View Vacancy - Head of Future Mobility (DEU21.569)

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Department for International Trade roles (DIT)

The British Consulate-General in Munich is part of a world-wide network, representing British political, economic and consular interests overseas. We are now looking for a Head of Future Mobility to be part of the Department for International Trade (DIT) in Germany, a team of 40 colleagues based in the Embassy in Berlin and Consulates-General in Düsseldorf and Munich.

As the British government’s international economic department, DIT is responsible for delivering DIT’s four outcome delivery plan priorities overseas: To reduce market access barriers, champion free and fair trade, facilitate UK exports to Germany and encourage economic growth through attracting investment into the UK. For more information about DIT please follow the link.

Working for the Department for International Trade (DIT) in Germany

The Department for International Trade (DIT) in Germany is looking for a Head of Future Mobility Team (Germany) to lead a team promoting exports to Germany and investment into the United Kingdom while advising on mobility related market access and trade policy topics.

This exciting position offers the opportunity to work at the heart of the UK’s strategy to grow exports and investment from the mobility sector (e.g. automotive, rail, aerospace, shared mobility platforms and related technologies). As Head of the of Future Mobility Team in Germany you will act as a point of contact and expert advisor for both major UK investors as well as senior UK Government officials on trade policy topics related to mobility. You will lead a team to deliver exports and investments that are of strategic importance to the UK economy. This will include engaging with UK and German mobility companies as well as building and maintaining key stakeholder relationships with relevant government departments and associations.

The job offers much autonomy and freedom to set your vision for the Future Mobility Team, not least in cultivating key contacts in business and government. Following the UK’s exit from the EU, you will be involved in working closely with businesses to understand the present and likely future impact on them.

You will work as part of a friendly and supportive team at DIT Germany, working closely with colleagues in the UK and across the DIT Europe Region, which operates in over 30 countries. DIT Germany provides a modern and flexible working environment with the opportunity to work partially from home, as well as offering regular opportunities to travel.

If you are ready to join an organisation with a difference then we want to speak to you!

Roles and responsibilities:

  • Mobility Team Lead:

    As Team lead for Future Mobility in Germany you will be responsible for a team of 3 mobility experts to support strategically important exports from and investments into the UK. You will act as a point of contact and expert advisor to the DIT Germany Senior Management Team on all topics related to Future Mobility in Germany/UK. The role will include budget and business planning responsibility that will need to be coordinated across various government stakeholders. As a senior member of DIT Germany, you will also lead on preparation for Ministerial visits as well as and other cross-sectoral initiatives as required by the senior management team.

  • Delivering strategically important Foreign Direct Investment:

    German and UK mobility supply chains are closely integrated with German Automotive manufacturers, for example, in maintaining over 100 production sites in the UK.

    You will be responsible for winning strategically important investment from German automotive and mobility companies into the UK, as well as ensuring that a steady pipeline of investment projects is maintained by your team. As team leader, you will be expected to build and maintain strong relationships within the industry from Senior Executives right up to C-Level. You will need to have a good fundamental understanding of mobility supply chains, the technological developments within the industry, as well as a strong view on how the industry is likely to develop in the coming years.

    You will need to combine this understanding with the offering of the UK as an investment location to build compelling, bespoke investment propositions for potential investors.

  • Increasing UK Mobility Exports to Germany:

    Germany is a key export market for many UK mobility companies. The team lead is responsible for the Future Mobility Team’s support for leading UK companies entering or expanding in the German market. In addition your team will ensure that several key export relationships with UK mobility companies are managed with a view to their UK-German commercial interests. This will require working closely team members responsible for exports to advise and support them in delivering on these objectives. Given the significance of Germany as an export market, the mobility team will also be expected to advise the senior management team on improvements that can be made to support UK exports that will enable the government to achieve its Export Strategy.

  • Reporting & Analysis

    The team lead should ensure that the Future Mobility Team has an in-depth knowledge of key policy topics related to the German-UK Automotive/Mobility industries. These will include: Decarbonisation of industry, Connected and Autonomous Vehicles, supply chains and respective government priorities for industry including subsidies. The team should be able to deliver ad-hoc and scheduled reporting to a diverse audience (including Ambassadors and Ministers) on these topics in close coordination with DIT’s Market Access and Trade Policy Officers.

  • Proficiency in English and German (written and spoken, minimum of C1 level for CEFR framework*);

  • University qualification in Finance, Economy or similar subjects;

  • 2-3 years experience in managing a team;

  • 3-5 years experience in Key Account Management and Business Development;

  • Experience in the relevant industries and/or Foreign Direct Investment;

  • Strong written, analytical and presentation skills;

  • Excellent interpersonal and networking skills and be credible with the most senior business leaders;

  • Excellent IT skills, especially MS Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and Excel;

  • Self-Starter – ability to work well on own initiative.

  • Experience of working with UK business, government or institutions;

  • Understanding of the UK’s new trading relationship with the EU under the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement;

  • Familiarity with the UK business environment and/or the UK’s investment and export proposition, including policy, market trends and developments.

7 February 2022
Higher Executive Officer (HEO)
Full-time, Fixed Term
12 months
Europe, Eastern Europe & Central Asia
British Consulate General
€79,284 gross per annum rising to approx €89,060 gross per annum after a qualifying period in addition to performance related pay. (Salary is not negotiable)
1 April 2022

Our Conditions of Employment:

This is a full-time fixed-term position for a contract period of 1 year. The gross yearly salary is €79,284 rising to approx €89,060 gross per annum after a qualifying period in addition to performance related pay (salary is not negotiable).

The successful candidate will be subject to professional background check and security clearance. The successful candidate must have pre-existing work authorisation in Germany in order to apply.

Staff recruited locally by the British Consulate-General in Munich are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local German employment law.

Visa/work permit requirements: candidates must currently hold the independent right to live and work in Germany 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

Our Learning & Development environment:

The Munich Consulate has a strong ethos of Learning & Development, including our Learning & Development Week. In addition, there will be many opportunities to attend external seminars and events on relevant issues. This is in addition to the induction programme offered to all Consulate staff.

The successful applicant will be encouraged to be actively involved in the corporate life of the Consulate, contributing to the wider objectives of the British Government’s Germany network and supporting the Munich Consulate’s positive working environment.

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 British Consulate-General 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.

*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.