View Vacancy - Trade and Investment Officer - Advanced Engineering & Manufacturing

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

The Department for International Trade (DIT) is the UK Government’s international business development agency. DIT USA, working closely with DIT and other agencies in the United Kingdom, is charged with transatlantic trade development between the UK and the US; and with assisting US companies looking to invest in the UK. See for further information.


The post advertised is for a Trade & Investment Officer (TIO) based at the British Consulate in Los Angeles (in Century City), working with the Advanced Engineering & Manufacturing (AEM) sector, particularly aerospace, space and defence. The TIO creates UK jobs by helping UK exporters achieve business and by delivering Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to the UK from US companies. The role will serve as the aerospace/space campaign lead for the U.S. AEM sector team and deliver DIT initiatives on the West Coast. The successful candidate engages with a diverse range of clients and stakeholders, including the UK’s Aerospace Hub, the Ministry of Defence, the Aerospace Technology Institute, and representatives of the three Devolved Administrations of Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. The TIO reports to the Head of Trade & Investment in Los Angeles, and will lead an AEM team of five people.


We’re looking for someone who is excited by the opportunities the advanced manufacturing economy offers, and who will be comfortable working as an integral part of multiple teams. In order to identify export opportunities and support new investments into the UK, the TIO will support relationships with CEOs, VIPs, business development leads, supply chain managers and others on both sides of the Atlantic, and he/she will also generate and lead on relationships independently in order to deliver FDI and trade targets.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Forge strong relationships with U.S. and UK business leaders, trade associations and other key partners.
  • Identify and provide strategic advice and assistance to U.S. AEM companies looking to invest in the UK and support U.S. companies already active in the UK market, with a focus on the aerospace, space, and defence industries.
  • Meet annual FDI targets and build active client pipeline by developing and managing relationships with C-level executives and business leaders.
  • Participate in the activities and events conducted by industry associations and other multipliers, building awareness of DIT in the business community and serving as the point of contact for UK market information.
  • Develop, position and implement marketing strategies, conceive and develop DIT activities, and produce and manage events with the goals of generating FDI leads, building relationships, and highlighting the strengths of the UK’s market proposition to potential investors.
  • Facilitate and manage visits by senior government officials and other VIPs, including by compiling visit programs and planning company meetings.
  • Maintain current knowledge of market trends, incentives, and centres of excellence in both the U.S. and the UK. Promote UK strengths effectively to a U.S. audience.
  • Lead an AEM team of four other people: a TIO (focusing on automotive, agritech, and other industries), two Business Development Associates, and a Seattle-based Trade & Investment Advisor.
  • Lead an AEM team of five people, line managing one Trade & Investment Officer, one Business Development Associate, and one Trade & Investment Advisor based in Seattle.
  • Undertake regular travel in the U.S. and occasional travel to the UK (up to 10% of the time).
  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field.
  • 6-8 years relevant work experience and/or business development experience in the US and, ideally, the UK.
  • Strong client management experience.
  • Some experience/knowledge of the UK's inward investment and/or business environment.
  • Ability to be proactive, organized and work to deadlines, prioritize and multi-task.
  • A self-starter, able to work independently and show initiative with limited day-to-day supervision while operating as part of a wider team with shared goals and wide-ranging objectives.
  • Strong networking skills.
  • Demonstrated experience meeting and/or exceeding challenging targets.
  • Excellent research, writing and presentation skills.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Computer literacy in standard Microsoft applications.
  • Valid driver’s license; the ability to attend official functions outside of office hours; and the ability to undertake domestic and international air travel, including overnight stays.

Under U.S. State Department requirements, the Embassy may only employ, as non-diplomatic staff, persons who are U.S. citizens, U.S. Green Card holders or A visa holders. If you hold a visa other than an A visa you are not currently eligible to work at the Embassy and Consulates. Please refer to our website for information on exceptions to this policy at All candidates will be subject to background checks and security clearance.

*A visas are acceptable at the Embassy and Consulates.  The UK Mission to the UN (UKMIS) accepts G visas, and British Defence Staff (BDS) outposts accept A or NATO visas. 

Leading and Communicating, Collaborating and Partnering, Achieving Commercial Outcomes, Managing a Quality Service, Delivering at Pace
8 January 2017
Full-time, Permanent
North America, Caribbean and British Overseas Territories
United States
Los Angeles
British Consulate General
23 February 2017
The British Embassy Network offers a strong benefits package. This package includes medical, dental, vision, life, long term and short term disability insurance, a 401(k) retirement savings plan, generous vacation and leave time, and an enriching training package.

Resume and a cover letter with salary history should be submitted by 8 January 2017. Please identify in your cover letter whether you are currently eligible to work at the Embassy. Internal candidates must address their resumes through the Head of Group before applying.


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.


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This opportunity is closed to applications.