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About Icon Partners

Where We Come FromAnchor


Our founder and owner, Jeremy Sanderson came to Japan from the U.K. in 1998 after graduating from London
​University with a Japanese language degree. In 2000 he embarked on a career in recruitment advertising and executive search in Tokyo, going on to build a career managing multiple executive recruitment teams and companies. In 2006 he founded Icon Partners K.K. which became Japan's first true Logistics and Supply Chain Management specialist recruitment company.

Here's how:
Over the years, as the number of large multinational recruitment companies entered an increasingly crowded market it became clear that the best way to provide the levels of service that we demand of ourselves, whilst building truly collaborative relationships with our customers was unequivocally to define ourselves as a specialist service provider in our greatest area of competency: Logistics and supply chain management executive search and introduction. In doing so Icon Partners became Japan's first truly specialist logistics and supply chain management executive search firm, with 100% of our resources, staff and efforts dedicated to logistics and supply chain talent acquisition and introduction. Japan's status as one of the world's greatest manufacturing economies, one of the most important markets for foreign trading nations, it's island geography and incredibly advanced level of supply chain integration throughout the islands mean that logistics and supply chain talent is absolutely vital to keeping the economy moving. It is our mission to become the indispensable partner of choice when it comes to putting hiring corporations and talented professionals together in this exciting field.

Today we serve the many needs of domestic Japanese, foreign and multinational corporations. Our service offering is "position specific" not "industry specific" so whilst we are very strong in the area of third party logistics, for example, we provide equally impressive results in other industries such as manufacturing, pharmaceutical and medical, internet retail, FMCG, branded goods and so forth. In short, if a client has talent acquisition needs in the fields of supply chain management, logistics, procurement and purchasing, inventory management, demand planning, warehousing or other related areas, we can help. Additionally, owing to our 100% focus on these areas, we are able to provide a broad selection of opportunities to professional job seekers in the fields of logistics and supply chain management.

This is what we do. We are the only company in Japan that does this 100%. We are confident in our ability to offer a premium service experience to our clients and candidates in these areas. If you would like to hear more, we look forward to serving you.


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