Managing Director Asia

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Charterhouse Asia

Hong Kong

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Role coordinated by:

Annebella Choi

Research Associate

Primary Practice Group: Schools and Education Organisations

Salary & Benefits: Commensurate with experience


Charterhouse Asia is embarking on an exciting journey with an ambition to open at least 5 schools in Asia in the next 10 years across 17 markets – China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, Brunei, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos and Bhutan.

To prepare for future expansions in the region, the Managing Director Asia position is created to be a thought-partner to CEO & the Board to drive growth strategy; build future organization structure and teams, ensure execution and financial performance are met.

The Managing Director of Charterhouse Asia is responsible for the full P&L responsibility of the school expansion in Asia Pacific region and the overall management and operations of the schools. With the alignment with the board and chairman, the Managing Director would be the lead person to identify and verify the feasible and potential new locations for new school for Charterhouse in Asia as well as overseeing the development and management of the new schools to ensure the highest standard is met; and the school mission and vision are well represented in the market.

The position is based in Hong Kong.



Reports to Chairman of the Board, Sabrina Chao The Charterhouse Board in the UK

Direct reports A lean team based in Hong Kong (to be expanded) with both academic and non-academic staff.

Other key relationships The relevant counterparts in other countries in Asia as well in the UK External business partners and associates in the


  • Market expansion to develop new schools in Asia.
  • Develop business development strategy for Asia expansion; build a “future organization structure and operation” to support functions between HQ and schools.
  • Build a strong performing team in Asia with a strong sense of ownership.
  • Provide leadership and foster stronger partnership between HQ and schools; academic and non-academic parties
  • Overall management of the schools
  • Ensure all schools adhere to Charterhouse Asia’s standards, quality, policy and compliance.
  • Financial management – manage ROI and drive cost management
  • Stakeholder management – board, HQ, schools and relevant external parties
  • Project management – future partnership and new business development opportunities




  • 20+ years of work experience with reputable organizations; background in education is plus but not a must.
  • Demonstrate a strategic view in building a successful business and has a vision for growth.
  • A financially astute leader who is capable to drive and deliver business results.
  • Proven success in growing or scaling an organization with track record in navigating within a multi-site or multi-market business.
  • Possess experience in “market development” or “business development”
  • Demonstrate deep understanding of Asia, especially China market knowledge; possess a relevant network to accelerate market penetration.
  • A strong people leader who can motivate and energize a diverse team with commercial and non-commercial / academic and non-academic background.
  • Has management gravitas and strong at stakeholder management, including internal and external stakeholders like investors, Board, schools, academic teams, business parties, local government bodies or regulators in Asia.
  • Proficiency in English is must; Chinese speaking is desirable.



Demonstrating Commercial Acumen

  • Enables higher profitability or revenue or market share by improving the business: making changes in processes, selecting additions to the portfolio of businesses, or growing business organically an inorganically.
  • Looks beyond basic metrics to think strategically when making commercial decisions. Evaluates the wider commercial impact of decisions beyond the short-term.

Driving Results

  • Enables higher performance by incrementally improving approaches based on calculated risks and benefits.
  • Benchmarks own performance against industry best practices.
  • Proactively seeks to improve processes and implement best in class solutions, raising quality and productivity in a calculated way. Identifies new processes and/or systems to improve productivity.

Acting Strategically

  • Explains how changes in competitors, clients, and market segments affect own business or institution.
  • Translates broad corporate strategies into clear, specific objectives and plans for units and individuals.
  • Creates plans that address specific segments. Thinks 3-5 years ahead.

Leading People

  • Collaborates and openly debates with the team to manage business activities.
  • Delegates roles thoughtfully to free self to work at a more strategic level.
  • Designs a performance management process to monitor people and business performance.
  • Periodically reviews team progress against plans, focuses attention beyond the project to the full year or more.



  • Passionate about education sector and strong resonation with the mission and vision in developing the young generation.
  • Entrepreneurial, self-motivated, open-minded, and high sense of ownership.
  • Strong communication and negotiation skills experienced in constructing business deals.
  • Hands-on, comfortable in a green-field opportunity, willing to “roll-up his/her sleeves” to support the teams.
  • Balanced general manager with a strategic vision and hands-on approach.
  • Full transparency and integrity. Open communication style.
  • Low-ego/high-impact personality.
  • International perspective but also sensitive to local markets.
  • Highest levels of ethics and integrity.



Applications should include the following:

  • A cover letter
  • A full CV detailing academic and professional qualifications
  • Any other relevant supporting documents

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