China CEO

  • Senior Management
  • P.R. China - Shanghai

Our client is a leading global player in specialty, branded and generic pharmaceuticals.

The group offers an extensive portfolio of products that provide treatment for a broad spectrum of acute and chronic conditions experienced through all stages of life, reaching more than 150 countries. Their mission is to produce high quality, affordable medicines and enhancing access to healthcare

For this client, Talent Fishers is searching for a China CEO.


The China CEO will determine the long-term strategic objectives of China and oversee all operations and business activities of China business unit to ensure the desired results are produced, consistent with the overall Group strategy and mission.

Managing multiple stakeholders across senior levels of government and other regulatory bodies to ensure business sustainability for the Group in China is a key deliverable for the role. Leading and motivating a high-performing managerial team. Build and model a high-performance company culture and establish the Group as an employer of choice. Provide inspired leadership to the executive team and establish a productive and working relationship with the broader Group to enable the growth agenda for China. Develop and execute the company strategy as well as the enabling organizational design and required human capital resources.


Job location: Shanghai

Reporting to: Group Commercial Officer

Job Description

  1. To initiate and manage strategic business development for optimal output.
  2. Identify, negotiate and conclude strategic new business opportunities in line with the Group’s business development strategy.
  3. Serve as interface between the NBD Division and internal / external customers.
  4. Interact on a strategic level with all international territories NBD and Marketing groups.
  5. Understand the market dynamics of each international territory to optimize business opportunities.
  6. Support the New Business Development Project Management system

Job Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree combined with an MBA or master’s degree in a relevant
  • More than 15 years of experience, with 5 at an executive level
  • 10 - 15 years’ pharmaceutical (or Biomedical) commercial experience is essential

Skills and Attributes:

  • Results driven
  • Ability to think strategically and innovatively around current business and create the future for a sustainable business
  • A high proficiency in spoken and written English
  • A high proficiency in spoken and written Mandarin
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Ability to thrive in high performance culture
  • Ability to build consensus and relationships among executives, partners, broader stakeholders and the workforce
  • Experience with corporate governance
  • Proven negotiation skills
  • Ability to solve complex problems and act proactively
  • Ability to inspire confidence and create trust
  • Ability to work under pressure, plan personal workload effectively and delegate
  • Ability to work collaboratively and create an inclusive culture within China operations and the broader Group
  • A ‘hands-on’ management style
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills
  • Capacity to understand Group-wide consequences of local action
  • Ability to establish productive relationships with the broader group support structures in order to execute successfully on country operational and strategic requirements
  • Ability to integrate new projects into the business while focusing on the commercial benefits
  • Ability to manage CMOs, importers and distributers to develop market leading positions via market penetration and sales activation
  • Ability to deal with complexity
  • Experience in developing profitable strategies and implementing vision
  • In-depth knowledge of corporate governance and general management best practices
  • An entrepreneurial mindset with outstanding organizational and leadership skills


  • In-depth knowledge of corporate governance and general management best practices
  • Deep knowledge of P&L, balance sheet, cash flow management and general finance and budgeting
  • Excellent knowledge of business and management principles
  • Crafting and soliciting buy-in in strategy, transactional plans and submission of budgets
  • Comprehensive knowledge of pharmaceutical industry, value chain and Chinese healthcare market
  • Deep understanding of how to lead and inspire a large team and comprehensive understanding of human resources

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