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Business Environment Consultant, CBBC China

China-Britain Business Council (CBBC)

Location: Shanghai or Beijing, China

Package: Competitive salary range between RMB 14,000-RMB 15, 000, based on matched qualification and experiences

The China-Britain Business Council (CBBC) helps British and Chinese businesses and organisations work together in China, the UK and third markets around the world. Through our membership programme we have helped thousands of companies understand the market opportunity, engage with Chinese counterparts and build their business in and with China. We deliver a range of practical services, including advice and consultancy, market research, event management, and trade missions and exhibitions. Through 60 years of engagement, we have built up exceptional connections with government and business across China.

CBBC’s primary aim is to support UK companies’ capacity to operate effectively in China’s business environment. CBBC seeks to have a positive impact on British companies’ understanding of the business environment in China, and to support China’s continuing development as a centre of international commerce.

We are seeking a dynamic and skilled candidate to work within a team based in Shanghai or Beijing, but with a remit covering the whole of China (and to some extent the UK).  The role will involve projects and other tasks around China’s legal environment and how it affects business. It will require a number of skills including in-depth research and reporting, project management, stakeholder engagement, event management and more.

The successful candidate will sit within a team of three. There are opportunities to manage projects and small project teams, and as one of CBBC’s fastest growing departments, this role will haveline-management responsibility for one project manager.

Key Responsibilities

Key responsibilities for the role of Business Environment Consultant include:

  • Leading and supporting delivery of a range of projects, but with a particular focus on intellectual property (IP), both for UK companies protecting their IP in market, as well as working to shape the wider IP environment in China
  • Growing and maintaining membership relationships through the promotion ofCBBC’s suite of products and services
  • Working with colleagues to develop tools to disseminate information, both to existing and potential new members
  • Engaging and following up with brand owners from a range of sectors, as well as professional services providers such as law firms.
  • Managing and supporting business environment-related projects including events and insight reports 
  • Answering enquiries from UK companiesin relation to legal and IP
  • Bidding for new projects
  • Working closely with CBBC’s key stakeholders includingthe Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO), and Chinese government authorities.

Specific Requirements

Experience & Background

  • 3-5  years’ work experience in relevant field,such as a foreign consulting firm
  • Bachelor’s degree minimum requirement (legal or economic majors preferred)
  • Previous study or work experience in UK is a bonus

Skills and Competencies 

  • English and Chinese (ability to read Chinese is a must)
  • Project management experience and proven ability to plan and monitor concurrent projects
  • Clear and concise written and spoken communication skills
  • Stakeholder management experience
  • Ability to researching primary and secondary sources and a  form well- founded opinions on findings
  • Understanding of legal frameworks in China and macro-economic issues affecting international trade
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office (experience with project management software will be a bonus)

Personal Attributes

  • Willingness and confidence to learn new topics
  • Persuasiveness and ability to influence those from other offices and teams
  • Self-motivated, with a flexible and entrepreneurial style of working
  • A good team player
  • Willing to travel for business trips, and occasionally working unsocial hours when necessary

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and CV in both English and Chinese to IP2018@cbbc.org.cn. Your cover letter should explain why you believe your skills and background are a good fit for the role and give an indication of your salary expectations.

The closing date for application is 21st December, 2018. We regret that only short-listed candidates will be notified. Applicants who fail to provide a cover letter will not be considered.

Telephone enquiries and personal visits will NOT be accepted.