View Vacancy - Trade and Investment Associate (Creative, Media & Sport) - Los Angeles
About the Department for International Trade
We employ over 150 people across North America, all united by our vision of a future where we champion open and fair global trading that drives growth, creates better jobs and higher wages, and improves living standards in the UK and around the world. We seek talented team members with a passion and drive to help us promote exports to North America of British goods and services, two-way investment between the UK and North America, and mutual improved market access to help grow our bilateral trade (see www.gov.uk/DIT).
Main purpose of job:
Be a part of the Department for International Trade’s mission to drive more trade and investment between North America and the UK. With a mature, high-spending consumer market and an open, liberal economy, world-class talent and a business-friendly regulatory environment, the UK is the leading destination for foreign investment in Europe, the second highest investment destination in the world, and the world’s sixth largest exporter and the second largest services exporter.
Based at British Consulate Los Angeles the Trade & Investment Associate supports the Trade & Investment Officer within the Creative, Media & Sport sector, which includes film, television, games, sports, advertising, music, immersive technology, and more. This is an exciting opportunity to work with some of the most innovative and high profile global companies at the nexus of the world’s two leading creative economies. You will be part of the North America team with responsibility for Creative, Media & Sport, as well as being a valued contributor to the Los Angeles based regional team. You will also be working closely with regional colleagues based around the UK.
Roles and responsibilities:
- Identify and reach out to innovative companies in the Creative, Media & Sport sector interested in establishing or expanding operations and R&D opportunities in the UK to build pipeline of ambitious foreign direct investment projects.
- Support the Trade & Investment Officer in developing US market opportunities for a broad range of UK exporters
- Keep pace with market trends, incentives and centres of excellence in North America and the UK to identify commercial opportunities and provide informed advice to clients and stakeholders.
- Develop knowledge of the Creative, Media & Sport markets in the Southwest region.
- Support positive relationships with US and UK business leaders, trade associations, regional Creative, Media & Sport providers and other key buyers/partners within the Creative, Media & Sport sector.
- Support trade group visits and trade show events to foster economic opportunities for the UK and US.
- Support high-profile visits, including UK Ministerial and VIP delegations through scheduling high-level meetings, organising activities, and preparing briefing materials.
- Consult with clients to manage and coordinate client events.
- Support cross-team projects to advance UK prosperity and trade policy goals.
- Provide operational and administrative support including maintaining client and project databases.
- Other duties as assigned.
Essential on arrival:
- Excellent time management skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines.
- Excellent interpersonal skills with a professional and helpful manner.
- Ability to undertake research and follow market trends to identify new opportunities.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Excellent organisational skills and meticulous attention to detail.
- An interest in, or understanding of the Creative, Media & Sport sector.
- Ability to use a variety of online and social media tools.
- Must be able to attend events outside of office hours and undertake travel within the US and UK up to 10% of your time.
As a valued member of our team we will help you to achieve your goals through continuous professional development.
Level of language required: excellent verbal and written English
Desirable on arrival:
- Professional experience/skills in a business, economic development or project management role.
Under US State Department requirements, the UK Government in the US may only employ, as non-diplomatic staff, persons who are US citizens, US Permanent Residents or A visa holders with EAD cards*. If you hold a visa other than an A visa you are not currently eligible to work at our office. Please refer to our website for information on exceptions to this policy at www.gov.uk/government/world/usa. All selected candidates are subject to background checks and will require a security clearance prior to starting work.
*A visas are acceptable at the Embassy and Consulates. The UK Mission to the UN (UKMIS) accepts G visas, and British Defense Staff (BDS) outposts accept A or NATO visas.
Learning and development opportunities:
The British Embassy and its US Network is committed to all employee’s ongoing learning and development needs. We offer a comprehensive platform for personalised learning for everything from soft skill development (communicating with impact, handling difficult conversations, time management) to more technical or professional skills necessary to complete your job (software training, formal qualifications etc.).
The UK Government operating in the US offers a substantial benefits package including generous leave, a choice of medical insurance, 401(k) matching up to 7%, extensive learning opportunities and a great work/life balance. Employees who are not liable to pay local income tax on their Mission salary, eg some non-local national staff and some spouses or partners of UK diplomatic staff, will have their salaries abated by an equivalent amount.
Internal candidates must inform their supervisor before they apply to a different position. Only successful candidates will be contacted. Please no phone calls. Due to the high volume of resumes we receive, we cannot guarantee consideration of your application if the submission instructions are not properly followed.
The British Embassy is committed to a policy of equal opportunities and to creating a diverse working environment, free from discrimination, where everyone is included and treated fairly, based on merit alone. We are an equal opportunity employer, making all employment decisions without regard to race, gender, gender identity, religion, national origin, citizenship, disability, age, sexual orientation, political affiliation or any other criterion protected by law.
This role is 40 hours a week.
The British Embassy and its US Network embraces hybrid working, allowing its staff to typically work from home 2 or 3 times a week. We are an organization that also recognises the critical value of team work and we embrace and endorse collaboration by ensuring that all staff attend the office flexibly yet regularly.
This opportunity is closed to applications.