Director South China (CHI-BSS-0011)
Region
East Asia
Country / Territory
China
Location
Guangzhou
Department
Global Network
Job Category
Strategy, Performance and Insight
Pay Band
Pay Band 8
Vacancy Description
Contract: 3-year FTC | Location: Guangzhou, China | Salary: Pay band 8 - Competitive | Deadline for Applications: 11 December 2019 (23.59 UK time)
 
Details

Director South China

ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT/TEAM
The British Council in South China covers six provinces (Guangdong, Fujian, Hunan, Jiangxi, Guangxi and Hainan), with the two highest priority cities being Guangzhou and Shenzhen, and with high growth in others such as Changsha.

The Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area has become a priority for the regional economy. South China has a population of nearly 350 million overall. This would place it on a par with the USA as the world’s 3rd most populous nation if measured in its own right.

Guangdong is China’s most populous province, with 110 million people. In South China we have about 160 staff operating from our South China offices.

 

WHAT YOU WILL BE DOING AND WHY
Through an in-depth understanding of South China and the UK, lead the development and delivery of effective, sustainable and corporately aligned cultural relations between the two geographies, drawing on the UK’s cultural assets and thereby strengthening awareness of, positive attitudes towards and collaboration with the wider UK.

WHAT IS INTERESTING ABOUT IT
Working with the country leadership team, you will play a leading role in ensuring that the opportunities and interests of the UK and South China are reflected in the China strategy and plan.

You can take pride in the fact that you will be leading the area team. And you will have the opportunity to contribute to China-wide priorities to be agreed with the Country Director.

 

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR
You will bring along a knowledge of contemporary China and experience of working in China; an understanding of ‘cultural relations’ and how it is delivered effectively. Meanwhile you shall have the knowledge of the contemporary cultural assets of the UK, as well as understanding of UK politics and civil service.

Experience of living or working in another country and understanding / adapting to its cultural norms and differences is also important.


BENEFITS OF WORKING AT THE BRITISH COUNCIL
- Flexible working opportunities (working from home / flexible hours)
- 37.5 contracted working hours per week (we believe in an output-based delivery!)
- Smart working (most of us hot-desk!) 
- Enjoy more than 20 days of Annual leave (depending on role grade)
- Year-end bonus and annual bonus scheme 
- Professional development opportunities – we offer a broad range of professional courses to large corporations and that is available for our staff members too!

 

If the successful candidate is outside of China, relocation support will be provided.

For more information please refer to Relocation Policy.


Our work makes a lasting difference by building more inclusive societies and supporting people’s prospects.

Together, we can do more.

NEXT STEPS

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


ABOUT THE BRITISH COUNCIL

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.

We work with over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Last year we reached over 75 million people directly and 758 million people overall including online, broadcasts and publications. Founded in 1934, we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body.

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.

 

KINDLY TAKE NOTE

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.