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South Africa, Gauteng
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R50000 - R75000 Per Month
Area: South Africa, Gauteng
Sector: Construction
Posted: 2 May 2024

Job Details

Our client in the construction industry is seeking the skills of a Translator.

Job Purpose: The Translator will play a crucial role in ensuring seamless communication between the company and Chinese-speaking stakeholders, including clients, partners, and suppliers. The successful candidate will be responsible for translating a variety of documents, verbal communication, and technical materials related to construction projects.

Minimum Requirements:

  • BSc in Translation, Interpreting or similar field
  • Additional certification in Linguistics is a plus
  • Proven work experience as a , Intenerpreter or similar role
  • Fluency in Mandarin and English Translator
  • Excellent proofreading skills with the ability to idtify grammar, spelling and punctuation errors
  • Good knowledge of content editing tools
  • Familiarity with translation software
  • Experience within the construction industry
  • Solid experiance within commercial documentation 

Key Responsibilities:

Document Translation:

  • Translate construction-related documents, contracts, reports, and other written materials from Chinese/Mandarin to English, ensuring accuracy and clarity.
  • Review and proofread translated materials to maintain high-quality standards.

Verbal Communication:

  • Act as an interpreter during meetings, conferences, and on-site visits, facilitating effective communication between Chinese-speaking and English-speaking parties.
  • Ensure accurate and timely interpretation of technical discussions, project updates, and other relevant conversations.

Technical Translation:

  • Translate technical specifications, drawings, and other construction-related documents, maintaining precision in conveying technical details.

Cultural Understanding:

  • Provide cultural insights and context to the team, helping to bridge cultural gaps and enhance collaboration between Chinese and English-speaking stakeholders.


  • Collaborate with project teams, management, and other relevant departments to ensure accurate and timely translation of project-related materials.
  • Coordinate with external translation services when necessary.


Qualifications and Skills:

Language Proficiency:

  • Fluency in both written and spoken Chinese/Mandarin and English is essential.

Educational Background:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Translation, Linguistics, or a related field. 


  • Proven experience as a Translator in the construction industry, with a strong portfolio of successful translations.
  • Familiarity with construction terminology and processes.

Communication Skills:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in both Chinese/Mandarin and English.
  • Ability to convey technical information accurately and clearly.

Attention to Detail:

  • Meticulous attention to detail to ensure precise and error-free translations.

Cultural Sensitivity:

  • Cultural understanding and sensitivity to effectively navigate cross-cultural communication challenges.