Interview

This is zenno!

We asked young employees who work in various parts of the world about the kind of company Zenno is, and what kinds of people work there.

Shiotsu Takanari Product Converting Team Tough times bring opportunities!! PR smile!!

Tough times bring opportunities!!

Shiotsu Takanari

Product Converting Team (Currently the Functional Products Sales Division)

Q.How and why did you join Zenno?
I came here after working at another company. My recruiter had ties to Zenno and told me that it was a highly dynamic company that takes on various challenges from a global perspective and that it would provide opportunities to fully demonstrate my own abilities through working at its overseas branches. Although foreign languages are not my strong suit, I decided to join Zenno because it seemed attractive as a company where I could build up experience that I couldn’t get anywhere else, while taking on a wide variety of challenges.
Q.What do you think of the company after having joined it? What kind of work do you do?
One month after joining the company, I was sent, by myself, on a business trip to China. I realized that this was a workplace where I could get such an experience, just as I had been told before coming here. While the number of overseas business trips varies from year to year, at times I was traveling overseas once every three months. I travel mainly to China, since a partner manufacturer for the products I handle is located there.

Zenno does not simply focus on academic qualifications. It’s a place where one can improve oneself while gaining a wide range of experience.

Zenno does not simply focus on academic qualifications. It’s a place where one can improve oneself while gaining a wide range of experience.

Q.What kinds of things do you want to do in the future? Tell us about your goals and plans.
Next year, I will transfer to another section, moving away from the work that I’ve been doing up to now. I am looking forward to gaining specialized knowledge and know-how in new fields after changing sections. I want to build on my own abilities and various other aspects in every area. Of course, I still will be involved in working overseas in my next section, too.

PR smile!!

Abe Tomomi Office Work-Delivery Control Team It’s a very cheerful place where all of our superiors, including the President, love to tell jokes!

Abe Tomomi

Office Work-Delivery Control Team

Q.How and why did you join Zenno?
I learned about this company when I started job-hunting after returning to Japan from an overseas working holiday to study English. I was able to join the Company because I was looking for work at the same time that a previous employee had left for a working holiday. At that time, I felt that somehow Zenno was my destiny. I am glad I was able to join a company in which I could put the English I had learned to good use.
Q.What do you think of the company after having joined it? What kind of work do you do?
At Zenno, there are roughly equal numbers of male and female staff. The large number of women employees makes it easier to do my job and I was able to blend in right away because everyone is so easy to converse with. It’s a very agreeable place to work because it has an open atmosphere in which we can freely express our thoughts. It’s truly a company of good friends where, sometimes, women employees will go out for drinks together after five but we can feel free to invite male colleagues along, too.

It’s a very cheerful place where all of our superiors, including the President, love to tell jokes!

Q.What kinds of things do you want to do in the future? Tell us about your goals and plans.
As of this year, the work that I had been handling alone has been split between two persons. As a result, my work scope has broadened considerably. Now, I am also responsible for deliveries from overseas (China). It’s rewarding work because I can clearly see the numerical results of my efforts. I feel that I want to try even harder than before! Since there are more opportunities for using English in email correspondence, I want to put my own special skills to use in making increasing contributions to the Company.

Takahashi Naoya Fiber/Nonwoven Team Good behavior PR Bold yet precise

Good behavior

Takahashi Naoya

Fiber/Nonwoven Team (Currently the Global Fiber Sales Division)

Q.What do you think of the company after having joined it? What kind of work do you do?
Soon after joining the Company, I worked on setting up a subsidiary in China. It was quite difficult because everything was a new experience for me. I needed to learn everything myself, one item at a time, and to communicate what I had learned to staff in China. Since it is impossible to explain something without understanding it oneself, I tried everything on my own, first. Because this involved doing business in another country, the various procedures were very complicated. Sometimes, the rules would change from day to day. I was able to return to Japan with a sense of satisfaction at having been able to accomplish something once the subsidiary had been established, through great difficulty. Today, I serve as a liaison for products, including those imported from China for which I was initially responsible. I remain involved with China as it is my most frequent business travel destination.
Q.What kinds of things do you want to do in the future? Tell us about your goals and plans.
I would like to broaden my own territory to include not only China but also Southeast Asia and other markets. Since I’ve had experience living overseas, I can eat almost anything and sleep in any kind of accommodation. This has given me confidence that I can get along anywhere in the world. That’s why I would like to try going someplace where not many people go. There’s little opportunity for success in going to places that are dominated by the major trading companies. One of Zenno’s strengths is how, as a specialist trading company, it can maneuver with agility. I intend to travel wherever I need to for business purposes. My superiors in the Company understand this, too.

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Shimizu Aoi Industrial Material Team Positive thinking, every day!! PR Set a goal and enjoy yourself

Positive thinking, every day!!

Shimizu Aoi

Industrial Material Team (Currently the Functional Products Sales Division)

Q.How and why did you join Zenno?
Before coming here, I had worked in the apparel industry. I applied for a job here because I knew it was a company that handled textiles. I decided to join the Company when I observed during the interview with the President and the division manager how easy they were to speak with, and it seemed like such a happy and enjoyable company. While it is not a large organization, I think that perhaps the small number of personnel makes communication easier. I also like the fact that it is a trading company that handles such a wide range of products. During the interview, I mentioned that I would like to work in cosmetics, a field in which I had long been interested. The reply was that we would try doing business in that field in the future. I felt that my wish would come true. After joining the Company, just as I expected, it has proved to be a place where I can take on challenges in areas in which I am interested.
Q.What do you think of the company after having joined it? What kind of work do you do?
The first products that we are working on in relation to the cosmetics field are face-masks for cosmetic use. I was assigned responsibility for the first product in a brand-new field for the Company, as we began developing a new line. Having previously worked in the apparel industry, this is my first experience in cosmetics. While it has proven very difficult to develop the ideal face-mask through trial-and-error from the raw materials through the lotion used, it also is very rewarding. But, even after the product is fully developed, we will need to develop a customer base for it and that looks like taking some time, too. Since we have tasks as sales staff to work on the project as well, we are moving ahead with such efforts for product development as we conduct market research and make our own appointments for meetings to collect information. While we are very busy every day, it is fun working in the cosmetics field, which is an area in which I wanted to work. My overseas business travel started about 30 months after I joined the Company. Initially, I was surprised by how many opportunities there are to travel overseas and by the high frequency with which the Company sends us abroad.

I definitely would recommend this company to internationally oriented people, such as those who want to use English frequently in their work or those who want to work abroad.

I definitely would recommend this company to internationally oriented people, such as those who want to use English frequently in their work or those who want to work abroad.

Q.What kinds of things do you want to do in the future? Tell us about your goals and plans.
Since I am involved in a brand-new field of in-house product development, the most important thing is to ensure that it will lead to results. This is because we still are in the development stage, so we don’t yet have any performance target figures to work with. I think that, once we have generated some results, we will be able to show customers how reliable our products are. After we have developed this product, I hope that we can become more widely known in the cosmetics business. Zenno is a company that is accepting of enthusiasm through such means as developing new businesses and new products. If we come up with a new idea, we have a chance to give it a try. It makes me proud of the Company.

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Takamoto Kazuya Industrial Material Team Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity PR Right now, as the youngest person in the office, I am plunging myself into my work.

Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity

Takamoto Kazuya

Industrial Material Team (Currently the Functional Products Sales Division)

Q.How and why did you join Zenno?
Before joining the Company, I had spent about one month in Thailand on my own. I learned about Zenno when I decided, upon returning to Japan, that it was time to look for a career. When I learned that the Company had a facility in Thailand, it felt like a good fit for me since I had just returned from there. It’s definitely a company that values such ties. Since I had studied abroad as a student, I was also attracted by the potential to use my English language skills in my work.
Q.What do you think of the company after having joined it? What kind of work do you do?
In my first month with the Company, I was sent on a long-term business trip to Singapore. Since then, I have often traveled abroad on business. Recently, I have been making frequent visits to Southeast Asia. I also returned from a trip to India, just the other day. I think that this is the ideal company for people like me who want to travel overseas because it provides plenty of opportunities to do so. Basically, we travel alone on overseas business trips. When I meet up overseas with people from other companies, they sometimes express surprise that my superior has not accompanied me (laughs). While I do not have any problem with English, even staff members who have not studied foreign languages at all frequently travel abroad on business. Although it can be a challenge, I think that it helps us to develop a wide range of capabilities as well as self-confidence that we can accomplish things internationally.

It’s very easy to take time off. You can apply to take a day off with one day’s notice as long as you get your work done. This makes it possible to use all of one’s paid vacation days rather han letting them expire.

It’s very easy to take time off. You can apply to take a day off with one day’s notice as long as you get your work done. This makes it possible to use all of one’s paid vacation days rather han letting them expire.

Q.What kinds of things do you want to do in the future? Tell us about your goals and plans.
Soon, I will be transferred to another section and, of course, the nature of my work is likely to change, too. I intend to dive into acquiring as much knowledge as I can in my new workplace, so that I can do my job as a true professional on behalf of the company that is paying my salary. I still have many things to learn and I need to accumulate abilities quickly but, as I do so, I want to take personal responsibility for successfully accomplishing my tasks.

PR Right now, as the youngest person in the office, I am plunging myself into my work.

More and More This is zenno!

More and More This is zenno

Shiotsu

We can plan and schedule our own work and do it at our own pace. The only requirement is to plan one’s work and generate results. We are free to make our own decisions on business travel, too. This kind of system is unique to Zenno!At Zenno, when customers arrive, everybody stands up and welcomes them in a loud voice. This practice, which developed casually, is very well received by customers.

Abe

At Zenno, when customers arrive, everybody stands up and welcomes them in a loud voice. This practice, which developed casually, is very well received by customers.

Takahashi

Sometimes, employees’ trips are to overseas destinations, not just places in Japan!

Shimizu

The Company holds drinking parties on a team basis. Each section has a party once a month; women in administrative positions go out for drinks together, too. The Company covers all the costs. Does any other company do that?

Takamoto

Since everybody gets along so well, sometimes we get together on days off for mountain climbing and other activities. Individuals will organize activities that attract large numbers of employees, such as golfing, paragliding, karaoke contests, or bowling tournaments!

Zenno & Co., Ltd.
20-21, 1-chome, Edobori, Nishi-ku, Osaka, 550-0002 (Exit 7 of Higobashi Station on the Osaka Metro Yotsubashi Line)