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Head of Innovation and Technology (Greater Bay Area)

Head of Innovation and Technology (Greater Bay Area)
Salary: HK$93,710 per month
(Ref: IRO/02-2/2019)


Invest Hong Kong (InvestHK) is the department of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government tasked to attract and retain foreign direct investments in Hong Kong.  Its dedicated Innovation and Technology (I&T) team promotes Hong Kong as one of the fastest growing I&T ecosystems and attracts and facilitates I&T companies to set up and expand in the city. 

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

To demonstrate the business opportunities in the I&T sector [biomedical, smart city, Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Artificial Intelligence (AI) and robotics] that can be seized by investors in and via Hong Kong, InvestHK is looking for an enthusiastic candidate to fill the important position of Head of Innovation and Technology (Greater Bay Area, GBA).  With a strong drive for results and impact, the incumbent will be part of a specialist I&T team aiming to achieve performance targets through reaching out to potential investors.  The incumbent is expected to possess deep understanding of the I&T ecosystem and general business environment in Mainland China.  Being highly goal driven and client centric, the incumbent should demonstrate excellent sales and client management skills.

Duties

Reporting to Co-Heads, I&T in the InvestHK head office in Hong Kong, Head of Innovation and Technology (GBA) will be a one-person team performing the following duties independently: 

(i)    To develop and execute an investment promotion strategy and business plan to attract I&T companies, investors, entrepreneurs, incubators, accelerators and innovation labs (in particular in the smart city, AI and biomedical sectors) in Mainland China (with a focus on the GBA) to set up and/or expand in Hong Kong and to promote Hong Kong as an international I&T hub;
(ii)    To participate and speak in Mainland business events, promoting the unique advantages and opportunities of Hong Kong’s I&T sector to the Mainland business community, supporting and staging I&T events, marketing and public relations (PR) initiatives in Mainland China; 
(iii)    To respond promptly to and follow through enquiries and projects from potential investors in the I&T sector by providing advice on and assistance in facilitating the implementation of their set up and/or expansion plan for Hong Kong and to provide aftercare services;  
(iv)    To work together with InvestHK’s head office and Mainland / overseas network, relevant Government bureaux and departments of the HKSAR Government and other public organisations including Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation, Cyberport, universities and research institutions and relevant industrial organisations to conduct investment promotion and marketing activities focusing on I&T sector in Mainland China;
(v)    To build a strong network and a close working relationship with the I&T sector and with key stakeholders in the startup, technology and business community in Mainland China through conducting outreach work, supporting and attending relevant events;
(vi)    To keep abreast of the latest development of the I&T sector, collect and analyse market intelligence and provide input to improve Hong Kong’s competitiveness and attractiveness as an international I&T hub; 
(vii)    To carry out administrative work and resource management within the budget allocated;
(viii)    To plan and travel frequently to Mainland China, in particular the GBA, to undertake investment promotion activities and follow-up work in order to meet the performance targets assigned by the management; and
(ix)    To carry out other duties as assigned by the management.

Entry Requirements

(i)    A minimum of 10 years of work experience in account management, business development, marketing and project management in technology industry, including substantial business experience in working with Mainland Chinese enterprises;
(ii)    A Bachelor's degree or equivalent, preferably in sciences including AI, robotics, computer science, electronics engineering, information technology, biomedical or related fields; a higher degree (or equivalent) would be an advantage;
(iii)    Good knowledge of and experience in the I&T sector and the startup ecosystem in Mainland China.  Investment promotion or economic development experience would be an advantage;
(iv)    Extensive networks within Mainland China’s I&T sector and the startup ecosystem is desirable; 
(v)    Experience of living and/or doing business in Hong Kong and Mainland China, in particular GBA, would be an asset;
(vi)    Excellent command of written Chinese and spoken Putonghua and good command of written and spoken English; and
(vii)    Willing to travel frequently to Mainland China.

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: 15 November 2019, 5:00 p.m. (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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