Managing Director, Canada Wood

The Canada Wood Group is seeking a dynamic leader to head up its operations in China. Based in Shanghai and leading a team of promotion and technical specialist, the MD will have lead responsibility for delivering a broad suite of programming targeted at catalyzing a substantial growth market for Canadian wood in construction applications.

Strong candidates will have a background in team leadership, government relations, construction or forest industry credentials with overseas experience. Preference given to candidates with demonstrated and strong communication skills in both English and Mandarin Chinese.

Responsibilities

  • Overall management responsibilities for operations in the Shanghai & Beijing offices including administration, financial management and contracting including a team of 30 staff plus short-term contractors.
  • Leadership planning, execution and reporting of a comprehensive set of Market Access and Market Development projects.
  • Represents member Associations of the Canada Wood Group in China with direct interaction and engagement with internal and external stakeholders including Chinese government, Canadian government and the building products industry.
  • Acts as the senior representative in China on behalf of the member Associations of the Canada Wood Group in China.
  • Responsible for drafting update reports for the board and the steering committee.
  • Provides liaison with representatives of the Canadian Federal Government, Canadian Provincial Government representatives, and other Canadian industry associations operating in China and Canada.
  • Reports to the Canada Wood President.

Abilities and Knowledge

  • A career track record with at least 10 years progressive responsibility in management and at least 5 years of senior management experience in a commercial, trade promotion agency, or industry association advocacy role such as Business Development, Marketing, Corporate Development, or Strategy.
  • Demonstrated experience leading and motivating multi-functional and multicultural teams with a focus on delivering market development programs.
  • Comprehensive understanding of the business culture of Mainland China with a minimum of 5 years experience living in country.
  • Ability to contrast and translate into effective results Canadian business and government sector practices with Mainland Chinese business practices, communication styles and government protocol.
  • Knowledge of the Canadian forestry sector. Recognizes the differences between China’s wood construction industry and the industry in Western countries.
  • Existing relationships with Canada Wood’s Chinese and Canadian stakeholders an asset.
  • Native executive level communication and presentation skills in English and strong command of Mandarin
  • Chinese with the ability to interact and influence in both languages.
  • Exceptional candidates from outside the industry with experience in a similar role, a solid background and track record, and that can demonstrate their transferable skill sets will be considered.

Interested candidates are invited to submit a resume and cover letter and salary expectations to jobs@canadawood.org by December 12, 2014