Disputes Director – Construction, Japan

The Company

Systech International is a highly successful, privately owned, construction consultancy business with a proven 25-year track record in the niche market of construction claims and dispute management.

Systech’s headquarters are in London and we employ 500+ staff through a network of regional and branch offices, worldwide.

We have an established and growing client base in Japan in particular in the rail and power sectors. Our dispute assignments can range from short-term, one-off independent claim reviews to advising on major, long-term disputes, involving large teams.

Currently, Systech is appointed on several major international project disputes which include some of the largest construction disputes in the world.


The Position

Systech constantly aims to provide its clients with the best service possible, so to support our growing Japanese client base, Systech is looking to appoint a Disputes Director Japan to manage disputes and develop dispute strategies on behalf of our clients, through to successful resolution.

As Disputes Director – Japan, you will be working either independently or in a multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural, team environment and reporting directly to Systech’s Regional Director, Japan.

We require an independent thinker who can come up with ideas and provide solutions in support of our clients’ dispute strategy position, help to mitigate dispute risks and provide timely advice and substantive arguments in positive support of our client’s position and dispute strategy.

You will be working closely with our clients, writing claims narrative and drafting formal reports with documentary and substantive evidence whilst co-ordinating team members in investigations, evidence gathering and, where appropriate, discovery.


Business Development

The Disputes Director - Japan position requires a high level of business development and generation capability. So you will need to be personable, have the personality and drive to successfully foster and manage client relationships on a day to day basis, seeking out new opportunities and developing new business.

You will need to raise your personal profile and that of Systech within the client’s rail infrastructure and power businesses and constantly strive to exceed client expectations.

Whilst based in Japan, there will be opportunities to travel and work away to support our clients on major international projects.


Candidate Requirements

  • Must have a strong interest in working in Japan for a British consultancy and explain reasons for seeking a long-term position in Japan
  • British Degree (preferably BSc degree in construction)
  • Have obtained FRICS and FCIArb membership status and/or a post-graduate legal qualification (LLM)
  • Previous experience in the construction sector in a senior Dispute Management position in North East Asia
  • Minimum 15 years international major project experience in either the rail and/or power (nuclear/fossil fuel) sectors
  • Involvement at senior level in formal disputes including Arbitrations and DABs is an advantage
  • Flexibility to travel and work away from Japan base, as and when required
  • UK passport holders preferred (preferable for foreign worker visa requirements) Other nationalities will be considered (visa restrictions may apply in some locations)
  • Able to relocate to Japan and work single status on a permanent basis in Japan – 30 days annual leave.
  • 11 weeks on & 2 weeks off rotation option available
  • An understanding of and empathy with Japanese work culture and practices.
  • Must be mobile, flexible and have an excellent health record

The Disputes Director - Japan position is offered on a single status basis and with an excellent package, including expat level remuneration, accommodation and benefits for the right individual.

If you wish to apply for this vacancy then please apply with your detailed CV/Resume to anne.virnig@systech-int.com quoting reference:


Anne Virnig
+1 (949) 829 0225


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