Job Description (Roles and Responsibilities)
The Department for International Trade (DIT) is the UK Government agency charged with securing UK and global prosperity by promoting transatlantic trade and investment and championing free trade. In the United States, DIT works closely with other UK agencies, including the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), to:
promote British trade and investment across the world;
build the global appetite for British goods and services;
break down barriers to trade and investment in order to help businesses succeed; and
support the development of a new trade policy framework for the UK as it leaves the EU.
The post advertised is for a Trade & Investment Officer (TIO) at the British Consulate in Houston, Texas. The job holder will work with the Tech Industry, which includes software, hardware, communications, cyber security, and the Creative & Media industries, which include film, television, videogames, advertising, music, and immersive experiences. The job holder will focus on a) building a pipeline of potential investors into the UK; and b) developing and delivering US market opportunities to a broad range of UK exporters; they will occasionally work on other projects that advance UK prosperity and trade policy.
To be successful, the job holder will need to be innovative, strategic and proactive. S/he will have exceptional relationship management skills, develop a wide network of stakeholders and partners to help him/her produce results, and be able to analyse emerging market trends in order to respond to new opportunities. S/he will be responsible for working with clients and delivering DIT initiatives across the states of Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and New Mexico. S/he will be required to attend official functions outside of office hours, and undertake travel (US and UK) approximately 20-25% of the time. The TIO reports to the Head of Trade & Investment in Houston, and will manage one Trade & Investment Associate.
Alongside a competitive salary compared to similar economic development organizations, DIT offers exceptional benefits. These include approximately 3 weeks paid vacation to start (increasing with tenure) plus public holidays, excellent healthcare options, and parental leave. DIT also offers the opportunity to be part of an inclusive and diverse team of people. DIT strives to be a place where people can bring their whole selves to work and to make teams reflective of the cities in which they’re based.
Roles and responsibilities / what will the jobholder be expected to achieve?
Forge strong relationships with U.S. and UK business leaders, trade associations and other key partners within the tech, creative & media industries.
Identify and support U.S prospects looking to invest in the UK, and relationship manage U.S. companies already active in the UK, helping them to maintain or grow their footprint. Build a pipeline of ambitious projects.
Develop, position and implement marketing strategies, conceive activities, and produce events with the goals of generating FDI leads, building relationships, and highlighting the strengths of the UK’s market offer to potential investors.
Facilitate UK export growth by delivering business development activities to support innovative UK companies, including trade missions and campaigns at industry conferences.
Work to support UK prosperity and economic growth, as well as UK trade policy objectives, in collaboration with other UK government agencies. Showcase the benefits of the UK/US economic relationship to external audiences.
Manage and/or support visits by senior UK government officials by securing high-level meetings, organizing activities, and preparing briefing materials.
Maintain current knowledge of market trends, incentives, and centres of excellence in both the U.S. and the UK. Promote UK strengths effectively to a U.S. audience.
Represent DIT and the British Consulate at external functions, including occasional speaking engagements.
Undertake regular travel in the U.S. and occasional travel overseas (approximately 20-25% of the time).
Essential qualifications, skills and experience
5+ years of relevant professional experience, either in international business and/or the tech or creative & media industries.
Ability to work effectively with companies and organizations at a senior level, with a record of fostering business relationships and a demonstrated ability to think strategically.
Familiarity with both the US and the UK business environments.
A demonstrable record of meeting challenging targets. Proactive, self-starting approach to work; ability to deliver effectively under limited day-to-day supervision in a deadline sensitive, fast-paced environment.
Strong client management and project management experience.
Excellent research and writing skills, with an ability to provide clear, concise summaries and to respond to ad hoc requests at short notice.
Strong networking skills.
Proficiency in standard Microsoft applications and client relationship management software.
Valid driver’s license and passport; the ability to attend official functions outside of office hours; and the ability to undertake domestic and international air travel, including overnight stays.
Desirable qualifications, skills and experience
A Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in a relevant field.
Sound knowledge of the UK’s investment proposition, especially with regard to incorporation, tax, employment, R&D, and skills relevant to the tech, creative & media industries.
Leading and Communicating, Collaborating and Partnering, Achieving Commercial Outcomes, Managing a Quality Service
Application deadline Application deadline - day Application deadline - month Application deadline - year
12 November 2019
Type of Position
Working hours per week
N. America, Caribbean and British Overseas Territories
Type of Post
British Consulate General
Number of vacancies
Starting yearly salary (USD)
Start Date Start Date - day Start Date - month Start Date - year
6 January 2019
Other benefits and conditions of employment
Important: Under US State Department requirements, the British Embassy Group may only employ, as non-diplomatic staff, persons who are US citizens, US Green Card holders or A or NATO visa holders with EAD cards. If you hold a visa other than an A or NATO visa you are not currently eligible to work at the Embassy. Please refer to our website for information on exceptions to this policy at www.ukinusa.fco.gov.uk. All candidates will be subject to background checks and security clearance.
The UK Government operating in the US offers a substantial benefits package including generous leave, a choice of medical insurance, 401(k) matching up to 7%, extensive learning opportunities and a great work/life balance.
Staff recruited locally are subject to terms and conditions of service in accordance with US, state, and/or local employment law. Individuals who are not a US taxpaying citizen will be paid a net salary based on a simulated US tax status.
Internal candidates must inform their supervisor before they apply to a different position.
Only successful candidates will be contacted. Please no phone calls. Due to the high volume of resumes we receive, we cannot guarantee consideration of your application if the submission instructions are not properly followed. The British Embassy is committed to a policy of equal opportunities and to creating a diverse working environment, free from discrimination, where everyone is included and treated fairly, based on merit alone. We are an equal opportunity employer, making all employment decisions without regard to race, gender, religion, national origin, citizenship, disability, age, sexual orientation, political affiliation or any other criterion protected by law.
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