Assistant (Mandarin speaker) - China and South East Asia/Projects and Artists

We are currently seeking an Assistant (Mandarin speaker). Based in London, your key accountabilities will include translation to/from English and Chinese; providing communication support to/from English and Chinese; research and preparation of marketing materials (incl. English/Chinese translation).

Responsible to – Executive Chairman and Manager: China and South East Asia

Location – London

Salary – Competitive, plus benefits

Posting date – 29 July 2014

Closing date – 5.30pm, 26 August 2014

Key accountabilities

1:  Convert documents to/from English and Chinese

- Preparation of work permit and visa applications
- Biographies, programmes and reviews
- Contact details and information

2:  Provide communication support to/from English and Chinese

- Make initial telephone calls and email enquiries (in Chinese), obtain information and online research
- Draft messages in Chinese and translate messages in Chinese to English
- Provide support to touring department on tours to China including accompanying tours in China
- Provide servicing support on sponsorship initiatives involving China
- Provide research support to Executive Chairman on China business involving significant use of Chinese and knowledge of local market

3: Research and prepare marketing materials (including English/Chinese translation)

- Marketing packs for Chinese market
- Maintain artist profiles in Chinese social media
- Compile information and material for tours
- Maintain Chinese information on website

4: Support artist manager in representation of a small number of Chinese artists including

- Liaison and communications in Chinese with artists and Chinese partners
- Arranging travel and other arrangements for artists
- Assist in the administration, scheduling, contracting and publicity for artists engagements

5: Provide administration support to the Touring department and executive chairman including

- Administration of business trips particularly to China
- Preparation of briefing notes
- Arranging meetings and itineraries
- Organising travel and accommodation

There is potential to travel within the UK and abroad

Person Specification

You will need to:

- have professional level of fluency in Mandarin and English
- have professional level of writing skills in Simplified Chinese and English
- demonstrate a broad knowledge of and interest in classical music and a level of understanding of the classical music business specifically with knowledge of the arts  environment and venues in China
- demonstrate proven experience and competency in effective communication with business people at various levels in China
- have significant knowledge of artist management and experience of working with VIP clients in support role
- have significant experience working in an office environment in an art-related business
- possess strong attention to detail
- possess research skills
- demonstrate excellent organisational skills, with the ability to be efficient.
- have the ability to manage and prioritise a large number of varied tasks under pressure with multiple deadlines
- possess excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
- demonstrate being a good and willing team player have excellent IT skills including a high level of proficiency in Microsoft Outlook
 be educated to Degree level
- have good knowledge of both Western classical and Chinese/Asian music


- a good working knowledge of one additional Chinese dialect, particularly Shanghaies, or an additional European language  
- ability to budget


To apply please send your CV and a supporting letter/email, together with the completed application form and equal opportunities monitoring form to Completed applications must be received by 5.30pm on Tuesday 26 August.


Work Experience

From time to time, HarrisonParrott offers work experience placements within one of the world’s foremost classical artist and project management agencies, lasting typically 2 weeks to 3 months, giving experience across a number of our busy departments including Artist Management, Tours & Projects, Marketing and Business & Administration. Whilst we do not have any current openings, we are happy to keep applications on file.

When available placements arise, these are offered to enthusiastic candidates who already have a demonstrable knowledge of and passion for classical music and the arts, who are keen to take the first steps towards a career in arts management and who ideally already have some work experience in an office environment.

The placement will give the successful candidate the opportunity to gain insight and experience within a dynamic arts environment, to learn about the arts business from our highly experienced staff, and to build contacts in the arts world.

HarrisonParrott work placements are paid at national minimum wage rates.  Contact: Katie Cardell-Oliver at