POWER AND CONTROL specialist Schneider Electric (Hong Kong) is hiring across the board to cope with 'tremendous growth' this year on the strength of a host of Macau projects. The subsidiary of the global power management solutions multinational, with a worldwide workforce of 92,000 in 130 countries, opened an office in Macau two years ago. The company has since secured contracts on 'virtually all the major projects' in Macau which was booming like 'Asia's Las Vegas', marketing manager Peter Mo said. 'There are obviously tremendous opportunities with all the casinos and hotels, and our business there has grown fast. It is a very active market,' he said. New business is not limited to the gaming boom, with projects including the Sands and the newly opened Wynn Macau. Schneider Electric has also won contracts for the new Immigration Tower, Macau Tourist Tower and the Museum of Art. Schneider Electric's niche as a global leader in electricity and automation management meant the company was in demand in any developing economy, with customers extending from public utilities and factories to contractors on 'smart homes and offices', and mega-projects, Mr Mo said. Under the slogan 'Building a New Electric World', the company provides solutions to manage electrical systems, from lights and air-conditioning to lifts and machines. As the world becomes more energy, security and environmentally conscious, Schneider Electric's repertoire of intelligent and innovative products and systems integrating electrical, automation and communication technologies are in demand from infrastructure developments to amusement parks, sports stadiums and water supplies. In Hong Kong, the company has been involved in virtually every major project in recent years, from the MTR and the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre to the airport and Disneyland, as well as factories and prestigious office and housing developments. The Hong Kong subsidiary employs 70 people, with another 330 working at the global group's regional headquarters and distribution centre. Mr Mo said he had not set a specific target on expansion of the workforce, but 'we need more talent across the board as business grows. We want to continually recruit'. Although Schneider Electric is essentially an engineering company seeking more engineers to support business growth, it is also looking for talent across the organisation. Opportunities extend from sales and marketing to logistics and distribution, finance, and accounting and human resources. Apart from obvious qualifications for specialist skills, the company places importance on staff with an 'international vision'. 'We are a multinational company, so we need people with good communication and language skills to deal with people from different cultures and countries,' Mr Mo said. Also important is a commitment to sharing the company's corporate vision. Mr Mo said Schneider Electric promoted respect for the natural environment. One of the company's main objectives is to provide systems and products to help people use electricity safely, efficiently and in ways that conserve energy and other natural resources. With technology advancing at such a rapid pace, the French-owned company is also investing heavily in maintaining its dominance in the market. Five per cent of sales revenue is invested in research and development. 'We are continuously developing new electricity management technologies that are more complete, efficient and easy to put in place,' Mr Mo said. 'It is very important to bring innovation to the market, so we are always improving. 'As modern technology advances, our products will keep improving.' To ensure that staff keep pace, they are offered continuous training. 'It is important that our staff are equipped with the latest technical knowledge. They are in a position to explain our range of technical solutions to customers,' he said. 'Training is ongoing locally and elsewhere in the Asia-Pacific region, so that our employees are up-to-date on new products and applications.'