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Overview

Established in 1997 in Hong Kong, ConnectedGroup is a regional executive recruitment and search consultancy with broad coverage across a range of functional and industry specialisms, each serviced by dedicated teams, currently employing nearly 50 staff.

Our core services include: Retained Executive Search, Exclusive Contingent Search and Contingent Recruitment services for mid to senior permanent positions as well as Contract Staff and Interim Management services. We also engage with clients to deliver specialised and tailored projects such as volume recruitment and market mapping exercises. 

Our key differentiators in a competitive market are:

  • Breadth and depth of functional and industry coverage combined with a high degree of accountability from hands-on senior staff.

  • A philosophy of supporting clients beyond the recruitment transaction, assisting them with market access intelligence and vendor connections.

  • A strong technology platform which includes us being able to leverage our position of one of the most followed recruitment firms in Hong Kong on LinkedIn to raise the profile of our client’s opportunities. We also have an integrated video interviewing platform which enables us to share video insights with our candidate submissions.

Our mission is "to be remembered for exceeding expectations" which drives us to deliver outstanding levels of service and exceptional outcomes for clients and candidates. We recruit and measure our employees against the values of being Candid, Creative and Connected which influences our open and transparent culture whilst encouraging new ideas and focuses us on internal communications that leverage greater benefits for our clients. At ConnectedGroup words such as 'respect', 'integrity' and 'professionalism' are not aspirational, they are prerequisite behaviours and are expected in all aspects of our work.

Beyond our mission and values, we have developed a strong social purpose of "using recruitment as a lever to change lives" which has led us outside of just considering our professional impact to focusing on how we can positively influence our communities. Most recently we have been involved as the founding partner of www.recruit4good.com - a not-for-profit initiative in itself that aims to provide a job board and career portal at zero cost to the charitable sector. 

 

Coverage

Our expertise spans industry and function. We are comfortable engaging in unusual/innovative spaces and we have a ‘general search’ team to support in areas that are new to us or the market. In the Hong Kong market we support clients from mid to senior level, offering an account driven approach as opposed to only focusing on roles of a certain seniority. Across the rest of the APAC region we work on more senior assignments where our search methodology can bring value.

Our dedicated teams are aligned as follows:

Manufacturing, Sourcing & Supply Chain

With Hong Kong being a global supply chain hub, we are well positioned as one of the leading providers of talent services in this field.

Typical clients:

  • Direct sourcing and buying offices (brands and general retailers)

  • Trading companies

  • Manufacturers (B2C and B2B products)


  • 3PL/4PL service providers

  • Corporate supply chain and procurement functions



The team covers all product areas including, but not limited to:

B2C: apparel, footwear, accessories, homeware, electronics and electrical, toys and pets, seasonal, kitchen and sporting goods.

B2B: technology hardware, industrial equipment, chemicals, components, safety equipment, automotive, aviation and medical devices.

Functionally the main areas of recruitment are:

  • General management

  • Sourcing and merchandising

  • Quality and technical

  • Supply chain and logistics

  • Research and development, design and product development

  • Production planning and management

  • Corporate and social responsibility and sustainability

  • Procurement and purchasing

  • Process improvement

  • Project management

  • Demand planning and analysis

  • Engineering

Consumer & Retail

Hong Kong is a showcase retail destination for Greater China and the APAC region. Organisations often build their regional presence with Hong Kong as the starting point. We have a deep background in this market.

Typical clients would include those covering the following products across platforms such as, direct retail, wholesale, travel retail and eCommerce channel distribution:

  • Beauty and cosmetics

  • Fashion

  • Fast moving consumer goods

  • Food and beverage

  • Watch and jewellery

  • Lifestyle


Our consultants’ functional expertise includes, but is not limited to:

  • General management and strategy

  • Digital and CRM

  • Marketing, public relations and communications

  • Merchandising, allocation and planning

  • Retail operations

  • Store design and project management

  • Visual merchandising

  • Wholesale management

  • Sales and business development



Financial Services

Hong Kong is a global financial hub and we have operated within this sector since our inception in 1997 and have deep connections with the investment community.

The team engages with clients across both the buy and sell side such as:

  • Investment banks

  • Commercial and retail banks

  • Trading houses and brokerages

  • Asset management houses

  • Private equity firms

  • Hedge funds and other fund management businesses

  • Insurance firms


This division has expertise in the following functional areas:

  • Finance

  • Operations

  • Risk

  • Compliance

  • Audit

  • Treasury

  • Corporate finance

  • COO’s office

  • Strategy and transformation


Technology

Hong Kong continues to evolve as a technology hub for the region with a strong fintech foundation and ongoing evolution of advanced hardware/software integration with the advantage of proximity to R&D and manufacturing in Southern China.

This team operates as both a functional specialist to institutions and corporates and as an industry expert within the technology sector, recruiting across:

  • Financial services

  • Commercial and industrial

  • Mobile and telecommunications

  • Professional services

  • Technology hardware and software vendors

  • Advanced technologies (e.g. robotics and AI)


The core specialisations of the team are focused on the following key skill areas:

  • Application development

  • Application Support

  • Business analysis

  • Project and program management

  • Infrastructure

  • IT Architecture

  • CRM and ERP solutions

  • Sales and marketing

  • Product management

  • Security and risk

  • Testing


Property & Real Estate

Hong Kong is a key strategic driver of the regional property markets with the financial weight of many key developers centered there. This division services the property sector but also operates as a functional specialist for the corporate real estate management space.

The team engages with clients across the following core industries:

  • Property development

  • Financial Services

  • Luxury Retail

  • Project Management & Interior Design

  • Property Management & Service providers      

  • MEP Engineering

  • Healthcare

  • Hospitality

  • Education

  • Government


This division’s core functional expertise covers:

  • Corporate Real Estate & Services

  • Architecture and Design

  • Facilities Management

  • Project Management

  • Leasing and Transactions

  • Engineering and Critical Systems

  • General Practice and Quantity Surveying


Corporate Functions

In addition to the functional coverage outlined within the specialist industry teams, ConnectedGroup also operates cross-industry functional specialists to enable us to provide a comprehensive service offering. These teams operate across all industries, providing key talent and strategic insight into the Chief Operating Officer’s office and down and across the business-critical corporate functions as follows:


Finance and Accounting

  • CFO

  • Financial control

  • Financial planning and analysis

  • Treasury and credit management

  • Cost accounting

  • Audit

  • Regulatory and compliance

  • Project accounting and structured finance

  • Corporate mergers and acquisitions

  • Tax

  • Forensics


Human Resources

  • CHRO/HR strategy

  • HR generalists

  • HR business partners

  • Organisational development

  • Talent management

  • Talent acquisition

  • Training and development

  • Compensation and benefits

  • Diversity

  • Ethics and social responsibility

  • HRIS

  • HR operations


Legal

Professional Support

  • Executive and personal assistants

  • Office managers

  • Administration managers

  • Customer service and liaison professionals


Market Insights

With over 20 years of experience servicing the APAC regional markets from Hong Kong, ConnectedGroup is well placed to combine this with its wide industry and functional exposure to provide market insights and intelligence. We have made a habit of supporting our clients with this form of information as well as connecting them with potential clients, partners and service providers that will support their development.

At the time of writing, Hong Kong remains a highly competitive Asian hub from which to develop a regional business platform. In the World Bank’s annual ‘Doing Business’ report, Hong Kong has consistently appeared in the top 5 globally for ‘Ease of Doing Business’ since 2007. Hong Kong offers a low tax environment with a simple and transparent regulatory framework and an employment ordinance that is employer friendly.

One of the key success factors is Hong Kong’s proximity to, and beneficial trade agreements with, mainland China due to its position as a Special Administrative Region. This enables organisations with ambitions to grow in China a lower risk and easier access starting point.

One major initiative is the drive towards greater commercial integration across the ‘Greater Bay Area’ comprised of; Hong Kong, Macau and the Southern Chinese regions in the Pearl River Delta. In particular, the combination of the financial and strategic strengths of Hong Kong with the technical and manufacturing know-how in Shenzhen are proving to be a powerful draw for businesses in the high-tech product space. In a fast growth market such as robotics for example, whilst the US has a dominant depth of talent in software development, the need to effectively integrate hardware and software at scale has already put Hong Kong on the map.

How do we add value?

One of our key advantages is that we offer a high degree of accountability via senior members of our team who are also deeply involved in their respective markets. Our expertise and track record in each field enables a fast-turnaround and unparalleled commitment and transparency.

Beyond the transactional execution of a search we are able to bring value through:

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