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Commercial Officer - Life Science

The Trade Council of Denmark in Japan is looking for an experienced, outgoing and dynamic Commercial Officer to advise Danish businesses on health and life science opportunities in Japan.

The Life science industry accounts for more than 50,000 jobs and approximately 22% of Danish product export. Several pioneering Danish companies within the industry are, among others Novo Nordisk, Coloplast, Leo Pharma, Lundbeck, and many more. More and more SMEs in the sector has begun their journey in Japan.

Considering the demographic developments of Japan and large investments in the sector, the market holds a large and increasing potential. As a commercial officer, you will work to create opportunities for increased health and life science exports to Japan.

Your primary responsibility as a Commercial Officer will be to advise Danish companies about business opportunities within life sciences in Japan. Therefore, we expect you to have a relevant network among stakeholders in the sector in Japan that will benefit Danish companies.

You are expected to understand and develop strong relationships with Danish life science companies, understand their business models and products and help them partner with Japanese companies and stakeholders.

Thus, you will need to use your strong knowledge of the Japanese market and identify potential export opportunities for Danish companies and systematically communicate this information.

Global public affairs is an important element and collaboration with national government, organisations and local authorities is key. The position is part of a united effort from The Trade Council to promote Danish life science, and you will be part of our local team at the Danish Embassy in Japan just as you will have colleagues across the world specialized in the Life Science sector.

The Trade Council supports Danish companies within the tasks below:

  • Public affairs and stakeholder management.
  • Partnerships and regulatory support.
  • Market entry and partner/distributor searches.
  • Events and roundtable discussions with key stakeholders in the life science sector.
  • Etc.


  • Relevant experience from the health and life science field and relevant degree in science, economics, politics, international relations, public affairs or business studies.
  • Strong ability to identify commercial opportunities and develop relevant export promotion activities.
  • Commercial profile with several years of working in an international environment and ideally experience from consultancy.
  • Experience with customer relations ensuring decisive value creation and customer satisfaction.
  • Solid network with, and understanding of, the life science sector in Japan.
  • Ability to create close relations and trust in regard to sales and consultancy tasks.
  • Understanding of public sector dynamics.
  • Fluency in Japanese, high proficiency in English. Danish is not a requirement.

We hope you are:

  • Proactive, sales oriented, well organised, resourceful and a strong networker. You are always willing to lend an extra hand to colleagues and put an extra effort to ensure a project’s success.
  • A team-player who values a good working environment with a strong focus on cooperation.
  • Result-oriented with a talent for converting opportunities to specific projects.
  • Driven, ambitious and outgoing.
  • Experienced and bring a network with key stakeholders in the life science sector, including Japanese authorities and organizations.

What we offer:

The Trade Council performs consultancy-based internationalization services and has a number of KPI’s, including activity targets and value creation. You will be employed as a local employee at the Danish embassy. Salary according to qualifications within a public organization. 5 weeks of paid annual leave and a flexible Danish working scheme and 40 hours working week.

You will be hired at The Trade Council in Tokyo and be part of the embassy staff. In your daily work, you will report to Head of Trade. You will work closely with the commercial employees in the embassy as well as our political team.


Expected start:

1st. of May, or soon thereafter. Employment with the Embassy requires security clearance by the Danish Security and Intelligence Service and thus expected start is dependent on this.


Application deadline:

6th. of March 2023

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview on the 15th. Of March.


How to apply:

Please send your application (CV as well as cover letter) to [email protected] marked “Commercial Advisor, Life Science – Tokyo: [your name]”. Applications without a cover letter explaining your motivation will not be considered. For any questions regarding this position, please contact Dinna Aamand Hansen, Head of Trade, Royal Danish Embassy, Tokyo: [email protected]


About the Embassy/Trade Council of Denmark:
The Embassy of Denmark in
Japan is a dynamic workplace that represents Denmark’s political, commercial and cultural relationship with Japan. We are approximately 35 employees at the embassy. The Trade Council is the governmental export and investment promotion organization under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark promotes equality and diversity. Therefore, all qualified and interested persons, regardless of age, sex, religion, ethnicity and sexual orientation, are invited to apply for the position. For further information visit and


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Kindly refrain from sending applications after the posted deadlines. Additionally, kindly refrain from sending inquiries whether applications are still accepted after the posted deadlines.



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