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Director, Education Sector

Director, Education Sector, CBBC China
China-Britain Business Council
Location: Beijing or Shanghai
Package: c.a. RMB480, 000 per annum
China Britain Business Council is the leading organisation helping companies to work
together in China, the UK and third markets around the world. With 60 years of experience,
experts in 11 UK offices and 15 Chinese locations, and a diverse 1,000-strong membership,
we operate alongside the British Chamber of Commerce in China to support companies of all
sizes and sectors from multinationals to SMEs. As the partner of choice for British companies
working with China, CBBC delivers a range of events, tailored research and consultative
services. We cooperate closely with government to highlight export opportunities for UK
companies and investment opportunities for Chinese organisations, and work closely with a
range of partners across the UK and China, including the UK Department for International
Trade (formerly UKTI). For more information about us, please visit our website at
As the UK-China relationship strengthens, evolves and becomes more balanced, the
Education sector is becoming an ever more important part of CBBC’s work. As a result we
are now seeking a dynamic and experienced Director level Business Advisor to lead our
Education sector work. This role is a client facing role requiring substantial recent China
business experience, keeping a tight connection with the counterpart in the UK and working
closely with local CBBC offices as well as a range of UK and Chinese institutions in the
education, research and innovation space. The post holder will be advising and assisting
companies to establish and grow their business, as well as writing insightful and original
industry research. They will engage at a high level with Chinese businesses and
organisations as well as some of the UK’s largest companies within the sector and use their
network to position CBBC as a thought leader in the Education space. They will support UK
companies to help target niche areas where they can develop their business as well as the
broader CBBC education agenda. And they will be finally responsible for delivery of sector
based services to demanding clients including the UK and Chinese Government and major
companies, and as such they will need significant resilience, and commitment to drive
service quality and meet client expectations.
The post-holder should have strong expertise in the sector including subsectors of
universities, schools, research and innovation collaboration, and vocational education and
Key Responsibilities
As a Business Adviser the role includes:
 Delivery of research, advisory, events and other CBBC services to demanding clients,
and meeting service excellence targets
 Servicing and care of existing client relationships, and acquisition of new clients and
 Providing one-to-one consultation with businesses of all sizes and experience
 Monitoring and reporting of new policies, regulations, trends, and initiatives that
can shape CBBC Education sector activities, programme content and insight.
 Writing insightful and original research on UK-China business in the sector
 Providing guidance on matters of policy and market access for UK firms in their
engagement in the Chinese market
 Coordinating member-driven activities and initiatives, including sector forums and
 Act as a relationship manager with DIT within the sector and deliver initiatives
designed to assist UK trade growth across China.
 Support growth of CBBC revenue streams including membership, and business
 Identify export opportunities for UK companies
 Public speaking at events and seminars in China
 Representing CBBC in the media
 Developing, enhancing and maintaining relationships with key partners and
stakeholders, including DIT, FCO, Chinese Government departments including MOE,
CSCSE, trade associations and other business organisations.
Specific requirements for the role are as follows:
 Substantial and recent China business experience related to the sector
 Demonstrable understanding of the concerns of and issues faced by UK businesses
when trading with and investing in China
 The ability to deal at senior levels to deliver sound business solutions to widely
differing types of company
 Ability to provide in-depth understanding of how these industry sectors operate in
China and write original and insightful research
 Strong business relationships with Chinese and international firms in your field
 Strong analytical and advisory skills
 Passion for business development and excellent client facing skills
 Self-motivated, with a flexible and entrepreneurial style of working
 Resilience, and commitment to service excellence
 Fluent English essential, Chinese language desirable
The job holder will report to an Executive Director of CBBC China, and work closely with the
UK education lead to develop and deliver on an education strategy for CBBC.
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:
We regret that only short listed candidates will be notified and that applicants who fail to
provide a covering letter will not be considered.
The closing date for applications is 18th May 2017
Telephone enquiries and personal visits will NOT be accepted.