A competitive salary and attractive benefits packages are among the rewards being offered to enthusiastic, creative people ready for the challenge of working for one of Hong Kong's most venerable businesses. A trading company with a history that stretches back more than 150 years both here and in the mainland is keen to hire two senior merchandisers, one specialising in audio-visual products and the other in wellness items. GTH (HK) Holding is a leading and fast-expanding local buying office of Siemssen & Co, a German trading company which was established on the mainland in 1846. Both positions at GTH were newly created and were intended to serve as 'a bridge between management and merchandisers', GTH managing director Carsten Thomas said. '[They will enable] our merchandising manager to delegate some work to the management level below.' Since both senior merchandisers will be working with the same customers and following their requests, their duties will be similar. Among other obligations, they will be responsible for looking after communications between GTH's head office in Germany and its suppliers. This means taking responsibility for 'correspondence with suppliers, getting product information, pricing, negotiating with suppliers, looking at the production schedule and project schedule and co-ordinating sample requirements', Mr Thomas said. Working in such a project-driven environment, successful candidates can expect to find their new roles both challenging and rewarding. 'It never gets boring - there's always something new to do because it's project-related work,' said Mr Thomas. For this reason, GTH is looking for 'creative, aggressive and enthusiastic' people with ample motivation and the ability to work independently. Solid merchandising experience of about two years - ideally within the audio-visual and wellness product ranges - would be advantageous. But experience did not really matter compared with how well candidates could adapt to the working environment, Mr Thomas said. With this in mind, excellent connections in the relevant industries will be appreciated, as will the ability to 'develop and maintain good suppliers'. Both senior merchandisers may be required to travel in the region, although trips to the mainland are likely to be 'infrequent'. The company requires individuals with good written and spoken English and Putonghua at their fingertips. Neither role is fly-by-night. 'We are looking for long-term commitment.' However, devotion to duty is not without its rewards, since on-the-job training is provided, and promotion prospects include the role of department manager.