Career progression

Wide-ranging fast-moving careers

Employees with a can-do attitude progress their careers the furthest at JTI, whether they’re pursuing a traditional, vertical career path, or one that moves laterally through our business

We value both types of career, since we benefit from employees with a broad understanding of our business, as much as from those who specialize in one part.

A can-do attitude is about demonstrating positivity towards the projects and tasks and showing respect for the views and arguments of others. It’s about playing an active role in their team and taking every opportunity to develop new skills.

Most of all, it means maximizing every opportunity to contribute through being passionate about helping JTI grow.

JTI managers are guided on how to spot the right attitude when hiring. It’s as important as finding the right skills.


"I needed someone who could take anything on board. Dmitriy came straight from university. He didn’t have experience, but was passionate about learning – and I saw someone who I could teach and grow"

Daria, Group Brand Manager


Building relationships

We encourage employees to build relationships, not only with peers and managers in their immediate team, but also with colleagues in different countries and other functions.

We support this process with training opportunities that involve assignments in new environments and management frameworks that bring employees into contact with senior people.

The networks that evolve become spaces for knowledge-sharing, mutual support and cross-referencing of business ideas and experiences.


"Gui has brought focus to the marketing team. He’s helped develop my knowledge of the market, given me access to his network of contacts and built my confidence. In return, I’m helping him to understand local people, perceptions
and customs"

Edward, Marketing Manager


Promotions from within

We've been very successful in developing our internal talent pool, filling thousands of positions each year with existing employees of JTI. About 90% of leadership positions are recruited internally.

These very positive figures result from our focus on employee development and encouraging employees to grow their talent through increasingly challenging assignments.

New challenges, with greater responsibility and opportunities to develop new skills, are open to all employees – those who want to develop their career locally, as well as those seeking international exposure.

From analyst to team manager – Nadezda Pshenitsyna

In just six years Nadezda Pshenitsyna moved from Russia to Geneva and then on to Canada, starting as a Finance Analyst and becoming Finance Planning and Analyst Lead managing a team of four people.

Her international career was fast tracked by a Short Term Assignment (STA), a system JTI uses for fulfilling short term business needs and creating career opportunities for employees.

Exchange Academy program  Akhtar Hannan

Another program we operate for high potential managers is the combined Japan Tobacco Inc and JTI Exchange Academy, a development program created in partnership with the Swiss IMD business school.

The Academy stimulates debate among attendees and also builds leadership skills designed to optimize performance in a multicultural environment.

One participant is Akhtar Hannan whose career has moved quickly from member of the Corporate Accounting and Consolidation Team to being its manager. His career has also involved relocation from the UK to Geneva.

At the time of the JTI Gallaher acquisition he was one of the team responsible for integrating Gallaher’s financial reporting and accounting processes. Akhtar describes his experience of the Academy as "an opportunity to see the bigger picture."


of leadership positions were filled internally in 2015


of employees changed roles in 2015