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A part of Colgate-Palmolive since 1976, Hill's Pet Nutrition offers the highest-quality pet nutrition available through product lines Prescription Diet® and Science Diet®. Veterinarians worldwide recommend and feed their own pets Hill's products more than any other brand of pet food.

Available in approximately 80 countries around the world, our extensive line of products includes more than 60 Prescription Diet brand pet foods and more than 50 Science Diet brand pet foods.

We believe all animals should be loved and cared for during their lifetimes. That is why we are proud our pet foods can make a difference in your pet's life.

A career at Hill’s Pet Nutrition or Colgate-Palmolive is an excellent opportunity if you seek a global experience, constant challenge, and development opportunities in an environment that respects work/life effectiveness.

Job Title:  Business HR Manager

Travel Required?:  Travel - up to 10% of time
Date:  Mar 16, 2023

Relocation Assistance Offered Within Country
# 151594 - Tokyo, Tokyo-To, Japan

At Hill’s we have a purpose. Every day around the world, we transform the lives of millions of pet families through pioneering innovation, amazing nutrition, and the best and brightest people. If you’re interested in work that matters, fueled by passion for pets, we invite you to apply. 

Founded more than 75 years ago with an unwavering commitment to pet nutrition, Hills’ mission is to help enrich and lengthen the special relationships between people and their pets. Our decades of science and research guide us in creating nutrition that’s a step ahead so pets and pet parents can enjoy every day together. As the US #1 Veterinarian Recommended pet food brand, knowledge is our first ingredient with 220+ veterinarians, PhD nutritionists and food scientists working to develop breakthrough innovations in pet health.

This position functions as a strategic, consultative advisor using business knowledge and Human Resources expertise to support developing and advancing business strategies for some key functions at Hill’s Japan. As a trusted partner, this position plans and executes solutions for the agenda related to people, organization, culture etc. with business leaders to enable the organization to attract, develop, engage, and retain employees. This position reports to the Human Resource Director of Hill’s Japan and works in collaboration with other Centers of Excellence to leverage capabilities to support leader development and scaling of the organization.


What you will do

HR Business Partnering

  • Be an integral part of the business and collaborate with the Business Leaders on key business decisions and develop solutions that maximize performance and anticipate business needs.

  • Understand local market and external factors to contribute to the development of insights and to support Business HR, Centers Of Excellence (COE) and business decisions

  • Leverage data to identify people/organizational insights and inform decision making

  • Act as a trusted HR advisor for both employees and management by playing the role of a coach towards people managers, and career/development advisor towards employees.


Commercial Capability Development 

  • Provide learning and capability development resources for employees to grow personal and professional skills that will aid their performance and drive business growth. You will oversee the identification, design, development and delivery of learning programs for the Japan subsidiary.

  • Partner with senior leaders to conduct learning needs assessments and prioritize learning activities for the organization.

  • Own the development of the annual local training plan and will collaborate with internal and external stakeholders in the successful delivery and execution of programs.


Internal Communications

  • Establish and oversee all of internal communications related to people, organization, culture, etc. processes by devising ways to effectively share the global Colgate-Palmolive / Hill’s Division / GLobal HR information with/between our employees

  • Plan and organize the contents of quarterly company townhall events to ensure employees are kept informed fairly and transparently and motivated.

  • Develop and facilitate internal communications strategy for HR related topics such as employee engagement survey, DE&I, new ways of working, leadership model, learning culture, etc. and deliver material, including presentations, newsletters, and notifications. 


Talent Management

  • Address questions from business stakeholders on interpretation of HR policies, consulting with COEs as needed

  • Understand and apply the company’s philosophy, principles and programs (including total rewards, learning, people development and mobility)

  • Participate in the co-creation, deployment and execution of CoE-developed strategies (including, e.g., rewards & recognition, employer brand, development and learning)

  • Highlight local nuances to Business Partner / COEs as applicable to inform the design and execution of HR programs

  • Support the recruitment, hiring, and social onboarding of staff in collaboration with hiring managers

  • Drive the quality & timely recruitment of staff as necessitated by business needs

  • Actively support management with placements at all levels

  • Lead the preparation and facilitation of talent reviews and succession planning for assigned functions

  • Collaborate with the Learning COE to identify learning needs, support the execution of Learning Demand Plan and provide feedback

  • Support Leaders and Managers in the execution of employee engagement initiatives


Organizational Effectiveness:

  • Anticipate and drive organizational changes in functional basis in order to best support their business strategies

  • Collaborate with HR and business leaders on organization design, including structure, processes, capabilities, and resource requirements, and identify gaps and opportunities.

  • Collaborate with business leaders on action planning to support implementation of organization design.

  • Facilitate and support change management tailored to specific Business Unit needs


Positive Employee Relations

  • Build management capability to encourage open dialogue and to provide an escalation path for unresolved employee relations issues.

  • Contribute to leaders’ initiatives to create and maintain a positive employee relations work environment

  • Advise and coach business leaders and managers on the resolution of employee inquiries and issues, consulting with Legal as needed

  • Partner with the Diversity and Inclusion COEs to implement relevant local initiatives.


Performs other duties as assigned

Complies with all policies and standards


Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in Human Resources, Business or related discipline

  • At least 8-10 years of progressive HR experience; in manufacturing and/or consumer products industry preferred

  • At least 5 years in implementation of HR initiatives

  • At least 3 years in at least one HR Specialty Area (Compensation, Benefits, People Relations, People Development, Diversity & Inclusion, Analytics, Organization Development/Design)

  • Knowledge of Japanese labor law

  • Fluent in Japanese and English (business level)

  • Strong at building relationships with excellent communication skill

  • Teamwork and Collaboration


Preferred Qualifications

  • MBA and international experience preferred

  • Strong organizational, strategic, analytical and problem-solving skills

  • Project management skills

  • Result-driven, with a high level of motivation and persistence

  • Microsoft Office or Google Suite proficiency (i.e, Sheets, Slides, Docs) preferred

  • Experience in sales training facilitation

  • Experience in a pharmaceutical and/or consumer products industry preferred


Equal Opportunity Employer
Colgate is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, marital status, veteran status (United States positions), or any other characteristic protected by law

Are you interested in working for Hill's Pet Nutrition? You can apply online and attach all relevant documents such as a cover letter and resume or CV. Applications received by e-mail are not considered in the selection process. Become part of our team. We look forward to your application.

Work that matters, fueled by passion for pets!  At Hill’s we have a purpose.  Every day around the world, we transform the lives of millions of pet families through pioneering innovation, amazing nutrition, and the best and brightest people. Founded more than 75 years ago with an unwavering commitment to pet nutrition, Hills' mission is to help enrich and lengthen the special relationships between people and their pets. 

HILL'S® Prescription Diet® therapeutic pet foods, HILL'S® Science Diet® and HILL'S® Ideal Balance™ wellness pet foods are sold worldwide. Hill’s is a division of Colgate-Palmolive, a leading global consumer products company, tightly focused on Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition, with sales of products in more than 200 countries.  To learn more about Hill's and Colgate, please visit and, or find us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Reasonable accommodation during the application process is available for persons with disabilities. Please contact with the subject "Accommodation Request" should you require accommodation.

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