View Vacancy - BK- Trade and Investment Manager Tech and FDI Lead C4 (L)
Main purpose of job:
This is a challenging role for an experienced individual to be the technology and FDI lead in the Department for International Trade (DIT) at the British Embassy in Bangkok. You will head up the emerging and fast-growing technology sector in Thailand, to deliver the sector strategy; lead on senior government engagement; provide strategic input for high impact campaign/project/visit and to advance the trade, investment and market access ambitions articulated in the DIT Regional Trade Plan for APAC.
The jobholder is required to have a strong understanding of the sector opportunities in Thailand; have an existing and effective network of relationships with senior leaders in key companies, organisations and government departments in technology sector; have rich experience on leading high impact events both in terms of size and complexity, in Thailand and the UK, to achieve commercial outcomes.
Roles and responsibilities / what will the jobholder be expected to achieve:
Stakeholder, relationship management and pipeline building
To build relationships with key Thai interlocutors, including the responsible Ministries in support of UK commercial priorities to ensure British companies are well placed to win contracts based on your in depth understanding of the proposition. To look for opportunities to deploy senior officials to unlock relationships that support UK-Thailand Tech collaboration. To have in-depth senior government engagement and ensure tech excellence is promoted and embedded in the agenda during high-level visits in Thailand and the UK. Maintain a close working relationship within the team, as well as across sectors and with internal & external partners.
Be a knowledgeable and supportive point of contact for British companies, briefing UK business visitors and UK companies in Thailand on developments. Ensure all relationships with Thai distributors, agents and multipliers are managed with integrity.
Delivering export wins and foreign direct investment targets
To develop in-depth knowledge of the Tech sector, identifying short, medium and long term opportunities for UK companies in in Thailand. Research, draft and implement promotional and engagement strategy for these sector aligned with the UK government’s Export Strategy to ensure that British companies achieve contracts in line with the export win set by the Director
Identify and analyse on trends and developments in the Technology sector in Thailand and UK markets, and key companies in targeted sub-sectors, as well as in the external factors affecting the sector's operating environment, and use this to deliver export wins and FDI targets. Identify and coordinate inputs to help with the evolution of the sector strategy. Organise input of information to help raise awareness of Thailand opportunities through specialists, Investment Organisations, Local Enterprise Partnerships etc. Sign-posting to partner organisations and other services where appropriate. On FDI the sector focus will primarily be on technology companies, from post revenue start-ups up to the large Thai MNCs. However, the post-holder will also lead on FDI for any reactive opportunities that arise in other sectors.
Leading on high impact campaigns, events and visits
Plan, manage and organise sector related events and activities, including HMG visitor’s programmes , inward missions and multi sector outward missions (by Thai companies to the UK and UK companies to Thailand) as appropriate in line with targets working with partner organisations and other networks where appropriate. Develop propositions for high level visits from UK to Thailand and from Thailand to the UK that complement and support the delivery of the technology sector strategy.
Essential on arrival:
- Fluent English (spoken and written);
- An in depth knowledge of Tech and related opportunities in Thailand;
- An excellent understanding of Thailand 4.0 including opportunities in the EEC;
- Existing senior level contacts in Thai industry, government and relevant agencies;
- A demonstrable track record of matching British companies to opportunities in Thailand;
- Good communicator at all levels, spoken and written;
- Strong administration and organisation skills;
- Flexible and reactive to new issues and priorities;
- Ability to work at pace and prioritise, managing a sometimes heavy workload;
- Ability to liaise with and manage external stakeholder relationships;
- Experience in completing timely and accurate written information in English;
- IT proficiency– Using MS Office, Outlook and ability to learn FCO systems;
- Ability to travel within Thailand, Asia and UK.
- Experience of living in or understanding of the United Kingdom, British people and culture;
- Ability to read, write and speak Thai.
The British Embassy offers a competitive remuneration package, including salary (will be abated for those not liable to tax), benefits, a leave entitlement, Health Insurance and comprehensive development programme based upon business need and individual staff requirements.
The British Embassy Bangkok encourages all staff to develop their skills and capabilities, through formal training (courses) and informal (job-shadowing, coaching, on-the-job training etc.) The majority of our formal L&D opportunities are delivered through FCO resources. All staff are encouraged to share their skills and experience with colleagues, through informal training (‘lunch & learn’) or coaching/mentoring. All staff are eligible for 5 L&D days a year.
Employment offers are subject to successful clearance of pre- employment and security checks. Staff who are locally recruited by the British Embassy are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local employment law.
No accommodation or relocation expenses are payable in connection with this position. You must have or be able to obtain work authorisation in Thailand in order to apply. Any costs related to obtaining or renewing permits and visas are the responsibility of the successful applicant.
- Full time role (36 hours per week).
- Usual working days: Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs/Fri (5 days)
- In crisis/emergency situations work as required to support the Embassy response (sometimes on a shift pattern working unsociable hours)
- This job is suitable for flexible working patterns, subject to operational requirements, and is detailed in the Bangkok flexible working policy, (Embassy core hours are 1000-1600 Mon-Thurs and 1000-1300 Friday).
- Some evening work is required on occasion. Embassy Standard Terms and Conditions apply and provide for time outside of working hours compensated through Time-Off-In-Lieu.
- The job involves travel, including to the UK, regionally and within Thailand. A willingness and ability to travel is required.
Please note that your application must be submitted before 23:55 on the day mentioned in the above field “Application deadline”.
Incomplete application forms will not be taken into consideration, so please ensure you provide the information requested. We regret to advise that we will only be contacting short-listed candidates. Applicants called for an interview will be assessed on the core competencies listed above.
Indicated start date is provisional and subject to successful completion of reference and security checks.
To those applicants not short-listed, we extend our appreciation for considering the British Government as a potential employer.
Reminder for existing Embassy staff who will be interested to apply:
Along with the completed online application form, candidates should upload their last two years End of Year Appraisals if applicable. If applicants have been employed for less than twelve months, they will need to provide permission from their Head of Section to apply and should attach this to their application.
Guidance on completing competency based application forms and sitting Interviews can be found on the BE Website and also on the Civil Service Learning portal, Virtual Ashridge portal and Goodpractice.net (both accessed through the CSL). Staff are strongly advised to refer to these.
We recommend all applicants to understand the Civil Service competences before applying for any role and in preparation for interviews. For more information, you can visit our website - https://www.gov.uk/government/world/organisations/british-embassy-bangkok/about/recruitment.
Kindly check your application centre or email regularly for any update on the status of your application.
British Embassy Relocation
In late 2019/early 2020, the Embassy will be moving from the current premises on Wireless Rd to new accommodation in the Sathorn area.
The British Government is an inclusive and diversity- friendly employer. We value difference, promote equality and challenge discrimination, enhancing our organisational capability. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, colour, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, veteran status or other category protected by law. We promote family-friendly flexible working opportunities, where operational and security needs allow.
Embassy Vision and Values:
VISION: What do we want to build?
A better, safer, more prosperous world for Britons and Thais alike.
MISSION: How will we achieve this?
By championing UK values and delivering tangible benefits to individuals, businesses and society: through quality service, effective partnerships and local expertise.
VALUES that underpin our work
Courage: In our approach to our work: supporting innovation, creativity and taking calculated risks in solving problems; encouraging challenge and welcoming diverse perspectives; honesty in acknowledging and learning from mistakes.
Ambition: In the challenge we set ourselves: Striving to be excellent in the quality of service we deliver; inspiring our teams, colleagues, customers and stakeholders; passionate about our purpose.
Generosity of spirit: Kindness in our daily actions and conversations; openness to differing cultures, ideas and opinions; understanding of differing styles and honest mistakes to build a culture of support.
This opportunity is closed to applications.