Otsuka People Talk

September 2017

Manager, Human Resources Departmenat

Explore many different industries and jobs, meet with many different recruitment staff, and get a feel for what each company is like. Then, if you feel that Otsuka is the place for you to excel, I hope that you apply to work here.

An interview with an employee who has worked in both the Pharmaceutical Business Division and Nutraceutical Business Division , and is now in charge of recruitment in the Personnel department, discussing the kind of employees that Otsuka is looking for.

What kind of company is Otsuka?

Otsuka's corporate philosophy is "Otsuka-people creating new products for better health worldwide." I can speak confidently and proudly about Otsuka's mission of helping healthy people further improve their health, and helping those who are struggling with health issues to regain it. When recruiting, things like gender, age, and nationality are irrelevant-we look at the individual. In fact, the company is full of people with a diverse range of backgrounds. The fact that Otsuka looks at and evaluates each person as an individual is one of the things that makes me glad to have joined the company.

My work

I initially joined the company as a Medical Representative (MR). Following that, I moved to the Training Department to oversee MR training, then transferred to the Nutraceutical Business Division. It was after that I moved to the Personnel Department where I am now in charge of recruitment. When I look back, I feel glad that I was able to get some experience in sales; it allowed me to learn how customers see things, how they think, and what they need. Having this perspective is useful for all jobs in the company, and I'm reminded every day in my work in recruitment just how important this experience was. Otsuka gives its employees the power to act at their own discretion, regardless of their age or rank. In fact, I have free rein to recruit people however I want; The only thing that I have been told not to do is end up with cookie-cutter recruits-the company is seeking diversity, so when recruiting I look for people who agree with Otsuka's mission, but have a wide range of personalities and characters.

Ideal employees

I see ideal employees as being those who are active, cheerful, and have bright personalities; people who I think I would want to work with, and people who are not afraid of failing when taking on new challenges. I want to work with people who can get things done, and have experience doing so. The people who make the biggest impression on me are those who have not given up even when faced with difficulties. They have used their ingenuity to solve problems, and managed to see things through to completion.

What makes me happy as a recruiter

Of course, I am always happy when someone who really stood out during the recruitment process decides to work at Otsuka. I also feel happy when I hear that someone who I felt was perfect during the recruitment process has continued to excel after joining the company.

A message for job seekers

Otsuka has a free corporate culture, and gives people responsibility from a very early stage. It also offers those who have tried and failed another chance. I hope that anybody who comes to work here will be full of curiosity, and will try new things without fear of failure. I look forward to welcoming active people who are ready to take on a challenge.