70 episodes

The China Flexpat podcast interviews professionals in China to help people from all over the world find the best jobs in China.

We uncover myths and show the truth about challenges and opportunities when looking for a life in the Middle Kingdom.

Flexpats are like expats, but flexible. Highly interested in China's business world, culture, people and language but without the backing of a multinational company that provides large salary packages.

We want to show you how you can become a well paid and happy China flexpat with the right skills and mindset.

China Flexpat Patrick Frick & Francis Kremer

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 3 Ratings

The China Flexpat podcast interviews professionals in China to help people from all over the world find the best jobs in China.

We uncover myths and show the truth about challenges and opportunities when looking for a life in the Middle Kingdom.

Flexpats are like expats, but flexible. Highly interested in China's business world, culture, people and language but without the backing of a multinational company that provides large salary packages.

We want to show you how you can become a well paid and happy China flexpat with the right skills and mindset.

    #69 Bridging business cultures and practices with Ian Mote

    #69 Bridging business cultures and practices with Ian Mote

    Ian Mote is a Shanghai based finance professional with 25 years of experience in Europe, Middle East, and Greater China. In China he's been working and living for 17 years and has vast experience working in various companies ranging from large banks to corporations and startups. 

    In this episode you'll get useful food for thought about these essential topics:


    Curiosity and open-mindedness 
    Working in China is not better or worse - it's different
    Opportunities in cross-border functions 
    Centralised business decision making in China
    Regional roles spanning all of Asia
    Handling compliance issues

    • 17 min
    #68 Portuguese Special: Como ir para a China sendo um engenheiro de produção?

    #68 Portuguese Special: Como ir para a China sendo um engenheiro de produção?

    Quem disse que você precisa ter viajado o mundo ou trabalhado em diversas empresas para conseguir um emprego na China? As oportunidades vêm para aqueles que estão preparados, dispostos a encarar desafios e aprender muito no processo.

    Neste episódio focado no público brasileiro, o Juliano contará como ele construiu seu caminho até a China dentro da única empresa na qual ele já trabalhou. Não há só um caminho para atingir os objetivos, não é mesmo? Também conversaremos sobre o mercado de peças de reposição na China, o intrincado sistema de logística e poder do famoso churrasco brasileiro.

    Siga o Juliano no Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/juliano-rockenbach-b1185877/

    • 12 min
    #67 Leadership: Production & Quality Management with Tobias Lamm

    #67 Leadership: Production & Quality Management with Tobias Lamm

    The German national, Tobias Lamm, has been living in China for 4 years, working in production and quality management at a large manufacturer of textile machinery. His daily tasks include enhancing production efficiency as well as quality figures by leading the local teams. Being the interface to the German headquarters, cross-functional project management and intercultural sensitivity play an important role to succeed in this challenging position. Learn valuable lessons from Tobias in 15 minutes.

    Connect with Tobias on LinkedIn:

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/tobias-l-9baba754/

    • 15 min
    #66 All you need to know to become an expat yourself with Thomas Neubert

    #66 All you need to know to become an expat yourself with Thomas Neubert

    Thomas Neubert is leading a local Chinese sales team at Grob Machine Tools China. They are selling world class, high tech 5-axis machine tools as well as manufacturing and assembly systems, mostly for the automotive and aerospace industry. Combining the cultural advantages of German and Chinese culture in the sales team is a key challenge in his daily work. In this episodes, Thomas shares his unique insights in his work and life in a Chinese 2nd tier city, Dalian. Additionally he will give advice on how to enter the fast growing Machine tool industry and how to become an expat for a foreign company.

    Connect with Thomas on LinkedIn:

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/thomas-neubert-b26b2933/

    • 24 min
    #65 Flexpats should learn from Chinese returnees, so-called "Haigui"

    #65 Flexpats should learn from Chinese returnees, so-called "Haigui"

    Many industries, including strategy consulting, is more mature in Europe than in China. In many cases, European business models have been transferred to China - along with expats to build organizations. 

    Europe-experienced Chinese professionals return to China in order to establish European culture and processes in their home market. 

    "Returnees": The huge benefit is the language and culture barrier. They speak both English and Chinese, in some cases a third language, such as French or German. They can "read the air" in China, as it is their home market. 

    Shengyun (Alex) Lu sharing his story and advice - how he made it to partner in a Chinese consulting firm, how he wins business from both international and Chinese customers and how he builds his Chinese team and establishes an international culture.

    What can flexpats learn from returnees? Respect both cultures push and speak up (European way) or adapt and confirm (Chinese way). 

    Connect with Alex on LinkedIn:

    https://www.linkedin.com/in/shengyun/

    • 14 min
    #64 Leadership episode: How to build a global business based in China with Andy Klump

    #64 Leadership episode: How to build a global business based in China with Andy Klump

    Andy Klump is a renewable energy executive with 20 years of solar energy, storage, and technology experience. He has been living and working in China since 2002. He is the founder, owner, and CEO of Clean Energy Associates, a solar energy and storage technical due diligence and engineering services firm with a presence in 13 countries with over 170 employees. Developing his company, he has hired many flexpats over the years and knows exactly how and why foreigners should work in China. That's what you'll learn in this leadership episode.

    Connect with Andy Klump on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/aklump/

    Visit his company's website: https://www.cea3.com

    • 21 min

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Many people don’t understand the intricacies of China, especially in the world of business. This podcast interviews guests that have the unique combination of years (often decades) of time spent in China along with extensive experience in business to provide practical tips to help you navigate the China business landscape more effectively! Highly recommend!

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