View Vacancy - Trade Adviser - Agriculture & Mining (09/20 LOS)
Main purpose of job:
Developing new export and business investment markets for UK companies is a top priority for the UK Government. This role is based in the UK Government’s Department for International Trade (DIT) team in the British Deputy High Commission in Lagos to lead work on the agriculture & mining sectors in Nigeria. The aim is to increase the export of UK goods and services to Nigeria, and to expand UK business investment in Nigeria in these sectors. This includes building relationships with key buyers and the Government in these sectors in Nigeria. The job holder will identify opportunities for UK firms; and help British companies to win contracts and make successful investments.
Roles and responsibilities:
The Department for International Trade secures UK prosperity by promoting and financing international trade and investment, and championing free trade.We promote UK businesses overseas and attract foreign investment to our shores. We have 3,000 staff across the globe in over 100 countries. Our aspiration is to address some of the challenges facing the UK, by helping British businesses to internationalise and grow overseas.
What will the jobholder be expected to achieve?:
We are looking for someone with credible private sector experience, an organised person with an ability to take the initiative, work with enterprise and with limited supervision, as a self-starter able to drive work forward creatively, drawing on UK strengths in business and local opportunities. The individual should be a team member who works collaboratively.
- Identifying and delivering a pipeline of export business opportunities in Nigeria for UK companies in the agriculture and mining sectors, in consultation with business and based on an understanding of UK business interests.
- Marketing the UK’s capability in agriculture and mining to key stakeholders in the Nigerian public and private sectors, to help land multi-million pound deals.
- Working towards and meeting set targets for the year.
- Identifying investment opportunities in the Nigerian market and addressing and seeking to resolve any market access barriers faced by UK companies.
- You will lead Nigeria’s trade activity in the agriculture and mining sectors, working closely with colleagues in Nigeria, building a healthy pipeline of potential deals; and working with British businesses to best position them for success;
- Have worked within Nigeria’s private sector in business development for major local or international companies, for a minimum of 4 years;
- Strong oral and written English communication skills;
- Ability to work well under pressure and to tight deadlines;
- Resourcefulness in solving problems;
- Good interpersonal skills and comfortable dealing with senior officials and business people;
- Flexible, adaptable and resilient;
- Strong organizational skills and keen attention to detail;
- Superior professionalism and judgment;
- Strong work ethic
- 2+ years of relevant experience in agriculture or mining sectors;
- Experience of working on multi-year campaigns on business development
Learning and development opportunities (and any specific training courses to be completed):
- The successful applicant will have access to a range of Learning and Development opportunities with in-house and e-learning, with the potential for overseas training. From time to time there will be requirements to assist other teams within the Department, building overall resilience and broader experience
- Please check your application carefully before you submit, as no changes can be made once submitted.
- This role is Lagos based and reports to the Country Director for the UK Department for International Trade in Nigeria, also based in Lagos.
- There will be travel requirements and opportunities both within Lagos and Nigeria.
- All applicants must be legally able to work in Nigeria with the correct visa/status or work permit.
- Staff members recruited locally by the British High Commission in Lagos are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local Nigerian employment law.
- Spouses/registered partners of UK Based Staff, are able to work within the BHC/BCG but their salary will be abated at the appropriate tax rates.
- Reference checking and security clearances will be conducted on the successful applicant.
- The responsibility lies on the successful candidate to;
- Obtain the relevant permit
- Pay fees for the permit
- Make arrangements to relocate
- Meet the costs to relocation
- The British High Commission does not sponsor visas/work permits except where it may be local practice to do so.
- Employees who are not eligible to pay local income tax: e.g. certain third-country nationals and spouses/partners of UK diplomats will have their salaries abated by an equivalent amount.
- Information about the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Competency Framework can be found on this link:https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/civil-service-competency-framework Please note: AA=A1, AO=A2, EO=B3, HEO=C4, SEO=C5
This opportunity is closed to applications.