Name: David Zhou
Job title: Supervisor of ZTE Corporation, HR director, head of financial supervision department
Sector/business area: Telecoms manufacturing
Size in country: 140 operations and offices in 140 countries, 75,000 staff with over 1,000 staff in the finance department.
Organisation details: ZTE Corporation is a leading global provider of telecoms equipment and networking solutions operating in more than 140 countries and servicing 59 of the world’s top 100 telecoms operators. It offers a wide choice of products ranging from voice, data, multimedia and wireless broadband services.
David Zhou, supervisor of ZTE Corporation, sees their finance professionals as ‘value creators’. Integrity and professionalism are priorities when recruiting for these key roles, but other qualities are also sought.
Zhou explains: ‘The spirit of service and cooperation, initiative and a sense of responsibility are valued, together with knowledge of international standards and practice because ZTE has thousands of finance and accounting staff worldwide. Candidates with the ACCA Qualification are preferred, especially for positions overseas.’
Most of ZTE’s ACCA trainees and members hold key positions in the business and make a direct contribution to achieving its goals. Zhou confirms: ‘Their professional performance helps the finance and accounting function transform from being the traditional value guardian to becoming the value creator.’
‘We are confident that ACCA trainees and members have an international perspective, outstanding learning skills and strategic thinking, which are valued assets and contribute to our global development,’ Zhou says. And valued assets need to be taken care of, which is why ZTE have a comprehensive development programme for their finance professionals.
In 2010, ZTE became the first Chinese company to gain global ACCA Approved Employer status – extending the national recognition they have held since 2006. It’s something that sets them apart from other employers when recruiting.
Zhou says: ‘We face intense competition for talent – attracting, developing and retaining talent is a great challenge. We are willing to rely on the ACCA network and global standard of training and development to enhance our attractiveness as an employer and develop our global finance and accounting team further.’
‘ACCA is an outstanding organisation and we do value its international experience and various national and regional networks, which help our finance and accounting business progress internationally. ACCA is not only a professional organisation to certify accountants, but also a partner to help employers improve professional skills, conduct business networking and optimise corporate management’, concludes Zhou. ‘In the future, we will definitely strengthen our relationship with ACCA in all kinds of areas including recruitment, staff training and events.’