New Zealand Embassy Beijing, China

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The New Zealand Embassy in Beijing is looking for a skilled and enthusiastic person to join its team as a Research Officer/Interpreter.   This position will work as part of the Primary Industries team.

This is a new permanent locally-employed staff (LES) position beginning as soon as possible. If not based in Beijing the successful applicant will be required to pay their own return travel costs to Beijing.  All accommodation, medical, taxation and other costs associated with living in China will be a personal responsibility.

Key tasks:

  • Provide accurate two-way interpretation (Chinese/English and English/Chinese) at official meetings and functions.
  • Provide accurate translation of official correspondence, other documents, and media articles.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with governmental and non-governmental organisations, particularly those organisations focused on food safety, agriculture and related market access and policy issues.
  • Support Embassy staff as required on official calls and travel, including logistical arrangements and preparation of  briefings and reports.
  • Accompany official Chinese delegations to New Zealand to provide interpretation and logistical assistance as required.
  • Assist with arranging programmes for official visits and meetings for New Zealand officials visiting China.
  • Monitor, analyse and report on China’s agriculture, food safety, market access developments and related policy and trade policy issues in China.

Applications must include a covering letter, a curriculum vitae (resume) and a self-assessment against the following selection criteria:

  • Hold a relevant tertiary qualification
  • High degree of oral and written proficiency in both Mandarin Chinese (preferably a native speaker) and English.
  • Familiar with the working environment in China, ideally related agriculture, food safety, and market access work, especially with the Chinese government system and agencies relevant to the agriculture and food sectors.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain effective relationships.
  • Well organised.  Able to work independently and manage workloads to achieve objectives. 
  • Demonstrated research and analytical skills.
  • Shows initiative. Able to independently progress work on delegated tasks.  
  • Displays personal integrity and an honest and ethical approach
  • Developed computer skills (particularly MS Word, Outlook, Excel).
  • Knowledge or experience of New Zealand an advantage.
Please complete your application in English.  Please submit by email to:

New Zealand Embassy, Beijing
3 Sanlitun Dongsanjie
Chaoyang District

Applications close at 5.00pm (Beijing time) Friday 19 June 2015.  Only short-listed applicants will be contacted.



Our purpose is to help New Zealand's smartest and most forward thinking companies grow internationally - bigger, better and faster - for the benefit of New Zealand. We are currently seeking a Business Development Manager to join our team in Shanghai and help New Zealand technology businesses thrive in China. 
The role reports to the Trade Commissioner and is part of a small, agile and energetic team located within the New Zealand Consulate-General. It offers exposure to a broad cross-section and scale of business, and the opportunity to work closely with colleagues from around the world. 
You will proactively support our technology customers to develop and execute their business growth plans, including identifying and providing strategic introductions, market analysis and research. You'll be involved in the identification of potential in-market partners, help develop new channels to market and identify potential growth opportunities.
To be successful you will need previous experience of working within or have a deep understanding of software focused businesses (e.g. internet, SAS, e-commerce, social media or gaming). You'll also have a proven track record in building and leveraging relationships, business development, strategy and marketing with a technology focus and have existing relevant business networks in Shanghai, and a sound understanding of business practices in China.
As a key in-market conduit, fluency in both written and spoken Mandarin and English is essential as is the right to live and work in Shanghai.
In return, we can offer you great working conditions, varied and interesting work, and a high degree of independence. You will be part of a fast-paced office and an organisation with focused and passionate leadership.  


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