Serviced apartment chain wants a people person

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 13 September, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 13 September, 2008, 12:00am

Human resources manager will be the gatekeeper who selects and recruits the right people

A people person needs to grab this opportunity to help a company grow.

V Serviced Apartments, a chain of luxury serviced apartments in Hong Kong, is looking for a human resources manager.

The candidate, reporting to the general manager, would be responsible for a full spectrum of human resources functions such as training and development, performance management, human resource information system enhancement, and budget and forecasting.

'The human resources manager is a critical position in the company as he/she serves as a gatekeeper to select and recruit the right people for the company,' said Deanne Siqueira, general manager at V Serviced Apartments.

'They need to understand and share the same values as the company while being able to match our needs to our applicants' skills and effectively communicate our expectations.'

Applicants will have a bright career because this is an exciting time to join the company which was established in 2005 and its portfolio has grown from 48 to more than 360 apartments in less than three years with more in the pipeline.

'We are growing rapidly and the candidate can play a key part in helping us build a winning team of people and set up systems to support our business,' she said.

Someone with a strong background in human resources, preferably from the hospitality industry, is sought.

Eight to 10 years of experience would be ideal, while candidates who have frontline work experience and know what it takes to be successful in the service industry would have a distinct advantage. Ms Siqueira said: 'Our residents and staff come from all over the world, so an excellent command of English, both spoken and written, is key. Other than that, it's really chemistry. Does the candidate embody our brand personality and does he/ she have the passion to build a team that can fulfil V's promise of bringing 'the pleasures of home' to our residents?'

Because of the nature of the role, someone outgoing with the ability to communicate well will succeed because this person will interact with a multitude of internal staff including housekeepers, technicians, customer service officers, general staff and security staff.

'It is also critical that they can work in a fast-paced environment and can achieve results,' Ms Siqueira said.

A big boom in the hospitality industry in Hong Kong and in the region means finding the right talent and training them according to V standards will be a challenge, but Ms Siqueira encourages interested parties to apply saying that there are many highlights to the role.

'A highlight of the role is the opportunity to be independent and to innovate, set up and shape systems and procedures for the HR department of a rapidly growing business,' Ms Siqueira said.