Monthly Update: July 2012

Poll Result

This month we were keen to find out how many of you may be considering changing positions in the next 6 months. The results are below.

85% of you said you were either “yes” thinking about changing a job or “maybe” considering something new. Without knowing the exact demographics of the voters it’s hard to draw firm conclusions as to what this result shows. Generally, from speaking to candidates out there, sentiment in Asia is still pretty positive despite plenty of debate about the current and future state of the big Asian economies and we would say these results mirror that sentiment. When markets are down, people tend to want to stay put and remain in stable positions. When markets are stronger there is more of a openness to considering new ideas.

What’s Hot

July was an incredibly busy month for us and we have seen a real uplift in the number of new requirements coming through from all our clients.

We have many roles, at all levels, in the leasing sector for developers in Hong Kong and China. Good large scale mall experience is really important here and we can offer options at Director level for the most senior candidates. In addition we have some interesting business development and marketing positions, also with developers. These are top tier companies with strong and growing presences in the China market. A lot of the developers can offer genuine career development options to candidates.

On the project management side our busiest clients have got busier. We have more opportunities (although still not lots) for people now to be stationed in Hong Kong with frequent travel to project sites in China. These are roles for experienced project managers with good architectural or E&M backgrounds and we have multiple opportunities here. We are also working exclusively with some smaller high-end developers who are looking to expand their presence in the region – for these companies we need senior people capable of managing the project teams and project pipeline. These are key, very well paid positions and offer some exciting opportunities along with some great challenges.

Within architecture and design, we are actively looking for senior design talent for companies in China. These are Associate Director and Design Director level people, the key being a real strength in design. We have also had some unique requirements through for architects with specific experience, namely in the healthcare sector. There are opportunities in Shanghai or Singapore with a really great firm. Architects with experience running projects are needed in multiple practices in China – China experience is key here. Similarly, we have probably more than 10 positions for hotel interior designers in Hong Kong (and some in China) – strong concept and also project manager type candidates needed here.

Most Urgent Requirements

We have outlined below the urgent vacancies we have had through from clients over the last month.

  • Associate Director of Leasing – One of Hong Kong’s Most Sought After (by candidates) Developers
  • Associate Director of Architecture – Creative Leaders Sought for a Regional Design Powerhouse
  • Director of Urban Design – Senior Opportunities for the Top Urban Design Talent
  • Senior Interior Designer – Hotels – International Hospitality Design Company
  • Senior Architect – Healthcare – Global Design Firm with Strong Asia Presence
  • Team Leader/Quantity Surveyor – Senior role with a reputable Hong Kong developer
  • Assistant Marketing Manager – Leading Developer in Hong Kong
  • Landscape Architect – small, growing firm in Shanghai
  • Leasing Director – New Leasing Team – Luxury Retail Developer
  • Project Architect – Project Runner Needed for an Innovative Design Practice
  • General Manager – Projects – Small but Growing Developers with Large Land Banks in China
  • Project Managers – anyone willing to be stationed in China on some truly epic projects!

We also have many, many more roles posted on our website and these are only an overview of our top positions at this time. Please check back regularly. The easiest way to stay up to date with our latest positions is to follow us on Twitter.

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