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Transforming the way your industry works

Bilingual talent is in high demand as the sporting world’s eyes turn toward Japan

Posted by in Asia, Career Advice, Japan, Yusuke Isoda

With the 2019 Rugby World Cup and 2020 Olympics on the horizon, the world’s biggest sports businesses are on the hunt for Japanese candidates and those who boast language skills and experience in related industries, says Consultant for Japan Yusuke Isoda in an interview with SRi. To read a Japanese language version of this article, please click here. SRi: You recently joined SRi after a number of years for a Tokyo-based recruitment specialist, what are your ambitions for SRi in Japan? Yusuke Isoda: “As a passionate sports fan, I’m thrilled…read more

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Are you on board?

Posted by in Asia, Frances Farnworth, HR, Leadership, Management

Starting a new job can be daunting enough at any level, without turning up to find you were forgotten about, left to figure it all out on your own, thrown in and told to get going. Does that get you ‘onboard’ with the company? Many would say no. An effective onboarding process of new staff has been shown to be key in the retention of staff, which seems obvious, YET the ineffective onboarding of new staff is all too common. Get it wrong and your new superstar whiz kid (or…read more

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Opportunities aplenty in Japan’s growing sports industry

Posted by in Asia, Japan, Management, Yusuke Isoda

The Japanese sports business industry is set to grow exponentially and those who boast critical skills are in high demand, says SRi’s Yusuke Isoda The sporting world’s focus will shift to Japan for a packed calendar of major events and although there are challenges ahead, a land of opportunity awaits those who have the critical skills required. To read a Japanese language version of this article, please click here. With the Rugby World Cup and 2020 Olympic Games on the horizon, the Japanese sports business industry is enjoying an unprecedented period…read more

How LaLiga is bringing El Clasico to China

Posted by in Asia, Career Advice

Bill Yang is currently the Project Coordinator in LaLiga’s China office, having secured the role through SRi in July 2016. Boasting a degree from one of the best universities in China, Bill had accumulated significant research and business analysis experience working for management consulting companies, which was very attractive to LaLiga. Bill is just one example of our dedicated SRi team in China’s ability to secure top talent from other industries for leading sports roles. Our Head of China, Ting Zhang, recently sat down with Bill to talk about his…read more

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Three simple steps to secure your employer of choice status

Posted by in Asia, Commercial, Digital, Helen Soulsby

Sports and entertainment companies in Asia face stiff competition from other industries when it comes to attracting talent. Helen Soulsby, SRi’s managing partner for Asia, reveals the steps that can be taken to make sure that your business is the place that people want to choose. One of the idiosyncrasies of sports and entertainment in Asia is that, despite all the glamour that comes with working for a big sporting brand or entertainment property, more kudos still tends to lie with employment in other sectors – particularly technology and anything…read more

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Can you afford to ignore Asia?

Posted by in Asia, Commercial, Helen Soulsby

Over the past 12 months, it has been impossible to avoid the sense that there is a shift in strategy underway in Asian sport. Take football as a case study; no longer is it just ageing players seeing out their twilight years in the Chinese Super League, this season saw Chelsea’s Ramires, Atletico Madrid’s Jackson Martinez and coveted Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Alex Teixeira all head east for a combined £90m in transfer fees alone. It’s becoming increasingly clear, and perhaps alarmingly for internationally recognised clubs involved in the region, that…read more

Behind the scenes of the sports and entertainment industry in Asia

Posted by in Asia, Commercial, Digital, Sales, Sponsorship

Jasper Donat is the Co-Founder and CEO of Branded. Branded produce award winning events, such as All That Matters, and have spent 25 years connecting businesses and marrying great content with partner brands throughout Asia. In this Q+A we look behind the scenes of the sports and entertainment industry in Asia. 1. What is your background in sports and entertainment? My first job in sport was as an International Account Manager at Eurosport, based in London in 1992. In 1995, I moved to Hong Kong to become the Head of…read more

Six Sports Industry Trends Dominating Recruitment in China

Posted by in Asia, Commercial, Digital, Elite Performance, Helen Soulsby, HR

In 2015, one thing became clear: China led the way in sports business growth across Asia. New entrants, new commercial arrangements and new investors flooded the broad sports business landscape. The China sports industry promises more growth in 2016 and the war for talent is getting fierce. Smart companies know that great people will give them the edge. Below we’ve briefly outlined six key trends (in no particular order) dominating recruitment within the Chinese sports industry. 1. Talent Identification and Transfer With increased sophistication across all aspects of sport, many organizations now…read more

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Why Mass Participation Event Sponsorship is Fast Becoming a Popular Marketing Platform

Posted by in Asia, Chris Robb, Mass Participation

This week we have a guest blog written by Spectrum Worldwide’s CEO, Chris Robb. Spectrum Worldwide was established in Singapore over 10 years ago. It is an award-winning sports event management company with proven capabilities in pioneering and delivering numerous world-class mass participation events that have helped to position Singapore as Asia’s leading sports hub. Today’s marketplace has almost every business fighting to get noticed. Marketing and sales techniques have been evolving with time and those who fail to adapt struggle to stay afloat. Sean Davidson who heads up Tata…read more

Don’t they know who we are?

Posted by in Asia, Commercial, Helen Soulsby

Sports businesses in Asia have a problem. Unlike in the western world, companies operating in sports and entertainment aren’t the sexy brands that every Gen X and Millennial necessarily wants to work for. Sure there are exceptions, but often in Asia, sports focused businesses are just not the ‘employer of choice’. I’ll often ask a client, “Why should someone work for you? What does your brand/company have to offer?” I am then met with an incredulous look as they reply, “Why wouldn’t they want to work for us?” To this,…read more