View Vacancy - KWT - DBT - Senior International Trade Advisor - Infrastructure, Smart Cities & Technology (EO)
The British Embassy in Kuwait is seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual for the position of Senior International Trade Advisor – Infrastructure, Smart Cities and Technology , job grade Executive Officer (EO) under the Department for Business and Trade (DBT).
DBT is the UK Government’s department for economic growth. We promote British trade and investment across the world, support UK business overseas, and attract foreign investment to our shores. We have over 3,000 staff across the globe in over 100 countries.
DBT divides the world into nine (9) regions, each led by His Majesty’s Trade Commissioner (HMTC). The Middle East and Pakistan (MEaP) region is led from Dubai and represents 11 markets with a team of some 110 staff.
The Kuwait DBT Team are looking for an experienced, dynamic, highly effective and driven Infrastructure, Smart Cities and Technology Adviser. You will be a strategic thinker who thrives when anticipating and proactively maximising opportunities or when tackling issues in a collaborative, practical, pragmatic and purposeful way. You will have experience managing and delivering complex infrastructure projects, programmes or policy and working closely with the relevant stakeholders to achieve the best outcomes. With the support of the Director and Deputy Director, you will take a lead on the oversight of large infrastructure projects, regularly engaging with and influencing major stakeholders. You will think creatively using your infrastructure expertise and experience to unblock project and programme challenges and have strong risk and issues management skills. You will be organised and have a track record working collaboratively and sensitively across cultures and boundaries. You will have excellent written and oral communication skills, and the ability to prioritise your workload and respond flexibly as new priorities arise. You will have excellent interpersonal and influencing skills and build strong strategic working relationships with partners and colleagues. You will also be committed to developing your leadership capability, and exercise this by deputising for the Deputy Director as required.
The jobholder should have demonstrable experience in Business Development and have an understanding of Project Management principles as you will be the DBT lead for Kuwait on Infrastructure and Smart Cities encompassing the built environment, transport (railways, roads, water and aviation), and working within the wider Kuwait DBT team.
This is a key role in the team and this position will see you exposed to Ministers and CEOs of large companies, and therefore strong communication skills and a high level of resilience and persistence are essential, alongside excellent drafting skills and the ability to turn round work quickly and under pressure. The role also involves working closely with senior managers to ensure that the DBT team provides first class support to UK companies looking to work and trade in the Kuwait and MEaP region. We are target driven, so demonstrable experience in achieving successful commercial outcomes will be key.
The job holder will be required to have knowledge of the infrastructure and transport sector and be able to represent DBT Kuwait across all aspects of the role including public speaking and representing the government at a senior level, providing advice to the Ambassador and Regional Trade Commissioner in addition to visiting Ministers and senior DBT officials. There will also be the opportunity to pick-up new sectors. We need to be agile and align our activities to priorities of both the UK and Kuwait, as those change, so too will our focus.
Due to the cross-cutting nature of the sector the successful candidate will have to work closely with the political, prosperity, science and innovation and economic teams in the embassy and with other sector leads in DBT, as well as the Investment team and UK Export Finance.
The jobholder will also be expected to support and collaborate with infrastructure and transport colleagues across the region, particularly when they are visiting for major trade shows/meetings. They will need strong engagement with the London sector teams to align focus, effort and skills for Kuwait and the MEaP region.
Main duties and responsibilities:
- Develop the sector strategy, working with the Director to grow UK exports in infrastructure, smart cities and technology sectors to Kuwait.
- Lead on scoping opportunities in the Infrastructure, smart cities and technology sectors from cross-sectoral high value Kuwait projects and work closely with wider DBT Kuwait team, particulalry the DBT Energy Specialist, on projects of mutual interest in which UK businesses might successfully bid, in order to secure export wins for UK companies.
- Lead on Government-to-Government activities such as Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) and policy development. Develop strategic cooperation between the UK and Kuwait, pulling on support from the Ambassador, Trade Commissioner, Director and Ministers to help deliver.
- Proactive Business Development in order to maintain, build and proactively develop strategic contacts with key stakeholders (both Government and Private Commercial Entities) in market to identify new commercial opportunities as they arise and promote existing opportunities in UK Industry’s pipeline.
- Effective stakeholder engagement to build and manage effective working relationships with senior leaders in MEaP, colleagues across DBT including International Trade Advisers and Sector teams to increase their trade activity in the market and connect them with key stakeholders.
- Develop partnerships with DBT regional offices, DBT Sectors Group, Chambers of Commerce, Trade Associations and any other noteable business organsiations including attending networking events in and out of hours.
- Provide Market Access and, where required, work with HMG colleagues towards elimination of barriers to trade for UK plc in the market.
- Undertake visits to the UK for promotion of market opportunities in the relevant sectors.
- Prepare annual business plans and strategies for the sector and regularly update sector reports.
- Making presentations at seminars and other DBT events in Kuwait and UK and contribute to in-market briefings to promote UK expertise in the sector.
- Provide written and oral briefings for high level visits quickly whilst under pressure.
- Devise and run VIP programmes for Ministers and senior DBT staff visits through scheduling high-level meetings, organising activities, and preparing briefing materials
DBT service delivery
- Work closely with key stakeholders, including UKEF (UK Export Finance) to keep pipeline opportunities information and progress updated, agree action and share key insights with regional colleagues.
- Contribute to the generatation of export wins, export opportunities, and other metrics including stakeholder engagement figures to contribute towards DBT targets.
- Provide senior level support, advice, and insight regarding the commercial environment in Kuwait.
- Represent the commercial viewpoint of the British Embassy beyond the DBT team, across the Embassy and externally.
- Support DBT events in Kuwait including exhibitions, seminars, market visits and supervision of programmes for UK delegates visiting the market.
Wider Embassy activities
- Contribute towards wider Embassy activities and crisis preparedness.
- Assist the Embassy team in making arrangements for VVIP visits as required.
The above list is not exhaustive, and the jobholder will be required to be flexible and take on other ad hoc tasks as required, including participating in the Embassy’s emergency planning and any response to a crisis.
Key behaviours required for the job:
- Managing a Quality Service: Deliver service objectives with professional excellence, expertise and efficiency, taking account of diverse customer needs.
- Delivering at Pace: Take responsibility for delivering timely and quality results with focus and drive.
- Working Together: Form effective partnerships and relationships with people both internally and externally, from a range of diverse backgrounds, sharing information, resources and support.
- Making Effective Decisions: Use evidence and knowledge to support accurate, expert decisions and advice. Carefully consider alternative options, implications and risks of decisions.
If you are selected for this position, we will be able to employ you as long as you:
- Are legally resident in Kuwait (Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure you meet the legal requirements to live and work in this country); and
- Complete and successfully pass all local and UK security checks, including professional background checks.
- Experience of working in Kuwait and/or Middle East region.
- Minimum 3 - 5 years demonstrated commercial experience and familiarity on working closely with Industry.
- Proven, effective stakeholder influencing, management and collaboration.
- Ability to think strategically and see the big picture.
- Strong oral and written communications skills, with the ability to articulate complex ideas in a way that is convincing and compelling.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and able to influence and network confidently with industry leaders, government officials, and senior businesspeople.
- Ability to effectively work under tight deadlines and in a fast-paced environment.
- Experience of working with senior level interlocutors.
- Experience of brief writing and public speaking.
- Team player with experience in working in large, complex environments and a willingness to work across boundaries.
- Strong work ethic, organisational skills and keen attention to detail.
- Excellent computer & IT skills (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Teams).
- Superior professionalism and judgment.
- Delivery of high-quality day-to-day data management.
- A bachelor's degree in a relevant field.
- Knowledge or experience of the UK and/or British businesses
- Previous experience working for a government department.
- Private sector experience in managing large scale projects either in infrastructure or smart cities.
- Arabic Language Skills
Working conditions and remuneration:
The Embassy aims to offer an attractive working environment and remuneration package for this role, including a non-negotiable gross salary of KWD 1112.09 per month. The package includes a good level of medical insurance, a return flight fare to your home country for non-Kuwaitis every two years, relevant social security payments for Kuwaiti nationals, and an engaging working environment. Leave entitlement is 30 days per year (on pro rata basis) plus 14 public holidays.
There are no other allowances payable as part of this package. No accommodation and relocation expenses are payable in connection with this position.
This position is for a full-time employment, on (2) two years fixed term contract, subject to a 90-working day probationary period.
Conditioned working hours are 38 hours gross per week (this is made up of 35.5 hours net per week and a daily 30-minute lunch break). The normal working hours are 07:30 – 15:30 from Sunday to Wednesday and 07:30 – 13:30 on Thursday. Due to the nature of the work, the jobholder should be flexible in their approach to hours worked as these will be dictated by operational needs and may involve working out-of-hours (evening / weekend) during events for which you will be expected to be present. In where out of hours work is necessary, in agreement with the line manager, the jobholder would be expected to work shorter hours in the week.
The Embassy has an active Continuous Professional Development Committee, and the whole of Post is committed to providing the time and resources for staff to develop professionally. The 70/20/10 learning, and development model is applied in a flexible manner, with both internal and formal opportunities readily available. There will likely be an expectation of undertaking training specific to crisis response/management in 2023.
How to apply:
Interested candidates must include:
- an updated Curriculum Vitae (CV)
- motivation essay, in the relevant sections of the online application form, stating how you meet the requirements of the role; and
- examples, in the relevant sections of the online application form, of how you meet the key behaviours and skills required.
Applications that do not include this information will not be considered.
Closing date of receiving applications is on 20th October 2023 by 23:55 hrs (local time).
Applications received after the stated deadline will not be considered.
The recruitment process, including security clearance, is expected to take around two-three months. The security clearance process includes checks available in country and with UK, dependant on the security level required for the role and the candidates profile and UK footprint. You may experience some delay in the progress of this recruitment campaign, and we are working hard to minimise any disruption.
Appointable candidates who were unsuccessful at interview may be placed on a ‘reserve list’. If during the reserve period of six (6) months the same or a largely similar role becomes available, that role may be offered to the second or subsequent candidate.
The start date mentioned in the 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 and reference checks.
The British Embassy Kuwait is an equal opportunities employer, dedicated to inclusivity, a diverse workforce and valuing difference. Staff recruited locally by the British Embassy are subject to Terms and Conditions of service according to local Kuwaiti employment law.
This opportunity is closed to applications.