View Vacancy - Trade and Investment Associate, US Life Sciences (DIT New York)

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

Main purpose of job:

This is an operational role supporting the UK Department for International Trade’s US life sciences team. The position will manage projects to help our team work more efficiently, curate central sources of information, conduct research, and support marketing activities. It will offer the opportunity to support our work with large biopharmaceutical companies, health systems, medtech companies, and fast-growing health tech companies. The Trade and Investment Associate will be part of two vibrant teams – a 30-person Trade and Investment team based in New York and an 18-person life sciences team spread across the US. We define life sciences as comprising two main sub-sectors: 1) biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, 2) healthcare (including medical devices, diagnostics and health IT).

Roles and responsibilities / what will the jobholder be expected to achieve?:


  • Revamp and manage a central US life sciences team site to store and share information
  • Maintain segmented lists of US contacts
  • Maintain sector team calendar, budget, and FDI/trade pipelines
  • Support administration, logistics, and briefing for cross-post activities, including annual sector team meetings
  • Source content, draft stories, and expand readership of monthly newsletter for life sciences FDI clients
  • Research industry trends and gather intelligence on untapped market opportunities
  • Support marketing activities by curating content, supporting work to update our core value proposition, and working with UK and US marketing teams on ad hoc projects
  • Assist with consular support services in times of crisis

Essential on arrival:

  • Bachelor’s degree, preferably in a life sciences or healthcare discipline
  • 1-3 years of relevant professional experience
  • Understanding and knowledge of the business environments in the UK and US
  • Committed team player
  • Ability to be proactive, organized and work to deadlines, while operating as part of a wider team with shared goals and wide-ranging objectives
  • Ability to problem solve, prioritize and manage tasks
  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral
  • Excellent research skills, with an ability to emphasise relevant information and to provide clear, concise summaries
  • Attention to detail and good follow up discipline
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced team and often under tight deadlines
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, Power Point, Project)
  • Ability to undertake occasional travel within the US and the UK

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.

Collaborating and Partnering, Achieving Commercial Outcomes, Managing a Quality Service, Engaging Internationally
5 September 2019
B3 (L)
Full-time, Permanent
N. America, Caribbean and British Overseas Territories
United States
New York
British Consulate
7 October 2019

Learning and development opportunities (and any specific training courses to be completed):

  • A wide variety of opportunities to learn about the life sciences and healthcare industry on the job
  • Training courses administered by the UK government in areas such as presentation skills, business writing, project management, consultative selling, and the UK’s investment proposition.
  • Funding available to undertake external training courses
  • Tuition reimbursement of up to $1,500 per year
  • Induction program in UK in first year

Working from home one day per week is an option following an induction period. Open to explore other flexible arrangements for outstanding candidates.

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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This opportunity is closed to applications.