Mazars eyes 25pc headcount boost

PUBLISHED : Friday, 25 November, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 25 November, 2011, 12:00am


For the past five years, Asia has been the main priority for the Mazars Group's geographic expansion, as the region has gradually become a global growth driver.

Optimistic about both inbound and outbound investment in China, Mazars Hong Kong is recruiting talent for expansion in its tax and business risk services.

Mazars Hong Kong, which has about 250 staff and is part of a group operating in 61 countries, has an ambitious three-year plan to expand in high value-added advisory services, such as corporate recovery and forensic services, business risk management, and corporate finance and transactions.

'To cope with our expansion in both the traditional services in audit and tax and the high value-added advisory services, we will continue hiring skilled talent and plan to increase our headcount by 25 per cent in three years' time by organic growth,' says Eunice Kwok, Mazars Hong Kong's practicing director for assurance and business advisory, with responsibility for human resources.

Aiming to provide high-calibre audit, accountancy, tax and advisory services in a personal, principled and professional way, Mazars is looking for people who can put this vision into action by focusing on clients' needs, delivering value through a personal touch backed by in-depth experience.

'We respect individual differences and try to understand one another, so as to work better as a team. We believe that each person makes a contribution to the firm and they work together towards the same goal,' Kwok says. 'We are also brave enough to consider candidates with atypical profiles. For example, we have recently recruited a staff member who was previously an executive officer with the Hong Kong Police Force.'

Expecting growth in the China-business related market, the company highly values mainland experience. All positions require the ability to write Chinese and speak Cantonese, Mandarin and English well. Those with five to seven years of China tax experience will be considered for the tax manager position, while those with a minimum of seven years' experience can become senior tax managers.

In the fast-developing field of business risk services, the company is also looking for managers and senior associates who can work well independently, as well as in a team. These positions require experience in internal audit and risk advisory, as well as strong interpersonal, managerial and organisational skills.

The company offers excellent hard and soft skills training through their quality assurance department.

'In addition to the training provided locally, managers and partners can attend overseas training courses organised by the Mazars University where we can mingle with colleagues from [our global] offices,' Kwok says. 'This year, we have had training sessions in Malaysia, Paris and London. Last October, I attended an HR summit in Milan. I did not bring back designer goods, but instead, [I brought back] best and latest human resources practices to be implemented locally.'

Mazars staff members can be seconded to overseas posts and can participate in exchange programmes between offices, to gain international work experience. Overseas assignments also come up, such as a recent trip for two audit managers to Tajikistan, Kwok adds.