About 1,000 engineers from top Indian tech colleges including the IITs (Indian Institutes of Technology) can look forward to working with South Korean mobile phone and electronics giant, Samsung, in 2019. With the company and its market growing, Samsung is all set to strengthen its research and development facilities in India.
As competition mounts with the emergence and growth of contenders like Xiaomi, Samsung seems to be gearing up to protect its market position with evolved products and new-age services. With that agenda in mind, the mobile and electronics company plans to hire 2,500 engineers for R&D by 2020.
The R&D centers take into consideration the preferences of the Indian customer base while also also contributing to global products. The Bengaluru center is the largest overseas facility outside Korea and looks into technology around communications protocol, AI, web payments, web services and memory network. The Noida center has its focus on multimedia applications, system and communications protocol, localization of global products and the center at Delhi that the primary focus on high-end smart TVs, LED, digital media products and customization of digital home appliances. From the spread of functions across the centers, it is clear to note the futuristic bend that the business has in mind. Talent acquisition must be in keeping with this organizational vision.
Sameer Wadhawan, Head of Human Resources at Samsung India said, “The new recruits will work on cutting-edge technology at our three R&D centres in Bengaluru, Noida and Delhi, which have evolved as centres of expertise.”
He also added, acording to an ET report, that in the journey to strengthen the research base in India, the new group of research talent would be working on the areas of Artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, natural language processing analytics, biometrics and 5G.
Having kept manufacturing and research processes closely linked is a stance that has had its benefits for Samsung and that perspective seems to be maintained as the company gets ready to leverage the intellectual potential of India further. These mass hiring sprees seem to be the new norm with established and growth global enterprises. That said, so are the cycle of job cuts. Talent acquisition and management is undergoing numerous nuanced changes but these changes often lead to big impacts not only on the business but also on the “glocal” talent landscape.