Managing Director and Chief China Representative

We are seeking a dynamic Managing Director to act as our Chief China Representative based in Beijing and to lead our Network of 13 Representative Offices across China.

You will provide leadership and direction to our government engagement and wider public affairs work in China, representing CBBC at the highest levels of business and government. You will design and implement a proactive programme of engagement with key Chinese stakeholders at national, provincial and municipal level. You will drive engagement with CBBC’s members across China, working closely with CBBC sector experts. You will help to shape CBBC’s approach to leading policy issues of the day, including market access, intellectual property rights and major government programmes such as the Belt and Road Initiative, Made in China and the Greater Bay Area.

The role will require regular travel throughout China and occasionally to the UK, some public speaking in both English and Chinese, and some media work to promote CBBC’s reputation for excellence in China.

You will report directly to the CBBC Group Chief Executive. You will be a member of the CBBC Executive Committee and attend meetings of the CBBC Board, thus helping to shape the overall direction of CBBC. Within China you will work with two Beijing-based Senior Directors of CBBC’s Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprise (WFOE) to ensure strategic coherence between your Network of Representative Offices and CBBC’s wider commercial operations.
This is a high profile role in a complex environment demanding resilience, strong self-motivation, good self-management, well developed interpersonal skills and active listening. The successful candidate will be a strong communicator with a proven ability to influence and to negotiate, excellent analytical skills and an inclusive, progressive approach to management.
Specific requirements for this role are:

Substantial and recent China business experience
Substantial experience of staff management in China
Demonstrated understanding of the challenges faced by UK businesses trading with and investing in China
The ability to perform confidently and persuasively with senior interlocutors
Excellent presentation skills
Financial literacy
Fluent English and Advanced Chinese (HSK-5, CEFRL-C1 or equivalent)

Interested candidates are invited to send a letter explaining how your personality and experience meet our requirements together with detailed CV in both English and Chinese, an indication of your current salary and expected salary to the following email address:

The closing date for applications is 28th July, 2019.
We regret that only short listed candidates will be notified and that applicants who fail to provide a covering letter will not be considered. Telephone enquiries and personal visits will NOT be accepted.
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The China-Britain Business Council (CBBC) is the leading business network promoting trade and investment between the UK and China.  As a not-for-profit membership organisation, we are run by business, for business.   Through our unrivalled heritage, experience and close partnerships with both the UK and Chinese Governments dating back to 1954, we are uniquely well placed to articulate the needs and views of business in a rapidly expanding and increasingly complex commercial relationship.  The advice and support which we deliver to our 900+ members in every sector and across every region and to our private clients has helped build British export capability to the point where Greater China is now the UKs third largest market.