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Ever since the company's founding in 1887, Kao has strived to deliver value to the life of people everywhere in the world. Today, we are a leading manufacturer in the fields of hygiene, beauty and health, while our chemical business contributes to the development of diverse industries. With more than 33,000 employees, our mission is to enrich the lives – more... of people globally and contribute to the sustainability of the world.

Beauty Business in Americas and EMEA: We believe in the beauty of everyday living.

In the regions of Americas, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), we focus on our Beauty Care business with premium brands in three business sectors: Mass, Salon and Prestige.

Our Mass Business Sector represents skin and hair care brands that are recognized worldwide for their innovation and quality, including the iconic Jergens and Curél body lotions; Ban antiperspirants; Bioré facial care; Guhl hair care products; and John Frieda haircare lines. With an innovation-driven strategy built upon a rich history of successful business performance, our Mass Business Sector is dedicated to our mission to transform women’s lives through beauty.

Our Salon Business Sector is committed to unleashing the creativity of stylists around the globe. With our industry leading brands Goldwell, KMS and Oribe, stylists have everything in their hands to create beautiful show-stopping hair representative of the individuality of their clients. Our partnership with premium salons not only provides them with a portfolio of cutting edge products, but with the marketing they need to excel and grow their business.

Our London-based boutique brand, Molton Brown, offers luxury beauty products found only in our exclusive Molton Brown stores, high-end department stores and travel retail, as well as five-star hotels around the world. Molton Brown’s perfumes, shower gels, body lotions, candles, and hand care products all blend exotic ingredients with a touch of London eccentricity for bold fragrances and bright colours that stand out on the shelf.

All three business sectors are driven by the same values and beliefs: Creating high-quality products that fully reflect people´s needs and desires and constantly striving for the best is what is at the heart of everything we do. Here at Kao, we call this Yoki-Monozukuri.

This is why we understand that our people are one of our core assets, and we strive for a working environment that allows team members to flourish and grow.

We encourage and recognize what is powerful and unique in our employees, so they can reach their full potential and help deliver the quality products that allow people to thrive throughout the world. Join us, and you will have opportunity to help us make life beautiful.
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Written by Senior Design Commercialisation Manager (Former Employee) from London, Greater London on 12 September 2018
- enhanced my skill sets and management techniques
- management style allowed for some autonomy in decision making

- good work / life balance with ability to work from home as necessary

- good environment for furthering personal development and mentoring

- always set stretch goals to optimise success

- travel was essential in my role but always
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Senior level decision making in a matrix environment was challenging
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