Exams Operations Officer

Date: 10 Jul 2024

Location: Hong Kong, East Asia, HK

Company: British Council

We support peace and prosperity by building connections, understanding and trust between people in the UK and countries worldwide.

We work directly with individuals to help them gain the skills, confidence and connections to transform their lives and shape a better world in partnership with the UK. We support them to build networks and explore creative ideas, to learn English, to get a high-quality education and to gain internationally recognised qualifications.

Working with people in over 200 countries and territories, we are on the ground in more than 100 countries. In 2021–22 we reached 650 million people.


Pay Band: H/4   |   Contract Type: Indefinite   |   Location:  Hong Kong, Admiralty
Local Direct Hire: Applications are welcomed from candidates currently in this location with a natural right to work.  


Role Purpose

The role purpose of Exams Operations Officer in the British Council Hong Kong is to ensure effective and efficient delivery of Exams within a small or remote exams office location.
To handle confidential materials during the multiple exchanges in country/location in accordance to compliance standards. To manage Venue Supervisor engagement, relationship and performance. 
To co-ordinate and manage any risk or issue resolution, including co-ordination of customer communication directly or through customer services. 
To be point of contact for Venues/Venue Supervisors on the day. This role will be required to
work test days which will involve weekend work as part of the contracted hours.

Main accountabilities but not limited to the following:
Product Service Support

•    Undertake the related planning and delivery functions in preparation for Test Days in line with BC process
•    Receives instructions and requests from cluster operations, 5 days before Test Day itself and plans and organises given resources accordingly (often at short notice) to

     ensure that work is carried out efficiently and effectively
•    Scan dashboards to monitor performance and identify issues
•    Deploy engagement plan for Venue Staff. Supports decisions of Operations Manager with the selection of venue staff, sets performance expectations and maintains

     positive relations
•    Supports the functions of confidential materials handling and the Confidential Materials Room (CMR) to ensure British Council standards are met in set up and day to

     day operations.
•    Undertakes sorting and packing of exam materials to for designated test venues. Ensures exam materials are received at Test Centre and stored securely
•    Supports tasks to reconcile exam materials and papers received are as per plan, report and escalate any discrepancies.
•    Undertake handling of suitcases and storage of materials. Ensures the proper procedures and documentation is adhered to when handing over to courier or test day

•    Ensures proper script receipt tracking, packing and return OR scanning, store and shredding
•    Supports the selection of suitable venues, planning for Test Day resources ordering, quality, distribution and management (e.g. process guides, stationery,

     branding/signage/ technical equipment – speaking test/hand scanners)
•    Provides timely escalation of issues, enabling the adaptation of work plans where necessary.


Customer support
•    Receives and responds to enquiries from/to customers, and may be a specific point of reference on queries relating to an area of nominated expertise or responsibility.

     Identifies where more complex issues require resolution by others and refers them on accordingly
•    Recognises and understands the impact of incidents arising (e.g. complaints, resourcing problems, logistical or technical difficulties) and proactively alerts the team

     leader to any issues of concern that are likely to impact service/project/task delivery or customer experience.


Relationship and stakeholder management
•    Supporting continuous improvement in the efficiency/cost effectiveness/quality of service delivery/systems in the unit or department
•    Proactively work with Operations Manager to deliver satisfactory and timely resolution of customer (internal or external) complaints, coordinating input from other team

     members as required. Ensures the customer is kept informed throughout the process.
•    Develops good working relationships and engagement with Venue Staff and appropriate colleagues throughout the BC to facilitate effective and efficient service

•    Act as point of contact and manage escalated issues in country from Venue Supervisors and Venues, supported by Operations Manager / Cluster team when required.


Risk and Compliance
•    Undertake contingency and risk management on the ground, liaise with Customer Service, Examiner or Venue Staff to ensure alignment on communications

     Leads in providing support related to compliance or investigations on Test Day and related issues.
•    Follows agreed corporate risk management processes and procedures when delivering services (e.g. child protection, security policies, financial protocols, anti-fraud

     measures) to protect the interests of the BC and its customers at all times.
•    Ensure adherence to CMR standards and management as set forth and carry out frequent random checks to proactively prevent issues from arising.
•    Provide support and reporting for audits and performance reviews.


Analysis and Reporting
•    Uses standard procedures and templates, regularly records, analyses and reports on operational activity such as venue staff performance to support senior managers

     in making timely and effective business decisions that respond to operational needs.
•    Leads wash-up meetings to review Test Day performance delivery, continual improvement and corrective actions.


Finance and Resource Management
•    Monitors and takes responsibility for small-scale resources/cash/stock, following established procedures and ensures that equipment and materials are available and

     ready to use when needed.


Managing self and others
•    Plans and prioritises own work activities, which span across a range of different work streams, responding to changing and at times competing requirements to ensure

     effective delivery of responsibilities over a weekly/monthly time horizon.
•    Tasks and coordinates others (e.g. internal colleagues or external contractors/suppliers) to complete time-limited, straightforward activities, within established

     procedures, in order to ensure efficient delivery of services. Monitors task completion to agreed quality and time standards.

Role specific skill, knowledge and experience:
Demonstrable experience, in large complex international organisation of: 
•    Experience working in a busy operational environment delivering high levels of customer service.
•    Ability to ensure compliance, risk and security standards are monitored and maintained.
•    Experience working in Exams (desirable)
•    Experience of supporting on delivery of computer based exams (desirable)
•    Track record of working in a tightly controlled process driven environment (desirable)


Person Specification
•    University degree in any subject or relevant qualification
•    The British Council systems and global processes operate in English. Written and verbal proficiency in English is required. IELTS 6.5 or Equivalent preferrable.



Closing date for application. Wednesday, 24th July 2024, 23:59 Hong Kong time (GMT+08)



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Equality , Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Statement


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