View Vacancy - SRA - Trade & Investment Advisor, Energy and Education & Training B3(L)

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Department for International Trade roles (DIT)
Department for International Trade (DIT)

The British Trade Office in Al Khobar has a vacancy for a Trade & Investment Advisor under the Department for International Trade.

The Department for International Trade (DIT) is the British government’s lead department for international trade and supports foreign investment into the United Kingdom. The jobholder will work with both the Energy Cluster (70% of the time) and Education & Training Cluster (30% of the time).

You will promote business opportunities to the UK relating to both clusters across the KSA network and understand KSA market trends and ambitions to identify valuable Export Opportunities and secure high value Export Wins in pursuit of Saudi Arabia targets and corporate objectives for DIT.

This is an interesting and varied role and comes at an interesting time as the relationship develops between the UK and Saudi Arabia.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Manage relationships with UK SMEs, DIT Sector Group, FCO Prosperity teams, Saudi British Joint Business Council (SBJBC), British Council, UK trade associations, our Overseas Business Networks Initiative (OBNI) partner Arabian Enterprise Incubators (AEI), and other KSA stakeholders to identify the wider KSA opportunities and needs which match UK capability and translate these into solid Export Wins for UK providers.
  • Develop and maintain Strategic Relationship Management (SRM) across specific areas with key interlocutors in the sectors to understand their objectives and inform DIT’s approach to the sectors.
  • Identify key trends, trajectory, and local business drivers that will add value to DIT’s business pipeline and support the wider Vision 2030 goals. These will contribute towards DIT’s Key Performance Indicators.
  • Help deliver specific activities or events, e.g., trade missions, inward and outward visit programmes, country/ sector briefing, as well as supporting the wider corporate activities which are led by the Director of the British Trade Office.

The above list is not exhaustive and the jobholder will be required to be flexible and take on other ad hoc tasks as required, including participating in the emergency planning and any response to a crisis.

Key competencies required:

  • Leading and Communicating - Leading from the front and communicating with clarity, conviction and enthusiasm. Managing and engaging with people with honesty and integrity, and upholding the reputation of the organisation.
  • Engaging Internationally - Leading internationally, engaging our staff, contacts, and international partners to help deliver UK Government objectives. Understanding UK Government aims in the wider UK and international context and developing productive relationships with those external contacts and partners to help deliver UK objectives. Being aware of cultural sensitivities in your area of responsibility and adapting your approach while still promoting UK values.
  • Collaborating and Partnering - Creating and maintaining positive, professional and trusting working relationships with a wide range of people within and outside the organisation to help get business done. Working collaboratively, sharing information and building supportive, responsive relationships with colleagues and stakeholders, whilst having the confidence to challenge assumptions.
  • Achieving Commercial Outcomes - Having a commercial, financial, and sustainable mind-set to ensure all activities and services are delivering added value and working to stimulate economic growth. Identifying economic, market, and customer issues and using these to promote innovative business models, commercial partnerships and agreements to deliver greatest value.
  • Managing a Quality Service - Being organised to deliver service objectives and striving to improve the quality of service, taking account of diverse customer needs and requirements. Effectively planning, organising, and managing time and activities to deliver a high quality and efficient service, applying programme and project management approaches to support service delivery.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and able to influence and network confidently with both government and private sector contacts, and collaborate effectively across Embassy teams.
  • Team player who is capable of working on their own initiative and manage others.
  • Ability to work to agreed targets and respond quickly and flexibly to meet multiple and changing priorities.
  • Excellent communication skills in English, both written and spoken. Ability to express ideas and messages clearly and concisely.
  • Ability to multi-task and have good organisational skills. Ability to apply initiative and prioritise and manage multiple deadlines in a fast paced environment.
  • Resourcefulness in solving problems and demonstrates good judgement.
  • Strong IT computer skills and in using MS Office applications (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Arabic language skills (for liaising with KSA government and stakeholders).
  • Previous commercial experience and working in a target driven environment.
  • Previous experience in the energy or education sector.
  • Project management experience.
  • Public speaking and presentation skills.
Leading and Communicating, Collaborating and Partnering, Achieving Commercial Outcomes, Managing a Quality Service, Engaging Internationally
20 August 2019
B3 (L)
Full-time, Permanent
Middle East & North Africa
Saudi Arabia
British Trade Office
1 October 2019

The British Trade Office aims to offer an attractive working environment and remuneration package for this role.

Salary details:

  • Base Salary including Eid bonus - SAR 8,365.41
  • Housing Allowance - SAR 2,091.35 (subject to eligibility)*
  • Travel Allowance - SAR 400 (subject to eligibility)*

*Allowances are not payable to staff who receive official provision for such expenditure in some other form.

No accommodation and relocation expenses are payable in connection with this position.

Normal working hours for the Trade Office are 08.00 to 15.00 Sunday to Thursday. This position is full-time, based on 35 hours per week.

The jobholder should be flexible in their approach to hours worked as these will be dictated by operational needs and may involve working out of hours, especially during events and visits. There may also be requirement for some travel, both internationally and within Saudi Arabia.

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


The position is available to Saudi nationals and holders of Saudi residence permits or transferable Iqamas. Successful candidates will be required to transfer their sponsorship to the British Embassy.

How to apply:

Interested candidates must attach 1) an updated Curriculum Vitae (CV) and 2) a covering letter to their online application form. Your application must also include examples of when you have demonstrated the competencies outlined above.

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

Closing date for applications is at 23:55 (KSA local time) on 20 August 2019.

Due to the large number of applications we receive, only those shortlisted for assessment will be contacted. Those contacted for an interview will be required to do a presentation and will also take an English language test. Details will be provided closer to the date of the interview.


The start date mentioned in the advert is an assumed 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, medical clearance and reference checks.

The British Trade Office is an equal opportunities employer, dedicated to inclusivity, a diverse workforce and valuing difference. Staff recruited locally by the British Trade Office 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.