View Vacancy - SRR - Senior Market Access Advisor (HEO)

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Department for Business and Trade roles (DBT)
Market Access

The British Embassy Riyadh has a vacancy for Senior Market Access Advisor for a fixed-term contract for two (2) years.

This position is embedded within the Department for Business and Trade’s (DBT) Saudi Arabia Trade Policy team, working across the Post (Embassy) and region, in the following areas:

  • Use research and analysis skills to understand where UK companies may face market access or other challenges in the Saudi Arabian market, and utilise available tools, including building an effective network of local contacts, cooperation on regulatory best practice and UK standards, which may be used to address these; and
  • Engage businesses and other stakeholders, while working closely with colleagues across the DBT network (such as analytical and policy colleagues in London) to prioritise these barriers based on their economic value, resolvability and strategic importance to the UK.

Duties and responsibilities:

Specific duties and responsibilities include

  • Working with the wider team at the Embassy to identify opportunities and solutions via analysis of country plans to better coordinate the activities of teams and maximise impact.
  • Working with the Saudi Arabian government departments and other public sector bodies and their UK counterparts on all aspects of market access. As required, help facilitate formal government-to-government (G2G) agreements and arrangements to address challenges and realise opportunities. This includes planning and arranging UK-Saudi visits in both directions in support of the above activities.
  • Working with colleagues in other Posts in the GCC and with teams in DBT’s UK headquarters to progress the UK’s trade policy agenda in the region, sharing knowledge and best practice, and cooperating where required on specific projects.
  • Working closely with Trade Promotion colleagues to ensure businesses are aware of increased market access and are able to take advantage of any changes.
  • Producing succinct reports and briefings, including for senior staff at the Embassy, visiting ministers and officials, and UK government departments relating to these issues.
  • Taking on corporate activity across the Post, including undertaking training for an assigned crisis response role and contributing with all other members of staff to making the Embassy a great place to work. 

The above list is not exhaustive and the jobholder will be required to be flexible and take on other ad hoc tasks as required. 


Key behaviours required:

  • Seeing the Big Picture - Understand how your role fits with and supports organisational objectives. Recognise the wider priorities and ensure work is in the national interest.
  • Communicating and Influencing - Communicate purpose and direction with clarity, integrity and enthusiasm. Respect the needs, responses and opinions of others.
  • Changing and Improving - Seek out opportunities to create effective change and suggest innovative ideas for improvement. Review ways of working, including seeking and providing feedback.
  • Delivering at Pace - Taking responsibility for delivering timely and quality results with focus and drive.


The position is available to Saudi Nationals and to current holders of valid Saudi residence permits or transferable iqamas. The successful candidate will be required to transfer their sponsorship to the British Embassy.

  • Existing knowledge of the UK or Saudi economy, and ideally both, with demonstrated ability rapidly to master a wide range of economic and trade issues.
  • Good knowledge of economic and/or trade policy from working in a related role, including relevant higher education qualification.
  • Excellent communication skills in English, both verbal and written. Able to express ideas and messages clearly and concisely and ability to write to a high standard for a wide range of audiences.
  • Exceptional analysis skills, able to bring together complex pieces of information and present in a simple format.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with confidence to work on their own initiative and a proven ability to engage and influence at a senior level internally and with external contacts and collaborate effective across Embassy teams.
  • Excellent organisational and self-management skills to respond effectively to tight – and changing – deadlines and priorities.
  • Ability to learn quickly and work with a high degree of autonomy.
  • A positive, “can-do” attitude that can see way through challenges.
  • Strong IT computer skills using Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Teams) and internet/ web applications.
  • Have held a relevant position with significant responsibility in either the public or private sector in the UK or Saudi.
  • Experience working in an embassy/ foreign diplomatic mission, international organisation, or large company in a similar capacity.
  • Proven project management skills and experience of developing and implementing new processes, governance, and reporting structure.
  • Arabic language skills, both verbal and written.
Changing and Improving, Communicating and Influencing, Delivering at Pace, Seeing the Big Picture
29 October 2023
Higher Executive Officer (HEO)
Full-time, Fixed Term
24 months
Middle East & North Africa
Saudi Arabia
British Embassy
17 December 2023

The Embassy aims to offer an attractive working environment and remuneration package for this role.

Monthly salary details:

  • Base Salary - SAR 15,385
  • Housing Allowance - SAR 3,846 (subject to eligibility)*
  • Travel Allowance - SAR 500 (subject to eligibility)*
  • Total - SAR 19,731

*Allowances are not payable to staff who receive official provision for such expenditure in some other form. Spouses/ Dependents of UKBS officers working at the Embassy are not eligible to Housing or Travel Allowance.

No accommodation nor relocation expenses are payable in connection with this position.

This position is full-time, based on 35 hours per week. Normal working hours for the Embassy are from 08:00 to 15:00 from Sunday to Thursday, with core working hours from 10:00-15:00. Core working hours is the period of the day that employees are required to be at work. The working day outside of the core hours is a flexible period, which allows employees to choose when they work, subject to operational needs.

The jobholder will be required to be flexible in their approach to hours worked as these will be dictated by operational needs and may involve working out of hours (evening and weekend); in this case, flexible working or time off in lieu to compensate will be planned. Flexible working arrangements may be considered based on operational requirements and agreement with the line manager, and in line with FCDO and Embassy policies.

The successful candidate will be subject to a 90-day probationary period.

The successful candidate will be required to transfer their iqama under the Embassy's sponsorship.

How to apply:

Interested candidates must include with their online application form

1) an updated Curriculum Vitae (CV);

2) a covering letter/ motivation essay stating how you meet the requirements of the role; and

3) specific examples, in the relevant sections of the online application form, of how you meet the key behaviours required.

Applications that do not include these information will not be considered.

The closing date for applications is at 23:55 KSA local time on 29 October 2023.

Applications received after the stated deadline will not be considered.


Due to the large number of applications we receive, only those shortlisted for the next step in the recruitment process will be contacted.

Appointable candidates who were unsuccessful at interview may be placed on a ‘reserve list’. If during the reserve period of six (6) months the same or a largely similar role becomes available, that role may be offered to the second or subsequent candidate.

The start date mentioned in the advert is a tentative start date and the successful candidate will be required to undergo security-vetting procedures.  Any offer of employment will be subject to the candidate achieving suitable clearances and reference checks.

The recruitment process, including security clearance, is expected to take around 2-3 months. The security clearance process includes checks available in country and in the UK, dependant on the security level required for the role and the candidates profile and UK footprint. You may experience some delay in the progress of this recruitment campaign, and we are working hard to minimise any disruption. 



The British Embassy Riyadh is an equal opportunities employer, dedicated to inclusivity, a diverse workforce and valuing difference. Staff recruited locally by the British Embassy is subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local Saudi Arabia employment law.

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This opportunity is closed to applications.