View Vacancy - FRA19.546 - Senior International Trade Specialist, Paris C4 (L)

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SDI (Scottish Development International)

Scotland is looking for a Senior Business Development Executive to join their team based at the British Embassy in Paris.

The British Embassy Paris is part of a world-wide network, representing British political, economic and consular interests overseas. Scottish Development International (SDI), Scotland’s international trade agency, play an integral part in the Embassy’s commercial outreach with the role itself focussing on the financial and industrial technology sectors.

The main objective for this position is to develop and maintain strategic relationships that increase Scottish exports, identify export opportunities and provide market insights within the financial and industrial technology sectors in France. This will also include leading on the delivery of complex specialist support to Scottish companies looking to do business internationally.

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 promote family-friendly flexible working opportunities, where operational and security needs allow.

  • To build strategic relationships with organisations, private / public, that increase Scottish trade by identifying export opportunities, market insights and supply chain gaps
  • To provide expert support and advice to Scottish companies wishing to enter France / Belgian markets within the financial and industrial technology sectors.
  • To deliver against Scottish Government export targets and raise the profile of Scotland as a technology R&D hub
  • To lead on the development of effective partnerships and networks with stakeholders such as Chambers, procurement organisations, incubators, investors and industry bodies
  • To collaborate with colleagues from across Government, in particular, the UK’s Department for International Trade, FCO, as well as national / regional entities
  • To deliver key events and activities which support Scottish trade work in country including webinars, roadshows, trade missions and speaking opportunities
  • To identify and attend sector specific trade shows, exhibitions and conferences to promote the Scottish science and technology proposition
  • To support and leverage visits into the region by Scottish / UK Ministers and senior officials with existing investors, prospects, customers and stakeholders
  • An experienced networker with established relationships in France within the Private sector
  • Understanding of the organisational structures and ecosystems of the French private trade sector
  • Analytical skills acquired in an international context with a consultative sales approach to achieving results
  • Fast learning, self-starter who can demonstrate initiative, resilience, and project management skills
  • Strong communicator, confident in using Office 365 platform as well as CRM platforms
  • A team player with a collaborative approach who can work successfully within a geography and ‘virtual team’ to achieve common objectives
  • Fluency in French and English

  • An understanding of government and the role it plays international trade

  • Experience of working in an international trade promotion environment

  • A track record of working with France and Scotland

Making Effective Decisions, Leading and Communicating, Collaborating and Partnering, Achieving Commercial Outcomes, Managing a Quality Service, Delivering at Pace
27 October 2019
C4 (L)
Europe, Eastern Europe & Central Asia
British Embassy
1 December 2019

This is a full-time permanent contract.

All appointments are subject to professional background check satisfactory security clearance. The successful applicant will be required to provide a copy of his/her passport or national identity card for all nationalities held, an up-to-date criminal record (casier judiciaire) for recent countries of residence (which can be obtained online at, two written proofs of address (utility invoices and/or bank statements) and two references.

Staff recruited locally by the British Embassy in France are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local French employment law and FCO guidance for Local Staff. The posts we offer are not an entry point into the UK’s Diplomatic Service.

Your application will only be considered if you follow the guidance below:

  • Your application must be sent in English only.
  • Your application must clearly indicate all nationalities you hold.

Visa / Passport requirements: Candidates must currently hold the independent right to live and work in France and be prepared to ensure that right remains throughout the scope of the contract. Additional requirements may become necessary pending EU Exit. If requirements change additional eligibility information will be shared during the recruitment process.

Please note that the deadline for applications is 23:55 on the day mentioned in the above field “Application deadline”.

We advise you to allow enough time to complete and submit your full application, since only applications completed and submitted before the deadline will be considered.

Please be aware that the deadline for submitting applications is considered to be the time zone for the country where the vacancy has arisen.

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This opportunity is closed to applications.