A slew of job openings are on the cards at a local independent financial consultancy. Established in 2001, the Altruist Financial Group carries a wide array of products intended to provide its clients with a one-stop financial shop. Marketing and communications director Brandy Tsang said these ranged from accident and health insurance to general insurance, employee benefits and investment funds, plus consumer banking products and legal care service plans. Altruist not only offers a solid client base and dedicated services, but also the benefits of a company that has won plaudits. It was named as 'High-flyer Outstanding Enterprise' and 'Caring Company' over the past few years. Ms Tsang said among other elements, the company's broad product platform and emphasis on integrity and strong back-office support made it stand out from the crowd. Altruist Financial has about 110 consultants in Hong Kong backed up by more than 40 staff. 'We plan to recruit 50 new candidates to join our sales team this year,' Ms Tang said. Ideal candidates should have a university degree, a positive mindset, be hard working, outgoing and - most importantly - have integrity. 'This attribute is the most significant success factor in this industry,' Ms Tsang said. The company offers each candidate two different career paths. Having joined Altruist Financial as a consultant, they can then move into business development, first as a business development manager and then as a senior business development manager. Alternately, a role in sales may beckon, first as a sales manager, then as a branch manager, and finally as vice-president (VP), agency. 'The business development manager and senior business development manager roles focus mainly on self-production, while the sales manager, branch manager and VP agency roles will focus more on management duties such as recruiting, coaching, supervising and team development,' Ms Tsang said. Training is offered, initially in a class format, on product knowledge and sales techniques and later as on-the-job training by direct managers, who will provide daily coaching, drilling, experience-sharing and joint calls for at least 18 months. 'Our training department will also organise ad-hoc programmes to enhance product knowledge, in addition to soft-skills education,' Ms Tsang said. Consultants can do training through Altruist's business courses, and can benefit from education subsidies which are offered to encourage lifetime learning.