Careers

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 – AEMEA & South Asia Markets


Reporting to the Senior Director, this candidate’s main role is to operationalise strategies, plans, programs, and activities aimed at building knowledge, awareness and the ecosystem within which businesses operate, through the Young Business Leaders Network. S/he is expected to participate in organisation-wide and/or department projects.

Responsibilities 
  • Initiate and conduct research on leadership topics, and present key findings in formats that can be easily disseminated and understood. Research may include secondary (e.g desktop reviews) or primary (e.g in-market studies) research methods.
  • Operationalise activities aimed at building programs and platforms for leadership skill development and deployment. Programs and platforms include, but are not limited to: Conferences, Business Forums, Roundtables, Seminars/Webinars, Workshops, outgoing Study Trips, Dialogues/Debates etc.
  • Maintain relationships with key stakeholders, and provide administrative support where required. Identified stakeholders include, but are not limited to: Business Councils, Business Groups, Trade Associations and Chambers/ similar groups in Singapore/ Overseas, Sponsors etc.
  • Appreciate the financial model on which SBF activities are built on, and be able to budge for positive financial outcomes for activities carried out.
Requirements
  • Minimally a degree with preferably at least 2 years of experience in a for-profit organisation.
  • Basic understanding of business processes and organisational disciplines.
  • Basic ability to assess business performance and strategies through such means as appreciation of financial reports.
  • Sensitive to situational factors impacting internationalising businesses and leadership effectiveness such as political issues, social developments and environmental concerns etc.
  • Self-starter with multi-tasking ability.
  • Effective communicator.


The Deputy Director oversees multiple regions that include the Americas, Europe, as well as Australia and Oceania. Working closely with the Senior Director, the Deputy Director builds departmental strategies into actionable plans aimed at increasing awareness of and motivating action towards member companies' internationalization efforts.

S/he undertakes a supervisory role that also coaches multiple team members towards better performance. S/he is expected to participate in organization-wide and/or department projects.

Responsibilities 
Reporting to the Director, Global Business Division – AEMEA & South Asia Markets, you will be a member of the SUNRISE project office team with the following main duties and responsibilities:
  • Guide team members in market and industry research that have implications for companies, industries, or the Singapore business community in general;
  • Synthesize research findings into actionable responses through the design of programs and/or communication modes for sustained engagements with member companies;
  • Ensure that activities are coherent with the overall strategy of market and business engagements set out;
  • Actively engage key stakeholders to build and develop professional relationships for continued support to/from them;
  • Supervise project teams to ensure positive financial outcomes for all programs and activities, through topline builds i.e revenue generation via ticketing and income generation via sponsorships etc. and proper cost controls;
  • Identify development areas with a view to enhance the financial impact of programs;
  • Supervise multiple teams, and coach team members towards higher performance standards in service delivery; and
  • Identify development areas with a view to enhance the overall engagements with stakeholders, in line with evolving expectations of the business community.
Requirements
  • Minimally Degree with at least 2 years in a for-profit organization required; at least 9 years of experience with progressive responsibilities preferred;
  • Strong understanding of business processes and organisational disciplines;
  • Strong ability to assess business performance and strategies through such means as analyses of financial reports; and
  • Keen knowledge of situational factors impacting internationalising businesses such as political issues, social developments, and environmental concerns.


Marketing & Corporate Communications


Reporting to the Director, Marketing & Corporate Communications, the incumbent assists in the planning, development and implementation of all SBF’s marketing communications and public relations activities.

The ideal candidate will be creative, driven and passionate about making a difference in the local business community. A strong work ethic and the ability to excel under deadline pressure is a must. As a member of a small team, the candidate will be a good team player who brings unique and creative ideas to the table as well as excel as an individual contributor.

Job Responsibilities 

MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS
  • Develop and leverage digital and print communication platforms to raise awareness of SBF among its members and target publics, as well as drive participation in the Federation’s activities.
  • Evaluate, enhance the effectiveness of communication channels and develop new ones to engage target publics. 
  • Supervise the creation/production of EDMs, manage and update social media, the website and optimise the connectivity of digital and online communication platforms for more effective reach of target publics.
CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS
  • Assist in articulating SBF’s vision, mission, value proposition and organisational objectives to garner appropriate perception and image of the Federation, befitting its stature as apex business chamber.
  • Assist in key message development and corporate story telling.
  • Develop corporate materials, including annual report, corporate brochure and corporate video.
  • Serve as custodian of SBF’s corporate identity and communication platforms.
  • Provide counsel to internal units on all communication-related issues.
MEDIA
  • Cultivate and enhance media relations to achieve optimal media coverage for the Federation's activities.
  • Draft and edit speeches, media releases, media statements and all-related media engagement materials.
  • Provide advisory to internal users on media outreach and management.
Requirements
  • Minimally Degree in Communications and/or Marketing.
  • At least 5 to 7 years of relevant experience in a marketing communications and public relations team, of which at least 3 years in a managerial capacity.
  • Exceptional written, verbal, analytical and interpersonal skills (samples required).
  • Strong digital marketing communications experience and skills with proven experience in social media management.
  • Good relationship and experience with media.
  • Creativity and experience in key message development.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects within tight timeline.
  • Proficiency in Excel, Powerpoint and Microsoft Word is required.
  • Knowledge of Indesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, and/or Joomla is appreciated.

 
Strategy & Development


Under the re-positioned SBF, committees of business leaders will be formed under our Council to sense, prioritise, analyse, advise our Government on, and help resolve burning issues facing significant segments of our Singapore business community. Each committee will look at an identified topic. Each committee will advise, advocate and pursue actions under their identified topic to facilitate the growth of our business community which will in turn contribute to the growth of our economy. As Director, Advocacy and Actions, you will lead a team of officers to staff these committees of business leaders that will look at topics ranging from the adoption of digital technologies by businesses and SME concerns.

As part of the role, your work will include:

  • Working closely with our Research & Publishing Department and your team on studies to derive insights into the key issues affecting significant segment(s) of our business community.
  • Working closely with your team to develop advocacy messages and recommendations, and pursue programmes and activities that are in line with the respective committees’ advocacy messages.
  • Forming and reviewing the need for committees to be set up.
  • Helping to secure the necessary resources for the committees to undertake their work.
  • Handle 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 identifying, partnering and establishing collaborations with external stakeholders in the business and related 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 Singapore businesses.
  • Excellent qualitative, quantitative and problem-solving skills
  • Capable of holding P&L responsibilities, and resourceful of 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 8 years of working experience in the public, and private, sector, preferably in an economic development role for the former.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, with an ability to convey complex matters in a succinct and easy to understand manner.
  • Capable of moving between team player and team leader roles.
  • Proficient in organising 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.


Earlier this year, SBF re-positioned itself as the apex business platform promoting the growth and vibrancy of the Singapore business community and acting as the bridge between businesses and our government. As a key part of the re-positioning, we have formed committees of business leaders to champion important issues of concern to significant segments of the business community and pursue activities to help the community itself. Two of such committees are the SBF Digitalisation Committee and the SBF SME Committee (SMEC) Sub-committee on Technology, Innovation and Productivity. The focus of the former committee is on helping companies, especially SMEs, adopt digital technologies. The focus of the later committee is on helping our SMEs to innovate and adopt technology that is beyond digital technologies. All these efforts are with the objective of helping businesses to increase their productivity and transform. We are looking for a dynamic individual with the required skills and passion to lead a team to work closely with these two committees and the relevant stakeholders to: 

  • Gather & analyse feedback and conduct studies to better identify the challenges faced by businesses, especially our SMEs, in innovating and adopting technology, and the policies, programmes and activities that our Government and the business community itself should pursue to address the challenges.

  • Work with the business community and relevant stakeholders to identify what policies and programmes should be put in place, or changed, as businesses’ inputs to the annual Singapore Budget.

  • Develop and drive programmes, and activities, that will encourage greater innovation and technology adoption by businesses.
  • Pursue any other tasks and responsibilities that may be assigned to you by the organisation.

Requirements:

  • Minimally a degree in Business, Information Technology (IT) or a relevant discipline.

  • 8 or more years of relevant working experience in the private or public sector, especially in the area of encouraging companies to innovate and adopt technology.

  • A good understanding of the key concerns of the Singapore business community, especially our SMEs, in the area of innovation and technology adoption.

  • A passion for helping businesses 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/recommendations and operationalising the solutions/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 forums, seminars, workshops and roundtable discussions.


You will lead a team to look into the following:

  • Work closely with the Singapore business community to develop and forward its interests with respect to cross-border trade and investment policies and regulations at the APEC Business Advisory Council, International Chambers of Commerce (ICC), Business 20, World Trade Organisation, East Asia Business Council and Asia Business Summit. Our key interests in these fora are trade and investments, trade in services, digital economy, customs and trade facilitation, trade finance (especially the digitalisation of trade finance), and facilitating the growth of our small- and medium-sized enterprises. The work will include working with the relevant stakeholders to conduct surveys, roundtable & focus group discussions, studies and other activities as relevant.

  • Staffing the ICC Singapore Secretariat, as SBF is the Singapore National Committee of ICC. This will involve setting up and staffing the Singapore ICC Arbitration Group, the Singapore ICC Customs and Trade Facilitation Group and ICC Singapore Digital Economy Group and their activities.

  • Establishing, maintaining and enhancing our working relationships with businesses, partners and stakeholders (including government bodies, business chambers and associations etc.) to facilitate the team’s work on the above. 
  • Handle any other responsibilities and duties that may be assigned to you by SBF from time to time.

Requirements:

  • Minimally a degree with at least 8 years of working experience, with previous experience in advocating for the interests of companies on overcoming the barriers in international trade policies and regulations in the areas of trade and investment, trade in services, digital economy, customs and trade facilitation and trade finance.

  • A good understanding of Singapore companies’ interests and concerns with respect to the above-mentioned topics.

  • Good analytical, planning, consultation, communication and facilitation skills.

  • Results-oriented with multi-tasking capabilities.

  • Strong drive and proactive self-starter.

  • Able to work well in a team and as an individual contributor.

  • A willingness to travel.

  • Able to handle P&L responsibilities.


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. One such committee is the SBF SME Committee (SMEC). Similar to the re-positioning of SBF, the SMEC was re-positioned in on 1 April 2018 to also look into pursuing high impact programmes that will help our SMEs. This will be in addition to its advocacy work. As Senior Manager / Manager, Advocacy & Actions (Business Environment), you will work closely with the Director, Advocacy & Actions, and Deputy Director, Advocacy & Actions (Business Environment) to co-ordinate the work of the SMEC Main Committee. This will also involve working closely with the SMEC Sub-committee on Business Environment & Cost Competitiveness and its Rental Practices Working Group to enable a cost-efficient environment to facilitate growth and facilitate SMEs’ access to financing. This role will involve:
  • Co-ordinating the work of the SBF SMEC:
    • Assisting in staffing of the SMEC Main Committee
    • Assisting in putting together the SMEC’s overall advocacy messages and its annual recommendations for the Singapore Budget
    • Assisting in organising the overarching activities of the SMEC including the annual Future Economy Conference and Exhibition;
  • Staffing the SMEC Sub-committee on Business Environment & Cost Competitiveness and its Rental Practices Working Group:
    • Assisting in gathering & analysing feedback and conducting studies to better identify the challenges faced by our SMEs on the topics concerned, and the policies, programmes and activities that our Government and the business community itself should pursue to address the challenges
    • Assisting in developing advocacy messages and recommendations on the topics concerned. This will also include working with the committees, our SME community and relevant stakeholders to identify what policies and programmes should be put in place, or changed, as businesses’ inputs to the annual Singapore Budget
    • Assisting in developing and driving high impact programmes and activities on the topics concerned;
  • 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 with at least 5 years of relevant working experience in the private or public sector, especially with regards to helping SMEs on the topics concerned.
  • A good understanding of the key concerns of our SMEs, especially in the area of business environment and cost, and a passion for helping SMEs grow.
  • A demonstrated ability in organising conferences, forums, seminars, workshops and roundtable discussions.
  • Excellent qualitative, quantitative and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with the ability to express complex issues simply and logically.
  • Good stakeholder management skills and a collaborative mindset with the ability to bring various parties together to achieve results.
  • Proactive and possess the drive and resourcefulness to come up with innovative solutions/recommendations and operationalising the solutions/recommendations.
  • Results-oriented with multi-tasking capabilities.
  • Able to work well in a team and as an individual contributor.


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.

  • Develop guidebooks and collaterals (e.g. flyers, factsheets, newsletters) on Singapore’s FTAs, that are easy for our SMEs to understand.

  • 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 & consolidate companies’ inputs/feedback on FTA-related problems & 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:

  • Degree with at least 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.

  • 8 or more years of relevant working experience in the private or public sector, especially in the area of encouraging companies to innovate and adopt technology.

  • 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 and written), presentation and event organisation 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.

 

Membership & TAC Engagement


The position reports and works closely with the Assistant Executive Director of Membership & TAC Engagement to develop and drive active engagement programmes for the members through the various outreach channels and with/through the TAC Alliance partners.


Job Responsibilities 
  • Outreach and engage SBF members to promote and create awareness of its services and programmes;
  • Work closely with stakeholders (SBF members, TAC partners and etc) to identify their interests and needs to develop relevant outreach strategies, channels, programmes and initiatives;
  • Establish, manage and strengthen relationships with partners and stakeholders, to build up the SBF’s business community and ecosystem for better collaboration;
  • Develop, manage and support the TAC-related initiatives eg TAC Alliance community, conferences and other activities;
  • Any other responsibilities and duties as assigned;

Requirements
  • A good degree with 3-7 years' of relevant working experience
  • Good analytical, consultation, planning, project management, communication (verbal and written) and presentation skills
  • A keen learner and proactive self-starter, with a willingness to work across a number of subject areas
  • Passionate, results-oriented and capable of multi-tasking
  • Able to work well in a team and as an individual contributor
  • Applicants without the minimum pre-requisites must have a good understanding of businesses’ interests and concerns
  • Experience with business intelligence or data analytics tools would be an added advantage

 

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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