Decoding China’s Labour Market: HR Insights & Recommendations for EU SMEs

  • Date
    14 March 2024
  • Beijing Time
    16:00 - 17:30
  • Brussels Time
    9:00 - 10:30
  • Location
    Beijing & Online
  • Venue
    Zoom | WeWork Sanlitun Pacific Century Place, Building C South Entrance, Door 528, 2 Gongti North Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 北京市朝阳区工人体育场北路甲2号盈科中心C座南侧528号门
  • Open to
    All European SMEs
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Active management and talent development have never been so crucial for European SMEs in China. The labour market landscape in China is dynamic and characterised by frequent updates to laws and regulations. Job preferences among the labour force have dramatically evolved, particularly since the pandemic.

This workshop brings to the attention of European SMEs the importance of navigating the details of human resources management in China while offering insights into relevant labour laws, regulations, and best practices to recruit, manage and retain talent. During the workshop, SME owners and management of European businesses in China are invited to share their practical experience on the challenges they faced in HR management and how they have dealt with the issues and tackled the challenges.

Agenda (Beijing Time)

15:45 – 16:00

Registration at the venue
For onsite participants in Beijing

16:00 – 16:10

Opening remarks
Introduction by the EU SME Centre and the China-Italy Chamber of Commerce

16:10 – 16:30

Introduction on HR Insights
Hunter Shi, International Development Consultant, Stantec

16:30 – 16:50

Keynote presentation: HR recommendations for EU SMEs
Tristan Wang, Regional Head North China, GiGroup

16:50 – 17:10

Panel discussion: Experience sharing – HR management for SMEs in China

Liam Jia, Team Leader, EU SME Centre

Emma Liu (Dan Liu), HRBP, Generali China Life
Ada Zhang, HR Director, Goglio (Tianjin) Packaging Co., Ltd.
Florian Hajzeri, General Manager, Technoalpin


17:10 – 17:30

Q&A session

More on China’s Labour Market

For more information and advice on China’s labour market and its regulatory landscape, download our January 2024 report Decoding China’s Labour Market: HR Insights and Recommendations for EU SMEs. The report offers insights into relevant labour laws, regulations, and best practices to recruit, manage and retain talent. It also looks into common organisational and management structures for companies in China, as well as the types of employment relationships and wage calculation systems for recruiting staff in China, including foreign citizens.

Speakers and Panellists
Hunter Shi
International Development Consultant, Stantec

Hunter Shi is an International Development Consultant with Stantec, specialising in international development, social consulting & auditing. Primarily focused on social implementation & monitoring, stakeholder engagement, and project evaluation, Hunter has completed multiple environmental and social due diligence and labour audits projects for multinational clients across industries such as water, chemical, and construction. His work is also highlighted through the abundant international developmental projects for both the public sector and non-profit organisations, spanning the agriculture, mining, and infrastructure industries.

Tristan Wang
Regional Head, Gi Group Holding China

With more than 14 years of experience in the field of recruitment, employment, and workforce management, Tristan Wang is currently the regional head of Gi Group Holding China, one of the European leading groups for services related to human resources. He has extensive experience in the labour market and workforce management in China, the European Union, and especially in the Belt and Road countries.

Liam Jia
Team Lead, EU SME Centre

Liam Jia is a versatile professional with the past 8 years advising European businesses on market access and business strategies to China. He has a solid working experience in project and operations management, financial and risk control in the EU context.

Liam is an experienced speaker and author of publications on a range of topics, including the environmental sector, SME digitalisation and F&B distribution. Great team player, generating positive influence on teammates.

Emma Dan Liu
HRBP, Generali China Life

Emma Dan Liu is HRBP at Generali China Life. She graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2014. Emma has about 10 years’ HR working experience. Her main responsibilities include recruitment, employee relations management and salary management.

Ada Zhang
HR Director, Goglio (Tianjin) Packaging Co., Ltd.

Ada Zhang is the HR Director of Goglio (Tianjin) Packaging Co., Ltd. She holds an MBA degree from Nankai University and has more than 20 years of HR management experience in manufacturing companies. During the seven years she has worked with Goglio, she has been responsible for HR, IT, Legal and Public Affairs. Ada is a Certified DISC Behavioral and Motivator Analyst. She has participated in Tsinghua University’s online training program Positive Psychology as well as in the activation coaching training program certified by ICF International Coach Federation.

Goglio is a family-owned multinational company established in Milan in the 1850.The well-known Fres-co system for coffee and fruit products enable processors to expand the shelf life of products and expand their potential markets. The most iconic product is the one-way degassing valve for coffee packaging: in the ‘70s its introduction transformed the coffee roasted from a short time perishable product to a long shelf life commodity. Goglio (Tianjin) Packaging Co., Ltd acts as the manufacturing and commercial hub of Goglio Group for Asian market.

Florian Hajzeri
General Manager, TechnoAlpin Ice and Snow Equipment Zhangjiakou Co.,Ltd

Florian Hajzeri is the General Manager of TechnoAlpin Ice and Snow Equipment Zhangjiakou Co.,Ltd, belonging to the Italian TechnoAlpin Group. He graduated from the University of Vienna, majoring in Sinology, and was an exchange student to Peking University Guanghua School of Management for exchanges and studies. He obtained his Master’s degree from Hult International Business and has been engaged in overseas business development and management for a long time.

Florian is focused on the European experience of snow and ice industry in China’s industrial development in the practice of snow & ice industry. With his years of experience in overseas business marketing, brand promotion, as well as his study and work background in China, he endeavours to combine various ice & snow elements and put them into an organic integration, extend to other industries, then enrich and expand ice and snow content.


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