Thomson Reuters, Metals Correspondent (Beijing or Shanghai)

Beijing or Shanghai
20 Mar 2017
20 Apr 2017
Job Type
Full Time

Reuters is seeking a talented and energetic reporter to join our team in China breaking agenda-setting news on the world’s largest and most dynamic metals market - China.

From the government’s efforts to keep its massive copper and aluminium industry afloat, to the impact of the world’s second-largest economy’s slowing growth on manufacturing to Shanghai Futures Exchange’s increasing clout on global futures market, China plays a central role in all aspects of global metals business.

Now a brawl over aluminium trade is escalating as Europe and the United States accuse the country of exporting its excess output abroad rather than making big cuts to production, hurting international prices and deepening the global crisis. How that unfolds alongside Beijing’s efforts to protect jobs and shore up its economy will be of critical international importance.

We need a motivated reporter to make strong sources among guarded traders at state-owned and foreign firms, and break news on everything from state-run producers’ strategies on output and sales, to Beijing’s stockpiling program, to state-owned companies’ moves to expand abroad to how much copper will be needed to build the nation’s vast power grid – before it emerges from China’s controlled state media or on government websites.

The reporter will also be expected to break news on China’s precious metals arena, covering everything from the country’s price-setting ambitions as it launches a new gold ‘fix’ to its growing influence over bullion, silver and platinum group metal trade flows due to rising consumer and industrial demand.

The beat offers endless opportunities to write in-depth, enterprising pieces that delve deeply into the dark corners of the industry, as well as sophisticated, inside-the-market stories that speak clearly and compellingly to our trading customers.

The common thread is that we’re always breaking new ground, and delivering clever, well-crafted stories that have a real impact on the reader.


  • Stay on top of the flows and talk driving the market
  • Be sensitive to prices and ready to spot arbitrages for when Chinese buyers will enter the market
  • Write reports on China’s monthly import and production data
  • Develop sources and break news
  • Develop a deep market knowledge needed to identify market-moving themes and trends.
  • Work closely with reporters across the region to produce intelligent regional stories


  • Experience of reporting in commodities markets preferred but not essential
  • The ability to source breaking news in a timely manner and provide real time copy
  • Strong news judgment, ability to write with speed, clarity and accuracy
  • Good written English, fluent Mandarin

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