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90% of Samsung Vietnam managers to be Vietnamese

Released at: 08:00, 06/05/2017

90% of Samsung Vietnam managers to be Vietnamese


Tech giant aims to increase proportion from current 50%.

by Nguyen Quynh

Vietnamese will account for 90 per cent of managers at Samsung in Vietnam in the near future, according to Mr. Lee Cheol Ku, Vice President of Samsung Vietnam.

He added that Samsung needs a total of 500 managers as heads of departments or higher to manage its factories in the country. The proportion of Vietnamese managers currently stands at 50 per cent.  

“Samsung continues to expand our investments in Vietnam, especially in the field of research and development,” Mr. Lee said. “We therefore need a large amount of information technology staff. We focus on candidates’ ability, especially those with good knowledge of information technology.”

The strengthening of the management team is to part of plans to expand Samsung’s investments in Vietnam. Since 2008, the South Korean electronics giant has recruited 9,393 university graduates and provided them with various training programs.

Samsung pointed out that the greatest weaknesses of Vietnamese workers are foreign language skills and proactivity. Only 15-20 per cent of candidates pass Samsung’s software test.

It held the Global Samsung Aptitude Test (GSAT) on April 29 for 8,800 candidates selected from more than 20,000 applicants. The group said it expects to employ about 2,300 people, including 100 at its factory in Ho Chi Minh City and 2,200 in factories in the north.

Mr. Hyun Woo Bang, Vice President of Samsung Vietnam, in an interview with VET, said that when choosing locations to invest, a huge corporation like Samsung always pays attention to human resources. Vietnam has a large population of about 95 million people and a high proportion of young workers, which are an advantage for Samsung.

In the years to come, with the technological revolution focusing on the Internet of Things (IoT), the development of hardware and software is of equal importance. “I hope that Vietnamese engineers will make a positive contribution to Samsung’s R&D because we have seen good human resources appear from research cooperation projects with many of Vietnam’s universities,” he said. “This is an important factor in helping Vietnam catch up with the fourth industrial revolution.”

Samsung now has an R&D center in Hanoi, with 1,500 employees. At its factories in Bac Ninh and Thai Nguyen provinces it has many engineers who specialize in product R&D. The R&D team in Hanoi focuses on software while the R&D teams in Thai Nguyen and Bac Ninh focus on hardware, new cycle development, and technical issues regarding the plants. Many Vietnamese engineers are capable and responsible, which helps improve product quality.

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