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Head of Fintech

Salary: HK$89,460 per month   
(Ref: IRO/01/2019)

Invest Hong Kong (InvestHK) is the department of HKSAR government tasked to attract and retain foreign direct investment in Hong Kong.  Its dedicated Fintech team promotes Hong Kong as one of the fastest growing Fintech ecosystems and attracts and facilitates innovative Fintech companies to set up and expand in the city.

Hong Kong has emerged as a premier hub for the overseas, local and Mainland Fintech communities to meet and explore business opportunities.  As one of the top three global financial centre and a business capital in Asia, Hong Kong acts a landing pad for Fintech companies eyeing regional opportunities in Asia, and as a launch pad for Mainland Fintech enterprises seeking international expansion. 

To demonstrate the business opportunities in the Fintech sector that can be seized by investors in and via Hong Kong, InvestHK is looking for a seasoned and enthusiastic candidate to fill the important management position of Head of Fintech.  With a strong drive for results and impact, the incumbent will lead a team of specialists to achieve performance targets, through reaching out to potential investors worldwide in collaboration with the InvestHK global team and key external stakeholders.  The incumbent is expected to possess deep understanding of Hong Kong’s Fintech sector and the general business environment.  Being highly goal-driven and client-centric, the incumbent should demonstrate excellent leadership and management skills.

Duties

(i)    To lead a Fintech team in developing and executing an investment promotion strategy and business plan to attract, facilitate and provide support to overseas and Mainland Fintech companies, entrepreneurs, investors, talents, Incubators, Accelerators and Innovation Labs (including WealthTech, Credit Tech, Insurtech, Blockchain and Regtech) to establish their presence and/or expand their business operations in Hong Kong and connecting them with relevant stakeholders, and promoting the city as a global hub for Fintech;
(ii)    To participate and speak in local and overseas business events, promoting the unique advantages and opportunities of Hong Kong’s Fintech sector to the international business community, supporting and staging Fintech events, marketing and PR initiatives in Hong Kong, in the Mainland and overseas.  To lead the planning and organisation of the annual flagship event Hong Kong Fintech Week and related promotional activities;
(iii)    To establish strong relationships and networks with financial regulators and other Fintech stakeholders in the public and private sectors to maximize impact, enhance quality service delivery and effectively convey policy being formulated in Hong Kong and overseas; and build a relevant database;
(iv)    To build and implement a range of service offerings for the Fintech team to serving Fintech companies and entrepreneurs and provide aftercare support;
(v)    To keep abreast with the latest developments of the Fintech sector, collect, analyse market intelligence to build market knowledge and share and exchange information with clients, industry stakeholders and InvestHK’s global teams  and recommend ways to improve Hong Kong’s competitiveness and attractiveness as a leading Fintech hub in Asia; and
(vi)    To liaise with other government departments to coordinate Fintech development in Hong Kong; to prepare relevant papers and responses to media and other government departments as required on the Department’s role in developing Fintech.

 (Remarks: The position will require some international and Mainland travel.)

Entry Requirements
(a)    Minimum 10 years of relevant full-time work experience gained in account management, business development, or marketing within the Fintech, financial services, media or technology industry, experience in line management and relevant working experience in Hong Kong are important;
(b)    A Hong Kong Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, preferably in business administration, marketing, economics, computer science or related field; a higher degree would be an advantage; 
(c)    Sound knowledge and good understanding of Fintech and startup ecosystems and experience in working with the Fintech community. Experience in investment promotion or economic development would be an advantage;
(d)    Good networks within the Hong Kong and/or overseas Fintech startup ecosystems; and 
(e)    Have an excellent command of written and spoken English.  Good command of written Chinese, spoken Cantonese and Putonghua is desirable.  Proficiency in other languages will be an advantage.

Terms of Appointment
Successful candidate will be appointed on non-civil service contract terms for normally 24 months.  Renewal of contract will be subject to the service need of the department and the performance and conduct of the candidate.


Fringe Benefits
(a)    An end-of-contract gratuity may be granted upon satisfactory completion of the contract.  Such gratuity, if granted, plus any contribution made by the Government to a Mandatory Provident Fund (MPF) scheme in respect of the appointee as required by the MPF Schemes Ordinance, will equal 15% of the total basic salary drawn during the contract period; and
(b)    Candidate appointed will be granted 14 days of annual leave.  Other benefits, such as rest days, statutory holidays (or substituted holidays), maternity/ paternity leave, sickness allowance, where appropriate, will be granted mainly in line with the provisions of the Hong Kong Employment Ordinance.


How to Apply
Applicants must send an application form by using the on-line Application Form [Online GF 340] at the Civil Service Bureau’s website (http://www.csb.gov.hk) for application.  Apart from the on-line Application Form, the applicant must submit the following items to the email address below on or before the closing date of application:

(i) a letter of application setting out in detail why the applicant considers himself/herself suitable for the position; 
(ii) a full curriculum vitae (CV); and 
(iii) the supporting documents of their academic qualifications and work experience.  

Applications without the application letter, CV and/or supporting documents, and those not using the on-line application form and late submission will not be processed.

As invitations or notifications will be sent to applicants by email, candidates should provide an accurate email address in their application.  Candidates are responsible for checking their emails to ensure that invitation(s) or notification(s) could be duly received.

If no acknowledgement/ confirmation email is received after seven working days from the closing date of application, please contact this department by phone at 3107 1076. Candidates meeting the entry requirements, subject to shortlisting if required, will be invited for selection interviews within six weeks from the closing date of application.  Those who are not invited for selection interview may assume that their applications are unsuccessful.


Email Address: job@investhk.gov.hk

Enquiry Tel. No.: 3107 1076

Closing Date: 21 February 2019, 5:00pm (Hong Kong time)


General Notes: 
(a)    Candidates must be permanent residents of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region at the time of appointment unless specified otherwise.
(b)    As an Equal Opportunities Employer, the Government is committed to eliminating discrimination in employment.  The vacancy advertised is open to all applicants meeting the basic entry requirement irrespective of their disability, sex, marital status, pregnancy, age, family status, sexual orientation and race.
(c)    Non-civil service vacancies are not posts on the civil service establishment. Candidates appointed are not on civil service terms of appointment and conditions of service.  Candidates appointed are not civil servants and will not be eligible for posting, promotion or transfer to any posts in the Civil Service.
(d)    The entry pay, terms of appointment and conditions of service to be offered are subject to the provisions prevailing at the time the offer of appointment is made.
(e)    Where a large number of candidates meet the specified entry requirements, the recruiting department may devise shortlisting criteria to select the better qualified candidates for further processing. In these circumstances, only shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview.
(f)    It is Government policy to place people with a disability in appropriate jobs wherever possible. If a disabled candidate meets the entry requirements, he/she will be invited to attend the selection interview/written examination without being subject to any further shortlisting.  Applicants who have declared disabilities found suitable for appointment may be given an appropriate degree of preference over other applicants whose suitability for appointment is considered comparable to that of the former.  The Government policy and other related measures on employment of persons with disabilities are set out in the booklet “Employ People Based on Their Abilities – Application for Government Jobs by Persons with Disabilities” which is available for reference on the Civil Service Bureau's website at http://www.csb.gov.hk under “Administration of the Civil Service – Appointments”.
(g)    Holders of academic qualifications other than those obtained from Hong Kong institutions/Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority may also apply but their qualifications will be subject to assessments on equivalence with the required entry qualifications. They should submit copies of their official transcripts and certificates by e-mail.
 

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