China Connection

Chinese companies in The Netherlands

As part of China’s ascendance onto the global stage, a large number of Chinese companies have set up an organisation in The Netherlands and an ever-increasing number is planning to do so. Considerable differences in legislation and culture are often seen as serious barriers in building up an efficient and successful cooperation between the Chinese company, their (future) employees and the management in The Netherlands.

Plimsoll and China

Plimsoll maintains an intense relationship with China and Chinese companies. Headquartered in Rotterdam Plimsoll established own offices in Shanghai and Hong Kong already in 1998. Based on a.o. this experience we started a specialist desk, servicing Chinese companies in Europe.

The desk is managed by Olivier Binkhorst (BSc). He lived and worked in China from 2006 until 2015. He was the driving force behind the Plimsoll offices in China from the start in 1998, offering Executive Search and specialist recruitment services. He returned to The Netherlands in 2015, maintaining close business ties with clients in Europe and Asia and leading our China related business. He visits China frequently for family trips -being married to a Chinese wife- and for business.

Linda Jacobs (BA) majored in Chinese language, with a minor in Chinese business culture. She was granted a scholarship for an additional year of advanced Chinese Language studies at Beijing Foreign Studies University. Linda continued her education with a pre-master Business Administration, HR-related courses (e.g. juridical and pension-related) and several communication and translation related minors. She is a sworn translator Chinese, Mandarin. 

Linda worked as a trainee in Nanjing and -after returning to The Netherlands in 2008- as a Project Manager for several profit and non-profit organisations, coordinating recruitment, employment and integration of expats. She was Manager HR (Netherlands) for a major Chinese shipping conglomerate from 2011 until 2017. Linda joined Plimsoll early 2018, allowing her to combine her extensive HR experience with her Chinese language and cultural skills and expertise.

Albert de Graaf (BA) obtained a Bachelor in HR Management, after which he established a successful career in the logistics and maritime industry, primarily in commercial management roles. Albert is an experienced teambuilder with a proven track record in converting small to mid-size departments into focused teams, as well as in leading and coaching both teams and individuals.



HRM training & consultancy

  • Employer branding and recruitment
  • Development of on-boarding courses for new employees
  • HR coaching
  • Employee development and training
  • Cultural differences training
  • Advice regarding Dutch institutions, rules & regulations, health & safety mandatory practices, sick-leave, labour-contract legislation, disputes with staff etc.

Additional operational HR-services

  • Salary mutation administration
  • Employment contracts
  • Highly skilled migrant procedures, including 30% ruling
  • Exit interviews
  • Staff development, performance appraisals etc.
  • Company Code of Conducts
  • Coaching staff on multi-cultural business etiquettes.