View Vacancy - Trade and Investment Officer – Infrastructure

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Department for Business and Trade roles (DBT)
Infrastructure

Main Purpose of Job:

Be part of the Department for Business and Trade’s (DBT) mission to drive more trade and investment between North America and the UK. With a mature, high spending consumer market and an open, liberal economy, world-class talent and a business-friendly regulatory environment, the UK is the leading destination for foreign investment in Europe, and the second highest investment destination in the world. The UK is also the world’s sixth largest exporter and the second largest services exporter. 

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 the passion and drive to help us in our mission to build a global appetite for British goods and services; drive investment; negotiate trade deals and open up markets; improve international trading standards and fight unfair trading practices.

Based at the British Consulate-General, New York, the Trade & Investment Officer will support the North American Director for Infrastructure which includes transit, water, social and sports infrastructure, infra-technology, real estate, and resiliency focused on public and private sector developments. In this role you will both cultivate relationships with C-suite executives from top companies across N America while also supporting UK companies in their efforts to grow in the US market. This is an exciting opportunity to work with some of the most significant and critical projects and initiatives which have global impact and are vital to transatlantic economic growth.  You will be part of the North America (US and Canada) teams with responsibility for Infrastructure, as well as a valued contributor to the regional team based in New York. You will also work closely with colleagues based around the UK.

Roles and Responsibilities:

 As the Trade & Investment Officer – Infrastructure, you will:

  • Identify and reach out to innovative Infrastructure companies interested in establishing or expanding operations and R&D opportunities in the UK to build pipeline of ambitious foreign direct investment projects.
  • Support the Director in developing US market opportunities for a broad range of UK exporters
  • Manage the North American Executive Infrastructure Club.
  • Develop knowledge of the US and Canadian Infrastructure markets.
  • 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 positive relationships with US and UK business leaders, trade associations, and other key partners and buyers.
  • Contribute to initiatives such as trade missions and events to foster economic opportunities for the UK and US.
  • Support high-profile visits, including UK Ministerial and VIP delegations, including by scheduling high-level meetings, organising activities, and preparing briefing materials.
  • Consult with clients to manage and coordinate client events.
  • Support cross-team projects to advance UK prosperity and trade policy goals.
  • Provide operational and administrative support, including budget management, team support and maintaining client and project databases.
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Professional experience/skills in an international business, economic development or project management role.
  • Excellent time management skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with a professional and helpful manner.
  • Ability to undertake research and follow market trends to identify new opportunities.
  • Excellent organisational skills and meticulous attention to detail.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • An interest in, or understanding of infrastructure industries.
  • Ability to use a variety of online and social media tools.
  • Must be able to attend events outside of office hours and undertake travel within the US and UK up to 5-10% of your time.
  • Please note: 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. *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. 
  • Strong Administration skills
  • Project Management experience and skills
  • Ability to communicate clearly and exhibit marketing skills and mentality 
  • Strong interest in infrastructure
Changing and Improving, Managing a Quality Service, Delivering at Pace, Communicating and Influencing, Working Together
2 November 2023
Executive Officer (EO)
Full-time, Permanent
40
Americas, Caribbean & Overseas Territories
United States
New York
British Consulate General
1
USD
$62,800
11 December 2023

Learning and Development Opportunities:

The British Embassy and its US Network is committed to all employee’s ongoing learning and development needs. We actively encourage learning & development and will develop a specific plan in collaboration with the successful candidate.

Working Patterns:

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 teamwork, and we embrace and endorse collaboration by ensuring that all staff attend the office flexibly yet regularly. 

We offer: 

  • Generous leave package plus public holidays 
  • Generous 401k matching 
  • Excellent healthcare options 
  • Paid sick leave 
  • Generous parental leave policy 
  • A great work-life balance including flexible start and finish times and a hybrid working model with staff splitting their time between working from home and the office 
  • Short-term disability, long-term disability and life insurance coverage 
  • High quality L&D services with global sessions and events every day to help you develop and meet organisational needs, including up to 5 days paid leave each year to pursue your professional development
  • Inclusivity is one of our core values and we strive to treat everyone openly, fairly and equally.  All new team members learn about how they can contribute to an inclusive environment and the importance of diversity and inclusion

Appointable candidates who were unsuccessful may be placed on a ‘reserve list’. If during the reserve period of 6-12 months the same or a largely similar role becomes available, that role may be offered to the second or subsequent candidate. 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.

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This opportunity is closed to applications.