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View Vacancy - Senior Business Development Manager – Retail, Financial Services & Agritech Sectors (DEU18.147)

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The British Consulate General in Dusseldorf is part of a world-wide network, representing British political, economic and consular interests overseas and is now looking for a Senior Business Development Manager – Retail, Financial Services & Agritech Sectors.

The UK is the most attractive inward investment market in Europe. Boosting this inward investment even further is at the top of the British Government’s priorities. This job offers the opportunity to work at the heart of the UK’s strategy to promote inward investment to the UK from German companies in the Retail, Financial Services and Agritech sectors. You will identify and actively target key account investors in the German market who have the potential to invest in the UK. This involves managing projects, giving advice and assistance to potential, new and existing German key accounts and bringing investment projects to a successful conclusion. In addition, you will also support the team’s Head of Life Sciences in promoting investment in this sector.

 

The job offers much autonomy and freedom to set your own direction in line with the agreed business plan, not least in cultivating key business contacts. The challenges of Brexit make the work both more important and more interesting. You will work as part of a friendly and supportive team in Düsseldorf and a wider network across Europe, with regular opportunities to travel.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Key account management: to manage strategically and provide assistance to German key accounts who have the potential to invest in the UK and/or to expand their existing activities. To build strong customer relationships with these key account companies. This includes working credibly at the most senior levels of decision making;

 

  • Business development: To identify and actively target potential, new and existing German investors and bring investment projects to a successful conclusion in cooperation with UK partners. To develop and manage a strong pipeline of potential investment projects into the UK and to promote the UK as a location for investment through the organisation of and participation in public relations and networking events;

 

  • Strategy: mapping new opportunities in the named sectors, staying on top of trends and advising HQ colleagues on priorities for business planning. Risk mitigation work, including in the context of Brexit.
  • In depth knowledge of the German and UK Business Environments;
  • Excellent interpersonal and networking skills and be credible with the most senior business leaders;
  • Strong strategic planning and delivery skills;
  • Ability to work under pressure and juggle multiple priorities effectively;
  • Strong analytical and research skills;
  • Self Starter – ability to work well on own initiative;
  • Good IT skills, especially MS Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and Excel;
  • Fluent English and German (both written and spoken, minimum of C2 level for CEFR framework*).
  • Key account management / business development experience;

 

  • Although not essential on starting the job, the jobholder will be expected to develop working level knowledge of the financial services, retail, agritech and life sciences sectors in the UK and Germany in order to be able to interact credibly and professionally with senior contacts.
Seeing the Big Picture, Collaborating and Partnering, Achieving Commercial Outcomes, Delivering at Pace
15 April 2018
B3 (L)
Full-time, Temporary, Flexible working
37.5
Europe, Eastern Europe & Central Asia
Germany
Dusseldorf
British Consulate General
1
€57,000 gross per annum rising to €64,028 gross per annum after a qualifying period in addition to performance related pay. (Salary is not negotiable)
15 May 2018

This is a full-time position of five working days 37.5 hours net (excluding unpaid breaks) per week, for an initial contract period of two years, which may be extended by mutual agreement.

The British Consulate General in Dusseldorf has a strong ethos of Learning and Development, including our Learning and Development Week. In addition, there will be many opportunities to attend external seminars and events on relevant issues. This is in addition to the induction programme offered to all Consulate General staff.

The successful applicant will be encouraged to be actively involved in the corporate life of the British Consulate General, contributing to the wider objectives of the British Government’s Germany network and supporting the Consulate’s positive working environment.

The successful candidate will be subject to professional background check and security clearance. The successful candidate must have pre-existing work authorization for Germany in order to apply.

Staff recruited locally by the British Consulate General in Dusseldorf are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local German employment law.

The successful candidate will be subject to professional background check and security clearance.

All applicants should have the right to live and work in Germany. The successful candidate must have pre-existing work authorization for Germany in order to apply. The British Consulate General does not sponsor for work permits.

Staff recruited locally by the British Consulate General in Dusseldorf are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local German employment law.

* Please note Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment  indicates Level C2 as Mastery or proficiency Level which comprehends that a person can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read; can summarize information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation; can express themselves spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in the most complex situations. For more information please click on the following link CEFR. Please bear in mind in case you are invited for an interview your languages skills are going to be assessed.

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 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.

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This opportunity is closed to applications.