Regional Market Entry Advisor
Section: Responsibilities / Duties
The British Embassy in Cairo is seeking a Regional Market Entry Advisor grade C4 (L) to start as soon as possible.
Background and purpose of the job:
This is an exciting time to join the Department for International Trade (DIT). Our aim is to promote British trade and investment across the world, which is vital for the prosperity of the UK. DIT brings together policy, promotion and financial expertise to break down barriers to trade and investment in markets across the world to help businesses succeed. This is a great opportunity to be part of an international team that contributes to the success of the UK’s trade goals.
DIT are recruiting for four roles in the Trade Services Unit (TSU) team, to be based in Cairo, Lagos, Nairobi and Johannesburg but each covering the wider North, East, South and West African regions. The jobholders will report to the TSU Director, based in London, and will be responsible for delivering advisory services to UK companies interested in exporting to and investing in Africa. This advice will centre on route to market (market entry) options. Where required, TSU Advisors will also be in a position to refer companies needing additional specialist and professional services not offered by DIT to in-market vetted private sector companies. TSU Advisors will also be responsible for the relationship with these in market providers, ensuring they provide the service envisaged to our companies, and tracking whether our companies progress to win business.
You will join the Department for International Trade’s Africa network providing crucial expertise as part of our offer to UK businesses exporting into the continent. You will be networked closely with colleagues from across DIT Africa and other UK Departments, including the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office when necessary. You will also need to actively engage with external stakeholders in the private sector.
Main Duties and Responsibilities:
The jobholders will take full responsibility for leading on all TSU activities in their respective regions. They will:
- Increase the value of UK exports by helping our companies gain entry to African markets;
- They will do this by providing tailored advice to UK businesses, helping them identify their route to market, their market entry needs, flagging market barriers, and advising on options for making progress;
- Support UK businesses establish effective export strategies and if needed, assist them in sourcing addition support through a Overseas Referral Network, ensuring regular follow up to remain a key player in their client’s export journey, tracking the service delivery so that the support given is fit for purpose and identify if further help is needed;
- Work with the Operations Team to maintain market intelligence to support dialogue with clients and build collaborative relationships with both British and African business in each region, including with a view to updating and expanding the Overseas Referral Network;
- Ensure appropriate export account management is followed and businesses are linked in to the International Trade Advisor Network;
- Upload business interactions weekly on to Data Hub and shared spreadsheets;
- Promote the market entry offer to British companies, UK Regions and Devolved Administrations, with a view to increase demand and visibility to SMEs across the UK;
- Maintain a thorough understanding of all of the markets in their region working closely with Posts and directing business to opportunities not just in the primary market.
- Achieving Commercial Outcomes – Being effective in this area is about maintaining an economic, long-term focus in all activities. It’s about having a commercial, financial and sustainable mind-set to ensure all activities and services are delivering added value and working to stimulate economic growth.
- Managing a Quality Service – Effectiveness in this area is about being organised to deliver service objectives and striving to improve the quality of service, taking account of diverse customer needs and requirements.
- Delivering at Pace – Effectiveness in this area means focusing on delivering timely performance with energy and taking responsibility and accountability for quality outcomes. It’s about working to agreed goals and activities and dealing with challenges in a responsive and constructive way.
- Collaborating and Partnering – People skilled in this area are team players who create and maintain positive, professional and trusting working relationships with a wide range of people within and outside the Civil Service to help get business done.
Section: Requirements: Education / Experience / Languages / other requirements:
- Fluent written and spoken English
- 5+ years of relevant advisory experience in either the private or public sector, ideally on an international basis;
- Relevant degree and work experience with a track record of delivery through collaboration and partnering in complex environments
- Ability to work well under pressure and to tight deadlines;
- Resourcefulness in solving problems;
- Excellent interpersonal skills and comfortable dealing with senior officials and business people.
- Private sector experience in a consultancy environment
- Experience of working in a virtual team
Section: Extra information
The position is C4 (L) and the Gross Salary is USD 2,226.35 per month subject to insurance and tax as per the usual regulations based on a 36 hours per week. We offer a competitive package including medical benefits, performance related bonus, recreational facilities, opportunities for job related training & development, etc. This is a full time, fixed term contract for one-year.
No accommodation and relocation expenses are payable in connection with this position.
The British Embassy has an active L&D Committee and offers a wide range of in-house training and funding for external training on policy and programme work. The successful applicant will have access to a range of Learning and Development opportunities within DIT and e-learning, with the potential for overseas training. From time to time, there will be requirements to assist other teams within the Department, building overall resilience and broader experience.
The successful candidate must have the right to live and work in Egypt.
How to Apply:
Interested candidates must attach the following documents in English when applying online:
- An updated Curriculum Vitae
- A completely filled out online application form. Kindly ensure that concrete examples of each competences are provided on the application summary section of the form.
- Candidates to submit 250 words on what they think route to market means and what experience/skills they have to bring to this work.
The closing date for applications is 23:55 (Local Time) 13 September 2020.
Please note that incomplete applications or applications received after the stated deadline will not be taken into consideration.
Due to the large amount of applications, we receive only those shortlisted for the interview will be contacted.
The start date mentioned in the job 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.
Personal data collected will be treated in strictest confidence under the terms of the UK Data Protection Act and used for recruitment purposes only.
The British Embassy Cairo is an equal opportunities employer, dedicated to inclusivity, a diverse workforce and valuing difference. Staffs recruited locally by the British Embassy are subject to Terms and Conditions of service according to local Egypt employment law.
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