Senior Software Engineer, City Platform (Agora), Data Solution Administrator



Software Engineering
Tokyo, Japan
Posted on Sunday, April 30, 2023
Woven by Toyota is building mobility for a safer, happier and more sustainable world. A subsidiary of Toyota, Woven by Toyota develops and invests in new technologies, software, and business models that transform how we live, work and move. With a focus on software-defined vehicles, automated driving, data-driven intelligence, security, mobility services, embedded platforms, AI, and more, we build on Toyota's legacy of trust and safety to deliver mobility solutions for all.
For nearly a century, Toyota has been delivering products and services that improve lives. Its earliest offerings, which automated the simple manual task of weaving, have evolved into the safe, reliable, connected automobiles we enjoy and depend on today. Woven by Toyota is an integral part of Toyota’s vision for the next 100 years—a world where mobility is easier, safer and more enjoyable for more people.
Our unique global culture weaves modern Silicon Valley innovation and time-tested Japanese quality craftsmanship and operational excellence. These complementary strengths enable us to develop and deliver cutting-edge technology at scale—optimizing for safety, advancing clean energy and elevating well-being. We envision a human-centered future where world-class technology solutions expand global access to mobility, amplify the capabilities of drivers, and empower humanity to thrive.
Toyota's Woven City is a fully connected ecosystem powered by hydrogen fuel cells to be built at the base of Mt. Fuji in Japan. It is envisioned as a 'living laboratory' and 'ever evolving', incorporating a diversity of cutting-edge technologies. It will be the world's most programmable city. At the same time, it is also 'human-centric', serving the needs of its citizens and keeping people safe, comfortable, and happy.
Our mission is to create the digital heart of Woven City: a software platform called "Agora". All digitally connected services in the city will be orchestrated and delivered on this platform. The technical challenge is huge and includes creating state-of-the-art systems for collaborating microservices, identity, authentication, privacy, security, brokering data, IoT control, and much more. The platform will be open to third-party inventors who will collaborate with us to unlock the potential of the world's smartest city.
Agora's Data team is tasked with providing systems, services, tools, and mechanisms that enable teams to store, manage and share data on the platform in a secure, resilient, and privacy-respecting manner.
For more information about Woven City, please visit: https://www.woven-city.global/
We are hiring Engineers for individual contributor roles based in Tokyo. These roles will be part of a highly technical team of software engineers reporting to an Agora Team Lead or Manager, and focus on delivering our platform.
Do you have what it takes to solve complex challenges in a distributed setting? Are you passionate about technology and how it can transform the world into a better place? Are you looking for a role where you can make an enormous impact on the future by empowering other engineers to build secure systems?


  • Design and maintain data storage solutions on the Agora platform, closely collaborating with other engineers and teams who are building digital services for Woven City.
  • Design and handle the administration of the storage solutions for other teams who are building digital services.
  • Be involved in discussions on architecture and data-related policies from the storage solution perspectives for other teams who are building digital services.
  • Be a subject-matter expert. Advocate for best practices for databases, Redis, Kafka, and other systems.
  • Help craft and implement a strategy for our data storage team, including system design, administration, security, monitoring, and performance tuning.
  • Manage, monitor, and optimize databases and Kafka clusters to ensure high availability, performance, and security.
  • Design, implement, and maintain backup and recovery strategies.
  • Troubleshoot issues and provide support to application development teams.
  • Collaborate with development teams to optimize database and Kafka performance for application requirements, with a particular focus on developer experience.
  • Develop and maintain documentation, including standard operating procedures and troubleshooting guides.


  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or a related field
  • 5+ years of experience deploying and administering storage solutions in at least one of the following:
  • ・RDBMS
  • ・Kafka
  • ・Key-Value Store
  • Administering cloud-based systems
  • Good communication, a proactive mindset, and strong problem-identification and solving skills
  • Proficiency in business-level English


  • Master's degree in Computer Science or a related field
  • Experience with a distributed SQL system such as CockroachDB and YugabyteDB
  • Experience with major cloud technologies such as Kubernetes and Istio
  • Experience in software development with modern cloud-ready programming languages, such as Go, Rust, Java, Kotlin, Scala, etc.
  • Design and implementation of distributed systems
  • Data modeling, collection, and management
  • Proficiency in business-level Japanese language
If you are currently located outside of Japan we will set up an interview over Google Hangout Meet or Skype.
・Competitive Salary - Based on skills and experience
・Work Hours - Flexible working time with NO core-hours
・Paid Holiday - 20 days per year (prorated)
・Sick Leave - 6 days per year (prorated)
・Holiday - Sat & Sun, Japanese National Holidays, and other days defined by the company
・Japanese Social Security - all applicable (Health Insurance, Pension, Workers’ Comp, and Unemployment Insurance, Long-term care insurance)
・In-house Training Program (software study/language study)
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