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Published on Friday, 13 Jan 2012
Groupon is boosting its Hong Kong workforce by 50 per cent.
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Trainees, sales and business development manager

Called the "fastest-growing company ever" by Forbes magazine, Groupon is recruiting a large number of staff in Hong Kong across a variety of fields.

The company currently has 100 employees and will hire about 50 more for various posts, including partner management trainees, sales consultants, and city and business development managers.

"We are constantly looking for talented individuals who are committed to serving the best interests of the company," says Ariel Wong, human resources manager at Groupon. "Candidates should be customer-oriented and, most importantly, be passionate about working towards [Groupon's] goals."

The company has been credited with inventing social commerce and has close to 143 million subscribers worldwide. It offers daily deals at what it claims to be unbeatable prices in 45 countries. The fast-paced start-up environment requires staff who are self-motivated, hardworking, professional team players.

"We operate in a flat and low hierarchical structure," says Wong. "We encourage our employees to develop their own ideas and become [active] members of the team."

The person who takes up the role of city manager will be responsible for driving his or her area's performance, and will have direct responsibility over the profit and loss statement.

Applicants should have at least three years' experience in an entrepreneurial setting. Experience and enthusiasm for coaching and active management are necessary.

A university degree is also needed, though an MBA is the preferred qualification.

Candidates for the business development manager role should be able to connect with interesting and reliable companies.

They will negotiate the discounts that help ensure people keep returning to the Groupon website.

According to Danny Yeung, chief executive at Groupon, staff are their most valuable asset.

"We are a great company because we are made up of great people who are, basically, just really good at what they do," he says.

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