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Senior Trade Manager Shanghai

A unique opportunity has arisen for an experienced professional with an extensive background in leading business development activities, together with a detailed understanding of the China and international business environment (in particular as it relates to Greater China) to join the Victorian Government Trade & Investment (VGTI) network. This position will require strong skills in business development and proven ability to work with a range of stakeholders across multiple industries.

Reporting to the Deputy Commissioner, Greater China, the position will play a key role in researching, identifying and driving goods and services trade opportunities for Victoria across China. This role works collaboratively with colleagues based at Head Office in Melbourne, as well as across other international offices.

Classification: Locally Engaged Staff

Salary Ranage: Commensurate with experience

Work Location: Victorian Government Trade & Investment (VGTI) Office, Shanghai

Employment Type: Full Time, Fixed (2 Years)

The successful candidate will possess:

  • Demonstrated experience and record of achievement in leading business development initiatives

  • Agility and enthusiasm in pursuing and expanding business development and trade opportunities across wide variety of company types, sectors and industries

  • Sound knowledge of the international business and trade environment, specifically the economies, business cultures/protocols and procedures of both China and Australia

  • Strong commercial acumen and ability to build functional business networks in key trade sectors with Chinese organisations

  • Fluent communication skills with strong ability to articulate business messages in both Mandarin and English to a broad range of business and government stakeholders

  • Bachelor level qualification or above education, with preference given to overseas study and living experience (ideally in Australia)

The successful candidate for this locally engaged position will be responsible for all arrangements in relation to relocation expenses (if applicable), their accommodation and day-to-day living expenses.


We offer a competitive package of benefits. The position includes the opportunity to undertake international travel to Australia and the Greater China region. We are committed to building a culture where we say 'yes' to flexible work arrangements, provide personal and professional development programs and support ways of working that help employees balance work and life. Training and development programs are also encouraged.

Employment Eligibility

Applicants must be qualified for a valid work permit in China, or have existing relevant rights or permits to work in China.

The successful applicant will be subject to extensive background checks, including through relevant law enforcement authorities.

The department is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds, including veterans and people who have a disability, and people from varied cultural backgrounds.

Selection Criteria

  1. Demonstrated experience and record of achievement in leading business development initiatives, particularly in market entry within the food and beverage, FMCG industries, professional services, retail, life sciences, and technology sectors.

  2. Agility and enthusiasm in pursuing and expanding business and trade development opportunities across wide variety of sectors and industries.

  3. Strong commercial acumen and ability to expand and build high level networks in key trade sectors with Chinese partners.

  4. Proactive and independent working style, with strong initiative, curiosity, and critical thinking.

  5. Ability to provide continuous updated knowledge of international business environment, trade, sectoral, regulatory and policy trends in China that could impact Victoria’s economic engagement with the region and export trade interests.

  6. High level communication and interpersonal skills, including in representing government in commercial settings.

  7. Sound judgement and decision-making skills, with demonstrated ability to take the initiative and be accountable for tasks and activities.

  8. Experience in the preparation of high-level reports, briefs and recommendations.

Contact Information

Further information regarding this opportunity can be obtained from Nick Henderson, Deputy Commissioner, Greater China via +86 186 1692 1818.

To be considered for this position applications must contain:

  1. A statement addressing each of the numbered key selection criteria outlined in the position description, AND

  2. A current curriculum vitae listing relevant qualifications and/or registrations, details of employment history and relevant skills.

  3. Applications close at midnight on Sunday 05 June 2022 (AEST) / 10 p.m. Beijing Time 05 June 2022 If you experience any difficulty in lodging your application online, please email


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