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MUJI

At Ryohin Keikaku, our focus is on bringing pleasure to people and beauty to their lives, as well as contributing to society, through the very businesses in which we engage. We constantly think about what we can do to benefit society and the people in Japan and all across the world. What actions should we take to spread our idea of a simple, pleasant life to solve the issues that our society faces? We welcome anyone who is willing to take on this challenge together with us.


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Recruiting message

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- Presenting our vision of a simple, pleasant life -
Beautifully simple products make the world a better place

MUJI products originated in 1980 to create quality products at low prices for Seiyu retail stores (a Japanese supermarket chain) as described by the catchphrase “Lower priced for a reason.” The basis of our product development is to create products that are truly fundamental to day-to-day life without any unnecessary complexity. To achieve this, we take a second look at often neglected materials, streamline the production process, and simplify packaging to create simple, beautiful products that people will cherish for years.

We have built on this concept from the beginning, delivering MUJI goods and services designed with both the consumer and the manufacturer in mind to realize our vision of a simple, pleasant life for people around the world. At Ryohin Keikaku, our focus is on bringing pleasure to people and beauty to their lives, as well as contributing to society, through the very businesses in which we engage.

MUJI products and services are designed to bring simplicity and beauty into daily life. This has been our way of solving challenges people face across the globe, and society as a whole.

For the first time, MUJI stores outside Japan have outnumbered the number of MUJI stores in Japan during the year 2017. However, does opening and operating many stores outside of Japan indicate that we are a global company? We believe that what we actually accomplish at the stores in Japan and all over the world is more essential then the number of stores overseas or how many countries we operate in. Why not take this chance to think about what you can do now and in the future to contribute to society through our businesses?

Company overview

Establishment
June 1989
Location
4-26-3 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo, 170-8424
Capital
JPY 6,766.25 million
Annual turnover
JPY 409,697 million (Consolidated operating revenue)
Main business
Management / Merchandising / Development / Production / Sales of MUJI SPA
Number of employees
19,370 including 10,233 part-timers (Consolidated)
Number of Stores
<Japan>
MUJI Stores

Total: 420

Others

Café&Meal MUJI: 29, IDÉE: 9

Total Japan: 458

<Outside Japan>
MUJI Stores

China: 256, Hong Kong: 20, Taiwan: 48, Korea: 34, UK: 11, France: 7, Italy: 8,
Germany: 7, Spain:5, Portugal: 1, Ireland: 1, Sweden: 1, Poland: 1,USA: 17,
Canada: 8, Singapore: 11, Malaysia: 7, Thailand: 17, India: 4,Australia: 5,
Indonesia: 7, Philippines: 5, Kuwait: 3, UAE:5, Saudi Arabia: 4,Bahrain: 2, Qatar: 2

Others

Café&Meal MUJI: 20

Total Outside Japan: 517

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Total Group: 975

Corporate profile
English : http://ryohin-keikaku.jp/corporate/pdf/2019_en.pdf
Chinese : http://ryohin-keikaku.jp/corporate/pdf/2019_cn.pdf
Japanese : http://ryohin-keikaku.jp/corporate/pdf/2019_jp.pdf

Recruiting information

Why are we recruiting talents to Global Headquarters?
To recruit talents who can commit to MUJI’s global business in the long-term with a strong sense of ownership.
Why are we recruiting Non-Japanese talents to Global Headquarters?
To recruit talents, regardless of nationality, with an understanding of Global Headquarters in Japan and potential to lead MUJI’s global business in the future.
Job opening
Management Trainee (full-time position)
Job description
Careers at MUJI begin at the store level. As a management trainee there are various opportunities to experience different business domains, such as store management, product development, global business, etc. to expand and develop your own career. Management trainees are expected to take on challenges at all areas of MUJI’s business. We would like future recruits to take on the role of expanding the MUJI brand to the rest of the world.
Overview of possible
career paths
By developing one’s career as above, candidates will be able to understand the mechanisms between stores and HQ. With that understanding in mind, we expect candidates to contribute to MUJI’s global business.
Please refer to the above figure as reference. Depending on the situation the number of years you work at the stores may vary.
Starting salary (actual for 2018)

University graduate: Monthly 220,000 yen
Expected Salary: Yearly 3,520,000 yen (including bonuses)

*Yearly salary could fluctuate depending on the company’s performance and how you are evaluated.

Pay raise: Once per year

Various benefits
Benefits consists of store manager allowance, family allowance, relocation allowance, overtime pay, commuting allowance, and social insurance (includes health and pension insurance)
Bonus
Twice a year
First work location
You will begin your career at directly managed MUJI stores in or near Tokyo. In the future, there will be opportunities to relocate to MUJI stores across Japan, Global Headquarters in Ikebukuro, Tokyo, or overseas, including countries other than your own.
Days off/vacation
117 days off per year [5-day work week (shift system), consecutive days off in summer, winter, etc.]
10 paid holidays per year (first year at company)
Child care, family medical care system available
Conditions to Apply

Students who graduate from university/graduate school by August 2020. Applicants will start working in Japan with a working VISA from the beginning of October 2020. Asian Job Express will help candidates apply for a working VISA.

Academic field not specified

Any nationality welcome

Minimum of communication level English required

Japanese proficiency is neither required nor evaluated during the selection process. However, you will need to be able to communicate in Japanese if you decide to work for MUJI. The company will provide Japanese language training for all recruits to reach at least conversational level Japanese before starting employment from October 2020. Tuition for Japanese language training will be covered by MUJI.

Qualities
we are Looking for

Understand and share the same values with MUJI’s philosophy, industry, businesses, and store focused approach

Ready to commit long term with MUJI

Make a continuous effort to master necessary skills through a non-native language

Able to maintain a positive perspective and behavior in a cross-cultural environment

General outline

1. Pre-register at AJE’s website
2. Upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and answer all of our supplementary questions to complete registration
3. Initial document screening
4. First and second face-to-face interview will be held at Shanghai and Hong Kong. Web interview sessions will be held for applicants who reside in other areas.
5. Final workshop will be hosted at Tokyo. Flight and accommodation will be covered
6. Job offer will be given to successful applicants

Application deadline

China(Mainland): 21 October 2019, 18:00 (GMT+8)
China (Hong Kong): 21 October 2019, 18:00 (GMT+8)
Other Areas: 10 October 2019, 18:00 (GMT+9)

First and second interview schedule

Shanghai: Early November
Hong Kong: Early November
Other Areas: Mid-to-late October
*Details of the interview (i.e., time, location etc.) will be announced individually to all applicants who pass the initial application screening


Workshop and final interview in Tokyo

Five-day workshop is scheduled from 16 December 2019 to 20 December 2019 in Tokyo, Japan. Group work and interviews by HR personnel and board members will be conducted. International flights and accommodations will be paid by the company. Transportation and meals are not included.

Job offer announcement

We will contact all successful applicants by late-December 2019.

Date of employment

Successful applicants who decide to join our program will move to Japan and start working from the beginning of October 2020. Till then, all applicants will receive Japanese language training (tuition will be paid by the company.)




Message from HR
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Hello, everyone. My name is Chan Tsz Long and I am currently part of MUJI’s recruitment and talent management team. I participated in the AJE program in 2012 and started working for MUJI from October 2013. I started my career at a MUJI store, worked my way up as a store manager, and moved to my current position 2 years ago. One of my current missions is to recruit non-Japanese talent from outside of Japan through the AJE program.

Ryohin Keikaku’s Corporate Values

Ryohin Keikaku strives to realize our vision of a simple, pleasant life for people around the world through the MUJI brand and other businesses it develops.

MUJI aims for people to restrain spontaneous “I must have this” desires that fulfill distinct tastes and embrace a “this is enough” philosophy that looks into the fundamentals of living. The definition of MUJI’s simple, pleasant life is the beauty of simplicity and taking pride in having a modest living.

The world currently holds a myriad of environmental and resource depletion issues. Rather than giving priority to monopoly of profits and individual culture values, it is necessary for the future world to value reason that suppresses selfishness by overlooking the world. From a global scale, we want to make life simpler and beautiful through our products and services and ultimately solve societal and global issues. This is why MUJI will continue to propose our vision of a simple, pleasant life.

MUJI’s Approach to Global Recruitment

MUJI currently expands its business globally to realize a simple, pleasant life for people all over the world. In 2017 the number of MUJI stores outside of Japan has exceeded the number of MUJI stores inside Japan, representing MUJI’s development to the next stage.

We believe that global recruitment is essential for MUJI to continue its progress. Candidates for this program are expected to have a global mindset and lead MUJI’s global expansion in the future.

Career Path for Global Recruits

As a global recruit, you will first start your career in Japan and gain a deep understanding of MUJI’s values and how business is done in Japan. This is because the company’s philosophy and business know-how, which is central to MUJI, is found in the stores and headquarters in Japan. Once you learn the fundamentals of MUJI, you will be able to experience various departments in the company where you can utilize your strengths and take part in global business.

Our Last Word

MUJI is not just a retail company that sells goods. We strive for the realization of a simple, pleasant life that can be seen behind all of our products and services. However, the idea of “simple, pleasant life” and “this is enough” instead of “I want this” cannot be explained only through words. We expect you to understand and spread the idea through your own language to the world. Together, let us build the future of MUJI to realize our vision of a simple, pleasant life.

Message from HR
(Japanese)

みなさん、こんにちは。株式会社良品計画 人事総務部 採用・育成課の陳 梓朗(チャン ツーロン)と申します。私は2012年にAJEに参加し、2013年10月に入社しました。入社後、店舗社員、店長としての勤務を経て、2年前から現職に移り、良品計画で働く海外大卒の採用(AJE)を担当しました。


良品計画の企業理念

良品計画は、無印良品(MUJI)、およびその他関連事業を通じて、世界の人々に「感じ良いくらし」を提案します。

無印良品が目指しているのは、『強い個性や好みを満たす「これがいい」ではなく、生活の本質を見つめていく「これでいい」』という理性的な満足感をお客さまに持っていただくことです。簡素さがむしろ美しく、つつましさが生活者としての誇りにつながるような抑制のきいた生活が、良品計画が考える「感じ良いくらし」です。

現在、世界では環境や資源の問題など多くの課題を抱えています。利益の独占や個別文化の価値観を優先させるのではなく、世界を見渡して利己を抑制する理性がこれからの世界には必要になります。地球大の発想を持つわたしたちは、無印良品の商品やサービスを通して生活を簡素に美しく整えることにより、社会全体や地球の課題解決に繋げていきたいと考えています。そのため、良品計画はこれからも世界に向けて「感じ良いくらし」を提案し続けます。

良品計画における海外大卒採用の考え方

「感じ良いくらし」をグローバルに実現するという想いのもと、良品計画は世界各国に事業を展開しています。そして、2017年には、無印良品(MUJI)の海外の店舗数が日本国内の店舗数を上回り、良品計画は、新しいステージへと歩を進めています。

良品計画の進化が続けるのに、「海外大卒採用」がとても重要です。グローバルな考え方を持つみなさんには、将来良品計画の世界展開を担う人材として期待しています。

海外大卒のキャリアパス

入社後、まずは日本に拠点を置き、良品計画の考え方、日本でのやり方をしっかり理解してもらいます。理由は、良品計画の中心にある企業理念、事業のノウハウなどは日本の現場、本部にあるからです。そのベースとなる部分を身についた後、様々な部署を経験し、将来は、みなさんの強みを発揮し、海外と関わる仕事に携わってもらいます。

最後に一言

良品計画は、モノを販売しているだけの会社ではありません。商品の裏にある「感じ良いくらし」の実現こそが良品計画が目指していることです。しかし、「感じ良いくらし」、『「これがいい」ではなく「これでいい」』といった考え方は、言葉だけでは伝わりません。自分自身で理解して、かつ現地の言葉で世界に広げていくことをみなさんに期待しています。ぜひ世界中で「感じ良いくらし」を実現する未来の良品計画を一緒につくっていきましょう。

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