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View Vacancy - SH - Senior Trade & Investment Officer, Advanced Manufacturing B3(L)

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Department for International Trade roles
Department for International Trade (DIT)

China is close to becoming the world’s largest economy and is already the second largest in terms of nominal GDP. The Chinese economy, whilst slowing, continues to grow at c. 6.8%, a rate that is the envy of many nations.

The Department for International Trade (DIT) is the UK government agency responsible for championing international business, helping UK based businesses succeed globally, and helping international businesses invest in the UK. The successful candidate will join DIT. Core responsibilities of DIT are:

  • Developing, coordinating, and delivering a new trade and investment policy to promote UK business across the globe;
  • Developing and negotiating free trade agreements and market access deals with non-EU countries and negotiating plurilateral trade deals (focused on specific sectors or products);
  • Providing operational support for exports and facilitating inward and outward investment.

This role focuses primarily in the third element, and aims to deliver targeted campaigns to help the UK win more business in China (grow Exports) and to secure new and increased investment from China into the UK.

The jobholder will inform and manage delivery of key components of the Advanced Manufacturing sector strategy set by the Director and senior managers, in particular, focussing on aerospace and advanced manufacturing technologies. The role will cover both trade and investment and the jobholder will coordinate work and quality of output across the team and ensure managers are kept updated on agreed priorities and outcomes. He/ She will identify, plan, and manage specific projects and visits, including the budgetary aspects, and engage and lobby external contacts to win support for DIT interests.

The core focus of the job will be to deliver high value business wins and high quality investment for the UK to meet sector targets, through:

  • Proactively building strong relationships with key government and industry bodies and business clients, with particular focus on both COMAC and AVIC;
  • Identifying and linking new Chinese opportunities and investment interests with UK capability and strategic needs;
  • Promoting UK excellence;
  • Working in collaboration with partner networks and business associations to overcome business barriers and market access issues;
  • Working with the China Britain Business Council (CBBC) to help them achieve their targets for service deliveries, revenue, and business opportunity responses.


Roles and responsiblities:

— Delivering strategic trade and investment campaigns:

  • Identify and coordinate inputs to help with the evolution of the sector strategy. Contribute to the design and manage the delivery of trade and investment sector campaigns.
  • Report on trends and developments in China and UK markets and key companies in the sector, as well as in the external factors affecting the sector's operating environment, and use this to support delivery of these campaigns. Understand the work of other parts of the Embassy and/ or Consulate and draw on their expertise and activities where they can help to support sector objectives.
  • Identify and analyse trends and developments in the Chinese and UK markets, and use this to lead the team within the sub-sector to deliver to target, balancing priorities to focus on the most significant opportunities.
  • Organise input of information to help raise awareness of China opportunities through the DIT website, ITAs, sector specialists, Investment Organisations, LEPs etc.; sign-posting to CBBC and other services where appropriate.

— Effective relationship management:

  • Within a framework agreed with your line manager, identify and build relationships with key companies and organisations in China and the UK, including intermediaries, trade associations, government departments, and others in order to understand their business intentions and needs.
  • Work to identify potential high value opportunities for trade and investment, feeding these leads in to the appropriate system for evaluation and follow-up.

— High impact visits and events:

  • Advise on the design and then manage delivery and follow up of high-level visits and events that contribute to sector targets and address business environment and market access issues.
  • Plan and manage practical and logistical aspects of important visit programmes (by Chinese companies to the UK and UK companies to China) that contribute to sector targets, working with CBBC and other networks where appropriate.

— Active contribution to success of CBBC outsourcing: Facilitate knowledge transfer and introductions to CBBC to support them in achieving their targets. Commission CBBC input to HVC-related and other industry campaigns, as well as coordination of debriefing and two-way information sharing.

— Knowledge and skills development: Commit to continual learning, making full use of on-the-job opportunities to deepen your sector knowledge and understanding of the UK capability and UK/ China business environment, as well as formal training for skills and personal competences most relevant to the job. This includes knowledge-sharing with colleagues across UKTI and the wider Embassy/ Consulates.

  • Minimum of 5 years of full time working experience.
  • A diplomatic, tactful manner when dealing with contacts and colleagues.
  • Good organisation skills, positive approach to teamwork, and a pro-active attitude.
  • Good administrative and IT skills (e.g. Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint).
  • Bachelor's degree or above.
  • Fluent in English and Mandarin, both written and spoken.
  • Experience working with private enterprises, strategic planning and service delivery desirable.
  • Experience or knowledge of  Advanced Manufacturing sectors especially in aerospace and manufacturing technologies.
Collaborating and Partnering, Achieving Commercial Outcomes, Managing a Quality Service, Delivering at Pace, Engaging Internationally
25 January 2017
B3 (L)
Full-time, Permanent
Asia Pacific
British Consulate General
CNY 17,670
20 March 2017

We are an equal opportunities employer, dedicated to inclusivity, a diverse workforce, and valuing difference.

We offer a competitive package, which includes basic salary, good leave entitlement, and insurance plan, etc. The gross starting salary (before all deductions) is RMB 17,670/ month for Chinese Nationals.

We also offer excellent development opportunities and a 22-day annual leave entitlement in pro rata. Conditioned working hours is 35 hours/ week from Monday to Friday and flexible working can be arranged upon personal needs. For more details on our Total Rewards Package, please visit our website

Staff recruited locally by the British Consulate-General is subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local Chinese employment law.

Only short-listed applicants will be contacted regarding the next phase of the selection process. To those applicants not short-listed, we extend our appreciation for considering the British Government as a potential employer.

This role is open to Chinese nationals only.

This opportunity is closed to applications.