View Vacancy - Senior Trade Officer (CHEB21.089)

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Department for International Trade roles (DIT)

Due to COVID-19, you may experience some delay in the progress of this recruitment campaign. We are working hard to minimise any disruption. You may find more information in the Additional Information section below.

The British Embassy in Berne is part of a worldwide network, representing British political, economic and consular interests overseas .The Department for International Trade (DIT) at the British Embassy in Berne is looking to hire a Senior Trade Officer to lead on promoting British exports to Switzerland in financial services and crosscutting technology sector. The position will be based in Geneva.

The jobholder will lead business development into the Swiss market as well as identifying market access barriers. Proven technical know how and commercial delivery skills are required. Confident and competent interaction with senior decision makers in companies will be essential, along with the ability to achieve impact at public events and deliver effective promotional messages on UK strengths.


Roles and responsibilities:

  • Provide competent support and advice to British financial services and tech companies wishing to enter the Swiss market;
  • Deliver against DIT’s business plan and UK Plan for Growth;
  • Build strategic relationships with organisations (private and public), that increase British trade by identifying export opportunities and future economic partnerships;
  • Lead on the development of effective partnerships and networks with Swiss and Liechtenstein stakeholders such as industry, investors, academia and organisational bodies;
  • Collaborate with colleagues from across the UK Government, in particular the Department for International Trade, as well as national and regional Swiss and Liechtenstein entities;
  • Organise key events and activities which support British trade work in Switzerland and Liechtenstein including webinars, roadshows, trade missions and Ministerial visits;
  • Analyse and report sector related as well as economic developments in Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
  • Proficiency in English and French or German (both written and spoken, minimum of C2 for English and B2 for French/German level for CEFR framework*);
  • Enterprising business track record;
  • Experienced networker with established relationships in Switzerland and Liechtenstein within at least one key industrial sector ( Financial/Professional Services, Tech, Engineering, Advance Manufacturing, Security);
  • Knowledge and understanding of Swiss business;
  • Analytical skills acquired in an international market context with a consultative sales approach to achieving results;
  • Fast learning, self-starter who can demonstrate initiative, resilience, and project management skills;
  • Good communicator, written and verbal;
  • Confident in using platforms such Office 365, CRM;
  • A team player with a collaborative approach who can work successfully within a geography and ‘virtual team’ to achieve common objectives.
  • An understanding of trade policy / Market Access Barriers;
  • Knowledge of the role government plays in international trade;
  • Experience of working in an international trade promotion environment;
  • Ease in using social media channels for business purpose.
Leading and Communicating, Collaborating and Partnering, Achieving Commercial Outcomes, Delivering at Pace
25 April 2021
B3 (L)
Part-Time, Permanent
Europe, Eastern Europe & Central Asia
UK Mission to the Office of the United Nations, Geneva
British Embassy
1 June 2021

This is a part-time permanent contract, of 32 hours per week.

Gross monthly salary is CHF 6,441. In addition, staff are entitled to a 13th month salary pro rata. The annual leave entitlement is 25 days per year pro rata and the Embassy also enjoys a maximum of 14 Swiss/ UK public holidays per year.

The successful candidate will be subject to professional background and security clearance. The successful candidate must have pre-existing work authorisation for Switzerland in order to apply. All applicants should have the right to live and work in Switzerland.

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

Visa/work permit requirements: Candidates must currently hold the independent right to live and work in Switzerland and be prepared to ensure that right remains throughout the scope of the contract.

Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure you meet the legal requirements to live and work in this country.

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.

Please be advised that the FCDO will not be able to meet the travel costs incurred when travelling to the interview, nor the costs connected with relocation if offered a job.

Information due to COVID-19:

  • You may experience some delay in the progress of this recruitment campaign and we are working hard to minimise any disruption;
  • Interviews will be done remotely if the existing situation determines this to be the right course of action;
  • Starting date may be delayed depending on circumstances at the time and it will be agreed with the selected candidate.

*Please note for more information on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment  levels  please click on the following link CEFR. Please bear in mind in case you are invited for an interview your language skill is going to be assessed.

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This opportunity is closed to applications.