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Find your next role or hire with the leading engineering and technical recruitment agency in Thailand.

Talent. Optimised.

Find your next role or hire with the leading engineering and technical recruitment agency in Thailand.

Talent. Optimised.

Find your next role or hire with the leading engineering and technical recruitment agency in Thailand.

Why
choose us?

RLC is an engineering and technical recruitment specialist experienced in supporting companies and candidates in Thailand's booming manufacturing and supply chain sectors.

Whether you are simply expanding your team, hiring for short-term projects, ongoing partnerships or recruiting for executive and leadership roles, we offer a range of recruitment approaches customised to suit your requirements. Our innovative recruitment technology, consultancy resources, digital tools and revolutionary Recruitment as a Service (RaaS) model enable us to work in partnership with you to craft a bespoke recruitment solution that best meets your needs.

If you're based locally or are an overseas organisation looking to break into the Thai markets, we can find high-quality candidates who are knowledgeable in international and local engineering, supply chain, manufacturing, infrastructure, life sciences and digital & technology industries.

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Rhenus Logistics
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Lumentum
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Rhenus Logistics Co., Ltd.

RLC Recruitment understands the logistics business. The company’s excellent network and consultative approach has ensured it is a vital business partner for our growth in Thailand & SE Asia. RLC’s groundbreaking RaaS solution has revolutionised our talent acquisition strategy. Having ongoing access to the full range of the RLC team’s experience means we can always get the right solution.

East-West Seed International Limited

I have been working with RLC both as a candidate and a client.

RLC Recruitment has a distinctive approach to executive search: they strive to to understand both the client’s and candidates’ cultures, expectations and motivations by establishing a close personal relationship with all parties. RLC genuinely cares for a mutually beneficial outcome. Besides, I was personally always impressed by the follow up post placement. I warmly recommend RLC Recruitment as a very reliable and professional partner in executive search.

Cushman & Wakefield Services (Thailand) Co., Ltd.

Since becoming our approved recruitment partner, RLC has has consistently impressed me with their holistic approach to recruitment and HR support. The consultants are always quick to respond and their specialist understanding of our industry ensures we were able to quickly hire candidates with the right fit for our business. RLC ask the right questions and look to add value at every stage of the process.

It is my pleasure to recommend RLC Recruitment to any company looking for professional recruitment support in Thailand.

Lumentum International (Thailand) Co., Ltd.

As our company grows in Asia and especially in Thailand, it has been a true customer experience to work with RLC Recruitment whilst going through the process of searching, filtering and appointing a senior executive.

RLC Recruitment was able to quickly understand our needs very precisely, mainly because of their experience and practical understanding of the roles. We have a very successful partnership with RLC Recruitment on all our professional opportunities in line with our strategy of growth.

RLC Recruitment is able to take a lot of the heavy lifting from our shoulders to allow us to focus on the needs of the business in order to get the right mix of talent either locally or from their worldwide network.

As we move forward in our growth model, RLC Recruitment will be in step with us, advising and supporting our challenges in executive recruitment.

Stanley Black & Decker Inc

RLC Recruitment has helped Stanley Black & Decker fill several key engineering positions in Thailand over the last few years. RLC’s attention to detail, their understanding of our business needs and their access to excellent candidates has made them a key partner to the development and growth of our business.

DB Schenker

I have worked with RLC Recruitment for a number of years and during this time they have successfully identified several key people for our company from middle management to executive Country & Cluster leadership

As one of the leading global logistics providers, we require employees with a combination of multicultural skillsets, languages and attitudes. RLC’s network of local Thai and expatriate logistics professionals in SE Asia is exceptional and allows them to access candidates with specific technical skillsets when required. They are experts in their field and this market knowledge empowers their recruitment support.

RLC Recruitment has a very personal and friendly approach to business and offer a supportive, motivating and highly professional service. I would have no hesitation in recommending them to others looking for recruitment support.

Datapath Ltd

We have worked with RLC for recruiting senior sales roles to cover Southeast Asia, our engagements are always smoothly and successfully executed.

On each occasion, RLC impressed us with their responsiveness, professionalism, speed, pragmatism, transparency, and general ‘ease of working together’ throughout the process – from understanding our business and our target candidate profile, identifying and introducing appropriate candidates, arranging interviews and ‘backchannel’ liaising with candidates, and appropriately advising on expectations and next best steps. 

I would not hesitate to work with RLC for any future recruitment needs, and can confidently recommend RLC to anyone seeking recruitment services in the region.

KSB Pumps CO. Ltd.

I have worked with RLC Recruitment for over eight years, whilst leading two different technology companies. Throughout this time, RLC has demonstrated experience and domain knowledge from support staff to front line technical and commercial leadership. We look forward to continuing a long-term partnership with RLC Recruitment.

Diversey Holdings, Ltd.

 When operating in the Thailand job market with 0.5% unemployment rates and millennials dominating the work space, having a reliable recruitment partner is paramount to the success of any business. That’s what we found in RLC Recruitment. 

RLC Recruitment spent time understanding the nuances of our business and the requirements for each job and they were able to provide us with good quality candidates, almost instantly. This is especially true for mid to senior level jobs. It’s a pleasure working with this team that blossoms everyday under Richard’s leadership.

Optimise the Talent
You Need

We can support your hiring through Executive Search or Tech-Driven recruitment, Project, RPO and RaaS, as well as Outsourced Staffing services. Our tailored approach considers your business strategy and requirements and matches it with our in-depth industry expertise to provide the right consultant, service and the best outcomes for you.

Attract, retain, and develop the best talent with RLC and ensure your business is primed for success.

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recruitment journey

At RLC the attitude and culture of our people is our top priority. We are competitive but collaborative, professional yet personable and everyone has a voice and can make a genuine impact on our business. Our position in the market means you will be working in an exciting, fast-paced, and international company that provides the highest level of service to our client partners.

Everyone in our team, whether they are experienced recruiters or just starting out in the business, is offered the opportunity to learn and grow their skills through tailored learning development. Graduate consultants will be given the opportunity to help high-quality manufacturing, engineering and logistics candidates realise their potential, and experienced recruiters will get exposure to some of the leading employers in Thailand who are building the future of our world.

Career &
hiring insights

Is Your CV Strong Enough to Secure Your Next Role? How to Improve Your CV
Is Your CV Strong Enough to Secure Your Next Role? How to Improve Your CV
Sep
23

Digital transformations and changes to the way businesses work across Thailand have deeply affected the skills and competencies employers are on the hunt for in candidates. Employers are looking for highly-skilled candidates with technical skills and competencies but what those technical skills involve is changing. Looking beyond technical ability, to be a top candidate you should also be demonstrating in-demand soft skills, emotional intelligence and inter-cultural sensitivity, to boost your resume.In-demand skills to boost your resumeFuture employers in the technical, engineering, manufacturing and logistics sectors in Thailand are looking for highly-motivated candidates with leadership abilities and a creative mindset. As a candidate, you need to be a well-rounded individual who not only has excellent technical ability but possesses strong soft skills too. Here are five of the top in-demand skills sought by employers in the current market you should be demonstrating :1. Leadership skillsHaving leadership ability is crucial if you are looking for senior level roles, however, they are also highly sought after by employers whatever your role. Employers are looking for individuals at every level who lead by example, foster a sense of community culture and are inspired by the company vision.There are leadership resources available, such as books and online courses, but you can take steps in your current role to practice your leadership skills. Put yourself forward to lead a project, find a leadership mentor, and practice active listening and problem solving.2. Intercultural intelligence Employers in the engineering and technical industries in Thailand are generally looking for candidates with a good, demonstrable English skills, particularly business English at senior levels to help to facilitate overseas business. But beyond an understanding of English top candidates demonstrating inter-cultural intelligence and empathy skills will be highly sought after. Intercultural intelligence is the ability to bridge cultural divides and avoid misunderstandings and miscommunications that may affect business outcomes. High levels of intercultural intelligence and empathy are crucial in today’s global business world. You can demonstrate intercultural intelligence to employers by discussing times you have worked cross-culturally and your experiences of other cultures.3. Self-motivationEmployers want candidates who are proven self-starters, who are passionate, motivated to take on tasks and who are willing to invest time in their own development. You can show this by being proactive in seeking out challenges and anticipating important tasks as well as demonstrating that you have independently worked on your skills.4. Innovation & creativity Businesses across the technological and manufacturing sectors are seeking candidates who can solve problems creatively and come up with innovative products and solutions. Broaden your knowledge, analyse products and applications you interact with daily and brainstorm solutions and ideas to improve them.5. Unlearning!In the modern business world change is rapid. Whether it is changes to market conditions, unforeseen global events or technological advances our skills can rapidly become outdated and replaced with new ways of working. Top candidates need to demonstrate that they are aware of advancements, keep on top of trends and have the ability to manage rapid transitions and new methodologies.You can show this in your CV by giving examples of new skills you have developed, that you are aware of industry trends and are active in your community and that you have experience of managing change and keeping teams aligned and moving forward in your current role.How to improve a CVBut how can you identify any areas where you need to upskill to ensure that you have the skills employers want? And how can you make sure your skills and abilities come across to hiring managers and employers?Take the following steps to ensure you have the skills employers want and that those skills are showcased in an eye-catching CV:Compare your current skills against industry requirementsTake a quick look at the descriptions and requirements for jobs similar to your current role, or for your dream position, and compare what employers are looking for with your skill set. You can also look at industry trends to see what skills will be in demand going forward. This will show you what skills you already have, any areas need to focus on and give you a benchmark of excellence to work towards.Identify areas you can upskill inOnce you know what skills are in high demand in your industry and where your current skills are sitting, you can prioritise areas you want to work on. You may not have the time or resources to address every skill at once but choose one or two to focus on.Customize your CV based on the job description It may seem time consuming to adjust your CV for every application you submit. But taking the time to pick out key phrases, competencies and power words from the job description will help your CV stand out and show you fully understand what the employer is looking for and how you fit that brief.Summarize your skills and key accomplishmentsThe average hiring manager spends 6-7 seconds looking at a resume. That’s right, seconds! This means you must get their attention quickly. Start your CV with a quick summary of your skills, technical abilities, and accomplishments to grab their attention. Make sure that you put any skills and keywords from the job description here too.Focus on resultsDon’t just list responsibilities. Emphasise your successes with quantifiable results and data. For example: Led a team of ten employees and implemented new work management software that led to an increase in efficiency and a 20% increase in sales revenue. Highlight your personal developmentFocus on what you have learned from your past positions and show how you have advanced your skills and experience through self-motivated personal development. This shows your commitment to your development and willingness to learn new skills.Show your industry insight and connectionsDemonstrating that you are familiar with industry news, trends and changes will show employers you have industry knowledge and an interest in your sector. By showing your networking ability you show valuable communication skills.Find your next job in the technical industries with RLCAre you ready to take advantage of the current market and find your next role in the technical industries? Maybe you're looking to take on more responsibility and progress your career?There are many reasons to consider looking for a new job, why not check out our most recent vacancies and start your journey?Find your new role today.

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6 Reasons Why Now Is the Time to Get A New Job in Thailand
6 Reasons Why Now Is the Time to Get A New Job in Thailand
Sep
16

If you’ve spent a fair amount of time in your current job, then you probably can’t imagine yourself working for another company. As time goes by, it becomes harder and harder for you to figure out when the right time is to make a switch in your career. However, taking the next step at the right time can lead you to increased compensation, greater career progression, and several other benefits. It's time to get a new job in Thailand!With that said, it can be hard to figure out when the “right time” is. For many people, the question of “should I stay, or should I go?” is one of the hardest questions they can answer. In this article, we’re going to help you determine if you should consider taking the next step in your career.When should you look for a new job? Six signs it’s time to find a new role:Determining whether or not it's time to take the next step in your career is hard. After all, having a stable job is very comfortable and comes with a lot of benefits, so why consider leaving in the first place? While that is a completely valid argument, there are times when you might need to look for a new job to bring yourself new career progression opportunities, a better working environment, and even a higher salary.So, if you feel like you’re on the edge and aren’t quite sure whether or not you should start looking for a new role, we have six signs that it’s time for you to start looking for a new job.1. Your current role lacks progression opportunitiesIt’s always important to look to the future and know what your next step is going to be. Making consistent steps in your career over the years is the key to reaching your professional goals. So, if you see that your current career doesn’t offer enough options for progression, that alone is a big sign that you should leave and seek a new role.This doesn’t mean that your current employer is bad. Rather, it means that you have given your employer everything you have to offer and it’s time for the next step forward. The consultants at RLC Asia are experts in connecting candidates looking for development opportunities with employers that have a culture of investment in their employee’s and who offer excellent skills training.2. You're being paid less than you're worth in the current marketOne thing to keep in mind about the jobs market in Thailand is that it goes through constant changes - and that often impacts the salary professionals within their respective fields are compensated.If you’ve been working in your current role for a while, you are probably much better at your job but have also capped out your career progression within the company. And while that’s good - it doesn’t mean that you’re being paid what the current market can offer you.As a result of that, every now and again, it’s worth checking out the salary range that you could potentially secure in the current market, and if your current job isn’t paying as well, that is a big sign to start looking for a new role.3. You haven't learnt a new skill or technology in the last 6 monthsStagnation at the workplace is one of the worst phases an employee can ever go through. And if you haven’t learned a new skill or how to use a new piece of technology relevant to your industry recently - then you should probably leave your current employer and seek a new and more challenging working environment that will help you grow as a professional.If you are looking for roles in your industry that will challenge you and help you grow in your chosen profession then a specialist recruiter can help. At RLC Asia our consultants listen to what you want, expect and need from your job role and use our industry connections and experience to match you with employers that offer exciting opportunities.4. Your current role disrupts your work-life balance causing stress or burnoutIt’s important to keep your work life and personal life in balance. If you believe that you can’t stop thinking about work and the job is becoming too stressful for you, you risk burning out. Burnout can lead to a lot of health problems and could be a sign that you need to take a step back and reconsider your career.Your job may have felt fine at the start. But if you were slowly given more responsibilities that are getting in the way of your personal life, then there’s nothing wrong with leaving your job for something better.5. Your skills are in high demand right nowIf you find that your skills are in-demand, there’s a high chance another employer would compensate you much better and offer better benefits in exchange for your skills compared to your current employer. As mentioned earlier, the job market is constantly changing, and if you’ve been in the same job for a while, it’s worth doing some research and seeing if the demand for professionals in your industry has increased. And if it has, that might be one sign that you should look for a new job.If you have skills that are in high demand from employers it can be difficult to sort through opportunities and find those most relevant to your skills, experience, and expectations. A specialist recruiter such as RLC Asia can do that for you meaning you only spend time applying for roles that are right for you. 6. There are more opportunities to progress your career as technical industries expandSometimes, taking a step away from your current employer is the right decision if you want to progress. Manufacturing, engineering, digital, automotive and many other industries are on the rise right now in Thailand, which opens the doors to many different opportunities. And if you feel like you can succeed in these emerging industries, you might want to consider taking the next step in your career.What is the average time to find a new job?Even with all these emerging industries, it can take a while to find the right job. In our experience, it can take a person an average of three to six months to land a new job, even if they have the skills, experience, and qualifications for it.But there are ways to make it easier.Instead of finding all these companies and employers yourself, you can submit your qualifications and preferences to a recruiter. From there, the recruiter will find potential matches for you, so you won’t have to spend your time looking for your next job.Find your next job in the technical industries with RLCAre you ready to take advantage of the current market and find your next role in the technical industries? Maybe you're looking to take on more responsibility and progress your career?There are many reasons to consider looking for a new job, why not check out our most recent vacancies and start your journey?Find your new role today.

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The Jobs Market is Changing in Thailand! It's Time to Think About Your Next Career Move
The Jobs Market is Changing in Thailand! It's Time to Think About Your Next Career Move
Sep
9

Every couple of decades, the jobs market goes through a cycle where we see a massive increase in demand for skilled workers in certain industries while other sectors see the opposite effect. That is exactly the trend that we are seeing in Thailand, which we expect will continue for many years to come.Advancements in modern technology, globalisation, and various other factors are pushing Thailand’s job market into unforeseen territory. And that’s great news for you as it could be the right time to think about your next career move.In this article, we’re taking a closer look at how Thailand’s job market is changing, the reasons behind the shift, and what this means for candidates looking to enter this new jobs market.5 Factors spurring recruitment in ThailandThere are many different factors that have played a crucial role in changing the job market in Thailand. In the section below, we will take a look at the top five.Rising demand for skilled candidatesAs companies all over Thailand grow and start moving towards the digital space, the need for skilled workers to fulfil the new unique needs of these companies rises, which in turn increases the demand for skilled candidates.Bear in mind, however, that increased demand doesn’t always translate to higher compensation or better progression – or even development! Business budgets and salary bandings are often fixed but monetary compensation is not all you can gain from a career shift. Consider whether the role in question is a “Learn” or “Earn” opportunity, both have value if you go in aware of what you’re getting out of the situation.Many may be hugely tempted to go for Earn rather than learn. However, skipping over an opportunity that offers you an investment in your skills and personal development for a higher wage package can mean pressure to deliver straight away. It is usually a safer option to look for those employers that want to put time and effort into your skills and growth and understand that everyone is on a learning curve.If you’re current role doesn’t offer any opportunity for growth, consider reaching out to a specialist recruiter like RLC who can help you identify and reach out to employers who have a culture of investment in their employee’s personal development. Increased interest from overseas businesses to set up in ThailandConnected to the point above, increased interest from overseas businesses to set up a manufacturing base or satellite office in Thailand has also increased the demand for skilled candidates. Organisations from the EU, US and UK are particularly interested in the wealth of manufacturing opportunities Thailand has to offer. This is great news for individuals that are skilled and experienced in the manufacturing industries who also have exceptional English language skills, as employers are keen on sourcing these skills.The unstoppable rise of digitalisationThe current jobs market is seeing a big shift into the digital world. Digitalisation has allowed skilled professionals from Thailand not only to work remotely for businesses in Thailand, but to also work for international clients from all over the world.This is arguably the biggest benefit to skilled candidates as they have a much wider choice for employment and are not restricted to their own town or city.Prioritisation of English and IT skillsAlong with digitalisation comes globalisation. The current Thai jobs market is focused on two main skills: English proficiency and IT. With the rise of technology, skilled IT workers are a huge priority for companies. Technological integration is a top priority for modern companies, which is why skilled IT professionals are a must-have for many different industries.And as we have already mentioned, companies are prioritising candidates with good English skills. Communication is key in this day and age, and employees need to be able to communicate with people in English since it’s one of the most widely spoken languages in the world.Candidates with in-demand skills might find it difficult to filter through large numbers of job roles to find those which are most relevant to them and their desired career path. This is where RLC Asia’s specialist consultants can be vital in matching you with roles that suit your skills and experience and that offer you the next step in your career progression.Fluctuating unemployment for different age groups and sectorsTypically, mass fluctuation in employment rates for different age groups and sectors is very rare. However, that is exactly what we are seeing in Thailand, which has had a massive impact on the current job market.Such events typically happen in the event of global crisis, where businesses must remain shut, which forces workers from many different age groups and sectors out of work. We saw such a scenario during the pandemic, but other scenarios that can force such an event would be an economic crash and other unforeseen circumstances.What does this mean for candidates looking for a job in Thailand?A changing job market can be scary, but it can actually be a great opportunity - especially for workers that possess those in-demand skills. When the job market changes, it gives people the opportunity to adjust their plans and skills to better fit the market . That way, they have a higher chance of landing in-demand jobs that offer better pay and employment benefits.There’s no better time than now to start exploring the market for new opportunities and make a change in your career. Aside from the evolving job market, there are many modern technological advancements that make it easier for you to find a job in a new industry or even work for an employer from an entirely different country to Thailand.Find your next job in the technical industries with RLCAre you ready to take advantage of the current market and find your next role in the technical industries? Maybe you're looking to take on more responsibility and progress your career?There are many reasons to consider looking for a new job, why not check out our most recent vacancies and start your journey?Find your new role today.

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Back To School
Back To School
May
31

Schools in Thailand have been teaching by remote for two years because of covid. Two weeks ago, my daughter finally started going back to school. It’s a really big change.For so long we have been waiting for things to go ‘back to normal.’ Staying at home was difficult. Returning back to normal now feels like a big adjustment as well.The past year has been tough. With my daughter staying at home, I’ve struggled to find a balance between work, family life, and keeping my loved ones safe from covid.The recruiting business is very much a face-to-face job. During the past year, I haven’t worked in the office much. Networking events and business lunches weren’t happening. It has been super-challenging to maintain the relationships that form the foundation of my professional network without regular, in-person meetings.Being a Mom has made working through the pandemic even more complicated. I’ve adapted to having my daughter with me at my workplace. In between virtual meetings and video calls, I have to look after my daughter and be a parent.Meanwhile, my daughter has been sitting in front of a computer screen for hours every day, with online classes. It’s been a struggle for her. For more than one year, she hasn’t had the chance to meet new friends, or enjoy physical activities with other schoolkids. This month it feels like she got her life back. She is very happy to be back at school, having fun with her friends, feeling free.For me, returning to the office has been more complex. For months, I have been waiting anxiously to get back to my normal daily life. I was really looking forward to it. Now that we’re back to normal, sort of, it doesn’t feel how I thought it would.I’m driving to work every day, picking my daughter up from afterschool activities three times a week, doing ATK tests for both of us twice a week. Life is so much more complicated when you have to commute for work and pick up your kid from school. I forgot how busy I was before the pandemic shut everything down.The covid pandemic impacted our lives in so many ways. Thais have suffered a lot because so many people – most with no safety net – have lost their jobs.But staying at home forced me to slow down, and that’s not a bad thing. I was in such a rush to get back to the office, I didn’t really appreciate the benefits of working from home. And while I don’t want covid to make a comeback, I am really going to miss zipping around town with no traffic, and how easy it has been for the past two years to find a good parking spot.For all working parents, I know it’s a changing and challenging time for us all. For some, our people lives are much harder now. I just want to send my support out there to everyone who is struggling at the moment. Feel free to share your challenges and joys here so that we can support each other.

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Will Thailand Stay on Top of the Southeast Asian Auto Industry?
Will Thailand Stay on Top of the Southeast Asian Auto Industry?
May
18

I’ve been looking at market news and wondering if Thailand will be able to maintain its position as the leading auto manufacturer in the region.The Federation of Thai Industries Auto Club released numbers that show car exports from January to March this year down nearly 6 % compared to the same period in 2021.Thailand still produces the most motor vehicles in ASEAN. But Indonesia is not far behind, with production growing at a faster rate.I don’t know if Thailand will keep its reputation as ‘The Detroit of Southeast Asia’ – the Thai economy is not being touted as the ‘Tiger’ of Southeast Asia anymore. I don’t know if market conditions will improve, if the drop in exports will be temporary, or if the supply chain will see more disruption.I do know for sure that EVs are the future of the auto industry. The ability of Thai manufacturers to adapt their operations to EV production now will determine their success in the future.This report explains how the Thai government plans to boost EV production to 30% of all vehicles produced in Thailand by 2030. And how Indonesia will be a formidable player in the EV market, due to strategic advantages and market demographics.We all want a more sustainable future, and EVs have a big role to play. The shift to EV production, will be disruptive. I worry about the impacts on the local economy. Phasing out internal combustion engines will risk thousands of parts-manufacturing jobs in the short term. The investment required for new EV production facilities is huge, and involves many stakeholders. It may not benefit SMEs; I am concerned it will cause a lot of small businesses to shut down.Thailand may be losing its edge in auto manufacturing over Indonesia, Vietnam and other neighbours. But what’s more disruptive, and what we should be more focused on, is the race to be the leader in EVs.

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Do Women Still Face a ‘Glass Ceiling’ in Thailand’s Manufacturing Industry?
Do Women Still Face a ‘Glass Ceiling’ in Thailand’s Manufacturing Industry?
May
5

A recent study by the consulting firm Grant Thornton shows increasing numbers of women in Thailand appointed to leadership positions for big businesses.The numbers are encouraging. For example, the study says that 29% of CEOs in Thailand today are women. This sounds about right for companies based in Bangkok, but I’m not sure if this is true for the companies that I work with in the manufacturing sector. It feels to me that in women make up only 6-7% of CEOS in manufacturing.For a recent executive vacancy, I did a LinkedIn search for executive level positions in international manufacturing. The search yielded 700 potential candidates in Thailand; only 45 were women. That’s around 6%.I believe it is important for more women to be included in business leadership positions. As a recruiter I always try to provide clients with female candidates for executive positions, so they can add diversity to their management team.Although more women are leading Thai manufacturing companies today compared to 20 years ago, I feel the numbers are still too low. Often my clients will specifically request a woman to fill an industry leadership role, but the pool of female candidates in executive positions is small – there aren’t many to choose from.I have been working with the UK chamber of commerce to build a stronger network among female business leaders in Thailand. I’ve found it challenging to find reliable information and accurate data that breaks down leadership positions according to gender.To get a clearer picture of women’s progress in the manufacturing industry, I asked a few successful female CEOs in my network to share their opinions about gender diversity in executive leadership. Here’s what they have to say:Thanthip Lhaotrangsakul,General Manager at Penn Color (Thailand).Early in my career I was looked down on, so I had to strive hard. In 2006, I became the first female site manager for PTTGC. The situation is better now. Female leaders are more accepted, but we do not get equal opportunities. In the general population, there are more females than males. But few of us are in leadership positions.Female leaders have a more people-oriented style of management. We approach people in a different manner. We know how to motivate our staff, and manage different stakeholders well.Companies should focus on business capability more than gender. Even if quotas were put in place, I don’t think it will help much with the selection process. I think that women should be encouraged to step outside of their comfort zone. Dare to speak up!The real reason for under-representation is not because of maternity leave policy. Attitudes are more important. When companies see the advantage of having female leadership, women will become the leaders of the future. Then we won’t need to look at whether there is equal opportunity.Jantana Saksanguan,Senior HR Manager for a Global Food ManufacturerMy company has a very strong strategy to support diversity. Globally, the aim is to increase female leadership year by year, and reach a gender diversity target at our regional level of not less than 40%.What are the benefits to having female leadership?– Diversity. We look at things from a female’s point of view. We pay attention to details and are generally more cautious when making decisions.– Passion. We have more passion about developing our careers because we value the opportunity more. I think women have passion to achieve at a high level. When the local culture does not support our growth and development, it drives women to strive even more.How can we increase representation of women in manufacturing leadership?– Every organisation may have a diversity policy, but it should have more clarity on targets that include recruitment strategies, talent development programmes, and succession planning to include women.– CSR programmes, like Women’s Day activities, or other projects initiated by female leaders can build a stage for female executives to have a stronger voice in the organisation.Saranya Chantarawaree,Supply Chain Manager, Kimball Electronics (Thailand)Are women under-represented in manufacturing industry leadership?It’s improving. Earlier in my career, I didn’t think I would get an opportunity for the position I have now, especially for a Japanese company. More women are in leadership positions currently.How does it help a company to have women in top management positions? What do they bring to the table?Honesty, accountability. A woman is loyal to her values and beliefs. Businesses should be more open to having female leadership. When the management team has more experience working with female leaders, they will see the benefits. What policies should companies have in place to support women’s career development?There needs to be practical guidelines and benchmarks for equal opportunities, not just a stated policy.Denduang Thongsa-ard,Director, Sherwin-Williams ThailandI don’t think that the number of women in manufacturing is too low. During the last 20-30 years, we have had equal opportunity in Thailand, especially with multinational corporations (MNCs). The Department of Industrial Promotion has encouraged businesses to have more women in leadership positions, so now there is more demand.Female leadership is more detail-oriented, and especially caring for human resources and people.Programmes to support more female leadership can help, such as succession planning, a talent management plan, or recruitment plan.There are some areas where female leaders still struggle: we experience limitations when it comes to building connections with male clients, or entertaining male clients.Within MNCs, women are well supported and have equal opportunities. Still, within the male-dominated Thai culture, women must strive harder to prove ourselves.Dr. Pean Pandunchwit,Managing Director, Dynatec(PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin)As a Thai woman working overseas for my entire career, I have struggled with bias against my nationality and gender. Good leadership is not about gender.A good leader in our industry should have strong knowledge of lean manufacturing, and know how to implement a world class leadership system. They should understand the theory of constraints, and the Kanban inventory management system, so they can solve any problems that arise.A leader should rely on Data Integrity. When using a system that has been implemented properly, problems will be solved. We need to focus on the bottom line – not on pleasing others. If we put the right system in place first, then the company will succeed, and relationships will improve. If you strive and perform, your colleagues will respect you.If companies give opportunities for women to step up – equal opportunities, and equal treatment – the company will get better results.We can see that women in corporate leadership positions must work especially hard in Thailand to gain respect and acceptance from male colleagues.We need top management to truly encourage diversity and inclusion at the executive level. HR needs to put in place mentoring programmes, succession planning, and recruitment policies to attract more women in C-suite roles.The journey to reach the top is difficult for women with careers in manufacturing. It’s not just the corporate men’s club we have to struggle with, but also local culture and social attitudes. In Thailand, we need strong support, starting first with our family, to pursue our professional dreams.

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