Founded in 1908, Inter Milan are globally renowned as one of the world’s most successful football teams. The club’s trophy haul includes 18 Italian league titles,7 Coppa Italias, 5 Italian Super Cups, 3 UEFA Cups,2 European Cups, 1 UEFA Champions League, 2 Intercontinental Cups and 1 FIFA Club World Cup. Inter Milan is one of the seven teams to have done the treble – Champions League, National Championship and National Cup – in the same year (2010), and the only Italian club never have been relegated in its 108-year history. Inter Milan is a global brand with more than 250 million supporters worldwide. Inter Milan’s home is the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, a 78,326-seater arena that is among the world’s most famous and frequently visited stadiums (over four million tourists each year).
Founded in 1990, Suning Holdings Group is one of the leading commercial enterprises in China, with two public companies in China and Japan. In 2017, the company was ranked second in the top 500 privately-owned enterprises in China, with an annual revenue of 65.7 billion USD (412.95 billion RMB). With its mis-sion of “Leading the Ecosystem Across Industries by Creating Elite Quality of Life for All”,Suning has gone from strength to strength, expanding its core business through eight vertical industries: Suning.com, Logistics, Financial Services,Technology, Real Estate, Media & Entertainment, Sports, and Investment. Suning.com was listed on the 2017 Fortune Global 500.
In June 2016, F.C. Internazionale Milano (Inter Milan) and Suning Holdings Group announced the signing of a strategic partnership. Suning Holdings Group has acquired a majority stake in Inter Milan, one of Europe’s leading football clubs since its founding in 1908.The partnership represented a ground-breaking level of investment in Italian football and would allow Inter Milan to re-establish itself among the top ten clubs in football targeting consistent qualification for European Club competitions.
Chairman of Suning Holdings Group, Mr. Zhang, Jindong, said:
‘The acquisition of Inter Milan is part of Suning’s strategy in the development of the sports industry and driving our campaign in the health and lifestyle consumer market. This will not only improve Jiangsu Suning F.C.’s technical set-up and operational capabilities, but will also help Suning to grow internationally, enabling us to become a household brand name in Europe and across the world.’
With regards to the future development of Inter Milan, Mr. Zhang stated:
‘This is an unprecedented opportunity for Inter Milan to grow further in China, and China will become the second home of Inter Milan. In addition, Suning’s capital investment and abundant resources will enable Inter Milan to return to its glory days and become a stronger property able to attract top stars from across the globe.’
As the development of Intern Milan business in China becoming more rapidly, it is essential to bring a senior sports professional, overseeing the overall commercial development in China, managing the team, and connecting between Suning and Inter Milan HQ.
Managing Director – Inter Milan (China) is a position based in Nanjing & Shanghai and will report directly to the Chief Executive Officer of Inter Milan. The job purpose is to guarantee a general overseeing of all Inter’s China based commercial activities providing local guidance and senior support for a team of 20+ staff working across sponsorships, marketing, academies and communications, and connecting between Suning and Inter Milan HQ in Italy to develop Inter business across the Greater China and leveraging on Inter brand to provide new opportunities for Suning activities as well.
Duties and Responsibilities
The job requires the broadest availability, especially during the weekends and/or during the evenings and, above all, being able to deal with tight timetables from different time zones; also, it requires traveling at least 30% of time across Asia and back and forth to Milan as well.
An attractive salary package (base and bonus) commensurate with experience will be offered for the right candidate.
For a confidential discussion please contact:
Ting Zhang, Head of China
M: +86 18911855141
Zhaolong Liang, Consultant, China
M: +86 17301268683
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