We create fragrances with our clients that are in line with current trends and needs

M.F

Joined2013
DepartmentFragrance sales department
HobbyPiano / Squash

Q1. Please tell us a little about your job

A1. I try to get an understanding of clients' needs and create the appropriate fragrance concepts

At the “fragrance sales department” where I work, we work with aromatic agents used in inedible products such as fragrances and cosmetics. Among these, I am responsible for aromatic agents used in hair and body care products.
Our primary role in the sales department is to create fragrance concepts with our clients. As our sales activities typically involve vending the product on foot, this is one area in which we use a slightly different approach from our competitors.
As fragrances are invisible, it is important that we share them as concepts with our clients. To give an example, if we were to simply say “rose fragrance,” there can be differences in which type of rose fragrance we wish to express, depending on where it is used and its purpose.
There is the concept of a luxurious bouquet, an innocent concept of roses blooming in a rose garden, and a wild, rustic concept. By comparing and combining these different concepts, we try to find and create fragrances that perfectly match the image our clients wish to express.

Q2. What do you find most appealing about this job?

A2. The fact that I can hone my sensibilities by pursuing ever-changing trends on a daily basis.

In the fragrance business where personal preferences play a critical role, there is a need to constantly keep up to date with the latest trends. The fact that I can hone my skills to the max through numerous opportunities to come in contact with stylish fragrances is something that I find very appealing about this job.
Another thing that is very important in this line of work is to be well-groomed. The reason is that if the person proposing trendy fragrances is unfashionably dressed, clients may lose confidence and become unsure. Although it can sometimes be difficult to constantly keep up to date with the latest trends, I find the job to be very satisfying and worthwhile.

Q3. Is there anything that you found particularly difficult about this job?

A3. The fact that there is such wide variation in fragrances demanded, depending on the product's target segment

The most difficult aspect of this job is probably the fact that different fragrances are demanded, depending on factors such as target age group and gender. What is particularly difficult for me is products that target the opposite sex. For this, I find it helpful to use conversations with family and friends as references, and carry out research using various magazines and SNSs.

Q4. How do you utilize your vacation days and employee benefits?

A4. In order to better myself, I try to expose myself to things that are refined and of high quality

As I am currently learning to play the piano, I take piano lessons on my days off. Additionally, I try to actively hone my sensibilities by doing things like going to classical concerts or performances by my favorite artists. I feel that doing these things has benefited both my work and personal life.

Q5. Do you have a message for all the job-hunters out there?

When you become a productive member of society, a good portion of your time will be spent at work. For this reason, I recommend that you carefully think about what kind of work you want to do and what kind of people you want to do it with. By being honest with yourself, I believe you can find the person you want to be.
Additionally, in perfume sales, clients will often make requests using abstract concepts. In these situations, what I find to be most helpful is my own intuition and experience. My advice to you is to talk with lots of people, learn various things, and cultivate a richness of spirit.

06:30Breakfast and dress for work
08:30Arrive at work (preparations for work)
09:00Start work (trend research, clerical work, creating presentation materials, coordinating with perfumers, etc.)
12:00Lunch, and market research at department stores and drugstores
12:45Meetings with clients and desk work
18:00Leave workplace
18:30Dinner with friends
21:00Return home/piano lessons, preparations for the following day, etc.
23:30Bedtime

Refining my ability to express scent through day to day food experiences

H.T

Joined2009
DepartmentFlavor sales
HobbySwimming / Road biking

Q1. Please tell us a little about your job

A1. I work with food manufacturers to understand their needs and propose fragrance and flavor solutions that are implicated in the taste of the final product.

The flavor sales unit to which I belong sells flavorings to food manufacturers. My particular accounts are mostly instant noodle and seasoning manufacturers. When foods are processed and made into products, they lose some of their taste. Our role is restoring the taste of the ingredients and adding accent flavorings. The key is accurately understanding customers’ needs and proposing the right flavoring for the job.

Q2. What do you find most appealing about this job?

A2. My day-to-day meals form a part of my work. Even on weekdays, I often take to the streets to sample local restaurants.

Working in sales at a flavoring and fragrance manufacturer means that my daily meals translate to my work, so walking about and trying the local food is part of my job. I go to restaurants or stores that are being talked about and sometimes have the team reproduce the scent of their food. For instance, I once went to five ramen restaurants in Kyushu in a row as part of developing the flavor of a pork broth ramen... Being able to try many different foods is another joy of the job.

Q3. Is there anything that you found particularly difficult about this job?

A3. You have to have a wide range of knowledge and expressive ability to meet clients' needs.

Our job involves using our knowledge and experience to the fullest to uncover the exact flavorings clients seek. Another key is sharpening our communication skills such that we can properly convey our solutions to them. This is challenging, and I think this outward-facing element is different from the other roles at the company.

Q4. How do you utilize your vacation days and employee benefits?

A4. I enjoy sports like swimming and road biking.

I like physical activity, so on weekdays I go to the fitness club I’m a member at and use the gym until 11:00 PM. On days off, I like to go road biking with my friends. Right now, I’m training for a summer race.
I usually take my paid vacations in bulk around the Golden Week holidays in May or around the summer O-bon festival. In some cases, this means a whole seven days off. I think this is an easy place to work at.

Q5. Do you have a message for all the job-hunters out there?

I’m sure “fragrance” will conjure up images of a very specialized field for many of you. However, the fragrances we use are a part of our daily lives and the products we use on a regular basis. Working at a fragrance and flavoring manufacturer lets you engage with the items around you -- it’s a very interesting industry.
I encourage you to take an interest in your surroundings and observe the different scents everywhere. I hope we’ll have the chance to work together some day in the sale of the diverse scents that make up our world.

07:00breakfast, getting ready for the day
08:30arrive at the office and prepare for work
09:00work begins (administrative work, visiting clients)
12:00lunch
12:45meeting with the development team, client visits, administrative work
18:30leave the workplace
19:30arrive home; dinner and exercise at fitness club
00:20bed time

Combining pharmaceutical products with fragrances to create new possibilities

N.M

Joined2013
DepartmentFine chemical sales department
HobbyTravel / Tennis / Tap dancing

Q1. Please tell us a little about your job

A1. As a supervising pharmacist, I manage our stock of pharmaceutical products, collect information, write invoices, and do sales work.

After one year working in the Fragrance Development Department, I was assigned to the Fine Medical Sales Department. This department sells products for the subsidiary company Shiono Finesse. The products we deal in include bulk pharmaceuticals (the active ingredients in drugs) and intermediates. Our main clients are domestic and foreign pharmaceutical companies.
It is also part of my job to manage the business permits necessary for selling pharmaceutical products. As a supervising pharmacist, I manage our stock of pharmaceutical products, collect information, write invoices, and do sales work. Besides the work I do in the office, I also collect information at pharmaceutical lectures, participate in meetings at Shione Finesse, and interact with clients at international bulk pharmaceutical exhibitions.

Q2. What do you find most appealing about this job?

A2. I am excited about the possibilities that could come from combining medicine with fragrance.

Having worked in both the Fragrance Development Department and the Fine Medical Sales Department, I have learned that medicines heal physical illnesses, and fragrances make the spirit healthy. Medicine and fragrance are two fields with a lot of common knowledge, and I am excited about the possibilities that could come from combining them. There are still not many jobs that bring pharmaceutical products and fragrances together, so I feel a sense of purpose and pride.

Q3. Is there anything that you found particularly difficult about this job?

A3. It is difficult to change my mindset for each kind of work I do.

Since I work with both pharmaceutical products and fragrances, it is difficult to change my mindset for each kind of work I do. The systems we work with in each department are in themselves different, so I have to understand both systems well. I also feel a sense of responsibility to manage our permits in accordance with the Pharmaceutical Affairs Law.

Q4. How do you utilize your vacation days and employee benefits?

A4. I often go out to eat with friends. I also do volunteer work for a social service organization.

I go out to dinner with friends or take trips to enjoy nature. I am also a member of the company tennis club, and participate in a tournament once a year. Furthermore, I have also been dispatched by the company to participate in the Osaka Rotary Club Youth Group, where I participate in study groups and volunteer activities. There are a lot of people around my age in the club, which teaches me a lot about society and gives me a lot of inspiration.

Q5. Do you have a message for all the job-hunters out there?

When choosing where to apply for a job, I think it is a good idea to decide what factors are important for you personally. In my case, I chose to focus on these three questions: “Is it in a field I am good at (enjoy)?”, “Is it an environment where I could work for a long time?”, and “Is it in a good location?”.
I think different people have different values when it comes to work. Be aware of all your senses, try venturing into lots of different terrains, interact with people doing lots of different jobs, and expand your perspective. Be thankful to the workplace that needs you, and do your best to make that job your calling.

06:30Eat breakfast/ Get ready
08:40Arrive at the office (prepare for work)
09:00Start work (check emails, take orders, record sales, etc.)
12:00Lunch
12:45Write invoices/ Work on long-term tasks/ Check sales of shipped products, etc.
17:30Leave the office
18:40Arrive home
19:00Help with housework, eat dinner, spend time with family, have a tennis lesson once a week
23:00To bed