Samsung aims to expand local staff numbers from about 30 to more than 50, with several roles available in the IT side of the business.
Since last March, three senior staff in IT product sales and marketing roles have left the vendor – Jeff Lau, Francis File, and most recently Anton Napier.
However, the company is now seeking to fill a new, expanded head of IT role, as well as recruit three IT business development managers in Auckland and Wellington, says head of marketing Rachael Cotton-Bronte.
In addition, it wants to hire a product manager for printers and consumables and a product marketing manager to work across all three product categories – telecommunications and mobile, IT and consumer electronics. The business is also seeking a logistics manager and a number of others to work in logistics.
About 14 sales positions are open, including head of sales, regional heads and key account managers in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.
The vendor wants to build closer relationships with channel partners, including retailers, be number one in the local market and build brand awareness, says Cotton-Bronte.
“Customers have voted with their feet. They have bought the product but the brand hasn’t followed.”
Some staff will join Samsung from Radiola Corporation, from which Samsung is set to take over distribution of consumer electronics products on 1 March. However, she says some staff may not be able to take up roles if they are unable to relocate to the areas the available positions are based in.
Former Nokia marketer Lane Stephens has recently joined as product marketing manager for monitors and netbooks, along with channel marketing manager Royden Chan.
Samsung’s new global tagline, “Turn on Tomorrow”, will be adopted in New Zealand in about March, Cotton-Bronte adds.
Ingram Micro continues to distribute Samsung’s IT products.