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As the apex business chamber, SBF is committed to advocating key issues that impact the Singapore business community, helping enterprises develop capabilities and venture overseas.

We believe that our people are the driving force in helping the business community. We pride ourselves in developing our employees’ and are committed to creating a conducive work environment.

Interested applicants for the job opportunities below are invited to email your cover letter and detailed resume including a recent photograph, contact details, notice period as well as current and expected salaries.

The following opportunities are now available:

Global Business Division – ASEAN


As part of a new SBF initiative to help companies venture overseas, in particular to ASEAN; Frontier and Emerging Markets; as well as Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), we are hiring 3 dynamic individuals to cover respective regions, namely Thailand, Myanmar, and Indonesia.

Reporting to the Executive Director and working with other team members, the candidate should be resourceful, results-driven, self-starter, an individual contributor as well as a team player, who would carry out the following job duties in his/her assigned regions.

Job Responsibilities

  • Contribute to SBF's strategy for the assigned region
  • Lead the implementation of SBF’s Overseas Centre (OEC) in the assigned region
  • Build relationship and collaboration with stakeholders of Trade Associations & Chambers (TACs), Government, Partners and business community for and in your assigned region
  • Provision of Advisory Service on your assigned region to Singapore companies
  • Implement activities to increase companies’ interest in your assigned region
  • Provision of follow through assistance to companies with a high chance of securing deals or setting up a presence in your assigned region
  • Work with Singapore-based TACs to implement activities in your assigned region
  • Provision of regular information updates to Singapore companies interested in your assigned region

Requirements

  • Degree with at least 10 years of working experience in Business Development, Marketing, Sales or Operations relating to your assigned region
  • A good understanding of local and international business environment, as well as economic and political trends that impact doing business in your assigned region
  • Good analytical, strategic, consultation, planning & negotiation skills
  • Good verbal and written communication skills, presentation, facilitation skills and customer relationship skills. Fluency in your assigned region’s language will be a bonus but not critical
  • Ability to handle cross cultural challenges
  • Enthusiasm & strong willingness to travel to your assigned region
  • Actual Working, Residence and / or Business / Travel experiences in your assigned region will be a useful advantage
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office

Global Business Division – China & North Asia Markets


Job Responsibilities

  • Create and manage projects, events and seminars to promote and develop trade and investments, including facilitating deals and projects for member companies for the China / North Asia regions.
  • Drive China / North Asia market programmes and activities through marketing and coordination with all relevant parties.
  • Develop and manage programmes and new initiatives to benefit Singapore’s business community.
  • Conduct research work on different markets and industries.
  • Identify business trends and opportunities in China / North Asia and generate business opportunities for Singapore companies.
  • Maintain and enhance working relationships with local and foreign partners, including government bodies, business chambers / associations and Singapore and foreign companies.
  • Manage companies' database and maintain good working relationships.
  • Prepare and issue marketing materials.

Requirements

  • Degree with at least 8-10 years’ working experience, preferably with at least 5 years’ experience in business development and/or marketing.
  • A good understanding of local and international business environments and how economic and political trends impact business.
  • Relevant working experience in the relevant countries and sector(s) would be an added advantage.
  • Result-oriented, creative problem-solving skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Proficiency in English, both written and spoken.

Established by SBF, BRI Connect serves as an online and offline business platform to connect stakeholders involved in BRI network. BRI Connect also acts as a catalyst to match potential business partners for BRI projects.

The objectives of BRI Connect include:

a) Connect and widen the networks of BRI participants, achieving mutual benefits for parties involved
b) Facilitate effective communications and connection of BRI projects in Singapore, China and countries along the Belt and Road
c) Promote Singapore as a Regional Infrastructure and Financial Hub.
d) Provide SBF members and our business community an important platform to access BRI opportunities.

The primary purpose of this role is to plan, oversee and organise projects, programmes and business activities through effective research & analysis, marketing & PR, and coordination with all relevant parties for achieving SBF’s mission and vision, as well as the divisional objectives, which include:

1. To promote BRI Connect to relevant parties and secure partnerships
2. To create awareness and interest for BRI Connect related activities
3. To strengthen SBF’s ties with relevant government agencies, various business associations and international organisations, especially in relation to BRI Connect
4. To advocate for the interest of BRI Connect and adoption by companies in Singapore, as well as BRI related countries

Job Responsibilities

  • Formulate and implement the BRI Connect’s (“BRI”) strategies, programmes and projects, including strategic planning, engagement of BRI key stakeholders and business community
  • Develop the network of advisory and resource partners which Singapore companies can tap on for relevant expertise and capital to take on relevant projects
  • Work with partners to appraise and analyse addressable relevant projects for Singapore companies, and facilitate Singapore companies’ participation in the projects
  • Organise outreach events and activities with partners for focused countries & sectors, with the aim of matching demand with supply for BRI related projects
  • Manage and grow the database of regional and Singapore companies from relevant sectors for the development of BRI related value chain and community
  • Maintain and enhance working relationships with local and foreign resource partners, including government agencies, advisory and consultancy partners, developers, business chambers and associations, plus Singapore and foreign companies
  • Work in tandem with the SBF’s Infrastructure Committee, to access innovation network, BRI project opportunities across China and the region
  • Gather feedback from the business community to develop advocacy messages and propose recommendations on relevant policies and programmes
  • Manage resources, including funding and budget, to support and materialise the wide spectrum of BRI online and offline activities
  • Provide secretariat support and other necessary tasks for the SBF management


Requirements

  • Degree in Info Communications, Business, Project Management, Engineering, or any relevant discipline
  • At least 5 years of working experience, preferably with at least 3 years of experience in infrastructure development or related industry
  • A good understanding of local and international business environments, especially in BRI related projects, infrastructure trends and developments
  • Relevant working experience and business exposure in the China & North Asia countries, as well as Southeast Asia and South Asia would be an added advantage
  • Strong command of project/program development, project management and budget control skills
  • Good analytical, consultation, planning, presentation & facilitation skills
  • Strong verbal & written communication skills
  • Effectively bilingual, with good translation skills for business correspondences from English to Chinese and vice versa for the China region; fluency in a North Asian language would be an added advantage for liaising with associates in the North Asia region
  • Willing to travel
  • Profit & Loss responsibility will be an advantage
  • Strong business acumen & mindset
  • Good time management ability with strong multi-tasking capabilities
  • Individual contributor as well as team player

Membership & TAC Engagement and Digital Technology Services Division

As part of digital transformation, the Manager (IT Applications) will identify the opportunities, build a business case together with users, seek budget funding and develop the applications/systems.

At the same time, the Manager (IT Applications) will provide support for existing systems to ensure that it is running smooth, implement change requests or bug fixes together with the application vendor.

For any audits conducted, the Manager (IT Applications) will front such audit for those systems under his/her care.

Job Responsibilities

1. Project Initiation

  • Identify, conceptualise, innovate and perform feasibility study of new or improved IT systems to support user’s business needs, improve current work operations and introduce new innovative IT services
  • Plan and lead the development of the business case as well as the budget for the IT systems
  • Identify project risks

2. Procurement

  • Manage and execute the procurement of IT systems in a timely manner

3. Project Implementation

  • Oversee the design, development, integration and implementation of IT systems
  • Ensure that projects are executed based on the project plan to meet identified business needs, within agreed parameters of cost, duration and quality
  • Engage and manage the vendors to deliver IT solutions and services
  • Manage and mitigate potential project risks and its implication to the organisation
  • Ensure the development processes, procedures and system are designed to comply with the IT management policy, quality management policy and security guidelines, etc.

4. Application Support

  • Manage the vendors on the maintenance and support of the IT systems

5. Application Audits

  • Engage with auditors to provide the information and assist in any queries
  • Coordinate with vendors to develop and/or implement any fixes


Requirements

  • Degree in Information Technology/Computer Science or equivalent
  • At least 3 years of relevant working experience as a project manager with two full projects development life cycle
  • Strong analytical, conceptualisation & problem solving skill
  • Project management related certifications such as CITPM, COMIT or PMI will be added advantage
  • Good written, verbal communication, presentation and negotiation skills

The Singapore Business Federation (SBF) is the apex business chamber championing the interests of the Singapore business community in the areas of trade, investment, and industrial relations. It represents 26,100 companies, as well as key local and foreign business chambers.

This is a position under the Membership and TACs (Trade Associations & Chambers) Engagement Division. Besides organising events for members, it also drives revenue collection and engagement efforts with fellow TACs for the greater good of the business community.

Job Responsibilities

  • Execute the full spectrum of work relating to members engagement and outreach programmes/activities for corporate members
  • Manage events logistics which includes registration, invoicing & administration, etc.
  • Manage and administer membership programmes and services to engage and support the corporate members
  • Proactively engage stakeholders and partners so as to influence the alignment of strategies and directions, manage expectations & achieve customer satisfaction
  • Provide various aspects of membership administration & correspondences with members
  • Ensure accuracy of Membership Database through timely updating of the records
  • Attend to Members’ enquires (which may come in the form of & and phone calls) in a responsive and professional manner
  • Process 1st-level fee-exemption requests by ensuring completeness and accuracy of required supporting document
  • Handle member relations projects as assigned (e.g. marketing, partnership with stakeholders, etc.)
  • Handle any other responsibilities & duties that may be assigned to you


Requirements

  • Degree in business-related studies or equivalent
  • Minimum 2 to 3 years of working experience in a business-related field
  • Good customer service, coordination, organisational & communication skills
  • Database management skills with proficiency in Microsoft Office, especially Microsoft Excel
  • Meticulous, resourceful & having the ability to multi-task
  • Positive work attitude

Strategy & Development


On 1 January 2018, SBF re-positioned itself as the apex business platform, working closely with other trade associations and chambers to promote the growth and vibrancy of the Singapore business community. We also act as the bridge between Singapore businesses and our Government. As a key part of our re-positioning, SBF has committees of business leaders to champion important issues of concern to significant segments of our business community and pursue programmes and activities to help the community itself. Two of such committees are the SBF SME Committee (SMEC) and the SBF Digitalisation Committee.

As Executive Director, Advocacy & Actions, you will lead a team of officers to work closely with these two committees in their advocacy work and pursuit of high impact programmes to help businesses. The topics covered range from business environment, cost competitiveness, technology (including digitalisation), innovation, manpower, skills to facilitating collaborations amongst businesses for large contacts to help SMEs to establish their track record. We are looking for a dynamic individual to fill this role.

This is a Senior Management role within SBF. The candidate must be able to show leadership working with our top business leaders and senior government officials.

The work will include:

  • Working closely with business leaders, your team, our Research & Publishing Department, and other SBF Divisions to identify and derive insights on key issues affecting significant segment(s) of our business community.
  • Working closely with business leaders and your team to develop advocacy messages and recommendations (including annual recommendations for the Singapore Budget), and pursue high impact programmes and activities to assist our business community.
  • Helping to secure the necessary resources (including funding) to undertake the work.
  • Handling any other duties and responsibilities that may be assigned to you by SBF from time to time.
Your work will involve working closely with the other departments and divisions in SBF and the other stakeholders in the ecosystem to facilitate the committees’ work.


Requirements

  • A good degree in Business or a relevant discipline.
  • A good understanding of the key issues and concerns of our Singapore business community, especially our SMEs.
  • A passion for helping to grow Singapore businesses.
  • Ability to build a collaborative ecosystem of private and public sector institutions and resources to help our businesses.
  • Excellent qualitative, quantitative and problem-solving skills.
  • Capable of holding P&L responsibilities, and resourceful in securing the necessary sponsorship/funds to enable the department to pursue the programmes and activities that are in line with the respective committees’ advocacy messages.
  • A good understanding of our Government’s policies, programmes, and schemes for businesses and Government regulations that impact businesses.
  • At least 15 years of working experience in both public and private sectors – specifically in roles that help Singapore businesses grow.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, with an ability to convey complex matters in a succinct and easy to understand manner.
  • Proficient in supervising the organising of conferences, seminars, workshops, and roundtable discussions.
  • Possess the drive and resourcefulness to come up with innovative solutions and good recommendations.
  • Results-oriented with multi-tasking capabilities.

On 1 January 2018, SBF re-positioned itself as the apex business platform, working closely with the other trade associations and chambers here to promote the growth and vibrancy of the Singapore business community. We also act as the bridge between businesses and our government. As a key part of our re-positioning, SBF has committees of business leaders to champion important issues of concern to significant segments of our business community and pursue activities to help the community itself. Two of such committees are the SBF SME Committee (SMEC) Main Committee and the SBF SMEC Sub-committee on Business Finance & Cost Competitiveness. The SMEC Main Committee actively coordinates the work of the various sub-committees and working groups under its purview with the objective of championing the key concerns and interests of SMEs in Singapore. The focus of the SMEC Subcommittee on Business Finance & Cost Competitiveness is on facilitating SMEs’ access to financing and enabling a cost-efficient environment overall (especially in regard to the cost of regulatory compliance) to facilitate their growth. The overall objective of our efforts is to help our SMEs grow in a competitive manner. We are looking for a dynamic individual to join our Advocacy & Actions Department. Equipped with the required knowledge and skills, the incumbent must be passionate in helping our SMEs grow as well as to help team members and implement the work of the two committees. This role will involve:

  • Co-ordinating the work of the SBF SMEC:
    • Staffing of the SMEC Main Committee
    • Putting together the SMEC’s overall advocacy messages and its annual recommendations for the Singapore Budget
  • Staffing the SBF SMEC Sub-committee on Business Finance & Cost Competitiveness:
    • Gather and analyse feedback on the challenges faced by our SMEs on the topics concerned. This is in line with the objective of coming up with the appropriate advocacy messages for Government, our workers and the business community itself, and developing high impact programmes to help the business community.
    • Conduct and co-ordinate studies where relevant, in collaboration with our Research & Publishing Department. This may involve putting together case studies of shining examples of companies that have done well on the topics concerned, for other companies to learn from.
    • Develop advocacy messages, including our annual SMEC Budget Recommendations, on the topics concerned.
    • Develop and operationalize high-impact programmes that are consistent with the advocacy messages of the SMEC Sub-committee on Business Finance & Cost Competitiveness. This will involve collaborating with various stakeholders.
    • The role will also involve any other tasks and responsibilities that may be assigned by the organisation. 

Requirements

  • Minimally a degree in Business or a relevant discipline.
  • A good understanding of the key concerns of our SMEs overall and in the areas of business financing and cost competitiveness (especially with respect to the cost of regulatory compliance), and our Government’s policies and programmes in these areas.
  • 2 to 7 years of working relevant experience in the private and/or public sector, especially in helping SMEs to address business financing and cost competitiveness issues (especially with respect to the cost of regulatory compliance). Candidates without experience are also welcome to apply in which the successful candidate will be given the appropriate designation in line with the organisation’s HR policies.
  • A passion for helping SMEs to grow.
  • Excellent qualitative, quantitative, and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to express complex issues simply and logically.
  • Proactive and possess the drive and resourcefulness to come up with innovative solutions and recommendations.
  • A collaborative mindset with the ability to bring various parties together to achieve results.
  • Results-oriented with multi-tasking capabilities.
  • Able to work well in a team and as an individual contributor.
  • Proficient in organising seminars, workshops and roundtable discussions.

The primary purpose and function of this job is to work closely with the Director, Advocacy and Actions (Innovation, Digitalisation, Manpower, Talent & Skills), to staff the SBF Digitalisation Committee and the SBF SME Committee (SMEC) Sub-committees on Technology, Innovation and Productivity & Manpower, Talent & Skills, where the focus of the former committee is on helping companies to adopt digital technologies, and the focus of the latter committees are on helping our SMEs to innovate and adopt technology & address their manpower, talent and skills needs respectively. This role will involve:

    • Gather & analyse feedback on the needs and challenges faced by Singapore businesses, especially SMEs, in the areas of innovation, adopting digital technologies, manpower, talent and skills. This is with the objective of coming up with the appropriate advocacy messages for Government, our workers and the business community itself, and developing and implementing high impact programmes to help the business community.
    • Putting together the SMEC’s overall advocacy messages and its annual recommendations for the Singapore Budget
    • Conduct and co-ordinate studies where relevant, in collaboration with our Research & Publishing Department. This may involve putting together case studies of companies that having innovated, digitalised and/or addressed their manpower and talent needs well, for other companies to learn from.
    • Develop advocacy messages, including our annual SMEC Budget Recommendations, on the topics concerned

Requirements

      • A good degree in Business or a relevant discipline.
      • A good understanding of the key concerns of the Singapore business community, especially SMEs, in the area of innovation, technology (including digital technology) adoption, manpower, talent and skills and our Government’s policies and programmes in these areas.
      • 2 to 7 years of working experience in the private and/or public sector in encouraging companies, especially SMEs, to innovate, adopt digital technologies and addressing their talent and skills needs. Candidates with no experiences are welcome to apply in which case the successful candidate will be given the appropriate designation in line with the organisation’s HR policies.
      • A passion for helping Singapore businesses, especially SMEs, to grow.
      • Excellent qualitative, quantitative, and problem-solving skills.
      • Excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to express complex issues simply and logically.
      • Proactive and possess the drive and resourcefulness to come up with innovative solutions and recommendations.
      • A collaborative mindset with the ability to bring various parties together to achieve results.
      • Results-oriented with multi-tasking capabilities.
      • Able to work well in a team and as an individual contributor.
      • Proficient in organising seminars, workshops and roundtable discussions.

As part of the dynamic team in SBF’s Free Trade Agreement (FTA) Education & Outreach Department, you will carry out the following to raise the awareness and educate Singapore businesses on the benefits of using Singapore’s vast network of FTAs. In addition, you will also seek feedback from businesses on our FTAs to facilitate our Government’s negotiations and review of these agreements:

          • Conduct general outreach seminars on Singapore’s FTAs
          • Gather feedback to understand and identify the needs, concerns and future plans of businesses through surveys, quick polls and focus group discussions
          • Plan and manage the conducting of research in different geographical markets and a broad range of issues related to internationalisation, with the ability to chart trends and track indicators across markets
          • Develop guidebooks and collaterals (e.g. flyers, factsheets, newsletters) on Singapore’s FTAs, that are easy for our SMEs to understand
          • Conduct trainings/workshops to educate companies on the use of Singapore FTAs. This includes developing FTA training modules/curriculum & materials.
          • Develop and regularly update the content of SBF’s FTA microsite
          • Handle simple queries by companies on Singapore FTAs, including the conduct of 1-on-1 FTA sessions / clinics to help companies to understand the benefits of the FTAs. This may include giving customised advice based on the companies’ specific situation and market(s).
          • Gather and consolidate companies’ inputs/feedback on FTA-related problems, and any other cross-border trade & investment issues facing companies in support of our Government’s FTA ongoing negotiations & reviews
          • Monitor trade policy issues & developments on Singapore FTAs, & provide an impact analysis to Singapore companies (if required)
          • Identify and establish collaborations with partners and key stakeholders (e.g. government, businesses, academia, etc.) to raise awareness on the benefits of Singapore’s FTAs and build the Singapore business community’s appreciation and capabilities in using these FTAs
          • Handle any other responsibilities and duties that may be assigned to you by SBF from time to time

Requirements

          • A good degree from a recognised university
          • 3 to 8 years of experience in working on cross-border trade and investment policies and regulations, including an appreciation of FTA benefits and compliance. Applicants without this pre-requisite must have a good understanding of businesses’ interests and concerns in relation with cross-border trade and investment policies and regulations. Training will be provided.
          • A good understanding of the local and international business environment, as well as economic and political trends as they impact business.
          • Good analytical, consultation, planning, communication (verbal & written), presentation, and event organisational skills
          • A keen learner and proactive self-starter, with a willingness to work across a number of subject areas
          • Results-oriented and capable of multi-tasking
          • Able to work well in a team and as an individual contributor

The Singapore Business Federation (SBF) launched a special report titled “Sustainable Employment – Achieving Purposeful Business Success Together” on 22 November 2019. A by-business-for-business initiative, the report puts forth 6 recommendations targeted at addressing the employment needs of the elderly, the less well-off and those vulnerable to job disruption in Singapore. As part of this initiative, SBF also launched the Sustainable Employment Pledge that calls on business to take action to support sustainable employment practices.

The Sustainable Employment Programme Office will oversee the implementation of the recommendations in the report by the business community and its partners and rally businesses to action. This is the start of an exciting Sustainable Employment Movement driven by SBF, that will have a transformative impact on business ethos and Singapore’s workforce. We are looking for an energetic and passionate individual to perform the following roles.

Job Responsibilities

          • Generate awareness on sustainable employment practices, including but not limited to the recommendations in the Sustainable Employment report, through face-to-face engagement with businesses as well as SBF’s online and social media channels
          • Run the Pledge campaign and build up the number of Pledge partners supporting sustainable employment practices
          • Engage Pledge partners to better understand their progress and document best practices and case studies for learning and inspiration
          • Convene key players to see lighthouse projects to fruition and facilitate outreach among SBF’s members and the wider business community to bring more like-minded companies on board these projects
          • Manage relationships with key stakeholders including thought leaders, academics, and partner organisations to strengthen the sustainable employment message through op-ed articles, research findings, and other collaborative initiatives

Requirements

          • A good degree in any discipline or equivalent
          • 5-7 years of working experience, with at least 3 years of experience in campaign or programme management. A proven track record in running successful large-scale campaigns or outreach programmes will be a bonus
          • Sound understanding of current and future trends that may impact business success and the economic/moral justification for sustainable employment practices by businesses
          • Self-starter who takes initiative and pride in work
          • Solid verbal and written communication skills
          • Excellent organisational skills and proven multi-tasking ability
          • Able to work well in a team and as an individual contributor

 

Interested applicants should send in their detailed resume (with a recent photograph) together with a cover letter (stating why they are suitable for the role; their notice period; and current and expected salaries) to

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