English to Mandarin In-house Translator

  • Location London, United Kingdom
  • Date Posted 31st May 2018
  • Category Research
  • Job Type Full-time
  • Requisition ID 518


Mintel is looking for a translator to join its in-house Research team. The ideal candidate should be expert with professional business written Chinese and be able to work under pressure.


As an international leader in providing consumer market research, Mintel produces over 90 reports on the China market each year, published both in Simplified Chinese and in English. The role is based in London to assist the Research department in translating documents and to ensure the Mandarin report is to a high standard.


Your responsibilities will include:


  • Translate Mintel reports from English to simplified Chinese, ensuring that translations retain the content, meaning, feeling of the original material, and to a high-quality business report standard. This may involve using specialist glossaries, reference documents and Internet to find the closest equivalents
  • Provide accurate translations for special projects
  • Proofread, edit, revise and finalise translated reports including visual charts
  • Communicate efficiently with teams both in China and UK, liaison with analysts to discuss any unclear points
  • Collaborate with other translators to maintain and update the glossaries and translation memory
  • Work as part of the team to ensure all departmental deadlines are met

Qualifications required:


  • Minimum Bachelor’s Degree in Translation or relevant subjects


  • Minimum one (1) year of experience in translation in English-Chinese


  • Native speaker of Mandarin and near native proficiency in English, with the ability to write in Simplified Chinese and English fluently and idiomatically

Abilities and skills:

  • Unfailing ability to precisely translate written documents with maximal fluency and professional demeanour, free of errors, literal translations and cumbersome expressions that are directly transferred, so the Mandarin reports are readily comprehensible to all readers
  • Heightened attention to details
  • A good command of CAT tools, in particular TradosAbility to produce high-quality visual charts that can be easily read
  • Proficiency in MS Office
  • Ability to work under pressure effectively and be able to meet tight deadlines
  • Ability to analyse the macrostructure of the report and its overall coherence; reading critically and ask questions
  • Information gathering and research skills
  • Eagerness to acquire new knowledge; be able to learn and constantly adapt to new publishing formats and styles
  • Well-grounded understanding of or interests in consumer markets would be an added advantage



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