Customer Service Team Lead - (Remote, Japan)

Job post summary
Location Asia
Team Customer Support

About the role

We’re looking for a passionate Team Lead for 8-10 Bilingual Customer Support Specialists on our remote Support team in Japan. As a Team Lead you will lead a team of Japanese-language Support Specialists on a rotating schedule that includes weekends and holidays. Along with the rest of our Support team, this is a work-from-home position based in Japan.

Bilingual Customer Support Specialists talk to hundreds of merchants a week who are based all over the world. Using email, live chat and phone calls, they troubleshoot questions and support them in using the Shopify platform to grow their businesses. 

As a Team Lead, you’re responsible for the performance of your team. You have a well-established leadership skill set and the ability to coach your team to continued performance and development. You have the ability to identify development opportunities for your team members and develop concrete action plans or goals in order to achieve team success.  

We operate in a complex environment with ever-changing conditions and it’s up to you as a lead to guide your team towards our mission statement of “Making Commerce Better for Everyone”. You will have the opportunity to influence and empower your team of Support Advisors to make the best decisions as they help our merchants leverage Shopify to be successful in their entrepreneurial dreams.


As a Team Lead, you will:

  • Coach your team to be high-performing and impactful for our merchants.
  • Utilize all the tools and data points available to leverage your team's strengths and work on their weaknesses.
  • Meet regularly with your peers and your Lead in 1-1 meetings to discuss Shopify’s Customer Support, brainstorm coaching techniques and provide a supportive culture.
  • Impact and help drive the success of the remote teams in Japan as we continue to scale and grow support.
  • Execute performance management, impact assessments and people development to deliver high-impact.
  • Leverage your expertise in leadership and/or subject-matter expertise to provide mentorship, guidance, and feedback to others.
  • Maintain relationships and collaborate effectively with relevant stakeholders.


  • Have 3+ years leadership experience (Team Lead, Supervisor, or Manager) in Customer Service, Retail, Technology and/or Contact Centre environments.
  • Have been a Customer service team lead using both Japanese and English. Proficiency in both Japanese and English is a must. 
  • Have experience in coaching, mentoring, or managing customer support advisors to improve both team performance and customer satisfaction rates.
  • Have a high level of self-awareness and ownership that has resulted in high growth for your support teams.
  • Be comfortable working from home and managing remote teams. Must have experience successfully managing geographically dispersed support teams.
  • Have managed multiple projects and employees, leading to the growth of regional teams.
  • Be goal-oriented and have the ability to motivate others. 
  • Have empathy and understand how to build trust and rapport.
  • Be an effective and confident communicator and decision-maker, and have the ability to voice your opinion, challenge ideas, and have tough conversations.
  • Be resourceful, self-motivated and comfortable in ambiguity.
  • Have Strong reading, writing, and comprehension skills.
  • Existing knowledge using Shopify is a bonus. 


Requirements for the role

  • Be legally eligible to work and resident in Japan.
  • Have flexibility to work on a rotating schedule with rotating weekends and some holidays. 
  • Be comfortable and productive working from home. 
  • Have an appropriate remote work set-up - a quiet space and stable internet connection. Shopify provides the work equipment.
  • Have entrepreneurial or business experience (or a strong interest in it!).


Shopify is now permanently remote, and we’re working towards a future that is digital by design. That location you see above? Consider it merely an example of hundreds of potential locations Shopify is hiring. Learn more here:

Our belief is that a strong commitment to diversity & inclusion enables us to truly make commerce better for everyone. We encourage applications from Indigenous peoples, racialized people, people with disabilities, people from gender and sexually diverse communities, and/or people with intersectional identities. Please take a look at our Sustainability Reports to learn more about Shopify’s commitments to our communities, and our planet.

At Shopify, we understand that experience comes in many forms. We’re dedicated to adding new perspectives to the team - so if your experience is this close to what we’re looking for, please consider applying.

How we hire

At Shopify, we put a lot of care and time into who we hire. We believe that in order to build the best products, we need to build high impact teams. Our recruitment process centres around what we call the Life Story interview, a conversational-style interview where we get to learn more about you.
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