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Talent Acquisition Specialist

  • PPL - People
  • Shanghai, Chinese mainland
  • Cathay Pacific
  • Application Deadline
    31 Oct 2023
Company Description

At Cathay Pacific, we share one common aspiration: to be the world's best airline. We believe in looking for the best in our people, in working as a team, in doing the right thing by our shareholders and our communities.


With a global team, we offer a diverse range of career choices and opportunities - in the air, on the ground; in customer service, in the office; managerial or professional roles. Our team of great people each plays a key role to deliver the quality service that we are famous for.


  1. All Chinese mainland based positions are subject to local terms and conditions.
  2. Applicants must have the right to live and work in Chinese mainland.
  3. Once employment is confirmed, the employment contract and personnel file will be arranged through local FESCO/ FASCO.
Role Introduction

To ensure Cathay attracts, selects and develops the right people to actively support the success of the responsible regional operations while providing an excellent candidate and employee experience through all key touch-points.

Key Responsibilities

Talent Attraction and Employer Branding

  • Assist on the development and implementation of the regional talent acquisition and employer branding strategy
  • Ensure execution of a professional, brand enhancing candidate experience through all recruitment and selection cycle touch-points
  • Act as a brand ambassador for the airline, developing and promoting the regional employee value proposition that inspire candidates to apply for positions and accept offered opportunities
  • Proactively build relationships with relevant stakeholders that strengthen Cathay’s employer branding in the region to attract the best talent
  • Devise and execute the plan to actively manage talent pools that create a talent pipeline of candidates for role (for example, alumni, university or school engagements, and internships)
  • Assist Manager in development and implementation of policies, procedures and processes related to sourcing, recruiting, promotion, transfer, on-boarding and off-boarding
  • Work closely with Manager to leverage recruitment channels and improve sourcing effectiveness


Recruitment and Selection Process Excellence

  • Manage and deliver end-to-end recruitment processes from discussing requirements with hiring managers and developing commercially focused, brand enhancing assessment and selection processes, job advertisement creation, sourcing, screening, selecting, offer and on-boarding
  • Be the expert in a wide variety of recruitment approaches and processes including the adoption of new tools and technology aligned with the global talent acquisition strategy to ensure a high quality candidate and hiring manager experience
  • Effectively prioritise different roles and ensure that time to fill is measured and optimised
  • Review job descriptions within corporate guidelines and ensure that the job advertisement is posted in an effective, clear and appealing manner which meet all local regulations
  • Provide expertise in interpreting test results, shortlists, interviews and measured assessment centre performance
  • Conduct full reference and background checks 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


On-boarding and Off-boarding

  • To ensure that the on-boarding process is engaging and is delivered with a local context that brings the Cathay brand to life
  • Ensure all regulatory training is completed and monitor Brushwingers’ completion for eLearning and other safety or induction related training
  • Manage and ensure the off-boarding process is smooth and leaves a positive lasting impression on the exiting employee



  • Participate in HR / talent acquisition projects as required
  • Any other reasonable tasks as required



  • Emergency & Accident and Crisis Response responsibilities as required

Academic qualifications:

  • Bachelor degree in Human Resources or relevant discipline


Knowledge, skills and experiences:

  • 5 - 7 years' relevant experience in HR, with at least 4 years in recruitment, solid experience in recruitment agent is preferred
  • Experience leading high volume recruitment activity
  • Experience running competency-based and technical interviews and using other assessment and selection tools
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with fluency in both English and Mandarin
  • Strong influencing skills and stakeholder engagement and management ability
  • Strong planning skills with high attention to detail
  • High energy and motivational style
  • Strong cultural sensitivity and respect
  • Efficient and able to manage multiple priorities and competing deadlines
Personal & Application Information

Cathay Pacific is an Equal Opportunities Employer. Personal data provided by job applicants will be used strictly in accordance with our personal data policy and for recruitment purposes only. Candidates not notified within eight weeks may consider their application unsuccessful. All related information will be kept in our file for up to 24 months. A copy of our Personal Information Collection Statement will be provided upon request by contacting our Data Protection Officer.

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