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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 should send in their detailed resume stating why they are suitable for the role; their notice period; and expected salary to .

The following opportunities are now available:

Global Business Division – ASEAN


As part of SBF GlobalConnect 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 dynamic individuals to cover ASEAN markets, particularly for Indonesia, Thailand and Myanmar.

Reporting to the 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 markets. These positions are based in Singapore and candidate will need to travel regularly to the assigned markets.

Job Responsibilities

  • The main contact person from SBF to cover the assigned market/s (ASEAN) portfolio and oversee end-to-end process of identifying companies, account development, business development, project facilitation, deal origination, and stakeholders management (foreign governments, trade offices, Singapore government).
  • Cultivate strategic relationships and build trust with key company executives
  • Engage Singapore companies and develop deep understanding of company’s needs and operations for internationalisation projects, with the objective of helping the company to secure overseas sales and/or investments (“Market-push”).
  • Identify, negotiate and structure overseas project opportunities (through “Market-pull” opportunities and platform projects) to secure “win-win” outcomes for Singapore companies.
  • Build sound understanding of regional markets/ global industry and business trends, and its implications to the Singapore companies.
  • Provide Market Research and Intelligence inputs on assigned market/region to SBF and highlight the implications (Opportunities/Challenges) to Singapore companies

Requirements

  • A Bachelor Degree in any discipline
  • A strong interest and passion in facilitating Singapore companies to internationalise
  • Able to work with a wide spectrum of Singapore companies (large and SMEs)
  • At least 3 to 5 years of experience for Market Specialist role and at least 7 to 10 years for Country Head, preferably in a business industry, and/or in sales, business development, managing key accounts and driving successful projects and internationalisation outcomes. Actual Working, Residence and / or Business / Travel experiences in your assigned market will be a useful advantage.
  • A strong understanding of local and international business environment, as well as economic and political trends that impact doing business in your assigned market.
  • Enthusiasm and Strong Willingness to travel to your assigned market
  • Familiarity with the business landscape of ASEAN countries
  • Ability to analyse in-depth different complex issues and put forth actionable solutions
  • Keen sense of business acumen and experience in project management
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and spoken; including ability and experience in engaging stakeholders.
  • Fluency in your assigned market’s language will be a bonus but not critical
  • Ability to handle cross cultural challenges
  • Self-motivated and positive attitude, excellent work ethic and a team player.
  • Good Leadership skills
  • Good verbal and written communication skills, presentation, facilitation skills and customer relationship skills.
  • Ability to handle cross cultural challenges

Global Business Division – China & North Asia Markets

As part of SBF GlobalConnect initiative to help companies venture overseas, we are hiring dynamic individuals to engage Singapore companies in the infrastructure sector and assist them to fulfil their internationalisation goals. We are looking for someone who has some knowledge of Singapore’s infrastructure sector and some experience of the region. Reporting to the 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.

Job Responsibilities

  • Formulate and implement the BRI Connect and Infrastructure Committee (IC) programmes and projects, including strategic planning, engagement of BRI and Infrastructure key stakeholders and business community.
  • Assess overseas infrastructure business opportunities and originate deals for Singapore businesses. Plan and execute the participation of Singapore businesses in overseas infrastructure projects. Develop and work closely with a network of in-market partners.
  • Organize outreach events (online and offline) and activities with partners for focused countries & sectors, with the aim of matching demand with supply for IC and / or BRI Connect related projects.
  • Develop, manage, and grow the database of regional and Singapore companies from relevant sectors for the development of IC and / or BRI Connect related value chain and community.
  • Provide secretariat support and other necessary tasks for the SBF Infrastructure Committee and SBF management.


Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in business, engineering, or a relevant discipline is advantageous
  • At least 5 years of working experience, preferably with at least 3 years’ experience in infrastructure development or related industry
  • A good understanding of local and international business environment, especially in BRI related projects, infrastructure trends and developments
  • Relevant business exposure in China, Southeast Asia and / or South Asia would be an added advantage
  • Strong command of project / program development, project management and budget control skills
  • Good analytical, consultation, planning, presentation and facilitation skills
  • Proficiency in English, both written and spoken
  • Be able to communicate in Chinese, especially when dealing with external parties involved in BRI projects
  • Willing to travel

Human Resources

Reporting to the Director, Human Resources, you will lead the Learning and Development function to formulate, source, develop and execute learning and career development solutions and programmes to meet the overall business goals and strategic needs of the organisation. You will also plan and organise employee activities to develop a highly engaged organisation.

A highly self-motivated, enthusiastic, energetic individual with strong verbal and written communication skills and the ability to manage and adapt to changes in a fast-paced work culture will be a pre-requisite for the role. You should also possess excellent interpersonal, people management and collaboration skills, be resourceful and possess positive work attitude and analytical mindset; and a team player with the ability to work independently.

Job Responsibilities

  • Develop and organise Learning and Development (L&D) activities to build organisational capability and ensure systematic staff development through a structured Training Needs Analysis (TNA) and Learning Roadmap.
  • Establish organisation-wide career progression pathway and competency framework as a key component of employee value proposition.
  • Source and work closely with training providers to design, develop and organise various training programmes as well as the L&D strategies, including staff induction and appropriate e-learning strategies to improve overall workforce learning capabilities for current and future roles.
  • Partner key stakeholders across the organisation to analyse talent needs; develop solutions and talent management framework; ensure enthusiastic adoption of strategies; and determine their effectiveness in driving business performance.
  • Conduct training evaluation and analysis; provide training administration support and maintain training records.
  • Recommend, implement and review L&D policies and practices/strategies; and develop L&D budget.
  • Establish an Internship Attachment Programme that provides value to the institutes of higher learning and the organisation.
  • Plan and organise staff events/activities to enhance employee engagement level.
  • Assist to facilitate change management to achieve organisation effectiveness.


Requirements

  • Degree in Human Resource or Business-related discipline
  • At least 5 years of relevant human resource experience with a focus on Human Resource Development or Organisational Behaviour
  • Experience in developing training programmes with hands-on training coordination, training policy formulation and leadership training program implementation
  • Strong knowledge and experience in the areas of talent attraction, talent management and development, performance management and leadership development
  • Proficient in MS Office applications and e-learning platforms

Jobs & Skills

Job Responsibilities

Project Management

  • Project planning, implementing, and managing overall deliverables for programme in accordance to the deliverables
  • Close intensive follow-up on all leads especially end to end process and claims
  • Coordination with Govt agencies on funding and processes and companies on the claims
  • Tracking KPIs/deliverables
  • Generation and analysis of reports related to the project
  • Any other ad-hoc duties


Requirements

  • A Degree or Diploma in Business
  • Proficient in MS office especially in Excel
  • Have an eye for details and be analytical
  • Strong drive, proactive self-starter with creative mind
  • Ability to work under tight deadlines and multi-task
  • Results-oriented and good teamwork
  • Good inter-personal skills with a pleasant personality
  • Able to start work immediately or within short notice

Marketing & Corporate Communications


Reporting to the Director, Marketing & Corporate Communications, the incumbent will assist in the planning, development and implementation of all SBF’s marketing and communications 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.

Principal Accountabilities

Marketing Communications

  • Assist to develop and leverage digital and print communication platforms to raise awareness of SBF as well as drive participation in the Federation’s activities
  • Evaluate, enhance the effectiveness of communication channels and develop new ones to engage members
  • Take primary responsibility for the creation/production of EDMs, updating and management of social media and updating of the corporate website
  • Assist with content creation for all digital and print communication platforms

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
  • Assist to develop corporate materials, including annual report, corporate brochure, corporate video and corporate gifts, from production to approval
  • Serve as custodian of SBF’s corporate identity and communication platforms
  • Provide counsel to internal units on all communication-related issues

Media

  • Cultivate, enhance and manage 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
  • Assist to provide advisory to internal users on media outreach and management

Jobs Requirements

  • A good Degree in Communication Studies, Journalism or Marketing
  • 3- 5 years relevant experience in a marketing communications and public relations team
  • 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 timelines
  • Proficiency in Excel, Powerpoint and Microsoft Word is required
  • Knowledge of Indesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, and/or Joomla is appreciated
  • Strategic mindset and approach to achieve organisational goals
  • Appreciation of regional and global development in trade and commerce and how it affects Singapore businesses, for effective corporate and marketing communications
  • Strong interpersonal skills

Strategy & Development

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 Policy Unit is a new unit under the Policy & Planning Department of the Strategy and Development Division. The focus of this unit is to develop policy papers and recommendations that address the needs and concerns of our Singapore business community and reflect its collective voice. The primary purpose and function of this job is to lead the lean and agile team in the Policy Unit to:
  • Research policy best practices and prepare policy papers and recommendations (including the SBF SME Committee’s annual Budget Recommendations) on topics of concern to the business community. These topics include but are not confined to Business Environment, Cost Competitiveness, Manpower, Talent, Technology, Digitalisation, Innovation and Productivity.
  • Work with the business community and relevant stakeholders to develop advocacy messages – to our Government, the business community itself, and our workforce where relevant – on the topics concerned. The Policy Unit is to work closely with our Advocacy & Actions Department to develop these advocacy messages so that the Advocacy & Actions Department can follow up with the necessary campaigning and development and organisation of high impact programmes to support the messages and drive the required change.
  • Coordinate SBF’s relationship with Global Compact Network Singapore (GCNS) to ensure that SBF’s desired policy, advocacy and actions objectives on Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change are achieved.
  • Coordinate and staff SBF’s participation in the Future Economy Council, National Wages Council & other national committees where policy positions are required.
  • Handle any other responsibilities and duties that may be assigned from time to time.

Requirements

  • A good degree in Policy Studies, Business, Economics or a relevant discipline.
  • At least 8-10 years of working experience in the public and private sector on policies related to businesses.
  • Acute understanding of the key concerns and challenges of the Singapore business community, especially SMEs.
  • A good breadth of knowledge of our Government’s policies, programmes and schemes for businesses, and Government regulations that impact businesses.
  • 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 meaningful recommendations.
  • A collaborative mindset with the ability to bring various parties together to achieve results.
  • Results-oriented with multi-tasking capabilities.
  • Able to lead a team, and work well in a team and as an individual contributor.

The Policy Unit is a new unit under the Policy & Planning Department of the Strategy and Development Division. The focus of this unit is to develop policy papers and recommendations that address the needs and concerns of our Singapore business community and reflect its collective voice. The primary purpose and function of this job is to work closely with the Director, Policy, to:
  • Research policy best practices and prepare policy papers and recommendations (including the SBF SME Committee’s annual Budget Recommendations) on topics of concern to the business community. These topics include but are not confined to Business Environment, Cost Competitiveness, Manpower, Talent, Technology, Digitalisation, Innovation and Productivity.
  • Work with the business community and relevant stakeholders to develop advocacy messages – to our Government, the business community itself, and our workforce where relevant – on the topics concerned. The Policy Unit is to work closely with our Advocacy & Actions Department to develop these advocacy messages so that the Advocacy & Actions Department can follow up with the necessary campaigning and development and organisation of high impact programmes to support the messages and drive the required change.
  • Coordinate and staff SBF’s participation in the Future Economy Council, National Wages Council & other national committees where policy positions are required.
  • Handle any other responsibilities and duties that may be assigned from time to time.

Requirements

  • A good degree in Policy Studies, Business, Economics or a relevant discipline.
  • 5-7 years of relevant working experience in the private or public sector on policies related to businesses.
  • Acute understanding of the key concerns and challenges of the Singapore business community, especially SMEs.
  • A good breadth of knowledge of our Government’s policies, programmes and schemes for businesses, and Government regulations that impact businesses.
  • A passion for helping businesses grow.
  • Strong qualitative, quantitative and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong 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 meaningful 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.

In view of SBF’s continuing effort in enhancing its support for businesses and facilitating the growth of the business community, the role of research is key in the provision of timely and deep sensing that shed meaningful insights on the overall Singapore business environment and issues that matter to the business community. To further deepen its expertise, SBF has established a Business Competitive Centre of Excellence and is looking for prospective candidates in the area of research, who can create value and possess the passion in building a deep and substantial knowledge pool to enhance our role as an effective business advocate. As part of this, the theme of internationalisation plays a prominent role and prospective candidates should also be able to work on issues across markets and subject matters related to internationalisation.

Job Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership and guide the other member(s) of the team to develop and analyse statistical models to address issues of concern to businesses.
  • Gather and compile data and statistics from one or more source(s) to conduct research and analysis to derive insights from the data / statistics.
  • Plan and manage the conduct of research in different geographical markets and a broad range of issues related to internationalization.
  • Develop and manage databases that provide reliable, relevant and timely data.
  • Charting trends and tracking of indicators across markets.
  • Performing industry and sector research that would feed into the production of case studies, topical research reports, newsletters, economic write-ups and other in-depth market studies.
  • Collaborating and liaising with government agencies, think-tanks, trade associations, business chambers and the business community at large.
  • Conducting workshops and focus group discussions to gather feedback to understand and identify the needs, concerns and future plans of businesses.
  • Work closely with respective business units (especially those related to internationalization) to understand and distil key areas of interest and concerns.
  • Presentation of findings to Council members and other internal and external stakeholders at relevant platforms.

Requirements

  • Good degree in Economics, Statistics or a relevant discipline with substantial quantitative content.
  • 6-8 years of work experience, with more than 5 years of experience in a quantitative research role.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications and data science tools such as R, SAS, SPSS and Python.
  • Possess strong analytical and quantitative skills with the ability to learn and apply relevant statistical and analytical tools / techniques for data compilation and analysis.
  • Knowledge of big data techniques, business intelligence or visualisation tools would be an advantage.
  • Ability to present research and data findings in an easily understandable format that appeals to the business community.
  • Ability to bring on board relevant research contacts and partnerships will be a bonus.
  • Possess a good understanding of key issues and concerns of SMEs and the wider business community in Singapore.
  • Have a good understanding of our Government’s policies, programmes and schemes for businesses as well as government regulations that impact businesses, and have a passion in helping Singapore businesses.
  • Strong written and communication skills, with the ability to effectively engage and reach out to external stakeholders and businesses at various levels.
  • Comfortable in handling multiple tasks and projects in a fast-paced environment.
  • Proficient in organizing, facilitating and leading focus group discussions and in-depth interviews.
    • A self-starter and an effective team player.

The primary purpose and function of this job is to assist the Director, Strategic Planning & Sustainable Employment Programme Office on the following:
  • Drive SBF’s annual and long-term strategic and corporate planning process to ensure that SBF achieves its objectives. This includes conducting environment scans and identifying important trends in the business sector and trade association and chamber space, making recommendations on the focus of each planning exercise, etc.
  • Obtain focus on SBF’s re-positioned role through regular monitoring of key projects and workplans, to ensure that SBF is on track to achieve its re-positioning to increase its value to its members.
  • Co-ordinate the organisation’s regular management reporting to our Council.
  • Review SBF’s Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) & increase the visibility of SBF’s achievements on its KPIs to better articulate our value to our stakeholders and members.
  • Handle any other responsibilities and duties that may be assigned from time to time.

Requirements

  • A good degree in Business, Economics or a relevant discipline.
  • 2-7 years of relevant working experience in corporate planning, KPI setting, corporate management reporting and business-related research, preferably in a commercial organisation or an economic-based government agency.
  • A good understanding of the needs and concerns of businesses and trade associations and chambers, and a passion for helping these two sectors.
  • Good in statistics, MS-Excel and statistical software.
  • Candidates with practical experience in data analytics will have an advantage.
  • Strong analytical and communication (i.e. verbal and written) skills and an attention to detail.
  • A keen learner and proactive self-starter, with a willingness to work across a number of subject areas.
  • Results-oriented with multi-tasking capabilities.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to collaborate effectively with internal and external stakeholders to achieve results.
  • Able to work well in a team as well as an individual contributor.

Interested applicants should send in their detailed resume stating why they are suitable for the role; their notice period; and expected salary to .

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