Case Histories

Case Histories

Our innate understanding of the cultures and languages of our clients—both companies and job candidates—enables us to serve a diverse range of job seekers consisting of both Japanese citizens and foreign nationals who live in Japan. As a company at the forefront of the executive search and placement businessat the upper-end of the salary and skills spectrum, we take on a role of matching top talent with some of the world’s leading companies. The following are some examples of how we operate in this regard.

Note: The contents herein is based on actual events but certain details have been altered to protect the individuals’ identities.

Chemical industry
Candidate referral of Sales Executive for position of President of a Japanese subsidiary of a multinational firm
Before
  • General Manager
  • Japanese manufacturer
  • Annual salary of JPY 15 million
After
  • President
  • Japanese subsidiary of a multinational chemical manufacturer
  • Annual salary of JPY 19 million
for more information

This particular candidate possessed a proven track record in developing effective sales channels both domestic and abroad. After long service in the position responsible for domestic and overseas sales, the candidate hoped to build on her experience in overseeing profit and loss and move towards management and business operations. We referred the candidate to a company seeking a successor for their Japanese subsidiary president. She was ultimately hired due to her experience and successful track record.

Pharmaceutical industry
Candidate referral of pharmaceutical company professional for position of Head of Medical Affairs
Before
  • Medical Director
  • Foreign-affiliated pharmaceutical company
  • Annual salary of JPY 23 million
After
  • Head of Medical Affairs
  • Foreign-affiliated pharmaceutical company
  • Annual salary of JPY 28 million
for more information

This particular candidate had been actively working as a Medical Director in the medical affairs department of a foreign-affiliated pharmaceutical company. The candidate had been seeking a division head, which could not be met,so he came to JAC International for consultation. We referred the candidate for a confidential listing at a client with whom we maintain a strong business relationship. The selection and decision-making process involved the employer’s headquarters abroad and took more than six months to complete, however in the end both the employer and candidate were very satisfied with the outcome.

Automotive industry
Candidate referral of Engineer with overseas assignment experience for Engineering Director of automotive parts company
Before
  • Engineering Manager
  • Japanese manufacturer
  • Annual salary of JPY 12 million
After
  • Engineering Director
  • Foreign-affiliated automotive parts manufacturer
  • Annual salary of JPY 15 million
for more information

This particular candidate was a fluent English-speaking software engineer with overseas assignment experience. He also had project management experience overseeing a large-scale project and subsequently as Manager in the engineering department. To draw on his experience, he sought a position in new product development and in managing operations. A JAC International recruitment consultant with an automotive-industry background provided consultation from a technical point of view, and referred the candidate to a company that could make use of his professional experience. The employer ultimately hired the candidate after both parties determined that the candidate’s technological skills and managerial approach were a good fit with the company.

Information Technology industry
Candidate referral of IT Sales Director as successor to executive returning to home office
Before
  • Sales Director
  • IT company
  • Annual salary of JPY 16 million
After
  • Senior Sales Director
  • IT company
  • Annual salary of JPY 18 million
for more information

This particular candidate was from the United States and had previously worked in Japan. She had ample experience acting as a marketing manager for a Japanese subsidiary of an overseas multinational, and was seeking further career advancement opportunities. We referred her to a company that was seeking a successor for an expatriate business manager from the U.S. who was being sent back to the home office. The employer determined that she maintained a solid understanding of the company’s corporate culture and its business strategies, and that she would be able to effectively communicate with the home office. She was ultimately hired to fill the position based on that assessment.

Corporate administration
Candidate referral of Attorney employed by a law office to Corporate Legal Compliance Manager
Before
  • Attorney employed by a law office
  • Annual salary of JPY 12 million
After
  • Corporate Legal & Compliance Manager
  • Annual salary of JPY 14 million
for more information

This particular candidate possessed law qualifications in both Japan and the U.S. He was seeking a position as a corporate attorney that would enable him to put his professional experience to use.
Meanwhile, the prospective employer was seeking a professional that could help bolster the company’s legal affairs operations. As such, the employer required a candidate that would understand Japanese law and business practices, and whose command of English would make it possible for the employer to effectively communicate with the corporate head office overseas. In this case, the employer determined that the candidate had extensive practical experience in legal affairs, and that his English ability was adequate for the position.

Results of Successful Candidate Placements

By age
By annual salary

Note: January - December 2016 JAC International in-house research