NSW Trade and Investment Associate Director

Agency overview

The key customer of NSW Treasury is the NSW Government on behalf of the people of NSW. Our vision is ensuring that the people of NSW have access to services and infrastructure that deliver social and economic benefits underpinned by a strong and sustainable economic and financial position.

Information about the structure and functions of the NSW Treasury can be sourced on our website: https://www.treasury.nsw.gov.au (Refer to “About Treasury” and “Our Treasury Team”).

As part of our vision to become a World Class Treasury, we believe Treasury has a primary role to support and invest in our key partners (service delivery clusters).  This includes a responsibility to lift the financial management capability and culture across the sector and support NSW Government’s commitment to achieve significant and sustainable financial management improvement. 

Primary purpose of the role

  • The position of NSW Trade and Investment Associate Director, Shanghai reports to the NSW Trade and Investment Commissioner, Greater China. The role requires an individual who can identify and capture opportunities to grow exports from NSW into China, and Chinese foreign direct investment (FDI) into NSW.
  • The position requires the development and maintenance of extensive networks with people and companies across a range of sectors in NSW and in China.

Key accountabilities

  • Conduct market research across various industry sectors, assess and compile company information, provide strategic advice to NSW companies seeking to develop business relationships and develop strategic alliances with Chinese companies and government agencies
  • Constantly develop new market contacts and networks aligned with NSW priority sectors and be able to relate this to the purpose of growing NSW exports into China and facilitating Chinese FDI into NSW
  • Plan, coordinate and implement business-matching activities such as at trade exhibitions, investor events and market visits
  • Working with the NSW-based government representatives, help manage and facilitate visits to market by NSW Ministers, VIPs and industry sector experts, and visits to NSW by key Chinese business people 
  • Support marketing efforts of the NSW–based Export Advisers by delivering services to NSW companies, such as attending pre-departure briefings, providing on-the-ground support to visiting delegations, ensuring local exhibition arrangements are in place, arranging and participation in meetings and networking functions and undertaking follow-up
  • Efficiently manage changing workloads with flexibility in covering a variety of industries and large volume of clients
  • Provide input into strategy development for the attraction of new investment and export promotion
  • Apply NSW Treasury business practices and maintain accuracy of information in business systems to deliver accurate and timely reporting and relationship management whilst upholding the Code of Conduct

Key challenges

  • Developing and maintaining effective relationships with relevant business and government representatives
  • Delivering against objectives via a diverse range of activities with multiple stakeholders, in some instances with short or competing deadlines
  • Promoting NSW comparative advantages to the international business and investment communities in a context of global competition
  • Maintaining channels and systems to collect credible market intelligence and analysis in a fast-paced, changing economic environment

Role dimensions

Decision making

Decisions which are made by the position holder include:

  • Identifying and building in-market business and government relationships which will facilitate growth of NSW trade and investment, whilst bearing in mind the reputation of the NSW government and NSW Treasury
  • Organising and managing own workload within a team environment
  • Deciding on the content of advice to internal and external stakeholders on matters related to trade and investment with the market
  • Acting in accordance with the NSW Treasury Code of Conduct, corporate policies and priorities, and in-market regulations

Decisions referred to a supervisor include:

  • Any requiring or resulting in significant changes to strategy; those with the potential to escalate or create precedent; matters requiring a higher administrative or financial delegation or submission to a higher level of management

Reporting line

The role reports to the Trade and Investment Commissioner, Greater China

Essential requirements

Demonstrated experience in international business, Australia’s bilateral relationship with China and an understanding of how the NSW government operates. 

Please submit your application with CV in English with heading of position and your full name to shanghai@sydneyaustralia.com.cn before 17:00 on Friday, 19 June,2020. Applications received after the closing date and time will not be considered.

Your cover letter should address each of the requirements and explain why you are suitable for this position.