Interim Managing Director for Subsidiary of a German company in China

Project status
Project start date
As soon as possible
Project posted
13 Sep 2018 07:13
Project duration (approx.)
6 Months
Budget (approx.)
€800 / day
Level of Experience
Mechanical / Industrial Engineering
Area of expertise
Executive / C-Suite, Project Management, Sales / Business Development, Strategy
Consultant location
English (Essential) , German (Nice to have) , Mandarin (Nice to have)

Objectives and Key Deliverables

For a German family-owned company that produces in 60 countries around the world and which has a revenue of approx. EUR 100m, we are looking for an interim managing director.

The company is a system supplier of non-ferrous metal rolling mills, foil sheeting and aluminum presses.

Consultant/Interim requirements:
We are looking for a resident interim managing director to avoid the flight costs from Europe. Whether it is a German (or other national) living in China or a Chinese who has a sound understanding and hands on experience with German corporate culture, does not matter: Living in China and understanding German corporate culture is vital.

About the interim position: The current sales and service entity is a rather small unit with 12 employees of which only 1 speaks fluent English. The interim MD will be asked to lead the team and develop a catalog of measures for the successor.

The interim MD must have excellent managerial and communicationl skills to satisfy the needs and challenges of the company: Communication with the German HQ as well as speaking the "Shop Floor" language with the team on the ground in China. We are looking for someone that can motivate and lead the team.

Travel expenses for a manager based in China will be paid in addition to the day rate, however, please note that the day rate is indicative and we would also expect interim managers to offer more competitive day rates of around 600 € (or ~4.800 ¥) per day in their proposals.

Location: Taicang Jiangsu, China

Duration: Approx. 6 months, 2-3 times a week on site.

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