SEOUL: South Korea’s Hyundai Automotive Group said on 2 February it will recruit English-speaking expatriates living here to bolster its efforts to expand overseas operations.
It is the first major attempt by the country’s dominant automaking group to recruit expatriates locally, a spokesman said. Hyundai, in a notice on its website, invites foreigners living in South Korea to apply for jobs in fields such as corporate planning and strategy, finance, overseas sales, marketing and procurement.
They do not need to speak fluent Korean.Currently there are about 10 foreigners working at the group’s headquarters, mostly as engineers and designers.“About a dozen foreigners will be newly hired,” said the spokesman, Jake Jang. “We need to increase our international manpower in order to help expand our overseas operations.”
Applicants must have English communication skills and should have four-year college degrees or above. The new employees will start at the company’s headquarters but will be given chances to work overseas in subsidiaries in the United States, Europe, China, India and Turkey.The Hyundai Automotive Group controls the country’s largest automaker Hyundai Motor and the second biggest, Kia Motors. Exports account for more than 70 % of South Korean carmakers’ sales.