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Japan HR Manager

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Date: May 21, 2023

Location: Tokyo, JP, 153-0064

Company: Lubrizol Corporation

About Lubrizol  
The Lubrizol Corporation, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is committed to enabling a sustainable future. Our unmatched science unlocks immense possibilities at the molecular level, driving sustainable and measurable results to help the world Move Cleaner, Create Smarter and Live Better. Our solutions are used by people every day, improving billions of lives around the world. 

We value diversity in professional backgrounds and life experiences. By enabling a consistent, unbiased, and transparent recruitment process, Lubrizol seeks to create a positive experience for candidates so we can get to know them at their best. We recognize unique work and life situations and offer flexibility, ensuring our employees feel engaged and fulfilled in every aspect of life. 


This role is accountable for understanding the issues, competitive landscape, and key strategies of Lubrizol businesses in Japan; acting as the point of contact for managers in terms of employment expertise, talent acquisition, performance management, employee engagement; and maintaining union relationships for Japan.



  • Partner with Senior Director Asia Pacific (APAC) Human Resources to align HR processes, policies, procedures, and strategic talent plans to global / regional standards and unique business / regulatory needs
    • Actively identify and manage risks; develop mitigation plans to anticipate / minimize impact on Japan HR services resulting from economic, environmental, or business strategy changes
    • Support HR Business Partners (HRBPs) to capture learning / development needs and requirements within Japan; align local programs with global guidance / frameworks to ensure consistency
  • Partner with Senior Director (APAC) Human Resources, Center of Excellences (COEs) and HRBPs as needed to provide feedback on HR program communications and changes
    • Provide feedback to COEs for union and legal regulations for compensation & benefits negotiations, contract administration, etc.
    • Represent the local talent shortfalls, requirements, environmental perspective / plan
    • Partner with HRBPs to provide input and feedback on Lubrizol Executive Leadership Team (LELT) communications plans / messages
  • Manage Japan HR resources and ensure Japan HR services are delivered in accordance with local regulations and service expectations & outcomes
    • Provide targeted sourcing and recruitment for all positions based in Japan
    • Provide day-to-day performance management guidance to line management to optimize / improve employee or team performance
    • Identify need for compensation review of existing or new positions, review / document job descriptions, provide requirements to COE for evaluation, and communicate results to local managers
    • Facilitate New Leader Assimilation for new people managers
  • Partner with Japan management team in identifying people & organization needs and facilitating business leaders to implement the initiatives to address the needs
  • Act as HR lead for building relationships with union and managing complex union issues
  • Enable HR integration / collaboration with other Country HR Managers to share knowledge / best practices and drive continuous improvement




         Education & Professional Background

  • Bachelor’s degree or above
  • Minimum 10 years of HR experience in a MNC environment
  • Rich experience in talent acquisition, in particular HR recruiter
  • Solid hands-on experience in handling employee relations cases
  • Working knowledge of other human resources disciplines including talent development, performance management, compensation & benefits, etc.
  • Experience in Chemical industry, Oil industry, or Pharmaceutical industry is preferred


         Knowledge & Skills

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Proven ability of building strong working relationships and being viewed trusted advisor by business leaders and HR leaders
  • Able to drive changes, with continuous improvement mentality
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Proficiency with MS Office - Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook
  • Good command of verbal and written Japanese and English
  • Knowledge with HRIS - SAP-HCM, SuccessFactors, etc. is a plus

If you’re interested in the position, we encourage you to apply. Lubrizol is always looking for candidates who embody our cultural beliefs in everything they do. If you’re All In, Lead Decisively, Take Action, Think External, and can Be Courageous, Lubrizol could be the place for you.

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