Communications Officer, China (CHI-MC-0013)
East Asia
Country / Territory
Flexible Location
Business Support Services
Job Category
Pay Band
Pay Band 5
Vacancy Description
Contract: Indefinite | Location: Beijing or Shanghai, China | Salary: Pay band 5 (from CNY 9,000 per month) | Start Date: As soon as possible | Deadline for Applications: 8 May 2019 (23.59 UK time)

Communications Officer, China (CHI-MC-0013)



Marketing and Communications at the British Council is a strategic function which drives awareness, understanding and engagement with us across our diverse audiences. We use insight, knowledge and analysis of our market and our customers to engage them with the British Council’s international cultural relations mission, our products and services in the most impactful and effective way. We lead the development of our brand and use our expertise to tell inspiring stories to enhance our global reputation, build lifelong relationships, engage our staff and prove the impact of what we do.


The Communications department is part of the wider Marketing Department within the British Council.



The purpose of this role as the Communications Officer is to support and maintain internal and external communications with project and business counterparts, implementing agencies, service providers and assist to execute the communications strategy, maintain project documentation including metrics. Your work will reinforce the British Council’s position as a cultural relations organisation with high quality products and services that positively change lives.



You will have exposure to the unique communications challenges and risks the British Council faces in China. You will work closely with multiple teams internally, supporting them with their communications and giving you a close look at our work in China. You will have opportunities to participate in country communications projects where you monitor their impact and effectiveness.



You must have a relevant degree e.g. communications, journalism, marketing, or equivalent level of experience with demonstrable experience in creating communications outputs for different audiences across different platforms. You need to be able to manage social media platforms and provide basic support in events delivery. You also need experience working in a matrix situation with multiple stakeholders and deadlines. Excellent written and spoken English and Chinese language skills is essential (English C1 and Chinese B1).


To join this high functioning team, we are looking for candidates who are adaptive and innovative. Prepared to think differently, drive value and demonstrate high levels of expertise and professionalism. They will be dedicated to growing the impact and reputation of the British Council and work seamlessly across many countries, supporting the requirements of multiple business units.




For more information please see Role profile below and British Council Generic Behaviours

Role Profile




The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. We do this by making a positive contribution to the UK and the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.


Valuing diversity is essential to the British Council’s work. We aim to abide by and promote equality legislation by following both the letter and the spirit of it to try and avoid unjustified discrimination, recognizing discrimination as a barrier to equality of opportunity, inclusion and human rights.


All staff worldwide is required to ensure their behavior is consistent with our policies.


The British Council is a full member of Keeping Children Safe (KCS) and has achieved level 1 child safe certification. We believe that all children have the right to be protected from all forms of abuse as set out in article 19, UNCRC, 1989 and that every child matters - everywhere in the world. In line with the British Council's Child Protection policy, any appointment is contingent on thorough checks including criminal record checks, in line with legal requirements.



While various measures have been put in place by the government to help curb pollution in China, there are still potential health issues associated with the poorer air quality. The British Council does its utmost to provide a working environment that minimises employees’ exposure to pollutants, however, anyone wishing to work in the cities of Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou or Chongqing should be aware of the situation.