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11/2/20 - Marketing, Digital, Ecommerce Weekly Wrap

11/2/20 - Marketing, Digital, Ecommerce Weekly Wrap

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Week of 11/2/2020

Welcome to November!

Again, thank you for the questions and positive feedback. Glad that the information we are putting together for you is helpful in your job search.

The big things this week is that we have added the HirePlanner career fair, which you'll want to sign up for!

From my side, the team here got 3 assignments come in from consumer goods companies. Snacks, tobacco, and alcohol still remain strong in the market. I'm not a keen fan of tobacco, but big firms like Philip Morris and British American Tobacco as well as smaller start-ups, are doing well in Japan. Most have a solid business model, good systems, a dedicated consumer base, and pay more than other industries. If you're open to such industries, it's worth taking a look at.

You can find the latest jobs here: FocusCore 

If you ever have any questions or see positions that might be of interest to you, please drop me a line at Having been recruiting for over 2 decades in the market, our team has some excellent relationships with presidents and directors that can help you find the marketing, digital, or ecommerce position. 

To help you better find jobs, I’m starting this Weekly Wrap, a short blog post to help you find the best jobs in the market. Please help me build out all the resources!  It will consist of all the places I can find to help you get a job: job boards, recruiters, and job fairs. If I’m missing any or you have had good or bad experiences, please share with me and we can post this here so we can all learn from each other. 


And if you’re interested in a process that I find successful in landing a job, check out the Barefoot Lunch Podcast. New episodes released on the 1st and 15th of the month!

Job Fairs:

ECommerce Fair Tokyo 2021/OmniChannel Solution Fair 2021 at Tokyo Big Site

HirePlanner Virtual career fair

Recruitment Sites:

Business of Fashion - Good site with information in the fashion industry and a few Japanese jobs.

BizReach - tends towards the mid-size domestic market. (Reviewed on the Barefoot Lunch Podcast)

CareerCross - tends towards mid-size “geishikei” companies

HirePlanner - a good listing of retail companies here. (Reviewed on the Barefoot Lunch Podcast)

LinkedIn - a good conglomeration of companies & recruiters, though I don’t recommend applying through LinkedIn as you’ll seldom receive a response from the company.

Companies -


abbvie - posted a new role for a digital customer engagement specialist.

Astellas - fairly domestic in nature, but some jobs.

Johnson & Johnson - lots of recruitment going on here with several marketing roles, product marketing and commerce

Takeda - I like Takeda for a couple of reasons. First, being a Japanese company, strategy is created in Japan and disseminated. And for a Japanese company, pretty internationally minded.


adidas - posted a new job in VP of Ecommerce

CHANEL - Not much happening at CHANEL except sales positions.

Kering - Again, not much recruitment happening.

LVMH - Seems to be doing the best of the big luxury companies. New role open at Fendi for digital marketing.

Richemont - The role at Dunhill is a good one and been open for some time. Finding the balance with high-spec E-commerce and Digital and a lower salary been difficult for them. The role at Piaget is new.

Koala - an interesting little company out of Australia focused on mattresses. Marketing role open up.

FoodPanda - including a head of marketing role.


MARS - Have been looking for the head of marketing for KIND for some time.

Philip Morris - they have many open roles in the digital space.


Mastercard - recently were looking


Bridgegroup - Newest jobs are from September, so a bit dated.

Enworld - Wide range of jobs. 

Hays - An international company. Tend to work on high volume, low customer service. 

JAC - Only 5 jobs. Very domestic from what I hear through candidates who have visited them recently.

Michael Page - Transactional international company with lower customer service.

Morgan McKinley - Looking at their site, not very active in this area. Looks more toward the agency side and 5 jobs. 

RGF - Looking at their website, the jobs are over a month old and one is 2 years old. The jobs they have look more towards medical, IT, Consulting, and financial services. 

Robert Walters - Very transactional company, but will have the highest volume of jobs. 

Specialized Group - A boutique. Higher customer service. Stronger on the financial services and IT industries.