|February 21, 2011||- The recruitment site has been renewed.|
|* Recruitment information for fiscal 2011 will be posted in the middle of March.|
It is our pleasure to announce the Aeon Group Recruitment Program, which will help achieve the goals set in the medium-term management plan for the three years from fiscal 2011 to 2013.
In the medium-term management plan, we clearly stated our policy to shift our focus to the Asian market, which is expected to grow significantly in the near future. We have been expanding our operations in Asia since establishing Jaya JUSCO Stores—currently Aeon Malaysia (AEON Co. (M) Bhd.)—in Malaysia in 1984 and currently have approximately 1,800 overseas outlets, including general merchandise stores (GMS), supermarkets and convenience stores. In addition, group companies including financial service operators, specialty store companies, service operators and others are accelerating overseas expansion.
To adapt our recruitment activities to this policy of focus on the Asian market, Aeon, a company with diversified business operations, will work to create more chances for new recruits to shine not only in GMS, supermarkets, and convenience stores but in a variety of areas such as store/merchandise development, financial services, and amusements. Our Recruitment Program for the next three years calls for the employment of more than 10,000 young, global-minded people, who will play central roles in our business operations in five to 10 years from now, not only in Japan but in China (including Hong Kong), Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, and other countries. In view of the economic situation in Japan, where the employment rate for new graduates is worsening, Aeon plans to hire more than 2,000 people both in Japan and abroad, including mid-career hires in Japan, in fiscal 2011.
Aeon has been promoting the concept of “GLOCAL,” which means implementing a GLObal strategy while maintaining a loCAL-community-based management approach. In shifting our focus to the Asian market, we will continue the community-based approach employed in Japan, while maximizing the advantages of the global strategy. Specifically, we will respect the cultures, customs and languages of the areas in which we operate in order to win customer support.
The kind of people we are seeking are those with a strong desire to improve the quality of life of customers through commercial activities across various countries. They should also have a strong sense of commitment and a broadminded outlook with the ability to adapt to different local cultures, customs, and languages and work in a globalized business environment.
We plan to hire those who have studied abroad or have a strong interest in the culture and customs of other countries, those with an excellent command of one or more foreign languages, and those with an ambition to improve their language ability and work overseas in the future.
Since its establishment, Aeon has held fast to the principles of fair treatment and equal opportunity, eliminating discrimination on the basis of national origin, gender, age, or any other factor. What’s more, we have always evaluated our employees solely on the basis of their ability and performance. After joining Aeon, employees of all Group companies are given fair opportunities for promotion and we place a special focus on employee training to help our employees, wherever they are and whatever their position, to always be the best they can be.
Going forward, in order to succeed in our global strategy and community-based management approach, Aeon will implement “GLOCAL” management while staying true to the unchanging “Customer-first” philosophy that is integral to our corporate DNA.