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At BAIC headquarters in Beijing, executives are looking for engineers to help with the carmaker’s internationalization plans

Beijing Automotive Group is looking for engineers in Germany.

The Chinese automaker held its first German job fair in Stuttgart last week, in an effort to fill 70 senior-level positions throughout the group. It will hold an additional two job fairs in Munich and Aachen this week.

BAIC, China's fifth largest automaker, said it is targeting graduates from local universities and research institutes as well as German professionals. It is especially looking for experts in finished-vehicle performance, assembly technology, automotive electronics, new energy electric and other related areas. And it wants to hire 10 experts in in vehicle engineering, engines, machinery, welding and vehicle chemicals.

The recruitment drive underscores the growing shortage of qualified engineers as the auto industry continues to recover from its 2009 slump. It also highlights the particular problems of China's fast-growing car industry.

This month's German recruitment push aims to support BAIC's strategy to grow as a global carmaker and "manage the enterprise in accordance with international standards." The company said it looking to internationalize its products, its work force and its service organization.

"BAIC aims to be part of the top 15 automobile manufacturers in the world as well as one of the Fortune 500 companies by 2015," Chairman Xu Heyi said in a press release.

BAIC already has more than 180 employees with international experience working in its management and technical teams. The carmaker is Daimler's joint-venture partner in China and also makes cars together with Hyundai.

In late 2009, it bought Saab engine technology to improve its passenger car offering.

BAIC employs 58,000 people and had 2010 sales of 158.4 billion yuan (24.3 billion dlrs). It is about to start manufacturing an electric vehicle.