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Dir, Human Resources (KLA Japan)

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Company Overview

Calling the adventurers ready to join a company that's pushing the limits of nanotechnology to keep the digital revolution rolling. At KLA, we're making technology advancements that are bigger—and tinier—than the world has ever seen.

Who are we?  We research, develop, and manufacture the world's most advanced inspection and measurement equipment for the semiconductor and nanoelectronics industries. We enable the digital age by pushing the boundaries of technology, creating tools capable of finding defects smaller than a wavelength of visible light. We create smarter processes so that technology leaders can manufacture high-performance chips—the kind in that phone in your pocket, the tablet on your desk and nearly every electronic device you own—faster and better. We're passionate about creating solutions that drive progress and help people do what wouldn't be possible without us.  The future is calling. Will you answer?


The vision of KLA’s global human resources organization is to become a leader and partner to operating leadership in support of the company’s efforts to achieve its strategic growth, customer and operating objectives through strategic talent management. Our mission is to enable the business, and leverage human resources to achieve short and long-term business objectives. Our primary areas of strategic focus include talent acquisition, individual and organizational assessment and development, performance management, inclusion and engagement, and rewards.

The global HR organization includes HR business partners, learning and development, talent acquisition, compensation and benefits, employee communications, and HR system operations.


  • Create and deploy country-wide strategic HR initiatives.

  • Translating business strategies into HR initiatives, driving and implementing within the framework of KLA’s policies and global vision

  • Project management on HR related topics (e.g. org design, performance management, M&A initiatives, change management, employee engagement, succession planning)

  • Oversees the implementation of HR programs and management of HR team

  • Leads company's compliance with all existing governmental and labor legal and reporting requirement

  • Supports local management team for organization development & talent management.

  • Responsible for Labor relations, Compensation & Benefit, Payroll, Talent Acquisition, Learning & Development, and General Affairs.

  • Provides necessary HR Consulting and coaching to managers and employees

  • Conduct workforce training, facilitate workshops on courses and talent management topics with business groups, participate in department- and company-wide process improvement activities, maintain personal and professional contacts with industry counterparts and government authorities, and keep abreast of social, economic, labor law, regulatory, and political trends to ensure that KLA maintains cutting-edge corporate HR practices.

  • Hands-on operation with leadership, continuous improvement mindset, objective oriented

  • Other ad hoc tasks as required


  • Business level English knowledge

  • Master's Level Degree with at least 10 years of experience. OR Bachelor's Level Degree with at least 12 years of experience.
  • 10 years + HR experience

  • 5 years + multi national (non-Japanese) company working experiences, industrial engineering & tech companies preferred 

  • 3 years + experience leading a team

  • 5 years + experience supporting the top most level of management in Japan

  • Skilled in MS Excel & Powerpoint

  • Able to travel within Japan & occasionally outside Japan

Minimum Qualifications

Business English, Excel, Powerpoint

Masters + 10 years, Bachelors + 12 years

Equal Employment Opportunity

KLA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants will be considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristics protected by applicable law.