If you have notched up sound human resources (HR) experience and are keen to head up your own team, read on. A well-established Europe-based bank that has been operating for more than 40 years would like to welcome a new head of HR to its Hong Kong branch. Employing about 2,000 people worldwide and a major player in Europe, this mid-sized financial institution is a market leader in the investment management industry. 'Our client is a restricted-licence bank, with an entity that acts as trustee, custodian and administrator to unit trusts, mutual funds and retirement schemes,' said Fiona Yung, the director and head of executive resources at Tricor Executive Resources, an established executive search practice previously under PricewaterhouseCoopers. The new position had arisen thanks to the need for a more senior person in Hong Kong to 'oversee the whole HR function and report direct to the head office's HR team', Ms Yung said. Above all, the new recruit's role will be to put in place a better HR structure, in line with the group's strategic objectives. This includes setting policies and procedures for recruitment, remuneration, professional development of the staff and competency management. Although the local HR team is fairly small, it requires an HR professional with at least five years' experience. 'This person will also be working closely with the line managers in the bank, so an understanding of financial services and previous exposure within a bank or financial institution is important,' Ms Yung said. Other musts include a degree and a solid knowledge of the employment laws and legislation of Hong Kong. The appointee will also need to have an awareness and understanding of employment legislative changes that affect HR policies. In addition, candidates should be outgoing, have good interpersonal skills and speak excellent English. 'An HR professional with an open and approachable personality is required who can really get on well with people at all levels,' Ms Yung said. The role will be the principal HR contact providing complete HR support to the line managers. 'This is not a co-ordinating role. We are looking for a person with the right experience in setting up policies in accordance with the strategy and development of the bank,' Ms Yung said. Although the Hong Kong branch is small, future growth is highly likely and, with it, the successful candidate's career can develop. In terms of growing within the group, the candidate might eventually be able to move to other regional offices as the group expands its operations in other parts of Asia.