A big player in the media and entertainment business is looking for someone who not only knows his or her numbers, but also has the flair and polish to interact with people in high places in the industry. The search for a finance manager is being handled by Robert Half International, a leader in professional staffing and consulting services. 'Hong Kong is currently a very candidate-short market for qualified accountants,' said Andrew Brushfield, director of Robert Half, a recruitment firm that set up operations in Hong Kong only four months ago. 'Our competitive advantage will lie in our ability to network through our international offices in Australia, New Zealand, Britain, Europe, North America and now also Japan,' Robert Half consultant Daisy Lam described the client as a highly successful corporation with more than 40 years in the media and entertainment industry. She said the company had a variety of business operations and a presence around the world. The finance manager will advise senior management and work with a team of five people. Responsibilities include ad hoc financial analysis, cost management initiatives and monthly reports and forecasts for the business unit. The successful candidate would also participate in the company's process and system-enhancement projects. The candidate is expected to have exceptional interpersonal skills. He or she will be liaising widely in budget and expenditure planning and facilitating the cost review process. Those most likely to make an impression in the interview process will be those who demonstrate a readiness to learn and take on challenges, display enthusiasm and energy and are detail-orientated. 'This is a fun and dynamic place to work in,' Ms Lam said. 'They value their staff and they are very keen on training and development.' She said the the company had a reputation for promoting from within and encouraging staff to explore new aspects of the business and work in offices around the world. Candidates should be qualified accountants, trained at one of the Big Four accounting firms, and should have at least two years of experience working in the commercial field. Applicants could hail from any industry as personality counted for more than background, Ms Lam stressed. Candidates who are independent, efficient problem-solvers and amenable to a fast-paced environment would fit well into the role. A special interest and feel for the media and entertainment world would be a strong advantage. Ms Lam said the job represented a rare career opportunity. Joining a prestigious company offered 'unparalleled career opportunities', she said.