Job Opening Description

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Research Analyst, Global Food and Agriculture

This a career-track position and we expect analysts to grow into consultants and project managers,with increasing responsibility and independence as experience increases.
As part of a small and growing company, you will be able to be involved in all stages of our projects and initiatives and work directly with our senior team. We are a bilingual team, with English as the basis of much of our communication. We would expect you to jump in and:

Research deeply into topics that are challenging our clients across the entire food and agriculture supply chain. Recent examples include:

Where are the best opportunities for investment within Vietnam’s coffee industry?
What is the best strategy for growing EU seafood exports to Italy?
How will technologies like drones, lab-grown meat, genome editing, carbon trading platforms and “smart farming” impact global agriculture markets?
How will policies such as the EU’s Farm to Fork strategy impact Asian markets?
Which agri-tech start-ups in Japan have potential to expand overseas?
What potential uses are there for byproducts and waste from a food manufacturer?
How can JICA best support agricultural innovation and start-ups in Kenya?
-Interview industry experts, both in Japan and globally, from farmers to government, importers,start-ups, investors, and manufacturers
-Conduct field research in Japan and overseas markets to support international investment decisions, identify potential applications of new innovations and technologies, design export marketing strategies, work with businesses to test new ideas, and support governments with food and agriculture and innovation policy planning.
-Support implementation of projects from Japanese government agencies, such as JICA or MAFF, including liaising with government and industry stakeholders, negotiating and clarifying contracts and preparing official documents for meetings.
-Work with senior staff to plan Meros events, including webinars or networking events.
-Coordinate communication and team building among our global network of counterparts.
– Present solutions to clients and governments and discuss how new strategies and approaches can be implemented.

What we are looking for:

  • Creative, strategic thinker who loves working in an international environment.
  • An entrepreneurial spirit – someone who takes the initiative to get things done – will thrive within Meros and out in the field.
  • Someone who actively seeks answers and solutions– asking questions, deeply curious about people and ideas.
  • Deep interest in the global food and agriculture space, including awareness of trends, risks and challenges, food security, innovation and technology in food and agriculture, supply chain structures and trade policy.
  • Demonstrated ability to gather, organize, and interpret data – very comfortable working with numbers.
  • Excellent communication skills to build smooth relationships with our global partners, teammates and clients.
  • Available to travel domestically and overseas for field research – typical overseas research trips are 1-2 weeks, several times a year (currently dependent on pandemic travel advisories).
  • Loves to write – enjoys the challenge of writing quickly, clearly and persuasively on complex topics.
  • Enjoys meeting new people, keen to network within our industry and represent Meros at events.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Full fluency in Japanese and English language. Additional languages (esp Mandarin, Spanish etc) a plus.
  • Interest in economics, trade, economic development, social anthropology, international relations, market research and
    investigative journalism
  • Bachelor’s Degree required, Master’s degree in related subject preferred.

Please send a resume and a cover letter explaining how your interests and experience would be a good fit for our team to: [email protected]