Senior Trade Adviser

British Embassy
  • Location
    Brussels, Belgium
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Jul 02

Position description

The British Government is an inclusive and diversity-friendly employer. We value difference, promote equality and challenge discrimination, enhancing our organisational capability. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, colour, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, veteran status or other category protected by law. We promote family-friendly flexible working opportunities, where operational and security needs allow.

Job Category: Department for International Trade roles
Job Subcategory: Department for International Trade (DIT)

Job Description (Roles and Responsibilities)

The British Embassy in Brussels is part of a world-wide network of 230 Diplomatic Posts, representing British political, economic and consular interests overseas and is currently looking for a Senior Trade Adviser within DIT.

The Department for International Trade (DIT) is the UK Government organisation that helps UK-based companies to succeed in Belgium and other international markets. DIT also assists overseas companies to bring high-quality investment to the UK’s economy.

As part of a small team within a global network, the job holder will directly support British companies in the pursuit of commercial opportunities in Belgium. Main objectives are to increase UK exports, scout export opportunities, extend the Embassy business contact portfolio and help British companies win business with a primary focus on Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG), retail and healthcare but also covering other business sectors when required.

DIT Brussels is presenting this fast-pace opportunity at which personal effort and sense of responsibility are key to success. DIT in return offers an interesting working environment, extensive learning and development possibilities and a competitive salary.

Roles and responsibilities:

  • Providing professional advice and support to UK companies wishing to develop business in Belgium, focusing primarily on the FMCG, retail and healthcare but also covering other sectors when required;
  • Conceptualise, plan and execute high-impact business development and marketing activities such as company visits, trade missions, buyer visits, tastings and retail partnerships, highlighting the strengths of the UK’s sector propositions and ultimately increasing UK exports;
  • Scouting and identifying commercial opportunities, matching and introducing UK suppliers into these market opportunities;
  • Maintaining and expanding a network of commercial partners and multipliers in Belgium as well as in the UK;
  • Attending relevant events both in Belgium and in neighbouring countries as required;
  • Contributing to the work of the commercial team, ensuring the delivery of team targets and contributing to the wider economic diplomacy agenda of the British Embassy.

Essential qualifications, skills and experience

  • Fluently spoken and written English, Dutch and French;
  • A self-starter, demonstrating a flexible, pro-active and entrepreneurial attitude;
  • A strong team player with good people skills, strong ability to network and interact;
  • Good customer relationship management skills;
  • Ability to prioritise, effectively manage and execute multiple and competing tasks within the agreed deadlines;
  • Full proficiency in MS Office applications and use of social media.

Desirable qualifications, skills and experience

  • Understanding of the UK and Belgian business scenes;
  • Knowledge or previous work experience in the following sectors: consumer goods, food and drink, retail or healthcare;
  • Experience of dealing with business in an international context;
  • Experience in business development.

Required competencies

Leading and Communicating, Collaborating and Partnering, Achieving Commercial Outcomes, Managing a Quality Service

Application deadline: 7 July 2019
Grade: B3 (L)
Type of Position: Full-time, Permanent
Working hours per week: 36.25
Region: Europe, Eastern Europe & Central Asia
Type of Post: British Embassy
Number of vacancies: 1
Starting monthly salary (EUR): 4,058.62
Start Date: 2 September 2019

Application instructions

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