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Regional Talent Acquisition Lead, Southeast Asia

  • PPL - People
  • Singapore
  • Cathay Pacific
  • Application Deadline
    27 Aug 2021
Role Introduction

We are looking for a highly motivated and competent Talent Acquisition Lead for Southeast Asia, to be based in Singapore.

This role is to ensure Cathay attracts, selects and brings on board the right people for our operations and the Cathay culture, whilst providing an excellent candidate experience.

He/she to be an expert in recruitment and the Cathay selection processes, tools and techniques and have a strong ability to support line managers with excellent selection decisions and nurture talent through the recruitment and selection process

Key Responsibilities


Talent Attraction and Employer Branding

  • Execute a professional, brand enhancing candidate experience through all recruitment and selection cycle touch-points
  • Act as a brand ambassador for the airlines, promoting the employee value proposition and inspiring candidates to apply for positions and accept opportunities
  • Assist in the development and implementation of policies, procedures and processes related to sourcing, recruiting, selection, promotion, transfer and on-boarding
  • Participate in HR / talent acquisition projects as required

Recruitment and Selection Process Excellence

  • Manage the end to end recruitment and selection processes from discussing requirements with hiring managers and developing commercially focused, brand enhancing initiatives, job advertisement creation, sourcing, screening, selecting, offer and onboarding
  • Be the expert in recruitment tools and processes to ensure high quality of candidate experience and professionalism including the adoption of new tools and technology aligned with the global talent acquisition strategy
  • Conduct effective and timely shortlisting to ensure the most suitable candidates are seen by the hiring managers
  • Effectively prioritise different roles and ensure that time to fill is measured and optimised
  • Design and conduct interview and assessment centres
  • Administer and interpret psychometric tests and provide insights to the hiring managers
  • Conduct a targeted search for key roles as required
  • Coordinate recruitment and selection activity for all applicable overseas hires or internal transfers and secondments
  • Ensure all background checks are conducted in a compliant manner
  • Conduct reference checking via phone to ensure the quality of hires and risk minimisation
  • Lead the offer process, including salary negotiation
  • Manage internal promotion and progression programmes and activities as required
  • Be the expert in local legislation regarding recruitment and selection processes including discrimination and data privacy regulations

Line Manager Development and Support

  • Review job descriptions and ensure that the job advertisement is posted in an effective, clear and appealing manner
  • Provide expertise in interpreting test results, shortlists, interviews and assessment centre performance
  • Provide a sounding board on candidate performance and cultural fit
  • Provide a factual, impartial and fair assessment of candidates

Candidate Experience

  • Proactively build relationships and strengthen our employer branding in the region to attract the right talent
  • Identify employer brand building opportunities
  • Manage talent pools to help improve pipeline of talent for future which may include alumni efforts, university or school engagements, and internships


  • Ensure that the onboarding process is delivered in the local context to bring the Cathay brand to life
  • Manage and administer the Brushwinger platform to ensure it adds value to Brushwingers
  • Check in Brushwingers after 90 days to provide support and advice if needed
  • Ensure all onboarding administration is completed and well documented


  • Emergency and Accident and Crisis Response responsibilities as required

Academic qualifications

  • A tertiary degree in Human Resources or a related field is an advantage

Knowledge, skills, training and experience

  • At least 5 years’ experience in recruitment and selection processes in a cross country environment
  • Airline experience is an advantage
  • Strong cultural sensitivity with high cross cultural communication ability
  • Demonstrably good judgment and ability to remain impartial
  • Knowledge of legislation related to recruitment and selection
  • Strong customer service orientation
  • Efficient and able to manage multiple priorities
  • Excellent stakeholder engagement and management ability
  • Continuous improvement mindset
  • A high degree of technological ability
Apply now