Friday, May 11, 2007

Senior Management positions in India- Non IT space!!

Among the most common questions one gets from ‘returning Indians’ – is that almost all openings seem to be for IT professionals and only IT/ITES!!

Well –actually there is a lot more happening in the non IT industry-and considering the width of the term –there is a tremendous variety of jobs across middle and senior management-across industries. And so I am considering writing about some of the mandates that we are presently working that there is a little more clarity.

As a recruiter –focussing on people of Indian origin working abroad, and locating for career opportunities in India, or willing to relocate to India for exciting senior executive positions, we network with a bunch of similar minded recruitment firms, across 10 major cities in India- in a bid to improve our reach and penetration. Most people returning to India- want to ideally move closer to their hometowns, while still working in their domains-and so, I feel it is imperative for me to leverage on the relationships some of my professional associates have- in order to give the aspirant –not just an idea of the Indian job market, but also his/her own prospects visavis his contemporary colleagues, but also to have a fair idea of the kind of openings that are a given time!

So, atleast in Bangalore, Chennai, Pune, Delhi (Gurgaon and Noida included), Kolkota, Ahmedabad and Kochi, I am able to connect with some top notch recruiters who are in close connection with the major hiring companies in the region-and thus are able to evaluate or explore possible openings for some interesting profiles-even though they may not be working on a specific mandate then!

Then, some of us among the Executive Recruiters Association (ERA), have also made attempts to come together under a platform-and share some critical mandates and explore how best we can add value –both to the corporate we are paid by- as well as some of the professionals we are in touch with- who can be challenged with more exciting roles. Of late, over a dozen ERA members across the four zones of India- have formed “retailblitz” to explore how best we can assist the companies in the burgeoning retail industry-to help assist them in finding the best talent, in the numbers they want..and yes, in quick time! So, please standby, I hope to cover some of these openings too..

For starters, here is an exciting options we are presently engaged in attracting the best talent for!!

VP Manufacturing for a MNC Engineering company and a leader in its segment of business. Employing about 800 staff in India, they are looking for a senior executive to establish world-class lean production and quality processes that makes the customer competitive by creating value added systems and solutions. The ideal person would

-provide leadership and direction for the implementation and growth of the operation.

-formulate policies and ensure compliance in all environmental, health & safety issues for the plant.

-Engineer about 20 yrs exp in a strong process driven company, with international exposure and proven leadership skills.

There is another interesting enquiry for a Country Manager for a business that combines sales and marketing in the area of sports and entertainment. Specifically in the areas of Media Sales, Sponsorship Sales, Event Management, Brand Licensing and Consultancy. To date the business has established good foundations for the company brand in India and needs an experience and innovative thinker, with good local connections to spearhead the next level of growth. The position will be based at Mumbai and would want some one ideally from a related industry such as advertising or media where high level interaction and business development is executed with major international and domestic brands.

Should you know of some one, who would be interested, please do feel free to reach out to me offline and I shall be glad to provide more inputs!

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