View Vacancy - Trade Services Officer (06/18 LOS)

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

Main purpose of job:

The job holder will work in the British Deputy High Commission Office in Lagos as part of the Department of International Trade’s (DIT) Africa Trade Services Unit (TSU). They will report to the TSU West Africa Manager based in Lagos. The TSU exists to provide simplified and standardised services to British Companies looking to export to the whole of Africa. The job holder will be responsible for the delivery of Chargeable Services delivered across West Africa.

Chargeable Services (also known as OMIS – the Overseas Market Introduction Service) include the scope of any services required by British Businesses looking to export to Africa. The service can vary from providing market research, introductions to contacts in-market (including visit programmes) and delivering networking receptions and other events.

The jobholder will be responsible for the delivery of services, as tasked by the TSU West Africa Manager. They will be required to deliver within the TSU team, collaborating closely with regional colleagues across DIT West Africa . They will work closely with the Africa Public Engagement and Communications (APEC) officer on the delivery of events.

The job holder will need to work collaboratively with colleagues across other UK departments in Africa, including DFID, The Foreign & Commonwealth Office, the Ministry of Defence and the British Council. They will also need to actively engage external stakeholders in the Private Sector and host Governments.

Roles and responsibilities 

Take full ownership of queries allocated by the TSU Manager, ensuring prompt contact with the company and timely agreement of a workplan. Services delivered to a high standard and on time, with open lines of communication maintained with the company at all times. Once the service is delivered, the job holder will also be required to follow-up with the company to ensure, (i) they’re happy with the service delivered, (ii) to enquire as to their progress in market (with a view to recording Export Wins), (iii) to maintain the relationship with the company and support them expand further into Africa. 

  • Provide prompt and fact-checked feedback on trade queries allocated by the TSU West Africa Manager.
  • Planning and delivering on requests for market research, warmed-up contacts, introductions to local partners (including support for market visits), delivery of events (in liaison with the APEC Team), and any other chargeable services/support required from British Companies doing business in Africa
  • Uploading entries such as significant assists and interactions weekly into the Customer Database Management System (CDMS).
  • Providing administrative support for the section

    • Degree in a business related/ social sciences
    • 2 + years experience of working in a commercial environment 
    • Strong client engagement skills          
    • Strong IT skills in Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint  


    • Knowledge of French language
    Collaborating and Partnering, Achieving Commercial Outcomes, Managing a Quality Service, Delivering at Pace
    20 June 2018
    A2 (L)
    Fixed Term
    24 months
    British Deputy High Commission
    1 August 2018
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