With Vietnam’s economic renaissance, it’s just logical for specialist professional recruitment consultancy Robert Walters to set up shop in Ho Chi Minh City, focusing on accounting, banking and financial services, human resources, and sales and marketing. Rupali Edekar, country manager for Vietnam, swaps e-mails with Rex Aguado.
When was this office opened?
Robert Walters’ Vietnam office received its 100 per cent foreign invested certificate in November 2010, followed by its operating licence in May 2011.
How big will the headcount be?
We currently have a team of six staff focusing primarily on the sales and marketing and finance functions.
Who will be the key senior employees?
I will be spearheading the Vietnam office. I was tasked to lead the due diligence and market feasibility research for a Robert Walters’ office in Ho Chi Minh City. I was appointed country manager in January 2011.
I arrived in Vietnam in 2006 and have over four years’ experience in recruiting in Vietnam, specialising in media placements as well as sales and marketing and finance roles. Prior to joining Robert Walters, I worked in various international markets – Australia, Denmark, India and the United Kingdom, before moving to Vietnam.
What will be the Vietnam office’s coverage, both in terms of geographical areas and business sectors?
The Vietnam office will specialise in permanent placements in Ho Chi Minh City focusing on the sales and marketing, finance and accounting, banking and human resources functions.
What’s the relationship with your other offices in the region?
Most of the businesses in Vietnam report to Singapore, Malaysia or Thailand, and we can leverage off these relationships we have built over the years to make Vietnam a successful business.
Why was there a need to open this office?
Most of the organisations we work with either already have an office in Vietnam or have plans to open branches there. Taking into account this need, we decided to enter the Vietnam market.
Is the market mature enough for a professional head-hunting business?
We believe that the Vietnam market has potential to develop further and that the demand for our professional services will continue to mature as we help our clients