View Vacancy - Trade and Investment Associate to the Head of the Team

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

The British Consulate-General in New York has an opportunity to join a dynamic and high performing team, fostering transatlantic business relations between the US and the UK.

Background: The Department for International Trade (DIT) is the United Kingdom Government’s international trade arm charged with transatlantic trade development between the UK and the US and with assisting US companies looking to invest in the UK.  Our USA DIT team consists of 140 members of staff spread across 9 different offices. This is a dynamic team that focuses on various sectors including financial services, life sciences, tech, digital and creative media, advanced engineering, security, consumer goods, clean technology, and infrastructure.

Based in New York, the successful applicant will be a part of a 35 person DIT team responsible for New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. The successful candidate will report directly to the Head of Trade and Investment (HoTI) also undertaking a team coordination role. This is a fast moving environment that requires an individual to be flexible, organised, efficient and to have the ability to operate at pace.


Main job functions:

  • Arrange and coordinate meetings, conference calls and travel arrangements for the HoTI.
  • Manage team budget forecasting and returns, performance tracking mechanisms, expense reports and other information repositories to ensure the team runs effectively.
  • Support HoTI with recruitment and induction of new team members and learning & development/team building initiatives for the wider team.
  • Support the coordination and development of the GREAT British Business Club and GBx - an external network of British C’level execs and entrepreneurs.
  • Undertake research and marketing to proactively identify potential investors in relevant sectors that have an interest in setting up or expanding operations in the UK. 
  • Build and maintain a database of contacts within the private sector, federal/state and city government, academic and research organizations for the benefit of the team.
  • Manage the team’s social media channels (LinkedIn, Twitter) and produce case studies working closely with the marketing team.
  • Assist with the organization and execution of networking receptions, events, informational seminars, trade missions, panel discussions, and other initiatives designed to develop business between the US and the UK.
  • Provide support on the execution of high level delegations to include organising travel, managing schedules, logistic and input into briefings.
  • Conduct research on industry developments, best routes to market and potential US business partners for UK companies operating in assigned sectors that are looking to enter the US market.
  • Liaise with both internal teams and external contacts at an executive level.
  • A bachelor’s degree in relevant field such as business, economics, international marketing/communications.
  • 1-3 years relevant work experience in business development/economic development.
  • Knowledge of the business environment in the UK and US is highly desirable.
  • Attention to detail, good follow up discipline, proof reading skills
  • Ability to be proactive, organized and able to work to deadlines, prioritize and multi-task independently or in support of senior staff.
  • Strong communication (oral and written) skills, including excellent research ability, reading comprehension and topical summary skills.
  • Strong numeracy skills /experience tracking budgets
  • Ability and credibility to deal with companies/organizations at a senior level in person and over the phone, with a proven track record of fostering business relationships.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced team and often under tight deadlines.
  • Computer literacy in standard Microsoft applications.
  • Ability to undertake occasional travel within the US and the UK and to attend early morning and evening events.


Under US State Department requirements, the Embassy may only employ, as non-diplomatic staff, persons who are US citizens, US Green Card holders or A visa holders*. If you hold a visa other than an A visa you are not currently eligible to work at the Embassy.  Please refer to our website for information on exceptions to this policy at  All candidates will be subject to background checks and security clearance. 


*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.  

Changing and Improving, Collaborating and Partnering, Managing a Quality Service, Delivering at Pace
17 September 2017
B3 (L)
Full-time, Permanent
North America, Caribbean and British Overseas Territories
United States
New York
British Consulate General
6 November 2017

Staff recruited locally by the British Embassy are subject to terms and conditions of service according to local American employment law.

Individuals who are not US taxpaying citizen will be paid a net salary based on a simulated US tax status.

The British Embassy Network offers a competitive salary and a strong benefits package. This package includes medical, dental, vision, life, long term and short term disability insurance, a 401(k) retirement savings plan, generous vacation and leave time, and an enriching training package.

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. 

Resume and cover letter should be submitted by 17 September 2017. Internal candidates must inform their supervisor if they intend on applying.

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, 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.