View Vacancy - Senior Trade and Investment Officer - Future Mobility

The British Government is an inclusive and diversity-friendly employer.  We value difference, promote equality and challenge discrimination, enhancing our organisational capability. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, colour, ethnicity, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, age, veteran status or other category protected by law. We promote family-friendly flexible working opportunities, where operational and security needs allow.
Other British Government Departments (Partners across Government, including UK Visas)
Department for Business and Trade (DBT)

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 (see www.gov.uk/DIT).    

Based at the British Consulate General in New York, the Senior Trade and Investment Officer for Future Mobility will proactively identify opportunities for market ready UK companies in the Future Mobility sector to grow, win new business or export their products/services in North East USA. They will also work with US Future Mobility or Advanced Manufacturing companies in this region that may be looking to invest, launch into or grow their business in the UK.  You will be part of the North America Future Mobility sector team with principal responsibility for aerospace, automotive and EV supply chain companies. You will also be a valued contributor to both the New York and Boston based regional teams. This means that your geographical coverage would principally focus on the US states of New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and Rhode Island. The role will jointly task manage one Trade and Investment Officer.

Roles and responsibilities:

 As the Senior Trade & Investment Officer for Future Mobility, you will:

  • Provide a comprehensive account management service to key US investors in aerospace, automotive, and EV supply chains (as well as the wider advanced manufacturing sector), that may be looking to maintain or grow their footprint in the UK. 
  • Successfully build and manage a pipeline of knowledge-driven projects that have the potential to bring high-value jobs and R&D to the UK. 
  • Assist high-growth and innovative UK SMEs and established British businesses in the Future Mobility sector to develop US market entry strategies and/or grow their US market share. This will include supporting British companies in-market to address any concerns around US trade policy or market access barriers. 
  • Support positive relationships with US and UK business leaders, trade associations, regional service providers and other key buyers/partners within future mobility.
  • Develop and implement high impact, targeted marketing programs and events in conjunction with stakeholder partners to build our brand awareness, promote key messaging, and showcase UK competitiveness in future mobility. 
  • 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.
  • Work with internal and external stakeholders to deliver high-impact programming, including developing and hosting round tables, seminars and trade missions, and contributing to VIP visit programs. 
  • Support cross-team projects to advance UK economic and trade policy goals.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Resources managed (staff and expenditure):

  • Supervision and joint task management of one Trade & Investment Officer.
  • Manage events and travel budgets.
  • Demonstrated professional experience in a business development or economic development role, ideally in a related sector.
  • Good working knowledge of the automotive or aerospace industry, major companies and trends in the North East USA and preferably in the UK.
  • Excellent stakeholder management abilities
  • Excellent interpersonal, presentation and networking skills
  • Excellent management and collaboration skills with the ability to deliver results
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and meticulous attention to detail
  • Ability to multitask and complete work while traveling
  • Must be able to attend events outside of office hours and undertake travel in the US and internationally up to 15% of your time.
  • 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 Defence Staff (BDS) outposts accept A or NATO visas.
  • An understanding of international relations and UK Government policy preferred. 
  • Experience in a supervisory role.
Making Effective Decisions, Managing a Quality Service, Delivering at Pace, Communicating and Influencing, Working Together
10 December 2023
Higher Executive Officer (HEO)
Full-time, Permanent
40
Americas, Caribbean & Overseas Territories
United States
New York
British Consulate
1
USD
$87,130 USD
5 February 2023

Learning and Development Opportunities:

The British Embassy and its US Network is committed to all employee’s ongoing learning and development needs. We offer a comprehensive platform for personalised learning for everything from soft skill development (communciating with impact, handling difficult conversations, time management) to more technical or professional skills necessary to complete your job (software training, formal qualifications etc.).  

The British Embassy and its US Network is committed to all employee’s ongoing learning and development needs. We offer a comprehensive platform for personalised learning for everything from soft skill development (communicating with impact, handling difficult conversations, time management) to more technical or professional skills necessary to complete your job (software training, formal qualifications etc.).

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.

Working Patterns:

This role is 40 hours a week, 9-5:30pm with flexible start and end times to be agreed with line managers.

The British Embassy and its US Network embraces hybrid working, allowing its staff to typically work from home 2-3 days per week.  We are an organization that also recognises the critical value of team work 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.