View Vacancy - SRR - Trade Policy Officer and Delivery Lead (HEO)

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Department for Business and Trade roles (DBT)
Trade Policy

The British Embassy Riyadh has a vacancy for a Trade Policy Officer and Delivery Lead for a fixed-term contract for one (1) year. There is a strong possibility of extension of the contract depending on performance and operational requirements.

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Trade Policy team and the jobholder will work across the team to contribute to the successful delivery of trade policy objectives. This role will lead on the delivery and project management side of the team.

The jobholder will lead on delivering the UK trade policy project planning and logistical support. This will include the organisation and delivery of senior delegations from the UK of up to 80 people at a time. They will lead project delivery function across the Embassy and with London.

Sitting within the Department for Business and Trade (DBT) Policy Team, the jobholder will also be involved in trade policy work, including working closely with UK government colleagues and UK businesses.

The role suits those with an ability to form strong working relationships, build a joint vision, and consistently track delivery against that to support the delivery of the Department’s objectives.


Duties and responsibilities:

  • Lead on all logistical planning, including inward and outward visits of (80+ senior officials).
  • Lead on the wider policy, strategy, and engagement and delivery work of the team, including producing and updating project reports and schedules, and ensuring these are fed into wider embassy work and planning.
  • Key stakeholder engagement working with wider Trade Policy team, London DBT HQ, and Ministerial Offices.
  • Provide high-quality updates, both verbally and in writing, demonstrating excellent drafting skills due to the senior audiences.
  • Creating and ensuring the project management systems are up-to-date and fit-for-purpose.
  • Lead on reporting of trade policy objectives, including providing progress updates to the Ministers and senior officials across Whitehall.
  • Managing regular team project meetings, using these to highlight risks and mitigation plans, discuss work stream actions and workloads, and communicate purpose and direction to the team, senior leadership, and DBT stakeholders.
  • Day-to-day oversight of work stream progress, ensuring stakeholders across the project are kept on track and are able to deliver against milestones.
  • Ensure effective governance for trade policy objectives and lead on record management process.
  • Ensure the team’s security controls are in line with the wider HMG requirements.
  • Support the central Briefing Hub including production of briefings for senior officials in DBT.

The above list is not exhaustive and the jobholder will be required to be flexible and take on other ad hoc tasks as required, as this is a new and growing area of work. This also includes participating in the Embassy’s emergency planning and any other response to a crisis affecting UK citizens.


Key behaviours required:

  • Delivering at Pace - Taking responsibility for delivering timely and quality results with focus and drive.
  • Communicating and Influencing - Communicate purpose and direction with clarity, integrity and enthusiasm. Respect the needs, responses and opinions of others.
  • 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.
  • Working Together - Form effective partnerships and relationships with people both internally and externally, from a range of diverse backgrounds, sharing information, resources and support.



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.

  • Knowledge and understanding of project management, engagement, and delivery of high level visits with large delegations
  • Excellent communication skills in English, both verbal and spoken. Able to express ideas and messages clearly and concisely, both orally and in written communication. The jobholder will be expected to deliver briefings, papers, presentations and research to a senior readership.
  • Flexible, resilient, decisive, and calm under pressure. With a proven track record of delivering results to a high standard within tight deadlines.
  • Excellent organisational and self-management skills to respond effectively to tight – and changing – deadlines and priorities.
  • Ability to operate independently as well as work effectively within a team, utilising support from seniors when needed.
  • Experience of managing external relationships with key stakeholders and building influence with multiple stakeholders in public and private sectors.
  • Strong strategic thinking, communicating and influencing, and problem-solving and judgment skills.
  • Strong IT skills and literacy in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams, and Outlook).
  • Knowledge of the regional business environment. Experience of working directly with governments and businesses in the UK and/or Middle East.
  • Experience of working in a policy environment.
  • Strong industry/ government/ business relations skill.
  • Arabic language skills, both verbal and written.
Communicating and Influencing, Delivering at Pace, Seeing the Big Picture, Working Together
29 October 2023
Higher Executive Officer (HEO)
Full-time, Fixed Term
12 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.