Director, East China – BC Trade & Investment Office

BCThe Director, East China is responsible for:contributing to the development of and executing the British Columbia’s international marketing plan; daily management and oversight of the BC Trade and Investment Shanghai office including a team of trade and investment professionals; managing bilateral trade and investment relations; providing strategic advice on economic issues to BC business clients and government, communicating BC’s investment advantages and opportunities to local clients; identifying opportunities within East China for BC exporters; seeking opportunities for innovation, research and technology development partnerships, and delivering incoming and outgoing business missions and trade shows.

WORK DEMANDS

  • The role is to act as the key Representative and Director in charge of the BC Trade and Investment presence in East China based in Shanghai, P.R. China.
  • The position requires sound financial, administrative and oversight skills to insure budgetary and timely administrative adherence as determined by regulatory authorities and executive management.
  • The work requires a solid understanding of BC / Canada’s international economic objectives and its major trading / economic partners in China. The role also requires a maturity of judgment that comes from lengthy experience, leadership skills, the ability to conduct in-depth analysis, to recommend solutions, and the persuasive ability to bring parties together to reach agreement.
  • The role demands significant knowledge and experience in international marketing, export promotion, investment attraction and international relations. The individual works under minimal direction and carries out advanced professional level duties including mentoring colleagues and providing direction to administrative staff as necessary. The position is strategic by using professional experience and knowledge in decision-making and execution of responsibilities and duties that lead to the planning, design and development of complex policies, strategies, projects and programs.
  • The position works in a high profile, dynamic, results-oriented environment on challenging projects and initiatives that are strategic in nature and wide in scope, and must work with multiple stakeholders in a complex competitive environment.
  • To fulfill its responsibilities, the role requires the development and maintenance of relationships with industry, small businesses, investors, government ministries and agencies, Canadian diplomatic and consular posts, industry and business associations, media, research and academic institutes.

PRIORITY INDUSTRY AREAS

The BC Government has identified the following industry sectors as priorities for investment and trade:

  • Natural Resources (Forestry, Mining and Natural Gas)
  • Agrifood
  • Technology (ICT/Digital Media, Life Sciences, Aerospace, Marine/Ocean, Advanced Manufacturing)
  • Cleantech and Green Energy (Fuel cell, Solar, Wind, Biomass, LEED/Green Building)
  • Transportation/Logistics (including Ports, Rail and Air Services)
  • Tourism
  • Education and Training

STAFFING CRITERIA

Education & Experience:

  • Proven project management and team leadership experience in China within a cross cultural environment
  • Experience and knowledge in financial, administrative management of a representative office
  • 10+ years related international relations, business development, marketing or investment promotion experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • University degree in Commerce, Economics, Business Administration or a comparable discipline.

Knowledge:

  • Strong knowledge of international commerce, exporting/importing and investment.
  • Strong knowledge of conducting international business.
  • Knowledge of the Canadian and BC economies.
  • Knowledge of the principles behind effective negotiation and facilitation.
  • Knowledge of project management tools and techniques including in an international context.
  • Knowledge of decision – making processes, program management principles and practices including corporate investment decision-making process and methods of investment project evaluation.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Superior written and oral communication skills; presentation skills and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent analytical skills.
  • Excellent judgement, project management and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to manage and contribute as a team leader and member as may be required from time to time, and the ability to work effectively independently and with limited direction when required.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and produce results in a high-pressure environment.
  • Ability to develop and maintain productive relationships with individuals at various levels of the public and private sectors, particularly senior officials and executive managers.
  • Ability to advocate, facilitate and negotiate outcomes on behalf of clients with regulatory ministries and agencies.
  • Superior ability to communicate/conduct business (verbally and in writing) in English and Mandarin.

INSTRUCTIONS

Candidates interested in this opportunity should send their CV, cover letter and a list of three professional references to bctio.beijing@gmail.com with the email subject heading “Director, East China – [YOUR NAME]” by August 28, 2014. Please note professional references will be contacted at the final stages of the recruitment process.

Background:

Ho Hing Consultancy Inc. is a registered Limited Liability Corporation that holds the contract to provide international trade, investment and marketing services for the Province of British Columbia, Canada (hereinafter “BC”) in North and East China. The Managing Director of Ho Hing Consultancy Inc. is designated as the BC Trade and Investment Representative and provides services on behalf of the provincial economic development ministry and its partners. He leads teams within North and East China to develop market strategies and business development plans tailored to identify opportunities in order to grow BC exports, to assist and increase foreign direct investment from North and East China into BC, and to foster innovation partnerships. The team also works to support international education marketing. The British Columbia Trade & Investment Office works in close cooperation with its partners, particularly the Embassy of Canada and its Consulate and associated Trade offices, as well as Team BC partners such as Forestry Innovation & Investment, Canada Wood, and Destination BC to advance and defend British Columbia’s commercial interests.

British Columbia is Canada’s western-most province, uniquely positioned at the commercial crossroads between Asia Pacific and North American markets. With 13 per cent of the Canadian population, British Columbia is now the country’s third most populous province, after Ontario and Quebec. The provincial economy, exceeding $2 trillion CAD, represents about 12 per cent of Canada’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Blessed with a spectacular natural environment, abundant resources, a skilled multicultural workforce and a world-class research and education system, British Columbia is one of the best places in the world to invest, live, work, study and visit. While BC is recognized worldwide for its abundant natural resources – forestry, mining, oil, gas and hydro electricity – international investors are increasingly attracted to the province’s innovative technologies and research infrastructure. BC’s tax credits and exemptions have encouraged software development, manufacturing, research and development, film and TV production, digital media and clean technology advancements. One of North America’s most competitive business climates, British Columbians enjoy low taxes, streamlined regulations and a supportive, financially responsible government. This dynamic economy is expected to expand 24 per cent by 2017.

For more information please visit the Trade and Invest BC website at www.britishcolumbia.ca.