View Vacancy - SRR - Trade Officer, Education and Training A2(L)

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Department for International Trade roles (DIT)
Trade Promotion

The British Embassy Riyadh has a vacancy for a Trade Officer for the Education and Training sector under the Department for International Trade (DIT) for a fixed-term contract of two (2) years.

The Department for International Trade (DIT) is the British government’s trade and investment development organisation. Its aim is to enhance the competitiveness of companies in the UK through overseas trade and investments and attract a continuing high-level of quality foreign direct investment into the UK. We work with UK-based businesses to ensure their success in international markets and encourage overseas companies to bring their high-quality investment to the UK.

DIT has a network of three trade teams in Saudi Arabia (in Riyadh, Jeddah, and Al Khobar) that work closely together to deliver services to our customers. The main purpose of the role is to support UK companies that are seeking to develop their business through trade with Saudi Arabia.

The Trade Officer will provide support to the Head of Education and Training but will also have a high degree of responsibility in generating and maintaining local and UK business contacts, identifying new business opportunities, and providing other campaign activity including Embassy events.

The successful candidate will promote opportunities within the UK Education and Training (E&T) Sector across the whole KSA network. You will understand KSA market trends and ambitions to identify valuable Export Opportunities and secure high value Export Wins in pursuit of regional (Middle East, Afghanistan and Pakistan - MEAP) targets for DIT.

The jobholder will also need to be flexible as specific sector responsibilities could change in the future and this would be at the discretion of the DIT KSA Director. 


Duties and responsibilities:

The jobholder will contribute to the design, management, and implementation of the day-to-day strategy of securing business wins for UK companies within the Education sector across the Kingdom by:

  • Managing relationships strategically with UK providers, the E&T Cluster Lead, DIT Sector Group, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) Prosperity teams, the British Council, and KSA stakeholders to identify KSA E&T needs. Translate these into solid Export Wins for UK providers;
  • Developing and engaging a wide range of stakeholders in Saudi government organisations and the Kingdom’s private sector to understand and promote commercial opportunities in the Education sector;
  • Staying informed of key trends and trajectory of the Education element of Vision 2030 goals.
  • Providing DIT and Sector specialists with in-country support including, but not limited to official programmes, trade missions, events, and trade shows;
  • Providing market analysis and guidance on doing business in Saudi Arabia. Briefing both individual visitors and groups of UK companies on the characteristics of the Saudi market, and support UK companies in pursuing export opportunities.

The above list is not exhaustive and the jobholder will be required to be flexible and take on other ad hoc tasks as required, including participating in the Embassy’s emergency planning and any other response to a crisis affecting UK citizens.

Key competencies required:

  • Managing a Quality Service - valuing and modelling professional excellence and expertise to deliver service objectives and striving to improve the quality of service, taking account of diverse customer needs and requirements. Effectively planning, organising, and managing time and activities to deliver a high quality, secure, reliable and efficient service, applying programme and project and risk management approaches to support service delivery.
  • Delivering at Pace - focusing on delivering timely performance with energy and taking responsibility and accountability for quality outcomes. Working to agreed goals and activities and dealing with challenges in a responsive and constructive way.
  • Collaborating and Partnering - being a team player who creates and maintains positive, professional and trusting working relationships with a wide range of people within and outside the organisation to help get business done. Working collaboratively, sharing information appropriately, and building supportive, responsive relationships with colleagues and stakeholders, whilst having the confidence to challenge assumptions.
  • Achieving Commercial Outcomes - maintaining an economic, long-term focus in all activities. Having a commercial, financial and sustainable mind-set to ensure all activities and services are delivering added value and working to stimulate economic growth.
  • Ability to multi-task and have good organisational skills. Ability to prioritise own workload and meet deadlines, and respond quickly and flexibly to meet multiple and changing priorities
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and able to influence and network confidently with industry leaders, government officials, and senior business people; and collaborate effectively across Embassy teams.
  • Collaborative approach to colleague and stakeholder partnerships. Ability to develop and maintain a range of contacts to build effective working relationships.
  • Resourcefulness in solving problems and demonstrates good judgement.
  • Team player who is capable of working on their own initiative.
  • Strong customer focus and ability to deliver quality service
  • Excellent communication skills (both written and oral) in English. Ability to express ideas and messages clearly and concisely.
  • Strong IT skills and in using MS Office applications (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams).
  • Previous commercial experience and working in a target driven environment.
  • Previous experience in the education sector in KSA and/ or the UK.
  • Public speaking and presentation skills.
  • Arabic language skills, both written and spoken.
31 July 2021
Administrative Officer (AO)
Full-time, Fixed term, with possibility of renewal
Middle East & North Africa
Saudi Arabia
British Embassy
15 September 2021


The position is available to Saudi Nationals and to current holders of valid Saudi residence permits or transferable iqamas. The successful candidate will be required to transfer their sponsorship to the British Embassy. 


Working hours and remuneration:

The Embassy aims to offer an attractive working environment and remuneration package for this role.

Salary details:

  • Base Salary including Eid bonus - SAR 5,775.06
  • Housing Allowance - SAR 1,443.77 (subject to eligibility)*
  • Travel Allowance - SAR 400 (subject to eligibility)*

*Allowances are not payable to staff who receive official provision for such expenditure in some other form.

No accommodation and relocation expenses are payable in connection with this position.


Normal working hours for the Embassy are from 08.00 to 15.00 from Sunday to Thursday. This position is full-time, based on 35 hours per week.

The jobholder will be required to be flexible in their approach to hours worked as these will be dictated by operational needs and may involve working out of hours, especially during visits and events.


The successful candidate will be subject to a 90-day probationary period.

How to apply:

Interested candidates must attach 1) an updated Curriculum Vitae (CV) and 2) a covering letter stating how you meet the requirements of the role.

Your application must also include examples of when you have demonstrated the required competencies in the Competence-Based Questions section of the online application form.

Applications that do not include these information will not be considered.

The closing date for applications is at 23:55 KSA local time on 31 July 2021.

Applications received after the stated deadline will not be considered.


Due to the large number of applications we receive, only those shortlisted for the next step in the recruitment process will be contacted.

The start date mentioned in the advert is an assumed start date and the successful candidate will be required to undergo security vetting procedures. Any offer of employment will be subject to the candidate achieving suitable clearances, medical clearance and reference checks.


The British Embassy Riyadh is an equal opportunities employer, dedicated to inclusivity, a diverse workforce and valuing difference. Staff recruited locally by the British Embassy is subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local Saudi Arabia employment law.

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This opportunity is closed to applications.