View Vacancy - Regional Market Access Manager for Eastern Europe and Central Asia (TUR19.561)

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

Due to COVID-19, you may experiment some delay in the progress of this recruitment campaign. We are working hard to minimise any disruption. You may find more information in the Additional Information section below.

The British Consulate General in Istanbul is part of a world-wide network representing British political, economic and consular interests overseas and is now looking to hire a Regional Market Access Manager for Eastern Europe and Central Asia for the Department for International Trade (DIT) team.

The Department for International Trade (DIT) has overall responsibility for promoting UK trade across the world and attracting foreign investment to the UK. We are a specialised government body with responsibility for negotiating international trade policy, supporting business, as well as delivering an outward-looking trade diplomacy strategy.

We are setting up a regional support unit based in Istanbul to provide business support for the EECAN. The region consists of 14 markets, including Russia, the countries of the former Soviet Union (excluding the Baltics), Turkey, and Mongolia.

This post will be a key support function to track our progress as a network towards our market access goals, develop reports across the EECAN region and act as a mentor to the Market Access policy advisor network in developing their actions plans to tackle Market Access barriers where they exist. This will be a key role in supporting our Regional Market Access Co-ordinator.

Main duties and responsibilities:

This is a busy, varied and challenging role in which you’ll need to develop and lead change, engage and inspire people, build relationships and networks, project manage and generally juggle with multiple and competing demands. There will be lots of freedom and space to develop your areas of responsibility, to show creativity and ingenuity. You will also support EECAN’s reporting, leadership, analysis and governance requirements and other ad-hoc support for the region.

You will work closely with the Deputy Trade Commissioner, Chief Operating Officer (COO), our Regional Market Access Co-ordinator and London colleagues.

Market access co-ordination and reporting

  • Support our new Regional Market Access Co-ordinator with a range of activity and reporting requirements to deliver our market access plan for EECAN e.g. setting up learning and development activity, arranging workshops. This will require close working with DIT and Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO) colleagues, as well as wider cooperation between different UK missions and markets across the region;
  • Be responsible for supporting members of the network in developing their market access strategies;
  • Support the Regional Market Access co-ordinator by developing progress reports against barriers and identify where we need to make interventions and/or provide further support to our colleagues;
  • Provide market access support for those countries without a dedicated market access policy advisor.

  • Fluent spoken and written English;
  • At least 3 years of previous relevant experience in Trade Policy or Market Access in a commercial, regulatory or trade association environment;
  • Highly organised, flexible, able to work at pace; and a proven record in being responsive to changing demands with the ability to juggle multiple priorities. Project management capability;
  • Ideally you will have proven ability of working across a dispersed group;
  • You will be an excellent written communicator; capable of setting the direction for your team and of gaining their trust and respect;
  • Proven ability to build strong and effective relationships with a range of stakeholders, including senior stakeholders and partners to deliver your objectives;
  • A self-starter, able to work autonomously and with experts across the region;
  • Excellent networking and organisational skills, and the ability to work under pressure;
  • The ability to manage and prioritise workload, drive agendas forward and deliver results;
  • Demonstrate initiative, problem solving and judgement skills;
  • The ability to manage, analyse, summarise and present complex information.

  • An understanding of trade policy or have worked in an environment with an important trade element.

Seeing the Big Picture, Changing and Improving, Making Effective Decisions, Collaborating and Partnering
12 April 2020
C4 (L)
Full-time, Fixed term, with possibility of renewal
Europe, Eastern Europe & Central Asia
British Consulate General
11 May 2020
30 September 2021

This is a fixed-term contract until 30 September 2021, with possibility of renewal for 5 working days (36.25 hours net) per week.

The monthly salary for this position is 3,251.74 USD gross C4 level. Please note that staff members are responsible for paying any income tax required by local law.

All applicants should have the right to live and work in Turkey. The British Consulate General in Istanbul does not sponsor for work permits.

The successful candidate will be subject to professional background check, security clearance and a probation period of 2 months.

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

British Diplomatic Missions are equal opportunities employers, dedicated to inclusivity, a diverse workforce and valuing difference. We are committed to developing a learning organisation that enhances business performance, maximises our staff’s potential and encourages staff innovation and development.

Please note that the deadline for applications is 23:55 on the day mentioned in the above field “Application deadline”.

We advise you to allow enough time to complete and submit your full application, since only applications completed and submitted before the deadline will be considered.

Please be aware that the deadline for submitting applications is considered to be the time zone for the country where the vacancy has arisen.

Please be advised that the British Consulate General in Istanbul will not be able to meet the travel costs incurred when travelling to the interview, nor the costs connected with relocation if offered a job.

Additional Information (due to Covid-19):

  • You may experiment some delay in the progress of this recruitment campaign and we are working hard to minimise any disruption;
  • Interviews will be done remotely if the existing situation determines this to be the right course of action;
  • Starting date may be delayed depending on circumstances at the time and it will be agreed with the selected candidate.
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