We are hiring !

NBA China’s Executive Officer, Emma Hallstrøm has regretfully, decided to focus on her new exciting venture and pursue the entrepreneurial pathway. On behalf of NBA China, the board sincerely thanks Hallstrøm for her enthusiastic effort and contribution.

The Board of the Norwegian Business Association China (NBA China) is now looking for a new Executive Director and an Administration manager to join our team.
 

Position 1Executive Director

THE JOB: 

NBA China is now hiring our Executive Director that will be responsible for the operation of the association, including communication with our members, events and the financials. The workplace is Shanghai with some travelling to Beijing and other cities in China where we have members or events. You will be hired through an HR agency. This is a full time position.

RESPONSIBILITIES: 

  • Events: You will plan and execute business/social events relevant to our members both in Beijing and Shanghai. Specific targets and requirements will be agreed with the Board. NBA China hosts approximately 20 events per year.
  • Members: You will handle daily communication with NBA China’s members, hereunder ensuring that feedback is obtained from members and analyzed to continuously develop NBA China’s value proposition towards members.
  • Financials: You will be responsible to provide the board of directors the financial reports, cost control, and ensuring that the association fulfills our financial obligations.
  • Recruitment of members and partners: You will be responsible for preparing and executing plans to ensure NBA China’s services are aligned with the interests of the segments/groups of members/partners (both existing and new). You will also be responsible for planning and executing sales calls and visits.
  • Marketing: You will be the primary responsible person for promoting NBA China activities to NBA China’s members and potential members on different platform such as via email, WeChat, LinkedIn and webpage. Tasks include reviewing NBA China’s ability to effectively reach members and develop effective tools for doing so.
  • Other networks: You must lead the development of other NBA China’s networks relevant for the Norwegian community and businesses
  • You will be drafting NBA China’s Board meeting agendas, meeting material and minutes

The secretariat is normally open Monday to Friday, from 09.00 to 16.00 – and closed in July, during Chinese national holidays, and normally also two weeks around Christmas. The positions as Head of Secretariat is a full-time position in Shanghai, but as a major part of the position is focused on event management you will have to responsibly coordinate your own work calendar in order to best meet the different tasks involved.

THE PERSON:

  • You are proactive, self-driven, organized, service-minded and outgoing with an eye for details
  • You are passionate about creating value for Norwegian companies in China by setting up events, networks, and training sessions in dialogue with companies and authorities
  • Ideally you have a minimum of two years work experience – could be from sales, marketing, hospitality, business development or similar functions
  • You have experience with communicating with higher level executives
  • You have professional proficiency in English and Chinese. Capability of a Scandinavian language is considered valuable.
  • You thrive working in a small organization with flexible hours and independence

Position 2Administration Manager

THE JOB: 

NBA China is now hiring our Administration Manager that will be responsible for the operation of the association, including communication with our members, events and the financials. The workplace is Shanghai with some travelling to Beijing and other cities in China where we have members or events. You will be hired through an HR agency. This is a 60% time position, but possible to negotiate for a full time position.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Events: Plan and execute events with the director of the organization.
  • Members: Keep track of member catalogue, and ensure we have updated information about NBA’s current and potential members
  • Financials: Responsible for accounting, transactions and invoicing.
  • Recruitment of members and partners: Keep track of our dialogue with potential members. Map out potential members.
  • Marketing: Operate social media platforms, send out newsletter and other information to our members.

The secretariat is normally open Monday to Friday, from 09.00 to 16.00 – and closed in July, during Chinese national holidays, and normally also two weeks around Christmas. The position is a full-time position in Shanghai, but may be required to travel to other parts on China for event execution.

THE PERSON

  • You are structured, organized and enjoy working with routines.
  • You are motivated by having documents and information systematically organized.
  • You enjoy working back-office, and support the director and the board in their work.
  • You are flexible, self-motivated and work for a positive work environment.
  • Ideally you have a minimum of two years work experience in organization administration.
  • You have professional proficiency in English and Chinese. Capability of a Scandinavian language is considered valuable.

If you are interested in the position, please submit your CV to [email protected] before December 31th, 2017.

NBA China Elects New Board during Annual General Meeting 2017

The key object on the agenda was the election of a new board of directors, who will spearhead the NBA and lead the organization forward in a year that will be an exciting one in terms of Sino-Norwegian business relations. The newly elected board consists of Dan Bjørke (chairman), Willy Johansen (Vice Chairman), Christan James-Olsen (Vice Chairman Shanghai), Sigmund Bjørgo, Carina Enocksson, Morten Steen Johansen, Kjetil Lund, Andreas Magnus, Chris Rynning and Yilie Shen. The Norwegian ambassador to China, H.E. Mr. Svein Sæther, came to Shanghai to oversee the proceedings and express his support and gratitude to the NBA on behalf of the Embassy in Beijing.

 

An important objective for the NBA in 2017 will be to include more Norwegian companies into the fold. During the AGM, members voted to change their membership policies to encourage more of the smaller Norwegian businesses and startups in China to join the ranks of NBA’s more than 60 members companies. They also agreed on changes to encourage participation from students and Noralumni, to better include them in the Norwegian business community.
Another important topic of this year’s AGM was the opportunities for Norwegian businesses in Guangdong and Southern China. The NBA has decided to form closer ties with the Consulate General in Guangzhou, that will now be sharing an observer seat on the NBA board of directors together with the Embassy in Beijing and the Consulate General in Shanghai.

CSR Conference in Shanghai

23rd of February NBA China in Shanghai together with BI Norwegian Business School invited members and friends for a CSR conference at the Langham hotel in Shanghai. CSR measures and activities have never been so comprehensive and strong. We must understand how CSR is transformed as it travels from North-Western economies to the Southern and Eastern hemispheres.

 

In order to understand this transformation, four key speakers were invited to share their knowledge. First up was Atle Midttun (Professor, BI Norwegian Business School) and Chen Wei (Senior Advisor, LO). They presented the findings from their competitive study about CSR in China and Nordic countries. Next up was Hanna Hallin, Sustainability Manager from H&M of greater China. Hallin demonstrated how H&M is making fashion sustainable and sustainability fashionable. She shared with the audience how H&M are working towards their vision, that all clothes will be 100% recycled or from other sustainably sourced materials. Last up was Sherrie Xu, Sustainability, Environment and Accountability Manager at Microsoft. She presented how Microsoft is working with CSR in China, redefining the role of business in society.

After the presentation, the nearly 80 attendees enjoyed dinner from the Langham kitchen and mingling. NBA China thanks all the speakers for their interesting presentations, and BI Norwegian Business School for their kind sponsorship. We also thank everyone who attended the event.

NBA China: Crisis Communication with Tore Høifødt

This week, the Norwegian Business Association invited Tore Høifødt to hold a seminar on Crisis Communication. Events were held in both Beijing and Shanghai, on January 16th and 17th , respectively. Tore Høifødt is the Director of Strategy at Nordic Trust, and is one of Norway’s leading communication experts, with more than thirty years of experience. He has dealt with crisis like Brent Spar, MS Estonia and Deepwater Horizon.

What defines a crisis? How can one prepare for one, and handle it correctly when it occurs? These were some of the questions Mr. Høifødt discussed at the event. Mr. Høifødt exemplified his arguments by using well-known cases to emphasise his ideas. Applying his thirty years long experience in handling crisis communication, he elucidated key takeaways the audience could implement directly into their daily work. After his presentation, Mr. Høifødt opened up for questions and comments, engaging the participants, and their experience with crisis communication.

NBA China thanks Mr. Høifødt for an excellent and applicable presentation. The seminar was well received in both Beijing and Shanghai. NBA China sends their special thanks to the Royal Norwegian Embassy, and the Royal Norwegian General Consulate in Shanghai for sponsoring this event.

Any questions regarding crisis communication? You may contact Tore Høifødt at [email protected]

NBA China: Laws in motion – Steps in the ease of doing business in China

Tuesday November 22th at Four Seasons Hotel in Shanghai Jing an, Norwegian Business Association China had a great pleasure to welcome Ben Cavendar and Christian James-Olsen for a Panel Discussion on the topic “Laws in motion – Steps in the ease of doing business in China”.

The topic of this seminar was the development of the legal framework for foreign invested enterprises in China. The question bounding Mr. Cavendar and Mr. James-Olsen’s seminar was if the market shall be the determined force in the economy, equal footing for all participants is conditional. They took a closer look at the at the new FIE-law and regulations, and its development.

Ben Cavendar is a Director with The China Market Research Group (CMR) which he joined in 2006. His work at CMR focuses on consumer behavior analysis, retail strategy, brand positioning, and growth strategies in the China market. As a frequent guest on CNBC, Bloomberg TV and BBC there was an interesting Q and A session that followed after the presentation.

Christian James-Olsen is a Partner at the international law firm Wikborg Rein and Managing Partner of the firm’s Shanghai Office from June 2016. Christian is part of the firm’s Shipping Offshore practice and his main areas of practice are matters relating to offshore, shipping and maritime law, manufacturing/enterprise law and contract law.

NBA China thanks Mr. Ben Cavendar and Mr. Christian James-Olsen for an interesting and higly relevant presentation.