Job ref no.: CT3124638-01#3453

MediaCom | Regional HR Business Partner, North Asia


Overview of job

MediaCom is an agency of GroupM, the world’s largest media investment company and are a part of WPP. In fact, we are responsible for one in every three ads you see globally. We are currently looking for a Regional HR Business Partner, North Asia to join us. In this role, you will lead the HR and Talent leadership for China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea and Japan.

At GroupM APAC, our people are our strength, which is why fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion is important to us.

The Why
As an HR Leader, all you want is to work with an engaged business leadership team and make an impactful difference to the people and the organization. At MediaCom these are a given. Our industry leading philosophy of People First, Better Results; guarantees it. You get to work in true partnership with a forward thinking, innovative and creative team of thinkers and doers and together you’ll can make a lasting and positive impact on the lives of our people and the performance of our business. It’s unique and an opportunity to be taken and run with at pace.

So now find out more about joining an award-winning team, then apply today and let’s make this happen.

Reporting of the role
This role reports to the Asia Pacific Chief Talent Officer based in Singapore.

3 best things about the job

  • Extensive collaboration, working with super smart business leaders and HR professionals.
  • Working in a truly data driven people team, working with artificial intelligence and sophisticated predictive analytics, creating strategies and initiatives to drive the success of the business.
  • Making a positive impact across multiple countries and cultures delivering business growth and achievement through the development and success of our people.


In this role, your goals will be:
In three months:

  • Assembled deep insight about the people, company and culture in MediaCom across the region.
  • Built an understanding of the holistic talent management environment.
  • Really got to grips with what we do and how we work with our clients.
  • Built excellent foundational relationships with business leaders.

In six months:

  • Taken control of and be driving multiple initiatives and projects.
  • Built a detailed understanding of the people analytics and be using them to develop strategies and initiatives to solve tactical and strategic challenges.
  • Demonstrated a commercial understanding of our business and our clients.

In 12 months:

  • Established yourself at the heart of business decision making in your region embodying our People First, Better Results philosophy.
  • Worked collaboratively to develop an impactful talent strategy and implementation plan for your region, which is aligned to the APAC and Global People Strategy.
  • Established strong partnerships with HR colleagues across the region and globally.


  • The position will be the day-to-day business partner to the APAC Chief Talent Officer and leadership teams of the region to provide strategic and operational support.
  • Build relationships and collaborate across the business to understand and meet training requirements of the agency including MMDP/ Chrysalis/ Learning Hub.
  • Manage complex and difficult HR Projects cross-functionally, including the embedding of the artificial intelligence talent management platform.
  • Act as the performance improvement driver and provoke positive changes in the people management.
  • Be a Trusted Advisor to the agency. Develop close and trusted relationship with the leadership teams to identify and partner in the delivery of their unique leadership development & transition challenges.
  • Understand the environment we operate our business in and increasing demands from our clients and market on competencies of our talent.
  • Be a trusted confidante of our people, and ensure they feel comfortable to share any concerns or challenges they are facing, with you.
  • Where relevant, ensure global alignment on MediaCom’s key initiatives or projects, including talent reviews, succession planning and people analytics.
  • Build relationships and collaborate across the business to understand and meet employee engagement requirements, whilst providing high levels of internal customer service.

What you will need:

  • Approximately 10-15 years of Human Resources experience in MNCs, preferably from a fast-growing, large volume, consistently changing and high complexity environment.
  • Experience in working as a true strategic Talent Business Partner within a fluid, fast moving and dynamic industry.
  • High learning agility to understand the business strategy, financial environment, and team dynamics.
  • High level of maturity to professionally manage the typical contentious issues we face on a regular basis.
  • Ability to work across business functions with strong consensus building skills to move a strategy forward.
  • Ability and desire to embrace and manage change.
  • Comfortable with ambiguity – flexible and adaptable, with a willingness to learn.
  • Passion and patience in dealing with various HR and administration demands on a day to day basis.
  • Act as a Coach to effectively develop and retain valuable agency talent.
  • Ability to influence at mid and senior management levels.
  • Be a MediaCom brand ambassador, truly immersed in the culture and direction of the business.
  • Proven experience in delivering workshops.
  • Fluency in English and Mandarin.


More about MediaCom

Welcome innovators, initiative takers and instigators.

We are 8,500 of the world’s leading media communications specialists, in 125 offices, across 100 countries.

We have a global client roster that’s the envy of our peers. Adidas, Coca-Cola, Mars, P&G, PSA, Richemont, Shell and Sony to name but a few.

We help brands unlock growth through media. We do this using our Systems Thinking approach to data, technology and creativity and design communication strategies that build brands and generate sales. We’re part of WPP, the world's largest marketing communications services group, which gives us access to the richest data sets and most robust benchmarks in the business.

All this has helped us become the first network to hold the big six Media Network of the Year titles concurrently. In addition, MediaCom APAC won the Gold for the Best Talent Development Program in 2019, by Campaign Asia.

But the real secret to our success is simple (and not really a secret). It’s our People First, Better Results philosophy.

We know that when we invest in our people, we’ll deliver better results not only for them, but also for our clients.

We also know that talent comes in all shapes, sizes, genders and ethnicities. That’s why our agencies are open environments that celebrate difference.

Do you want to work with smart, creative, enthusiastic people? So do we.

About Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s small yet highly dynamic and efficient media market means it gets to operate with agility. Its internet and digital penetration continues to grow year-on-year, and has the highest smartphone penetration in Asia Pacific at 87%, while tablet ownership clocks in at 57%. Hong Kong’s digital market boasts a healthy mix of local, regional and global players, providing new opportunities in the media space.

If you want a future in media and communications, and believe in Hong Kong’s belief of “work hard, play hard", there is clearly no place more vibrant, challenging and exciting than Hong Kong, where opportunities for you to innovate and grow are unparalleled.

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More job information
Job ref no. CT3124638-01#3453
Job Function
Employment Term
  • Permanent
  • Full-time
  • 10 years - 15 years
Career Level
  • Senior management level
  • N/A