If you are high up in the world of human resources (HR) and are keen to sink your teeth into a challenging role in an exciting industry, the following position may be just what you are looking for. The Asian operation of one of the largest and most renowned international integrated marketing communications groups, serving key multinational corporations around the world, is looking for a replacement head of HR. The group, which has its headquarters in the United States, has a significant presence in Asia and is committed to expanding its business in the region. Whoever is appointed to this job will be responsible for HR and administration issues for Hong Kong and the mainland, said Cindy Cheng, head of HR and administration for Hong Kong and partner at the Hong Kong-based recruitment company the Advanz Group. Reporting directly to the Greater China chief financial officer and, functionally, to the regional HR director, the appointee would play a key role in the business of formulating and implementing plans, policies and procedures for the company, she said. These encompass recruitment and manpower planning, compensation and benefits, performance management, training and development, employee relations and communication. While the position offers the challenge of developing HR strategies and expanding the team for the China market, Ms Cheng said its unique structure meant that, in addition to servicing the China team, the new head of HR would also be required to look after all staff based in the Asia-Pacific region. Backed up by a small team, the appointee will ensure the organisation's administration activities run like clockwork and play a high-level advisory role on HR policy and system implementations in the mainland. In addition to being highly competent and highly experienced in the world of HR, the ideal candidate should be a hands-on and strategic person, Ms Cheng said. Dream candidates are 'resourceful, independent, highly motivated [and have a] down-to-earth working style'. Moreover, they should be 'energetic, open-minded, assertive, confident' and offer excellent communication and presentation skills. If you would like to be considered for this role, you will need to have experience in HR and administration functions, with a good working knowledge of employment policies and practices in the mainland. Degree holders in HR or business management who have accumulated eight years of progressive and hands-on experience in HR and administration functions are also desirable - particularly if this took place within multinational companies in the service or fast-moving consumer goods industries.