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Trade Commissioner, Hong Kong

  • Application Deadline: Sept. 4, 2022
  • Hong Kong
  • Application Deadline: Sept. 4, 2022
  • Hong Kong

We are now looking for a new Trade Commissioner to head up the office and to be part of growing our footprint and presence in Hong Kong. Business Sweden has supported Swedish businesses in Hong Kong with strategic advice and its local network since 1982. Together with our colleagues in China, the office in Hong Kong also covers Macao and southern China.

Hong Kong is one of the most important international trade and finance centres in the world, and its economy relies largely on these activities. Some of the most significant sectors are retail, logistics, financial services, professional services, and tourism.

There are currently around 180 Swedish companies present in Hong Kong. Thanks to its cultural and geographical proximity and the free-trade agreement with the Chinese mainland (CEPA), it also acts as an important gateway and business operation centre for many companies in China. Hong Kong is also a critical part of the Greater Bay Area, which is of high interest to Swedish companies from a sourcing, innovation and market perspective.

What do we expect from you?

As a Trade Commissioner, you will have responsibility for sales and delivery and for developing the Business Sweden staff (five employees). You will be based in Hong Kong and report to Joakim Abeleen, Market Area Director for Greater China based in Beijing.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Representing interests of Swedish enterprises and Business Sweden in the market
  • Selling and marketing Business Sweden's services to existing and potential clients in both Sweden and in the Greater China region, including add-on sales in on-going projects
  • Maintaining continuous contact with existing and potential client enterprises and stakeholders
  • Managing, planning and participating in the execution of consulting/ internationalisation assignments
  • Full Profit & Loss responsibility
  • Management of the office and employees, inspiring and developing the team.
  • Developing business processes and organization
  • Operating from a global perspective to promote Swedish industry and companies
  • Work in a Team Sweden context with the transition from aid to broader cooperation, coordinating export promotion initiatives with development cooperation (Team Sweden consist of Consulate General, Swedish Chamber of Commerce and other actors working with promotion of Swedish business)

  • Collaboration with trade promotion organisations in the other Nordic countries around events and programmes

You will have very close relations to the Swedish representations in the market. This means that you will be an official representative for Sweden, acting in close collaboration with the Swedish Foreign Service and other organisations.

Work with great people

Vlad Månsson
Country Manager, USA
"This is a great place for rapid career development because of the opportunities to learn from colleagues all over the world"
Samiksha Jalan
Project Manager, London
"I love working at Business Sweden because every hour and every day always brings different opportunities"
Elsa Stefenson
Trade Commissioner, Chile
"I find it incredibly rewarding to see ideas grow and become successful projects"
Bong-Soon Park
Senior Project Manager, South Korea
"My greatest motivation is seeing the positive impact our job has on our clients"

Skills & Requirements

  • You have an academic degree within Business Administration and/or Engineering
  • You have at least 10 years of relevant working experience
  • You are a strong leader and have experience of management of employees
  • You have an interst in growing and developing talent
  • You have performed successful strategic sales and have a proven track record of developing customers, deep customer insight and strong negotiation and closing skills
  • You are analytical, reflective, focused and action oriented
  • You have in depth experience from multi stakeholder projects, including government clients (Swedish and non-Swedish)
  • A high level of proficiency in both written and spoken English and Swedish is a requirement
  • Experience from living/working in Hong Kong and/or China is meriting

As a person we believe you have a business oriented mind-set with a positive "can do attitude” and strong self-motivation. You are perceived as a strong leader and have an outstanding ability to build personal relations, empathy and trust. You have a vision and a strong drive to develop Business Sweden’s operations in Hong Kong and Greater China even further. You furthermore have excellent organisation, communication and problem solving skills as well as an ability to handle multiple priorities.

Does this describe you?

If so, please send your CV together with a personal cover letter as soon as possible as we will be screening applications continuously, but no later than 4th of September.

Great Place to Work

  • Global exchanges and career opportunities

  • Exclusive focus on our client’s growth agenda

  • Extensive responsibility

  • Diversified teams with world class colleagues

  • Training academy for continuous development

  • Entrepreneurial environment

About the company

Business Sweden is a global consultancy organization with approximately 500 colleagues working in 46 countries. We all share the same passion - creating maximum value for Sweden.

Business Sweden’s purpose is to help Swedish companies grow global sales and international companies invest and expand in Sweden.
Through our consultancy services we offer our customers strategic advice and hands-on support in their international growth and establishment.

Business Sweden is owned by the Swedish Government and the industry, a partnership that provides access to contacts and networks at all levels.

At Business Sweden we value and encourage applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds related to culture, gender, age, ethnicity, race, religion and belief, disability, nationality, sexual orientation and gender identity.
The diversity of our people is an important foundation of our culture and builds a workplace where everyone can contribute with unique experiences, perspectives and cultures.

OUR VALUESOur high performance culture rests on that all our employees live our core values. We will never have guidelines for every situation we will meet, but if all of us are guided by a strong sense of our values, we will always navigate in the right direction.

RESPONSIBILITYThis is the foundation of our culture. Taking responsibility is a way to show commitment to our work. We take ownership of the relationships with our clients and stay true to our word.

COLLABORATIONAlone we can do so little; together we can do so much. Collaboration knows no geographical borders. At Business Sweden, we act as one global team to create the best possible value for our clients.

IMPACTBy monitoring the world around us and identifying possibilities , we make a difference by helping companies to seize new, sustainable business opportunities. We create impact both for our clients and for Sweden.

Jonas Lundmark | Contact Person

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