Apple plans to hire government affairs officer for India operations

Apple is looking to hire its first government affairs officer in India as part of an overarching plan to more aggressively target the growing market, according to a local report.

The Economic Times reports Apple is seeking a New Delhi-based senior manager well versed in India’s governmental apparatus who will represent the company on key policy issues.

A bit more information can be gleaned from an identical same listing posted to Apple’s own corporate jobs website in June. The potential hire will “take the lead on key policy issues, representing Apple’s position with policy makers and within trade associations” and “develop and maintain relationships with key stakeholders,” Apple says.

Ideal candidates should have existing relationships within the Indian Government and be experienced at driving trade association activity. The position reports to Apple’s Senior Director of Government Affairs for the EMEIA region.

India is one of many burgeoning economies tech companies like Apple are keen to penetrate early. According to Apple’s earnings report released on Tuesday, sales in the Asia Pacific region, which includes India, rose 26 percent year-over-year to $2.95 billion. The performance was bested only by gargantuan growth in China.