A worldwide electronics manufacturer that is established in the Asia-Pacific region is seeking to recruit a regional training and development manager to join its regional human resources team. 'What is special about this position is that it is a regional role that will not be only focused on training and development but also organisational development, with a wide exposure within the Asia Pacific region,' said a recruitment consultant at executive search and general recruitment specialists Eastwood Consultants. Whoever secures this post will report directly to the company's director of HR, Asia Pacific. 'He or she will be responsible for the organisational development and training and development functions in the Asia-Pacific region, mainly focusing on the mainland and Hong Kong,' the consultant said. Duties include conducting training needs analyses and interviews with all departments, as well as identifying people-development initiatives. In addition, the new incumbent will organise, co-ordinate and monitor training activities and programmes for staff development with the assistance of external training consultants. Formulating training policies and procedures to meet corporate business goals and developing the assessment tools to evaluate and measure training effectiveness is also all in a day's work. The new recruit would also 'participate in the cross-functional team to formulate strategic plans for the enhancement of corporate productivity', the consultant said. 'This covers the issues of people development, career and succession planning, compensations and benefits, production and operational efficiency, and also staff performance,' she said. The new incumbent must be an outstanding communicator and offer excellent interpersonal skills. 'You should be pleasant, energetic, confident, proactive, independent and a good team player,' the consultant said. A degree or above in HR, training management or a related discipline is viewed as a key factor. In addition, a minimum of eight years' experience, of which at least five should have been spent in a regional training and development post at a multinational corporation, is just what the client has in mind. 'Our client prefers someone who is coming back from overseas,' the consultant said. If you are a professional trainer who is able to demonstrate excellent leadership skills, this will also be considered beneficial. You should be able to work effectively with all levels of staff from a wide range of backgrounds and must be willing to travel to the mainland. An excellent command of both written and spoken English and Putonghua is essential.