Systems Engineering

European firms urge China to play fair

A European business group has complained that the investment environment in some Chinese industries is deteriorating.

Friday, 7 September, 2012, 10:51am

Growth prompts recruitment woes

With the modern world's ever greater reliance on high-speed computing capacity, the next few years will see a surge in demand for state-of-the-art data centres in Hong Kong.

That, in turn, will create significant new opportunities all along the line, from design and construction to operations and maintenance, not to mention on the programming and specialist-systems fronts.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:58pm

New controversy over rail supplier's accounts

China Public Procurement, the embattled rail supplier suspected by mainland media last year of faking a 300-billion-yuan (HK$358 billion) contract, was embroiled in fresh controversy yesterday when its auditors said they could not sign off on the company's 2010 accounts.

30 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Best 'value for money'

From stocking up on stationery supplies to negotiating with suppliers over big-ticket items, procurement officers seek 'best value for money' in every purchase in order to contribute to business success.

1 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Departments to cut costs by buying online

The government is reforming its procurement system by introducing an electronic platform. The aim is to use less paper, expand the supplier base and streamline procedures.

A one-year pilot scheme was introduced for three departments in September, which the government expects could help save up to HK$5 million in procurement costs and cut transaction times by one-third.

29 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Transparency best way to battle corruption

Military procurement is an essential part of any functioning army. In the case of the People's Liberation Army, it has also been a lucrative source of personal enrichment for many senior officers and their cliques. A decade-long effort to root out corruption within the mainland military has achieved a degree of success.

2 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

PLA streamlines arms purchases to stamp out waste and corruption

The People's Liberation Army is to reform its procurement system in a bid to stem widespread wastage and corruption.

The change in procurements, which involve a third of the military budget, is also intended to push the fast-growing defence industry in a more market-oriented direction.

2 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Best team carries away honours

Managing a profitable business requires ensuring that all units and functions of a company are interlinked, and making strategic decisions to respond to market conditions and competitors.

A team of actuary-major students from Chinese University pulled off a sweeping victory against 24 rivals at the Hong Kong Management Game 2009.

8 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Openings for procurement staff

If you are looking for a long-term career in procurement, a prime opportunity has just come up. Britain's second-largest construction company is seeking procurement and resourcing engineers, and operations and procurement managers to meet the firm's substantial procurement and sourcing needs. HRA Recruitment is handling the search.

30 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Dress up for development role in costumes company

A new managerial position is available for someone who is systematic, detail-minded, flexible and process-oriented. If you have experience working in toy products, costumes or a related field, dress up your resume and apply for this opening.

14 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Office product supplier looking for a team player

Wanted: Someone who can mix easily with a variety of personalities and has a strong understanding of teamwork.

The storage and organisation business units of Acco Brands, a leading supplier of branded office products, is looking for a sourcing and development manager based in Hong Kong to manage supply chain activities in Asia, including product development and sourcing.

15 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Corrupt Guangzhou officials to face trial

Employees of a Guangzhou government office will face prosecution for taking bribes, according to mainland media.

The city's discipline authority found that 'numerous staff' of the Guangzhou Government Procurement Centre, including 'the person in charge', had violated the law, the Southern Metropolis News said yesterday.

13 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Definition of success

What is success? Being rich? Achieving a lot in business? Gaining knowledge? Many people think highly of results and do not realise that the process is more important.

I think they are influenced by society. When you are at school, you need to work hard to get good results. When you start working, you need to work hard to get a promotion.

28 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Expanding to meet consumer demand

Glamour has been a lucrative business for one of the world's largest manufacturers of intimate apparel, Triumph International. When first founded as a corsetry business in a German barn in 1886, the company employed just six people. Today, the company employs more than 36,000 people and Triumph International products are available in 150 countries.

22 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Breaking point

Behind shoddy mainland exports are foreign buyers who insist on the cheapest goods, writes Jonathan Holburt

29 Aug 2007 - 12:00am