View Vacancy - Trade & Investment Associate, Management & Tech

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Department for International Trade roles (DIT)

The Department for International Trade (DIT) is the UK Government’s international business development agency. DIT USA, working closely with DIT and other agencies in the United Kingdom, is charged with transatlantic trade development between the UK and the US; and with assisting US companies looking to invest in the UK. See for further information.

Reporting to the Trade & Investment Officer for Fast Growth Software Start-ups. This involves researching and tracking fast growing start-ups and building a sales pipeline, generating leads from the research, and setting up meetings for the officer.  In addition you will attend conferences, organise events and support VIP visit programs.  It’s a fast moving role that requires a flexible individual with a good sense of humour and ability to move at pace.

This position also provides support to the Regional Director on budgets, VIP visits, marketing support, arranging travel schedules/calendar management. This is a unique opportunity to join a dynamic team comprised of 14 trade and investment professionals focused on knowledge-based sectors including: financial services, life sciences, venture capital, creative & digital media and technology.

Roles and responsibilities / what will the jobholder be expected to achieve?:

  •  Support the Technology TIO and US Tech team to forge strong relationships with business leaders, trade associations, and interlocutors both in the UK and the US.  Generate leads and projects from US prospects looking to set up in the UK.
  • Deliver impactful, targeted marketing programs and events in conjunction with partners and stakeholders to build DIT awareness, promote key messages, and showcase UK competitiveness. Track and report outcomes.
  • Support the Head of Trade & Investment with local budget and team administration, cross San Francisco-Post programs including trade missions and VIP visits, and undertaking special Projects/research/outreach programs.
  • Work across the British Consulate San Francisco and US Network to deliver on the UK’s wider Prosperity Agenda.

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  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 Defense Staff (BDS) outposts accept A or NATO visas.  

• Bachelor’s degree or experience in a relevant field – Technology, International Trade or marketing/communications is preferred;

• Ability to generate leads, which includes cold calling/emailing and tracking a sales pipeline

• Relevant work experience and/or business development experience in the US and, ideally, the UK;

• Strong client management experience

• Strong administrator with keen communication skills

• Proactivity, organized and works to deadlines, prioritizes and is able to multi-task;

• A self-starter, able to work independently and show initiative with limited day-to-day supervision while operating as part of a wider team with shared goals and wide-ranging objectives;

• Strong networking skills;

• Computer literacy in standard Microsoft applications;

• Able to demonstrate strong administration and research skills

• Driving license and ability to undertake occasional air travel including overnight stays.

Seeing the Big Picture, Collaborating and Partnering, Achieving Commercial Outcomes, Engaging Internationally
16 May 2021
B3 (L)
Full-time, Permanent
Americas, Caribbean & Overseas Territories
United States
San Francisco
British Consulate
28 June 2021

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.  

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, 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.