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Project Manager: Intellectual Property (IP) and Commercial Dispute Resolution (CDR)

Location: Beijing

Package: Competitive salary, based on qualification and experience

The Project Manager Role

We are seeking a dynamic and skilled candidate to fill this exciting joint role to support the China-end of a portfolio of UK-China cooperation projects on the internationalisation of China’s commercial legal environment and how it affects economic development and trade. The role is an excellent opportunity to work at the heart of the bilateral relationship to affect mutually beneficial outcomes and improved cooperation on the ground. Based in CBBC’s Beijing office, you will be part of a multi-organisation consortium team in Beijing and London; there may be some travel. 

The role will require a number of skills including hands-on project management, stakeholder engagement, event management, in-depth research and reporting, and more teams. This role will report to the Senior Project Manager.

The China-Britain Business Council (CBBC) and the Great Britain China Centre (GBCC) are sub-contracted implementation partners in a consortium led by PwC to deliver a Foreign & Commonwealth Officer-financed China Business Environment Programme, part of the UK government’s Prosperity Fund. The overall aim of the Programme, which will run from 1st March 2020 to 31st March 2022, is to improve the legal and regulatory environment in which business is conducted in China, and contribute to poverty alleviation and gender equality outcomes.  There are three key areas: Intellectual Property (IP), Commercial Dispute Resolution (CDR) and Anti-money Laundering (AML); CBBC and GBCC are delivering the IP and CDR strands, in partnership with relevant Chinese organisations and line ministries, and in coordination with PwC’s programme team. CBBC and GBCC work very closely with PwC and the British Embassy in this area, so close coordination will be an important element of the role.

China-Britain Business Council

The China-Britain Business Council (CBBC) is the leading organisation helping UK companies grow and develop their business in China. Through 65 years of engagement, we have built up exceptional connections with government and business across China, working closely with a range of partners including the Department for International Trade (DIT), and the UK Intellectual Property Office (UK IPO), as well as relevant Chinese government and stakeholder organisation.

The Great Britain China Centre 

The Great Britain China Centre (GBCC) is an executive non-departmental public body of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office with a mission to promote understanding between the UK and China. GBCC works closely with partners in the UK and China, and across Europe, to implement legal reform projects. It is based in London, but staff travel to China frequently, 

Key Responsibilities: 

·       Support the successful delivery of a portfolio of projects on legal reform, specifically on IP and Commercial Dispute Resolution (CDR), in close cooperation with implementing Chinese government authorities and institutions

·       Work closely with with CBBC and GBCC colleagues both in China and the UK to coordinate and maximise impact of project interventions in China and the UK 

·       Work closely with CBBC and GBCC’s key stakeholders including consortium lead PwC, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO), the Bar Council and the Law Society of England and Wales, and the judiciary etc. 

·       Stay on top of relevant legal and policy developments affecting the programme, and support the Senior Project Manager on IP and CDR related legal issues

·       Contribute to the larger China Business Environment Programme, by feeding into reports, knowledge products, conferences, communications and M&E activities 

·       Manage logistics with regard regard events, travel and visits

·       Assist in communications, operations and occasional informal translation and interpretation.

Essential qualifications and skills 

·       At least 5 years’ work experience in relevant field, such as an international consultancy or legal firm, donor-funded project organisation, an Embassy, and/or relevant Chinese government or stakeholder organisation

·       Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field

·       Excellent English and Chinese communication and writing skills 

·       Project management experience and proven ability to plan and monitor concurrent projects, including detailed budgeting, forecasting and financial reporting experience 

·       Stakeholder and partnership management experience

·       Able to work with multiple implementation and reporting structures

·       Strong time management and organisation skills as this is a joint position for two organisations

·       Proficient with Microsoft Office 

·        Willingness and interest in grasping new subject matters 

·        Willing to travel for business trips, and occasionally working unsocial hours when necessary

·        Interested in working in a cross-cultural work setting 

Desirable qualifications and skills 

·        Graduate degree, for example in law, economics, international development or international relations 

·        An understanding of how improved IP and CDR mechanisms can contribute to economic development and increased bilateral trade 

·        Previous study or work experience in the UK or Europe 

·        Experience with project management software 

Benefits and conditions of employment

CBBC offer competitive packages which include basic gross salary, social insurance (CBBC cover both employee and company contributions), medical insurance, and generous leave entitlement.

The gross annual package for this position is RMB 156K-195K with annual pro rata leave entitlement of 22-days for Chinese nationals and 30-days pro rata annual leave entitlement for non-Chinese nationals.

The closing date for applications is 29th December 2019.  Applicants are required to send a CV (both English and Chinese), and a cover letter to IPPM2019@cbbc.org.cn.  Please aim to demonstrate how your skills and experience meet the need of the role, with examples around some of the requirements outlined above.

Please also include an indication of your current salary and expected salary

We regret that only short-listed candidates will be notified.  Phone and personal enquiries will NOT be accepted.