Business Development Director

About Hong Kong Design Centre

Hong Kong Design Centre (HKDC) was founded in 2001 as a strategic partner of the HKSAR Government in establishing Hong Kong as centre of design excellence in Asia. HKDC continues its public mission to promote wider and strategic use of design and design thinking to create business value and improve societal well-being. Our initiatives are anchored by five major work directions: CONNECT, CELEBRATE, NURTURE, ADVANCE and ENGAGE.

HKDC’s flagship programmes include: 

  • Business of Design Week (BODW) (since 2002) – Asia’s leading annual conference and event on Design, Innovation and Brands; 
  • DFA Awards (since 2003) – a widely recognised design awards that celebrates outstanding designs with Asian perspectives; 
  • Design Incubation Programme (DIP) (since 2012) and Fashion Incubation Programme (FIP) (since 2016) – 2-year incubation programmes to nurture future design and fashion entrepreneurs; 
  • FASHION ASIA HONG KONG (FAHK) (since 2016) – a fashion initiative combining conversations, interactions and cultural exchanges to energise the city’s image, and position it as an Asian hub for fashion trade and business development; &
  • Knowledge of Design Week (KODW) (since 2006) – an annual thematic design knowledge sharing platform that explores how design can solve complex challenges of our society.  

We now have an exciting opportunity for a high caliber and like-minded candidate to join our dynamic team. 


  1. Reporting to Deputy Executive Director and be member of the Executive Management team
  2. Offer strategic advice and insight to Executive Director and Deputy Executive Director on the macro design scene, creative industry-related development, and ways to enhance Hong Kong’s positioning and programming impact as an international creative city and design hub in Asia;
  3. Identify and explore new business and partnership opportunities for HKDC;
  4. Work with ED and advice from the board on planning and delivering new corporate initiatives and projects with strong elements of partnership and relationship building with the innovation, business, creative and cultural communities;
  5. Service the fund raising committee of the board in setting and implementing activities;expand reach and maintain relations with benefactors, sponsors, partners and other key stakeholders
  6. Work closely with HKDC management & relevant stakeholders to shape, plan and orchestrate development & organise resources for cost-effective, timely and experience-based delivery, with impact and compliance with management reporting and governance requirements;
  7. Plan and deliver partnership projects such as Design District Hong Kong, BoDW City Programme, Design Salon promoting good design culture to the community and/or other projects involving relations building with public, non-profit, business and community partners;
  8. Manage with accountability the administration and effective operation of the team, including team building, staff development and mentoring, budget control, logistical arrangements, monitoring of vendor performance, assessment of feedback and impact, and other funding matters;
  9. Undertake ad hoc assignments as required


  1. University graduate with a minimum of 8 years relevant experience, preferably including experience gained in design, art and creative industries;
  2. A team builder and team player with highly developed, people-centric leadership style, a growth mindset and strong project planning, development and management skills;
  3. Ability to develop and sustain strong working relationships with stakeholders, both internally and externally;
  4. Creative leadership and business development skills in striking partnerships, preparing collaboration or sponsorship proposals or pitches, and following up;
  5. Self-initiative, with resilience, accountability and ability to work across teams and in fast-paced environment;
  6. Knowledge and experience in NGOs an in initiating and managing public-funded and public-private partnership projects would be highly advantageous;
  7. Excellent influencing, communication and negotiation skills with good personality and service attitudes
  8. Ability to discharge duties with professionalism, ethics, tact and compliance with corporate governance

Our office will move to Tsuen Wan in late April 2019

Interested parties are invited to apply by sending your resume with full details of education, work experience, current & expected salary, contact telephone number and earliest available date to the Human Resources Office, Hong Kong Design Centre, 1/F, InnoCentre, 72 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong, Kowloon or email to HKDC reserves the right not to make appointment for the post(s) advertised. Only short-listed candidates will be notified. All information received will be kept in strict confidence for six months and data will only be used for recruitment purpose