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The China Flexpat podcast interviews professionals in China to help people from all over the world find the best jobs in China. We uncover myths and show the truth about challenges and opportunities when looking for a life in the Middle Kingdom. Flexpats are like expats, but flexible. Highly interested in China's business world, culture, people and language but without the backing of a multinational company that provides large salary packages. We want to show you how you can become a well pa ...
 
This podcast is for and about founders, CEOs, and entrepreneurs seeking to change the status quo and bring innovative ideas into the world. Learn how they are doing it and what innovative technologies and business models they are pushing forward.
 
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Jan hat sich ganz bewusst für ein China-spezifisches Studium entschieden und kam 2000 als Praktikant nach China. Er ist heute Geschäftsführer und blickt auf eine erfolgreiche Flexpat Karriere zurück. Er teilt seine Erfahrung und Tipps. 1) Ablauf von China-Studium und Job Einstieg 2) Abgrenzung von Expats und chinesischen Bewerbern 3) Unterschiede v…
 
Alex FaBB has been living in China since 2015 and is producing Youtube content for his Italian target audience. His channel has reached more than 80,000 subscribers by now. In this episode he shares his insights and advice on creating social media content in China and explains what it takes to become a YouTuber in China, what the social media lands…
 
Learn from professional interpreter, Sofia Xavier: What level is enough to work in China? How to study Chinese efficiently? How to keep going when you lack motivation? Surviving without Chinese vs. living with language skills? Connect with Sofia on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sofia-xavier-56349b1ab/…
 
Martin Kimmich has decided to accept the offer for an international assignment in Shanghai/China and is the Vice President HR responsible for the region Greater China at German automation technology giant "Festo" with more than 2000 employees in China since July 1st 2019. In this role Martin got to understand the big differences in work culture in …
 
In a nutshell, C.J. helps companies achieve better competitiveness and resilience through improving their people's performance. In this 34 minute episode you will especially learn about B2B sales in China. We uncover wrong assumptions and give practical advice on how to build and develop your sales team and how to deal with Chinese customers and lo…
 
Kimberly Kirkendall has over 35 years of international business experience in multiple regions, with a focus on China and Asia. A decade in operations, manufacturing and supply chain. Adding in the second decade in accounting, and then in the last twenty years as a consultant and interim executive. With her consulting business she improves operatio…
 
Vocês pediram e a vez dele chegou! Neste episódio, falaremos sobre empreendedorismo, inovações e negócios femininos na China! Quais são os principais desafios de se começar um negócio do zero? Como expandir? Qual o poder das comunidades? Sabemos que se aventurar em um novo negócio é difícil mesmo em nosso país, mas quando estamos em um lugar bastan…
 
Boris Boullot, entrepreneur of a European-Chinese company in Shanghai does industrial subcontracting from China (www.asiaglobalconsulting.com) & distribution of high technological optical equipment in China (www.sinoptix.com.cn). In this episode you can learn all about it and why he hires flexpats to differentiate from Chinese competitors. Connect …
 
Ian Mote is a Shanghai based finance professional with 25 years of experience in Europe, Middle East, and Greater China. In China he's been working and living for 17 years and has vast experience working in various companies ranging from large banks to corporations and startups. In this episode you'll get useful food for thought about these essenti…
 
Quem disse que você precisa ter viajado o mundo ou trabalhado em diversas empresas para conseguir um emprego na China? As oportunidades vêm para aqueles que estão preparados, dispostos a encarar desafios e aprender muito no processo. Neste episódio focado no público brasileiro, o Juliano contará como ele construiu seu caminho até a China dentro da …
 
The German national, Tobias Lamm, has been living in China for 4 years, working in production and quality management at a large manufacturer of textile machinery. His daily tasks include enhancing production efficiency as well as quality figures by leading the local teams. Being the interface to the German headquarters, cross-functional project man…
 
Thomas Neubert is leading a local Chinese sales team at Grob Machine Tools China. They are selling world class, high tech 5-axis machine tools as well as manufacturing and assembly systems, mostly for the automotive and aerospace industry. Combining the cultural advantages of German and Chinese culture in the sales team is a key challenge in his da…
 
Many industries, including strategy consulting, is more mature in Europe than in China. In many cases, European business models have been transferred to China - along with expats to build organizations. Europe-experienced Chinese professionals return to China in order to establish European culture and processes in their home market. "Returnees": Th…
 
Andy Klump is a renewable energy executive with 20 years of solar energy, storage, and technology experience. He has been living and working in China since 2002. He is the founder, owner, and CEO of Clean Energy Associates, a solar energy and storage technical due diligence and engineering services firm with a presence in 13 countries with over 170…
 
Como fazer um balanço saudável entre trabalho, estudos e família? Afinal, tudo acontece muito rápido na China e as cobranças são altas! Diante de pessoas que estão sempre a procura de perfeição e excelentes resultados, é preciso ter estratégia e muita disposição! Neste episódio focado no público brasileiro, falaremos sobre o ritmo de trabalho e com…
 
Michael Babilon-Teubenbacher has been working in the context of China for 10 years and has vast experience in driving transformation and change as well as developing leaders and organizations in an international context, specifically at the interface between China and Germany. Having arrived in China in 2011 for a 3-month consulting project, China …
 
Frank Sieren is a bestselling author, documentary film maker (ARD and ZDF) and China specialist for various German newspapers and magazines. He has been living in Beijing / China since 1994. The London Times calls him "a leading China expert in Germany." In this episode Frank shares his bird's eye perspective on the labor market for foreigners in C…
 
Chris Reinert has over 10 years of recruitment experience and successfully placed candidates in APAC (Mainland China, Taiwan, Singapore, South Korea, Australia), Europe, and the USA. In this episode he explains how you can create your own opportunities at different stages of your career and find suitable jobs without competing with locals but solel…
 
French Revenue Management Expert, Mikael Bouchet, has worked in China for the past 12 years. He is Senior Regional Commercial Leader in the Hospitality industry and having worked for some of the largest companies the hotel business, we discussed in this 17 min episode what does it mean to be a Flexpat leader in China and what soft skills you need t…
 
Bill Russo is the Shanghai-based Founder and CEO of Automobility Limited, a strategy and investment advisory firm helping its clients to create the future of mobility. His over 35 years of experience includes 16 years as an automotive executive, including 17 years of experience in China and Asia. Bill is also currently serving as the Chair of the A…
 
Nicolas Labatut has lived in China for 12 years and became an expert in both international and bilingual education in China. During his time in the rapidly growing education market, he has co-led the expansion of international schools in the region whilst managing large teams. Just recently Nicolas, has started his own business, to bring even more …
 
Peter Willemsen has been living in China for 12 years and has vast experience in setting up Chinese R&D centers from scratch and building successful engineering teams in the automotive industry. As President of Rheinmetall Automotive Investment Holding China he oversees a turnover of more than 1 billion EUR and more than 4,500 employees across seve…
 
Por que estudar na China? Como essa experiência pode te diferenciar de outros profissionais? Há muitas bolsas de estudo disponíveis? O mandarim é uma barreira? Essas e outras perguntas serão respondidas nesse episódio focado no público brasileiro. Nele mostraremos o crescente interesse da China pelo Brasil e como isso pode ser uma ótima oportunidad…
 
French FinTec expert, Yassine Regragui, has worked at Alibaba and Alipay for several years and was responsible for launching the multi-lingual version of Alipay. This task has been a huge challenge, which Yassine succesfully overcame because he had the right mindset and was able to embrace change quickly. He adapted to Jack Ma's core values. To suc…
 
Three successful flexpats are sharing their advice and experience in one episode! 27 minutes well spent for your China preparation! 1) How a Chinese professional comes to Germany to study and work for a large German company. How she plans to eventually go back to China (after 15 years), with her family. Back in Germany she starts her own consulting…
 
Born in Albania, raised in Italy, Ervis Micukaj is now a successful small business owner in China. After 5 years of working in different jobs in Shanghai, Ervis decided to start his own business in the IT service industry. His experience of 7+ years in China allows him to compare working for others in China and starting your own business. Now, afte…
 
German Expat Career and Life coach, Rebecca, lived in China for 7 years, working as a flexpat at a Volkswagen joint venture. She has not only managed to grow from an entry level position in HR into a management position, but also dealt with a busy family life together with her husband and 4 kids. Overcoming many expat and flexpat related challenges…
 
Adina Deacu is an Environmental Psychology Researcher & Consultant and has been living in China since 2012. As a foreign entrepreneur in the service industry in China, it is extremely hard to get customers' attention, trust and therefore, business leads. Adina has found ways of distinguishing herself by attending purely Chinese networking events, a…
 
Amelie and her partner have found work opportunities in China. He was an expat, she worked on a local contract at Bosch in Suzhou! In this episode, Amelie explains the process of getting hired at such a prestigious company and how the job on a local contract worked out for her. The difference to expat packages is huge, but as a couple in this situa…
 
German IT-entrepreneur, Arne Weber, has been living in China for 10 years. Together with his Chinese wife, they have built their company Faytech from scratch, growing their turnover from zero to 30 million USD and over 300 employees worldwide in only 10 years. Do you think this is fast? Chinese speed is even faster. Learn from Arne why he is not al…
 
HongHong Xu, originally from Beijing, has moved to Germany 30 years ago with hardly any money in her pocket, studied hard and got to work at the world’s largest chemical company, BASF. She learned to work between two cultures and through her traditional approach "hard work and humility", she got promoted and assigned to work in Hong Kong for 5 year…
 
Ruddy is originally from Belgium and has 25 years of experience as a Business Leader, -Psychologist and Entrepreneur in Talent, Leadership & Organisation Development, including 15 years in China. In this 15 minute episode he explains what modern managers, who are dealing with China, need to do in order to not only survive but also thrive in post-pa…
 
Hermann Simon is the Founder and Honorary Chairman of Simon-Kucher & Partners. He is an expert in strategy, marketing and pricing. He is the only German in the “Thinkers50 Hall of Fame” of the most important management thinkers in the world. In German-speaking countries he has been continuously voted the most influential living management thinker s…
 
Chloe Goncalves, originally from France, is a digital marketing & e-commerce expert, currently working as Asia E-commerce Manager at L’Oréal. Before joining L’Oréal, Chloe worked for 4 years in Alibaba’s Hangzhou headquarters which she entered through Alibaba's Global Leadership Academy, for which she was selected among 3,000 applicants. In this ep…
 
Giada is originally from Italy and has studied Chinese language and the economic and cultural dynamics of contemporary China. During an internship in Beijing, at one of the leading foreign-owned WeChat agencies, she has learned all the basics to jump-start her career in China related marketing. The Corona-Crisis has forced her to move back to Italy…
 
Arslan is originally from Pakistan and has become an entrepreneur, developing the private sector between Pakistan and China. He has built several organisations that promote exchange and learning between the two countries and its peoples, both in business and culture. Arslan holds both a bachelor's and master's degree from North China Electric Power…
 
Originally from Spain, Marina has studied mandarin in Beijing and later graduated from Nankai University in Tianjin with a master's degree in Chinese economics and politics. Marina’s fluency in Mandarin and love for China has helped her career soar, opening the door to a whole new world in tech. Now she is the Head of Business Development for Yodo1…
 
Miro Li is a native Chinese and has been living in Hong Kong for a decade, now living in Shenzhen. In 2017, Miro founded Double V., a consulting company helping overseas brands enter the China market. In 2019, Miro founded CHINAble Academy, a training and resources sharing platform for foreign industry leaders to offer courses and workshops about C…
 
Robbert Gorris is originally from the Netherlands and has developed a strong interest in China very early. He studied in Taipei and has been living in China for 12 years. His kids went to a Chinese school which taught him invaluable lessons in Chinese culture. Just recently he moved back to Europe to help more foreign companies set up their busines…
 
Xavi Sanz was born in Barcelona (Spain) and has studied and worked in numerous countries around the globe. Three years ago he accepted the challenge of his company to build a Chinese branch office in Hangzhou to expand their freight forwarding business into China. Xavi came to China with his wife and kids and has experienced China extensively from …
 
Nadezhda is originally from Kazakhstan, studied in London and has moved to Hangzhou three years ago. After obtaining her Chinese master's degree, she has decided to start her own marketing agency in China, called "SanQ". Now she uses her extensive work experience from her time at the world's leading cosmetics brand to create the best social media a…
 
During his 10 year stay in China Simon has become an expert on cross-border trade and logistics from and to China. Although E-commerce has been booming for years there are still many online sellers struggling with their sourcing and shipping out of China. Simon is making a difference and creates a seamless and transparent supply chain to empower on…
 
Sascha Rensen is originally from Germany and has started his career in China as a teacher at a university in Nanchang. After some time in the country he has successfully transitioned into a business developer for a Chinese construction company and is now based in Wuxi. In this episode he explains what it means to be a foreign sales guy or business …
 
Noriko Takagi has conducted 5,000 interviews and placed 300 executives in East Asia. Her long work experience across three continents allowed her to neutrally work in international and multi-cultural environments and adapt to change quickly. In this episode she shares practical advice on how to properly prepare for job interviews in general and als…
 
Patrick Frick, is a trilingual (Chinese, English, German) international sales manager with strong intercultural communication skills. At wenglor he provides leadership to the sales organizations across Asia. He co-founded and co-direct the China Flexpat Podcast to help people work and live in China. He interviews successful foreign professionals in…
 
Brian Tam is a 3x TEDx speaker and the lead consultant at Let's Make Great!, where he leads corporate teams through FIRST TIME EVER challenges. From new business models to fresh brands, he guides multinational companies in China to systematically explore opportunities and work through innovations. He's the mind behind PROTO Innovation Cards, the au…
 
Rich Robinson helps startups build, scale-ups grow and organizations innovate. He is a sought-after keynote speaker that teaches at China's top two universities: at Peking University's Guanghua Int'l MBA program but also Entrepreneurship in China and at Tsinghua University's BI-Tsinghua joint program teaches 'pracademics' to senior execs. Previousl…
 
Arnaud is originally from France and has been working in China for 5 years. He started his career in Chinese social media marketing very early and has experienced both the social aspects of working in Chinese teams but also the professional aspect of designing localised marketing campaigns across many popular social media platforms. In this episode…
 
Karl J. Weaver is a US citizen and has worked in numerous flexpat roles in Taiwan and Mainland China since 1985. As a bilingual (English & Mandarin) public speaker he shares his first hand experience of leading the charge of mobile payment development in China in the past 3 decades. We found Karl to be an unlimited source of advice when it comes to…
 
Don Wettrick is the founder of The STARTedUP Foundation, author of “Pure Genius: Building a Culture of Innovation and Taking 20% Time to the Next Level” and host of the "STARTedUP Podcast". Don is known for his award-winning work as a middle school and high school teacher; educational and innovation consultant; and educational speaker. ------------…
 
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