What happened: Tesla will be one of more than 100 companies recruiting at an upcoming job fair in Shanghai next week, according to official publicity. Positions advertised include production manager, assistant production manager, and production director. On an official WeChat account called “Tesla recruitment,” more spots appear to be available in a variety of departments such as public relations, human resources, recruitment, customer support, and store management.
Why it’s important: Tesla has reportedly been recruiting personnel for its planned Shanghai Gigafactory since August, but industry insiders say the scope of recruitment is now broader than before. The company only struck a deal with local government in July, following up with the purchase of a plot of land in mid-October. The first overseas Tesla plant is expected to cut production costs in the long run; however, it’s also adding to a significant debt load that Business Insider reports is holding the company back. At least in the realm of recruitment, however, Tesla appears to be charging ahead with plans for its new Shanghai branch.