A maximum of two management-level positions are on offer for those hoping to seize massive business opportunities in the mainland and elsewhere within the highly-developed semiconductor industry. The diversified marketing and distribution arm of the Ryoden Group, Ryoden International, is recruiting up to two replacement managers for its semiconductor division. Ryoden specialises in a range of sophisticated products. Core areas range from semiconductors and electronic components to telecommunications, visual display and satellite communication systems, and general trading, according to assistant general manager Wilson Jim. An active player in the industry, Ryoden was always eager to enhance its position by recruiting managers of 'outstanding calibre', Mr Jim said. The appointee will be expected to oversee Ryoden's semiconductors and electronic components business in the Hong Kong and mainland markets. In addition to the acquisition of market share, core duties would include the 'formulation and implementation of business plans and marketing strategies', the supervision of a sales team, the achievement of sales targets and the preparation of annual sales budget plans and monthly sales analyses. Liaison with mainland government officials and principal suppliers in Japan is also a key element of the role. Thanks to its ample opportunities and exposure to the mainland market, this position constitutes an 'ideal platform' for those wishing to develop a career with close ties to the huge market up north, according to Mr Jim. Ideally, applicants should be 'seasoned managers' with an academic background in electronics engineering, and no fewer than six years' work experience in the sales and marketing of semi-conductors and electronic components products. 'He or she [should have] extensive exposure in the mainland as well as experience and skills in the negotiation of deals, particularly with Japanese business partners,' Mr Jim said. Candidates should demonstrate a knack for communication and analysis. Ryoden also expects potential managers to be competent in terms of language skills, particularly Putonghua and Japanese.