Current Search: Chief Development Officer China


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Current search: Chief Development Officer China for a global leader specializing in high-quality automotive components.

Our client is a global leader specializing in high-quality electrical systems with a large workforce across multiple locations, producing cables, wire harness and plastic components. Supported by a streamlined organizational structure, have fueled the company’s global growth. The key to success lies in their organizational culture: a passion for delivering creative solutions and a focus on customer needs.

Job scope

As a Chief Development Officer in China (based in Taicang, Jiangsu) you will manage and grow the R&D and technical team base in the wire harness sectors by localizing the solutions and products.


  • Understanding of the automotive market, especially the Chinese market and translate these to Board of Directors for company strategy decision
  • Be responsible for R&D and IE strategy for the China market
  • Manage the R&D and IE teams
  • Plan strategic roadmaps, development projects and set specific project targets
  • Initiate, lead, and oversee end-to-end engineering projects
  • Ensure high product competition, quality, cost, market availability, and customer satisfaction
  • Coordinate the transfer of product development from the headquarter to the Chinese organization
  • Organize international collaboration between headquarter and Chinese plants
  • Support in the preparation, formulation, and implementation of business and market strategies
  • Represent product management and development as a competent and reliable partner to sales, operations, suppliers and customers
  • Drive talent management initiatives on all levels within the organization in close alignment with the local HR as needed to ensure the engineering competitive competence level
  • Lead strategic customer dialogues with global decision makers to identify customer’s business objectives, future market requirements and challenges of the Chinese automotive industry
  • Identify new growth opportunities based on market knowledge, personal network and technology trends in the harness industry
  • Provide leadership and guidance to the local R&D and IE team, introducing an overarching management system, fostering a cohesive work environment, and facilitating employee development and training


  • Automotive harness industry experience
  • 20+ years’ experience, 10+ managerial experience
  • Strong management and leadership skills to build a strong interface to the headquarters and represent the strategy of the stakeholders
  • Strong affinity to Chinese and European culture
  • English speaker is a must, German and Chinese is preferred
  • You have successfully completed your university degree and have more than 10 years of international and leadership experience
  • Experience in the automotive mobility industry, preferred harness or electronics industry
  • Strong communication skills, including experience in presenting to and engaging with high-level stakeholders

Interested in learning more about this position? Please reach out to Ma Li at with your CV and a rough salary expectation.