Tech Lead, Rapid Prototyping, Software Development



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.
[Description of team mission and challenges, motivators]
The Toyota Woven City is a fully connected ecosystem powered by hydrogen fuel cells to be built at the base of Mt. Fuji in Japan. Envisioned as a ‘living laboratory’, the Woven City will serve as a home to full-time residents and researchers who will be able to test and develop technologies such as robotics, personal mobility, smart homes and artificial intelligence in a real-world environment. Woven City will be ‘ever evolving’, incorporating various types of cutting edge technologies. It is also ‘human-centric,’ and expected to keep people safe and comfortable.
Woven City’s R&D team will develop innovative products and services using technologies developed by Toyota Motor Corporation. Our mission is to:
1. Develop services and products for Woven City
2. Expand capabilities through long-term R&D
Toyota Motor Corporation has been involved in a variety of technological development in the robotics, energy, and automotive domains for a long time. Our team will leverage Toyota’s hardware expertise in these fields to create new value by developing software on top of this.
Rapid Prototyping team is a team that supports PoC activities based on requests from product teams. In many cases, these are products that we believe are worthy of being flagships in the Woven City, but have not yet established their unique value proposition. Our team helps them define their value proposition from a technical perspective, design and implement prototype software quickly for 1st PoC.
For more information about Woven City, please visit: https://www.woven-city.global/
[Description of “persona” of the candidate]
Reporting to the Lead of the Rapid Prototyping Sub-function in Woven City Management, the successful candidate will be responsible for quickly materializing new product or service ideas in various domains in response to requests from business teams. The candidate will be expected to quickly design and develop a fundamental software architecture which enables PoCs of each product. The software architecture includes not only the backend and frontend, but also the integration with the hardware, the common platform for the entire Woven City, and other products. The candidate will lead the software engineers to enable quick design and implementation of prototyping as a team.
The candidate will not hesitate to adopt the cutting edge technology. The candidate will cooperate with internal business development teams, and hardware development teams which are closely tied to Toyota Motor Corporation.


  • Develop the fundamental software architecture and prototype software enabling the PoC.
  • Improve team’s flexibility and speed of rapid prototyping by implementing CI/CD environments, adopting the latest development tools and modern software architecture.
  • Identify key technical issues in development activities and introduce appropriate solutions based on the latest technology trends.
  • Participate in and support high level discussions with business teams from a technical perspective.
  • Work with multiple teams across the organization to turn a high level vision into actionable requirements.
  • Work with multiple teams across the organization to integrate with other products and the common platform.
  • Participate in agile sprints and meetings, improving our agile development processes.
  • Engage with Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC Japan) and other Toyota companies to gain adoption.
  • Review, mentor and support junior engineers.


  • Bachelor degree in Computer Science or a related field
  • 7+ years of experience in software development
  • Experience with multiple programming languages, such as Python, Go, Java.
  • A track record of successfully delivering cloud based production-level software
  • 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
  • 3+ years of experience as a technical lead
  • Experience in development of the following:
  • Cloud based services
  • Data modeling, collection and management
  • IoT control and data collection
  • Microservice and service oriented architectures
  • Docker and Kubernetes
  • API design and OpenAPI standard
  • UML or other formal design notations
  • Agile software development
  • Experience in embedded software development, especially around the integration with cloud or smartphones and networking
  • Experience with AWS
  • Experience in leading development of big enterprise systems.
  • Communication skills in verbal and written Japanese.
If you are currently located outside of Japan we will set 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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