I'm new to the forum so please let me introduce myself;
My name is Jack and I'm a 26 year old English national currently living and working in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. I'm looking for a move to APAC specifically Japan and of course ideally Tokyo to live and work. Ideally Im looking for work inside the Supply Chain of an organisation.
I've got a Bachelors degree in Business and Computing, a Masters degree in Supply Chain Management and I also have my APICS Supply Chain Management Training. I've been working for Diageo PLC as a Market Supply Manager for the last two years looking after a third party customer in Singapore. I have experience in Logistics, Material Management, Import / Export, ERP Software specifically SAP, Forecasting and Demand planning tools such as Atlas Cube and Manugistics.
Ideally after reading the posts on this website Id rather not work for a Japanese company; while I agree that hard work and determination should be the key factors for reward in a business environment I'm not sure how comfortable I feel working "obligatory" overtime and working with prehistoric minded Japanese top management.
I'm also aware the majority of companies operations side of their business units in Japan are ran in Japan, I speak English and Dutch only - I know a few Japanese words as I'm a big fan of Japanese Cinema, Anime and culture in general but not enough to get around.
I've inquired with Michael Page in Japan so far as that's the company I gained employment to Diageo PLC with but so far have received no reply. My father has a good friend in middle / top management at Nissan in Sunderland, England who I may inquire with also.
My worry is that pretty much ALL the jobs I see online require Japanese at a convincing / fluent level and thus is probably the biggest barrier to success.
Would anyone have a list of sites or contacts for English speaking Business / Supply Chain jobs or any tips on where I should be looking?