Rakuten is a Global Innovation Company headquartered in Japan, established in 1997, with a large ecosystem of services. It has more than 70 businesses worldwide, including e-commerce, digital content, fintech, and communications, with 32,000 employees and 1,6 billion members worldwide. Our mission is to empowering people and society through innovation and entrepreneurship.
Within the Rakuten Group, there is a Global Innovation Hub, called Technology Divisions, represented by almost 6,000 people, present in Japan, India, China, America, and Europe.
Rakuten Tech in Europe is the regional organization for the members of the technology divisions based in Europe. This organization provides global platforms to support the businesses in the Rakuten Ecosystem and enhances these global platforms according to the use cases of the businesses, within Europe and worldwide. More than 70% of Rakuten Tech projects in Europe support businesses in Japan, including Rakuten Ichiba, our e-commerce marketplace. Rakuten Tech offers the opportunity to collaborate with all Rakuten's technical teams around the world, and to play a key role in the success and evolution of the group's businesses.
The first global technical team in Europe was created in 2012 and initially had 3 members. Today, Rakuten Tech in Europe represents more than 130 members, present in 7 countries and 12 offices. We are mainly present in France (Paris), Spain (Barcelona), UK (Belfast), Estonia (Tallinn), and Germany (Berlin). We represent a multicultural team, 5 official languages and 3 time zones. We collaborate daily with the teams in Japan. Each person can collaborate with the whole world as English is the common language adopted by Rakuten globally.
Rakuten Tech in Europe teams work on product/platform development, service delivery/integration and service operations for a range of products/platforms and services covering e-commerce, big data, search, product recommendations, blockchain, data science, business intelligence, information security, user identity management, corporate IT, and data centers and infrastructure. Each team within Rakuten Tech in Europe communicates, collaborates, and creates synergies for the development of the Rakuten Ecosystem.