View Vacancy - Trade & Investment Adviser – Sport & Services (FRA22.577)

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Who are we? 

The British Embassy in Paris is part of a world-wide network, representing British political, economic and consular interests overseas. It is also part of the France Network (including offices in Lyon, Bordeaux, Marseille and representation to international organisations in Paris (OECD and UNESCO) and Strasbourg (CoE).

The Department for International Trade (DIT) promotes British trade and investment around the world; helps to build an appetite for British goods and services globally; and works to encourage foreign investment into the UK. DIT also brings together policy, promotion and financial expertise to break down barriers to trade & investment and to help businesses to succeed. The DIT team in France comprises 35 people in Paris, Lyon and Bordeaux. The team works with both French investors and British companies doing business in France across the main business sectors of the economy.

What we are looking for:

The British Embassy is looking to appoint a Trade & Investment Adviser to join its Department for International Trade (DIT) team to help drive Britain’s prosperity objectives in Sport and Services. 

This is an entry-level role designed to support DIT France activity in our busy Sport, Retail and Services (SRS) cluster to help to deliver outcomes against our prioritised goals for market access, inward investment and exports. The individual recruited would be part of the DIT France team. A one-year fixed-term contract would be offered with the expectation that this would become permanent on the basis of performance over this period of time. 

Main duties and responsibilities:

  • The successful candidate will support the work of the Sport and Services campaigns, working closely with DIT colleagues in France and Europe to promote and deliver high potential trade and investment opportunities in the form of export successes for British companies in France and new French investment projects landing in the UK. The successful candidate will support businesses working in a range of sectors including  financial and professional services, insurance, legal services, consulting and sport. There will also be an important focus on commercial opportunities stemming from major sporting events in France in the next two years – notable the Paris 2024 Olympics and Paralympics.  
  • The successful candidate will provide high quality guidance and support to French and British businesses across these areas; and will help to identify and communicate commercial opportunities to the UK (including from the Paris 2024 tender platform).  They will make use of trade fairs, conferences and other commercial events to build contacts and identify business possibilities; organise or support commercial events in the British Embassy; and make use of inward and outward trade missions and other export/investment tools. A range of services will be provided to business, including in-market introductions, in-depth market research, technical support or guidance around market access. 
  • The jobholder will work proactively with French and British business representatives and a wide range of public/private sector interests to communicate and deliver high value export and investment opportunities linked to the UK’s competitive strengths. The work will be varied and demanding and the successful candidate will need to be flexible, able to juggle priorities and to work on often demanding timelines. 

Essential on arrival:

  • Previous commercial experience such as experience of sales, client management, trade or investment promotion, etc;
  • Proficient in English and French (both written and spoken, minimum of C1 level according to the CEFR framework);
  • BA degree;
  • Experience in project management (e.g. in relation to the delivery of trade missions, visit programmes, events);
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to work well with English and French stakeholders, commercial clients, external contacts, and a wide and diverse Embassy team;
  • Ability to mobilize and coordinate networks;
  • Customer focus (concern for quality and drive for continuous improvement in the service provided);
  • Ability to work under demanding timelines and juggle competing priorities effectively;
  • Drive and enthusiasm combined with the ability to deliver, working as part of a team;
  • Great IT skills (especially Word, PowerPoint and Excel).

Would be an advantage:

  • Any career experience in any of the sectors mentioned in the job description – especially sport or services;
  • Experience of working in an international environment, representing their organisation in an international context, ideally a multilateral context.
Communicating and Influencing, Delivering at Pace, Managing a Quality Service, Working Together
23 November 2022
Administrative Officer (AO)
Full-time, Fixed term, with possibility of renewal
Europe, Eastern Europe & Central Asia
British Embassy
23 January 2022

This is a full-time, fixed -term contract with possibility of renewal.

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 FCDO guidance for Country Based 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/work permit 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.

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

Kindly 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.

Moreover, kindly be advised that British Diplomatic Missions 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.

Languages: *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.