About the Firm Sard Verbinnen & Co (SVC), founded in 1992, is a leading strategic, corporate and financial communications firm with a team of more than 200 professionals based in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, London, Houston, Hong Kong and Washington, DC. The firm is consistently...

About the Firm

Sard Verbinnen & Co (SVC), founded in 1992, is a leading strategic, corporate and financial communications firm with a team of more than 200 professionals based in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, London, Houston, Hong Kong and Washington, DC. The firm is consistently recognized as an industry leader for the quality of its strategic advice and the excellence of its tactical execution on behalf of multinational corporations, public and private companies, investment firms, professional services firms, educational and cultural institutions, and high-profile individuals around the world. Its practice areas include transaction communications, investor relations, public affairs, corporate positioning, media relations, crisis management, proxy and governance consulting, special situations, and social media and online communications.

SVC has played an integral role in many of the high-stakes and high-impact corporate events of the past 25 years, and it has developed and maintained long-term client relationships with some of the world’s most respected companies. The firm has consistently been ranked among the top M&A communications advisory firms and, in 2017, was the top global M&A PR advisory firm by deal volume and value.

In June 2017, SVC opened a new office in Hong Kong to bring its North American and European financial and strategic communications expertise to serve new and existing Asia-based clients looking to expand their presence in key western markets, as well as support North American and European clients looking to grow their operations/make investments in the region.

For more information on the firm, please visit www.sardverb.com.

Senior Associate/Vice President

Job level Middle
Work exp 5 Years To 10 Years
Education Bachelor Degree
Language Chinese - Mandarin, English
Within Hong Kong
Employment type
Industry Advertising / Marketing / Public Relation
Job function Marketing / Public Relations > Marketing - Corporate Communications
Marketing / Public Relations > Public Relation - Crisis Management
Marketing / Public Relations > Public Relation - Media / Investor Relations
Published On 04/09/2018

The Position

Vice President based in the Hong Kong office.

SVC seeks a mid-career professional to serve in a key execution role, who also has the ability to provide day-to-day client and team leadership and represent the firm with other advisors. A successful candidate will have the opportunity to take on a larger role within the office and across the firm.

Specific Responsibilities

In keeping with SVC’s collaborative model, this professional will work on accounts across the firm, as well as those based in Hong Kong. Likewise, he/she will serve as a mentor and a role model for other colleagues in the Hong Kong office and across SVC’s global platform.  

This individual will: 

  • Serve as the account project manager assigning responsibilities and ensuring activities are completed on-time and providing strategic and tactical support to senior team members. 
  • Be the focal point for information on his/her accounts, knowing everything that is going on and anticipating the client and team’s needs.
  • Be responsible developing materials (for example, strategic communications plans, press releases, investor presentations, talking points, Q&A documents, etc.) and managing the review and editing process.
  • Build and manage media relationships, including responding to inbound inquires.
  • Serve as a role model for other account staff by leading through actions – being prepared, proactive and available, with a “can do” attitude.
  • Be able to engage directly with clients and advisors, representing SVC’s recommendations or position on issues that have a financial, brand and/or business impact.
  • Support new business opportunities in the market and work to strengthen and expand existing client relationships with compelling ideas and excellent service.
  • Develop and maintain positive working relationships with colleagues throughout the firm.


The Person

The ideal candidate must be a strategic thinker with strong writing and analytical skills, along with the ability to present complex data within the framework of a clear and compelling story. While this professional may come from any number of environments, he/she will have experience working in fast-paced, high profile environments where the ability to assess complex situations and make sound judgments is essential. 

An understanding of global financial markets and regulatory dynamics and geopolitical issues is important. A background in corporate communications (in-house or agency), investor relations, investment banking, journalism, law, or management consulting is valuable. Relevant work experience in mainland China is a priority, as well as experience working with major corporations, financial institutions and investment firms in Hong Kong, mainland China and across Asia-Pacific is valuable. 

Additional qualifications and experience include:

  • 5-7 years of relevant experience in finance, communications, or related field.
  • Being highly collaborative, with strong communications skills, and able to work well in teams and thrive in a non-hierarchical environment.
  • Strong time management and organizational skills, and an ability to balance multiple assignments and client situations without dropping the ball.
  • Client focused, with a high bar for quality and results. 
  • The confidence and presence to work effectively at high levels and in high-stakes situations.
  • A “roll-up your sleeves” attitude, without concern for getting the credit. Driven by success of the effort versus personal ego.
  • Well-rounded, adaptable and detailed-oriented individual comfortable working through challenges.
  • Quick learner, who is prepared to jump in at a moment’s notice.
  • Solid judgment and the capacity to accurately assess complicated situations and ask the right questions. 
  • A sense of urgency and creative persistence along with a willingness to go the extra mile.
  • The ability to manage and be responsible for junior level staff. 
  • Able to embrace and embody the SVC value proposition, which combines total candor with sophisticated judgement gained through experience.
  • Highly motivated and calm under pressure.
  • A university degree with an outstanding academic record required. 


What We Offer

SVC offers a competitive salary, semi-annual bonuses, and fully paid medical, dental, and vision benefits, as well as on going employee development and training program.

In addition, this is an outstanding opportunity to interface with the media, corporate, financial and legal communities on a variety of dynamic and high-profile transactions and special situations.

  • Candidates must be authorized to work in Hong Kong.
  • Native Mandarin as well as fluency in English is required.

How to Apply

Submit a resume AND cover letter in PDF format to . The cover letter must specifically explain your interest or experience in the field of financial communications, as well as your interest in Sard Verbinnen & Co.

Please put your name and Job# SVCHKCPJVP18 in the subject line of your email.

Thank you for your interest in SVC.