View Vacancy - Senior Business Development Manager Technology (DEU20.439)
Due to COVID-19, you may experience 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 Government in Germany is based at the British Embassy in Berlin and our consulates in Dusseldorf and Munich. We are part of a worldwide network, representing British political, economic and consular interests overseas.
The Department for International Trade (DIT) is the British government’s lead department for international trade and supports foreign investment into the United Kingdom and UK exporters entering international markets. Currently, we are looking for a Senior Business Development Manager to be based in Munich or in Berlin to promote Technology Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and Capital Investment into the United Kingdom.
The UK has one of the most vibrant Tech ecosystem in the world. This job offers the opportunity to work at the heart of the Department for International Trade’s (DIT) strategy to promote inward investment to the UK by focusing on technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Fintech, Data Analytics, 5G, Quantum, and Cyber Security. You will identify and actively liaise with Germany’s largest technology corporates and high-growth start-ups that have the potential to invest and create new jobs in the UK. The job offers autonomy and freedom to set your own direction within the Tech team, not least in cultivating key contacts in business and government. Following the UK’s exit from the EU, you will be involved in working closely with businesses to understand the present and likely future impact on them.
You will develop and manage a strong pipeline of potential investment projects and map new opportunities in the fast-moving tech sector. This will include facilitating meetings for senior diplomats and ministers and organising industry events. You will advise colleagues in London on commercial trends and shifts in policy.
The role will also support the implementation of DIT’s Capital Investment strategy in Germany. This will include working with German Institutional Investors and Venture Capitalists on UK investments into infrastructure, real estate, and green energy.
The role will work as part of a friendly and supportive team at DIT Germany and a wider network across Europe, with regular opportunities to travel. DIT Germany also provides a modern and flexible working environment with the opportunity to work from Home Office if appropriate. As with all DIT positions, there will be a focus on working collaboratively with colleagues across the Germany Network team to maximise opportunities for the UK. The work will be varied and demanding and the successful candidate will need to be a flexible, committed self-starter, able to juggle priorities and to work on demanding timelines.
- Fluency in English and German (written and spoken, minimum of C2 level for CEFR framework*);
- Educated to University degree;
- Experience in the tech sector or in Foreign Direct Investment;
- Experience in Business Development or Relationship Management;
- Excellent interpersonal and networking skills to be credible with the most senior business leaders;
- Strong written, analytical and research skills;
- Very good IT skills, especially MS Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and Excel.
- Experience of Capital Investment or in any of the UK’s priority investment areas (Infrastructure, Green Energy, and Real Estate) would be would be a bonus but not essential;
- Experience working in the start-up ecosystem would be desirable.
This is a full-time position of five working days 37.5 hours per week, for a contract period of two years. Expected start date 1 February 2021 though there is some flexibility.
The successful candidate will be subject to professional background check and security clearance.
Staff recruited locally by the British Missions in Germany are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local German employment law.
The successful applicant will be encouraged to be actively involved in the corporate life of the Embassy/Consulate-General, contributing to the wider objectives of the British Government’s Germany network and supporting the Embassy’s/Consulate-General's positive working environment.
Visa/Passport requirements:Candidates must currently hold the independent right to live and work in Germany and be prepared to ensure that right remains throughout the scope of the contract. Additional requirements may become necessary after 31st December 2020.
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 FCDO does not pay for travel related expense incurred in interviews (including Security Check) or accept any financial risk, including cancellation or reschedule costs. The FCDO will not meet the costs connected with relocation if offered a position.
Information due to COVID-19:
- You may experience 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.
*Please note for more information on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment levels please click on the following link CEFR. Please bear in mind in case you are invited for an interview your language skill is going to be assessed.