View Vacancy - Trade & Investment Associate, Creative Industries and Digital Media - DIT Los Angeles

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

Main purpose of job

The UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT) is charged with securing UK and global prosperity by promoting and financing international trade and investment, and championing free trade.  In the United States, DIT works closely with other UK agencies, including the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), to:

  • promote British trade and investment across the world
  • build the global appetite for British goods and services
  • break down barriers to trade and investment in order to help businesses succeed
  • support the development of a new trade policy framework for the UK as it leaves the EU

The post advertised is for a Trade & Investment Associate (TIA) position based in the British Consulate General in Los Angeles (in Century City), working in the Creative Industries and Digital Media (C&M) sector, which includes film, television, games, esports, advertising, music, immersive technology, and more.  This role is an exciting opportunity to work with both of the world’s two leading creative economies while based in the biggest global media hub. 

Working with both a Trade and Investment Officer (TIO) and the Head of Sector for C&M, the successful candidate will support DIT clients and deliver DIT initiatives on the West Coast, including Southern California, Utah, Nevada, and Arizona.  His/her responsibilities will include:

a) enabling communications between the C&M Head of Sector, senior DIT leadership, and the North American C&M team;

b) event managing DIT initiatives designed to deliver US market opportunities to a broad range of UK exporters;

c) identifying potential investors into the UK; and

d) managing clients effectively.

To be successful, the jobholder will need to be innovative, detail-oriented, and proactive.  S/he will have exceptional organisational skills, be deft at relationship management with both external clients and US/UK government stakeholders, and be able to analyse emerging market trends in order to respond to new opportunities. S/he will be required to attend official functions outside of office hours and undertake travel (US and UK) approximately 10% of the time.  The TIA reports to the Head of Sector, also based in Los Angeles, and will be co-managed by a TIO.

Alongside a competitive salary compared to similar economic development organisations, DIT offers exceptional benefits.  These include approximately 3 weeks paid vacation to start (increasing with tenure) plus public holidays, excellent healthcare options, and parental leave.  DIT also offers the opportunity to be part of an inclusive and diverse team of people.  DIT strives to be a place where people can bring their whole selves to work and to make teams reflective of the cities in which they are based.

What will the jobholder be expected to achieve?

  • Identify U.S. companies interested in establishing or expanding operations in the UK. Make initial contact, organise visit programmes and schedule meetings for the TIO. Attend meetings where appropriate and support the management of client relationships.
  • Support strong relationships with U.S. and UK business leaders, trade associations and other key partners within the creative industries (including music, createch, games, esports, sports, immersive tech, marketing agencies, film, TV, advertising, and adtech).
  • Assist with initiatives such as trade missions, seminars, webinars, receptions and other events to promote UK strengths.  Provide event management and logistical support where necessary.
  • Support UK prosperity, economic growth, and UK trade policy objectives, in collaboration with other UK government agencies.
  • Manage and/or support visits by senior government officials by securing high-level meetings, organising activities, and preparing briefing materials.
  • Build and maintain current knowledge of market trends, incentives, and centres of excellence in both the U.S. and the UK to identify commercial opportunities and provide informed advice to clients.  Conduct research and compile occasional reports on routes to market and U.S. opportunities for UK exporters.
  • Provide operational and administrative support to the TIO by maintaining client and project databases and serving as a point of contact.
  • Attend official functions outside of office hours and undertake travel in the U.S. and occasional travel overseas up to 10% of the time.

Essential on arrival:

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in a relevant field.
  • 1-3 years of relevant professional experience.
  • Strong project management and client management experience.
  • Proactive, self-starting approach to work; ability to problem solve, organise, prioritise and manage tasks in a deadline sensitive, fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to communicate with companies/organisations effectively and credibly at a senior level, and a proven track record of fostering business relationships.
  • Excellent research and writing skills, with an ability to provide clear, concise summaries and to respond to ad hoc requests at short notice.
  • Understanding of the business environments in the UK and US, and the factors companies consider when expanding internationally.
  • Strong networking skills.
  • Proficiency in standard Microsoft applications and client relationship management software.
  • Valid driver’s license and passport; the ability to attend official functions outside of office hours; and the ability to undertake domestic and international air travel, including overnight stays.

Desirable:

  • Knowledge of the creative industries in the US and/or UK.
  • A Master’s degree (or equivalent) in a relevant field.
  • Professional experience in international business. 
  • Sound knowledge of the UK’s investment proposition, especially regarding incorporation, tax, employment, R&D, and skills. 
Collaborating and Partnering, Managing a Quality Service, Delivering at Pace, Demonstrating Resilience
8 September 2019
B3 (L)
Full-time, Permanent
40
N. America, Caribbean and British Overseas Territories
United States
Los Angeles
British Consulate General
1
60,894
21 October 2019

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.  

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. 

Staff recruited locally are subject to terms and conditions of service in accordance with US, state, and/or local employment law.

Individuals who are not a US taxpaying citizen will be paid a net salary based on a simulated US tax status.

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.

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