Engineering Site Director - Japan

At SoundHound Inc., we believe every brand should have a voice.  As the leading innovator of conversational technologies, we’re trusted by top brands around the globe. Houndify, our independent Voice AI platform, with 70,000+ users, allows brands to create custom voice assistants that deliver results with unprecedented speed and accuracy.

Our mission is to enable humans to interact with the things around them in the same way we interact with each other: by speaking naturally. We’re making that a reality through our SoundHound music discovery app and Hound voice assistant and through our strategic partnerships with brands like Mercedes-Benz, Hyundai, Deutsche Telekom, and Pandora. Today, our customized voice AI solutions allow people to talk to phones, cars, smart speakers, mobile apps, coffee machines, and every other part of the emerging ‘voice-first’ world.

Our diverse team of engineers, UX/UI designers, writers, data scientists and linguists are all passionate about creating a world with more conversations. With more than 14 years of expertise in voice technology, we have hundreds of millions of end users, and a worldwide team in six countries building solutions for a voice-first world.


About the Role:

  • Manage existing engineers, focused on Conversational A.I. for Japanese, and continue growing team
  • Actively mentor, motivate, and empower engineers, including hands-on code reviews
  • Proactively facilitate great interactions between Tokyo and other SoundHound teams (especially California and Toronto)
  • Interface with Japanese partners as primary technical representative of SoundHound
  • Organize and prioritize complex projects, ensuring operational excellence

About you:

  • You pride yourself on assembling teams of engineers capable of outperforming much larger organizations
  • You are eager to learn a new programming paradigm and contribute to the initial stages of a new code base in parallel with building/managing the team
  • You are able to cast a compelling vision, while creating, building, and extending trust
  • You are culturally at home in both Tokyo and Silicon Valley, and enjoy bridging the two
  • Your innovative user-driven focus and attention to detail contribute to building successful technologies

Requirements:

  • Hands-on track record designing and implementing algorithmically complex systems
  • Significant technical leadership experience at manager, director, or executive level
  • Ability to assess technical talent and put team members in a position to succeed
  • Excellent communication skills in both English and Japanese
  • BS, MS, and/or PhD in Computer Science or equivalent degree/experience

Nice to haves:

  • Experience writing high-performing code, ideally C++ on Linux-based systems
  • Prior exposure to ASR, NLU, Search, Compilers, audio/DSP, or related fields
  • Prior exposure to working with Japanese from Computational Linguistics perspective
  • Experience building and deploying scalable server-side systems
  • Flexibility to periodically travel to other locations (including California)

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