Chinese automaker BAIC Group seeking talents in US
【Summary】Chinese state-owned auto giant BAIC (Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Co) will be holding a series of recruiting events across the United States, seeking more talents to join the venture’s growing engineering team.
Chinese state-owned auto giant BAIC (Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Co) will be holding a series of recruiting events across the United States, seeking more talents to join the venture's growing engineering team.
In a recent job fair held in Silicon Valley, BAIC Deputy Manager Cai Suping and the company's core HR team were in attendance, emphasizing BAIC's goal of importing U.S. talents to China.
"With the strategic moves of BAIC for internationalization and new energy, we strongly hope talents all around the globe could join our team," Cai Suping said at the event.
This was just after Daimler signed a new framework agreement with BAIC in early June for production of electric vehicles in China. The German automaker will set up production capacity for EVs under its joint venture BAIC-the Beijing Benz Automotive Co., while acquiring a minority share of Beijing Electric Vehicle Co (BJEV), a subsidiary of BAIC group.
"On July 5th, Chairman of BAIC group will sign a new framework agreement of $5 billion investment in Germany." Cai mentioned.
He further added that in the long run, BAIC will focus on four areas: new-energy vehicles, the development of BAIC's joint venture brands and the company's own brands, internationalization, and connected car technology.
"Besides our strength in manufacturing, we're moving toward providing car services solutions," Cai said.
On April 8th, BAIC launched Huaxia Travel Co., a company that specializes in green mobility services including ride-sharing, car-rental, smart shuttle bus, and shared logistics vehicles. The move, similar to GM's launch of Maven, was intended to grab a share in the new booming ride sharing market.
As China's fourth largest automotive group, BAIC was ranked 160th among the Fortune Global 500 in 2016, with sales of 2.85 million vehicles and revenue of reaching 406.1 billion RMB ($59.9 billion).
"Last year was the first year that we surpassed a 400-billion revenue. We hope in 2017 we could sell over 3 million cars and achieve a revenue of 460 billion." Cai said.
Statistics show that in May, China's EV market had surged 49% compared with last year, with BAIC's EC180 taking second place. Its EV car models are taking the lead for the recent years. For the U.S. recruitment plan, 35 different job titles are open, with many coming from BAIC's new energy subsidiary and research institute on self-driving and connected car technologies.
The recruitment events will be held again in July in both Detroit and New York respectively. BAIC's major company BAIC Motor also has a key plan of expanding globally in South Africa, Southeast Asia, and Central and Eastern Europe by the year of 2020, with the goal of "six key projects, five major market clusters and 600,000 vehicles."
Claire Peng has over 6 years of professional experience in the media industry, covering TV, newspaper and online media. She was once a reporter and producer for Fairchild Television based in Toronto Canada, and worked as an English news reporter for the Global Times in Beijing. She writes mainly about self-driving, companies investment, and the enterprise lab.
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