Europe re­cruit­ment drives aim to at­tract intl, high-level tal­ent

China Daily European Weekly - - Business - By ZHANG ZHAO

The Chengdu Hi-Tech In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Zone and Chengdu Tianfu Soft­ware Park are or­ga­niz­ing a se­ries of events across Europe from Sept 1 to 8, to ex­plain the city’s staff hir­ing poli­cies and to re­cruit high­level per­son­nel.

Cam­paigns have al­ready been held in Frank­furt and Aachen in Ger­many, and Stock­holm in Swe­den.

“Ger­many and Swe­den are at the fron­tier of ro­bot­ics tech­nol­ogy in Europe and have rich re­serves of top pro­fes­sion­als,” said Li Yao, CEO of CAS-Borns Med­i­cal Ro­bot­ics, a com­pany in the Tianfu Soft­ware Park.

He said his com­pany is ded­i­cated to the re­search and de­vel­op­ment of med­i­cal-use ro­bots. It has set up re­search cen­ters in Chengdu, cap­i­tal of Sichuan prov­ince, and Sil­i­con Val­ley in the United States, and is prepar­ing a new branch in Ger­many.

Chengdu Sky­moons Dig­i­tal En­ter­tain­ment at­tracted many of its se­nior ex­ec­u­tives from the cam­paign last year.

“We take part in these cam­paigns to reach more lo­cal in­sti­tu­tions, to learn from lo­cal com­pa­nies and to build up a glob­al­ized tal­ent strat­egy to sup­port our in­ter­na­tional de­vel­op­ment,” said Yan Lin, Sky­moons’ hu­man re­sources su­per­vi­sor.

“We want to be­come fa­mil­iar with the Euro­pean hu­man re­sources mar­ket as quickly as pos­si­ble, and pre­pare our staff and poli­cies for es­tab­lish­ing Sky­moons sub­sidiaries in the United King­dom and Ukraine,” Yan said.

Juan Moreno, a 34-year-old R&D en­gi­neer for au­ton­o­mous nav­i­ga­tion sys­tems and ar­ti­fi­cial vi­sion at Audi, took part in the re­cruit­ment cam­paign. He said he had worked in China be­fore and al­ways wanted to re­turn to China to work again.

He said Chengdu has more au­then­tic Chi­nese char­ac­ter­is­tics com­pared with mega cities such as Bei­jing and Shang­hai, and there are many in­flu­en­tial com­pa­nies in the Tianfu Soft­ware Park, so he sees a bright fu­ture there.

An­other job seeker, Ram­babu Gupta, now an en­gi­neer for in-depth learn­ing at Siemens, said he is in­ter­ested in work­ing in China. He said the coun­try is grow­ing faster than Europe and he can achieve faster de­vel­op­ment in China, too.

A del­e­ga­tion of com­pany ex­ec­u­tives from the Chengdu Tianfu Soft­ware Park have vis­ited the gov­ern­ment of Hesse in Ger­many and a num­ber of big-name in­sti­tu­tions and firms across Europe, such as RWTH Aachen Univer­sity, the Karolin­ska In­sti­tute, Kista Science City and Eric­s­son.

The Chengdu Tianfu Soft­ware Park will host sim­i­lar re­cruit­ment cam­paigns in Sil­i­con Val­ley and Toronto in Canada from Sept 20 to 27, in which nine com­pa­nies will par­tic­i­pate.

Peng Zhu, di­rec­tor of the hu­man re­sources de­part­ment in the Chengdu Tianfu Soft­ware Park, said: “The over­seas re­cruit­ment cam­paigns are an im­por­tant method to in­tro­duce high-level pro­fes­sion­als from around the world.”

The cam­paigns were first held last year in Sil­i­con Val­ley and Seoul in South Korea. This year, the in­volved com­pa­nies ex­panded from in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy and in­ter­net busi­nesses to biomedicines and other sec­tors.

Peng added that the high-tech zone is plan­ning a se­ries of over­seas in­no­va­tion and en­trepreneur­ship cen­ters this year, which will not only re­cruit lo­cal per­son­nel that are ur­gently needed by Chengdu com­pa­nies, but will also help busi­nesses to grow lo­cally.

The ad­min­is­tra­tion of the high-tech zone un­veiled top per­son­nel re­cruit­ment poli­cies in Oc­to­ber 2016, de­cid­ing to set up a 5 bil­lion yuan ($765 mil­lion) fund to bring in in­ter­na­tional tal­ent.

It aims to at­tract at least 10,000 skilled pro­fes­sion­als this year, in­clud­ing six busi­ness lead­ers.

The high-tech zone is now home to more than 1,500 com­pa­nies, in­clud­ing 115 For­tune Global 500 en­ter­prises. It ranked No 3 among China’s 156 na­tional high-tech zones for com­pre­hen­sive ca­pac­ity last year.


Cai Wei, deputy gen­eral man­ager of Chengdu Tianfu Soft­ware Park, gives a brief­ing about the Chengdu Hi-Tech In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Zone in Frank­furt on Sept 2.

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