Does the thought of a demanding supply chain management (SCM) role that requires frequent travel within the Asia-Pacific region and to the United States whet your appetite? A multinational corporation based in the US and renowned for its globally popular brand-name consumer products is looking for a director - SCM, regional deployment. According to Edwin Tam, director at specialist recruitment company InfoTech Services (Hong Kong), whoever occupies this new position will be responsible for spearheading the implementation of an integrated SCM application in the Asia-Pacific region. 'The SCM system was originally an off-the-shelf application package, [but has been] customised to fit in with the company's US business operations,' Mr Tam said. Scheduled to replace the existing system, the new SCM application embraces ordering, merchandising, human resources and other modules. 'Although this should become a corporate standard, which will be used by various global locations, some localisation efforts are anticipated,' Mr Tam said. The new recruit will therefore be required to successfully pilot the SCM system in Hong Kong and, subsequently, other regional locations. Candidates should not apply unless they have experience in the deployment of at least one large-scale SCM system in the Asia-Pacific region. 'This should have involved various steps in the implementation cycle, from analysing process, procedure, workflow, to recommending solutions, user-training, documentation and new system nursing,' Mr Tam said. Previous experience with a similar American multinational corporation is an advantage, while experience in the fast-moving consumer goods industry is also a plus. 'The ideal candidate must be able to prioritise and balance the needs of various users and business units during the implementation process and work closely with our client's global programme management office, global procurement team and other business units,' he said. 'He or she must also be able to manage project teams with staff from diverse backgrounds and cultures.' The ability to grasp organisational requirements and develop action plans quickly and logically is another must, as is good business acumen. In addition, the new incumbent should be creative and innovative, able to unravel business processes and issues, and propose viable solutions. 'Candidates should be graduates who possess no less than 10 years' work experience,' Mr Tam said. They should also be able to speak English and Cantonese and get along well with colleagues.