View Vacancy - Trade & Investment Officer, Financial and Professional Services - New York

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Department for International Trade roles (DIT)

Main purpose of job:

Based at the New York Consulate the Trade & Investment Officer for Financial and Professional Services will proactively identify export opportunities in the New York region (including NY, PA, NJ and parts of CT) for market ready UK companies in the financial services sector (in particular fintechs) to achieve new business for UK companies, and they will work with companies from the New York region seeking to launch into, or expand in, the UK market. 

The Trade and Investment Officer will be part of the North America team with responsibility for fintech, regtech and banking relationships, [as well as responsibility for line managing one Trade & Investment Associate]. The Trade and Investment Officer will also be a valued contributor to the New York based regional team. Both the sector and regional responsibilities will require close collaboration with colleagues based around the UK.

The US Network offers a unique career enhancing opportunity and is committed to supporting its staff through a variety of benefits including generous leave, insurance packages and a highly competitive 401k programme.  It also promotes a culture of flexibility to enable people to better maintain wellness through an excellent work/life balance approach that encompasses hybrid working, including working from home and flexible hours, where possible. 

Roles and responsibilities:

  • Provide a comprehensive account management service to key US prospects in financial and professional services including, in particular, fintech and regtech companies looking to maintain or grow their footprint in the UK. 
  • Successfully build and manage a pipeline of knowledge-driven projects that have the potential to bring high-value jobs and R&D to the UK. 
  • Assist high-growth and innovative UK SMEs and established British businesses to develop US market entry strategies and / or grow US market share; and support established British companies in-market to address any concerns around US trade policy or market access barriers. 
  • Forge positive relationships with US and UK business leaders, trade associations, regional financial services providers and other key buyers/partners.
  • Work with internal and external stakeholders to deliver high-impact programming, including developing and hosting round tables, seminars and trade missions, and contributing to VIP visit programs. 
  • Develop and implement high impact, targeted marketing programs and events in conjunction with stakeholder partners to build UK brand awareness, promote key messaging and showcase UK competitiveness in the financial services industry. 
  • 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.
  • Support cross-team projects to advance UK economic and trade policy goals.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Resources managed: 

Co-manage 1 Trade & Investment Associate; manage events and travel budgets


Language requirements:

Language: English

Level of language required: excellent verbal and written English

Essential on arrival:

  • Demonstrated professional experience in a business, economic development or financial services industry role
  • Thorough knowledge of the fintech industry, major companies and trends in the NY region, and, preferably, in the UK
  • Excellent stakeholder management abilities
  • Excellent interpersonal, presentation and networking skills
  • Excellent management and collaboration skills with the ability to deliver results
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and meticulous attention to detail
  • Ability to multitask and complete work while traveling
  • An understanding of international relations and UK Government policy preferred
  • Must be able to attend events outside of office hours and undertake travel in the US and internationally up to 10% of your time

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 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. 

Making Effective Decisions, Managing a Quality Service, Delivering at Pace, Communicating and Influencing, Working Together
19 July 2022
Higher Executive Officer (HEO)
Full-time, Permanent
Americas, Caribbean & Overseas Territories
United States
New York
British Consulate General
13 September 2022

As a valued member of our team, we will help you to achieve your goals through continuous professional development.

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.).

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. 

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.

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  

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