#VACANCY: Innovation Officer at the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Shanghai

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Netherlands Innovation Network (Innovatie Attaché Netwerk)

The Netherlands is a world leader in science, technology and innovation (ST&I). To ensure and foster its global position as an innovation leader and to strengthen its global competitiveness, the Netherlands Innovation Network has been established. The network is part of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and stimulates international cooperation for companies, research institutes and governmental authorities in the fields of innovation, technology, and science. The network’s activities implement the international knowledge and innovation agenda of the Netherlands and its top sectors. The aim is to address national and global challenges through international cooperation. 

We develop international cooperation by:

•          Providing knowledge about innovation, technology and science developments;

•          Connecting to potential collaboration partners abroad;

•          Organizing innovation missions, workshops, matchmaking events and seminars;

•          Identifying funding mechanisms for bi- and multilateral cooperation.

The network in China

The Netherlands Innovation Network China is part of the diplomatic network of the Netherlands in China. The diplomatic network of the Kingdom of the Netherlands consists of the Embassy in Beijing and Consulate Generals in Guangzhou, Shanghai, Chongqing and Hong Kong. The purpose of the Dutch diplomatic network of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in China is to manage diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China and representation of the Netherlands to strengthen the international position in the relevant policy areas through policy support and development, and to promote and support bilateral/multilateral cooperation.

The Netherlands Innovation Network in China is located at the Embassy in Beijing, and Consulate Generals in Shanghai and Guangzhou. The Innovation Officer works in an inter-city team with colleagues in Beijing and Guangzhou. The offices work as one team and report to the Counsellor for Innovation, Technology & Science at the Dutch Embassy in Beijing. The Innovation Officer also cooperates with colleagues from other departments at the Dutch Consulate-General in Shanghai, in particular with his/her colleagues in the Consulate’s economic department and the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency.

Most of the work of the Innovation Officer in Shanghai is carried out in the Yangtze river delta region, though occasionally business trips within China and to the Netherlands will be required.

Duties and Activities

The Innovation Network supports nearly all Dutch top sectors. However, the focus areas for this position in Shanghai are clean tech/renewable energy (i.e. hydrogen, solar, wind, batteries). Additional focus areas can be agreed upon based on interest.

Main tasks are to support and stimulate scientific and R&D collaboration between companies, universities, research institutes and government organisations in the Netherlands and China. This is accomplished by facilitating and promoting Sino-Dutch innovation, technology and science networks, and by reporting to Dutch and Chinese stakeholders about new developments in the science and technology domain.

Examples of activities are:

  • Create and maintain an active network with innovation-driven organisations and government officials in both China and the Netherlands
  • Organize in-depth seminars, round tables, networking events, visits of high-level government officials and experts.
  • Collect and analyse data and information on technological developments in China and report on new trends to relevant stakeholders in the Netherlands
  • Conduct in-depth mappings on scientific and/or R&D collaborations in relevant innovative fields
  • Plan and organize incoming and outgoing missions and delegations
  • Contribute to the branding of the Netherlands as a high-tech country
  • Write reports, articles and analysis on topics pertaining to trends and developments in the field of innovation in China.

Job requirements

  • Level of education: university master’s degree, preferably in engineering or natural sciences.
  • Level of experience: preferably 2-5 years. However, this position is also open to newly graduated candidates.
  • Some computer programming experience is preferred. Experience with python is a plus.
  • A proactive attitude (self-starting/ independent), strategic mindset and eagerness to learn about new industries and technologies.
  • Strong networking skills (capable of actively developing, maintaining and using a professional network).
  • Good analytical skills.
  • An evident interest in Innovation, Technology & Science in a broad sense.
  • Flexible and cooperative attitude (team player).
  • Good organizational and problem-solving skills.
  • Interest in Dutch innovation policy and research infrastructure. Prior knowledge of the Chinese government and research infrastructure is beneficial.
  • Sensitive to a policy and political environment.
  • Experience in scientific research is beneficial.
  • Languages: Fluency in Dutch and excellency in English is required. Chinese language skills are beneficial.

Conditions of employment

The function is open to all nationalities.

For Dutch nationals and other non-Chinese nationalities: The “Legal Status (Local Employees) Regulations 2020” (LSR 2020) of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs is applicable to this position. The salary scale for this function is 8, ranging from RMB 26,451 to RMB 39,677 gross per month. The level will be determined according to the relevant work experience of the candidate.

Non-Chinese nationals employed by the Embassy are considered ‘buitenlands belastingplichtig’ by the Dutch tax authorities. Therefore, on the gross salary of Dutch nationals, an amount will be withheld as if the employee would be tax liable in China. This amount will be paid to the Dutch tax authorities.

The employee and employer contributions of social security and pension premiums are paid to the employee as if these would be paid in China. With this monthly payment of currently CNY 11,000.00 net, the employee is assumed to arrange him- or herself medical care coverage, social security, housing and pension provisions.

Employment conditions for Chinese nationals will be in accordance to the Chinese government’s Diplomatic Services Bureau regulations and pay grades.

The vacancy concerns a full time (40 hours/week) position with a fixed term contract for the duration of one year, starting as soon as possible. After one year an evaluation will take place, upon mutual agreement the contract can be extended for a longer period.

More information

If you would like more information regarding the content and context of this position, please contact Freek Jan Frerichs, Counsellor for Innovation, Technology and Science via [email protected] and David Bekkers, Senior Innovation Officer via [email protected]. If you would like to have more information about the local employment conditions, please contact [email protected].

Selection procedure

Candidates are required to submit their motivation letter and resumé in English to [email protected]. The deadline for submission is 11th of July 2022. Candidates whose letter and resume are considered to best match the formal requirements will be invited for an interview.

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