View Vacancy - SIN - Investment Officer, A2(L)

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Department for International Trade roles (DIT)

The British High Commission to Singapore is recruiting an Investment Officer to join the Department for International Trade (DIT) to promote, attract, retain and increase investments from Singapore into the UK. This position is an exciting opportunity for an outgoing, proactive and creative individual to make an impact on the Singapore-UK commercial relationship.

You will be an integral member of a three person investment team, reporting to the Head of Inward Investment and working with the Investment Manager. 

You will play a key role in supporting DIT Singapore achieve its objectives of promoting UK opportunities and driving  foreign direct investment (FDI) and capital investment from Singapore into the UK.

DIT works closely with other key UK Government departments, including the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) and Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), and the economic development agencies from the devolved administrative regions: Invest Northern Ireland (INI), Scottish Development International (SDI), and Trade and Invest Wales (TIW), to support business and the UK Government’s wider agendas including levelling-up, sustainability and green growth.

Achieving Objectives

Collaborate with the Investment Officer to:

  • develop a list of target FDI companies (new and existing), prepare engagement plans for lead generation and business development activities,
  • focus on Singaporean companies from the technology sectors underpinning sectors including digital trade, finance and business services, and develop potential opportunities from emerging sectors of interest including engineering and manufacturing,
  • identify and support the delivery of high value FDI projects from Singapore into the UK,
  • develop, plan and deliver a campaign of focused activity and engagement for the financial year, encompassing meetings, seminars, and events, to articulate compelling investment opportunities, and ensuring that these plans are executed to the highest standards, and
  • ensure delivery process is aligned with the investment “playbook”.

Assist the Head of Investment to:

  • enhance the client relationship & account management process,
  • analyse investment activities and performance, (outputs to be presented to the senior management in DIT Singapore and the High Commission, and
  • prepare sector deep dive briefings to continue development of the investment strategy in emerging sectors and emerging themes, including sustainability and green growth.

Client Relationship & Account Management – approx. 50%

  • Support Head of Investment and Investment Manager to build and maintain strong relationships with Singaporean target companies, existing investors and multipliers. Use the support activities to develop an understanding of companies’ business / international plans and priorities.
  • Continually and proactively expand professional network by participating in relevant sector-focused events.
  • Assist with the recording of meetings, interactions and business intelligence on DIT’s CRM system, and ensure follow-ups with companies are undertaken in a timely manner.

Stakeholder Management – approx. 35%

  • Develop a deep network of DIT’s key stakeholders: sector specialists (e.g. technology teams, and business environment advisory team), regional partners (e.g. INI and SDI), delivery partners, marketing and communication teams, and departments across the High Commission and UK Government.
  • Collaborate closely with key stakeholders to ensure alignment with the whole of UK Government approach to supporting the broader Singapore-UK agenda.

 Learning and Development – approx. 15%

  • Build-up knowledge and understanding of the UK’s FDI sectors, policy messages, the UK capability, and UK / Singapore business environment, as well as the business models of Singaporean target companies, investor profiles, Singapore’s growth sectors and government support.
  • Commit to continual learning and personal / professional development, as well as formal training for skills and personal competencies most relevant to the job.

This is a supporting role with client-facing opportunities where outstanding organisational and communication skills are they key requirements for the role.

  • Successful track record and experience in lead generation, business development and sales (including market research, analysis, client relationship & account management and delivery).
  • Strong track record of team work and collaboration experience leading to commercial outcomes.
  • Excellent communication (written and oral) and networking / relationship building skills.
  • Proven organisational, planning and presentation experience.
  • Ability to work at pace, prioritise tasks and work independently to delivery high quality outcomes while meeting deadlines.
  • Possess a proactive, agile and can-do approach.
  • Advanced Microsoft Office skills particularly in the use of Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Working experience and broad understanding of technology, engineering or manufacturing sectors.
  • Demonstrate ability to understand diverse business models and identify areas of potential strategic partnerships and growth.
  • Have confidence in suggesting new ideas and influencing change.
  • Holds a bachelor honours degree in business studies or economic studies.
  • Experience working with local / national government.
Collaborating and Partnering, Achieving Commercial Outcomes, Managing a Quality Service, Delivering at Pace
5 May 2021
A2 (L)
Full-time, Permanent
Asia Pacific
British High Commission
21 June 2021

We offer a competitive package, which includes basic prorated salary of SGD3,744 monthly and annual wage supplement [an additional 2 months’ salary paid out in December each year], 23-day annual leave entitlement and medical insurance plan.

Due to the Government of Singapore’s measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19, including safe distancing and travel restrictions, we are only able to accept applications from those currently resident in Singapore. 

We offer time and financial support for the successful candidate to take advantage of professional learning and development opportunities inside and outside of the organisation.

The BHC has an active Learning & Development Committee which works hard to provide a comprehensive L&D offer. There is a wide range of options available for personal development including training courses, coaching and mentoring, job-shadowing, presentations and learning sets. Staff have access to a wide variety of online resources through the International Academy and Civil Service Learning. Staff are strongly encouraged to take advantage of all available opportunities.

All new hires undertake a workplace induction and there are a number of mandatory e-learning courses that must be completed in order to pass probation.

Normal working hours are 37.5 per week: 8.30am to 5.00pm from Monday to Friday. There will be a requirement for occasional and limited out of hours work around major events and visits.

BHC Singapore supports and promotes flexible working as a crucial part of our inclusive offering. This particular role allows for flexibility in start and end times, working compressed hours, working remotely on one or a couple of days in a week, subject to agreement with management.

In addition to the duties which this job normally entails, you may from time to time be required to undertake additional or other duties as necessary to meet the needs of the High Commission, including playing a part in the corporate life of the mission and supporting any crisis response.

No accommodation or relocation expenses are payable in connection with this position. You must have or be able to obtain a local work permit which we will sponsor.

Staff recruited locally by the British High Commission are subject to terms and conditions of service according to local Singapore employment law.

Employment offers are subject to successful clearance of pre-employment checks. Only short-listed applications will be called for personal interviews.

The British High Commission is an equal opportunities employer and does not discriminate on grounds of ethnic origin, race, religious beliefs, age, disability, gender or sexual orientation.

Employees who are not liable to pay local income tax on their Mission salary may have their salaries reduced by the equivalent local income tax amount.

Please note that your application must be submitted before 23:55 on the day mentioned in the above field “Application deadline”.

Incomplete application forms will not be taken into consideration, so please ensure you provide the information requested. We regret to advise that we will only be contacting short-listed candidates. Applicants called for an interview will be assessed on the core competencies listed above.

Indicated start date is provisional and subject to successful completion of reference and security checks.

To those applicants not short-listed, we extend our appreciation for considering the British Government as a potential employer.

The start date mentioned in the job advert is a tentative start date and the successful candidate will be required to undergo security vetting procedures. Any offer of employment will be subject to the candidate achieving suitable clearances.

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This opportunity is closed to applications.