use by regulators, senior executives or politicians
•Experience developing creative and effective public affairs campaigns that underpin the company’s business objectives
•Outstanding organizational abilities, in particular, the capacity to manage multiple work streams at one time and the proactivity to drive work programmes forward and co-ordinate the involvement of all relevant stakeholders
•Experience working in fast-paced, multicultural environments
•Experience with managing sensitive reputational issues and/or crises
•Ability to engage directly with policy makers and to act as a spokesperson for the business
•Native Japanese and Advanced English speaker, other languages an advantage
•Self-starter that is also an excellent team player
•Strong influencing skills and ability to inspire confidence, as well as the ability to establish and maintain effective relationships at all levels
•High level of integrity with ability to develop both internal and external credibility
•Hands-on, results-focused and impactful
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