Manager, Taxonomy & Browse Development

JP-13-Meguro
4 months ago
Job ID
546774
Amazon Japan G.K.

Job Description

Does the idea of managing a team that builds taxonomies to highlight all of Amazon.co.jp’s mammoth selection from door knobs to books to things that haven’t even been invented yet sound fun?

Do you re-shelve misplaced books when you see them in a bookstore or library? Do you have a custom metadata and tagging scheme for your photo library? Did the Album organizing scene in High Fidelity speak remind you of yourself?

We are looking for a smart and passionate leader to join our Taxonomy leadership team in Amazon's "Browse" organization. This person will manage a team of taxonomists who build world-class, intuitive, and comprehensive taxonomy and ontology data that is used across Amazon to optimize product discovery and classification. As a Taxonomy Manager you will have the opportunity to build global strategies for Taxonomy, help lead an amazing collection of taxonomists with great team spirit, and help make sure our taxonomies are leveraged to build great website features for customers.

Taxonomy Responsibilities:
  • Manage a team of taxonomists who develop taxonomy structures to organize Amazon.co.jp’s extensive product selection for customers
  • Expand and refine data retrieval techniques to utilize our extensive product catalog and make sure products end up in the right place for our customers
  • Coordinate cross-functional projects with a broad range of merchandisers, engineers, designers, and other groups
  • Analyze website metrics and customer behavior data to make intelligent decisions on optimizing our taxonomy navigation structures
  • Build roadmaps
  • Help make the right decision for internal and external customers

Basic Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Library or Information Science or equivalent professional experience
  • 5-10+ years experience managing a team in a Taxonomy, Catalog, or Content development organization in E-Commerce on Tech environment
  • 5+ years experience in Taxonomy Development
  • Proven leadership skills and teamwork skills. You have experience guiding and mentoring a team
  • Excellent project management skills and experience managing complex roadmaps
  • Proven ability to work and deliver effectively in customer-focused, cross-functional teams
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Great verbal communication skills with the ability to present complex technical and metadata information in a clear and concise manner to a variety of technical and non-technical audiences
  • Experience working in environments with aggressive deadlines and production environments.
  • Proficient English and Japanese language skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Proven ability to work and deliver effectively in customer-focused, cross-functional teams
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Great verbal communication skills with the ability to present complex technical and metadata information in a clear and concise manner to a variety of technical and non-technical audiences
  • Experience working in environments with aggressive deadlines and production environments.
  • Programming skills or proven skills in data retrieval techniques such as SQL and or Boolean query construction is a plus
  • Passionate about website usability and the role of metadata in improving customer shopping experiences
  • Detail oriented, self-motivated, and calm under pressure
  • Most of all, someone who is smart, likes to do good work and inspire others to do good work, and is genuinely interested in helping customers
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