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Director and Minister Counsellor: Creative, Consumer, Learning, Food & Agritech



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£70,000 - £80,000 per annum

Job Ref: AT9847

Director and Minister Counsellor: Creative, Consumer, Learning, Food & Agritech

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This role is offered as a 3 year fixed term opportunity with the option to extend for a further year, and is available for full-time, or flexible working arrangements (including pre-existing job share partnerships).

The Department for International Trade (DIT) is one of Whitehall’s newest departments.  They have overall responsibility for developing, coordinating and delivering a new trade and investment policy for the UK, including preparing for and negotiating Free Trade Agreements and market access with non-EU countries, and promoting UK trade and investment across the world.

As one of the nine global regions, operating in 108 countries, the China and Hong Kong Region is DIT’s largest overseas network. Led by Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner, we have 180 staff across six posts- the British Embassy in Beijing, plus Consulates in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chongqing and Wuhan. As an integral part of the One HMG network in China and Hong Kong, this is a fast paced place to work at the heart of UK:China Government relations.

The Director and Minister Counsellor working with senior stakeholders across HM Government, the Devolved Administrations and UKPLC, will lead a cross-China network team that is responsible for gaining greater regulatory and de facto market access to China’s market for UK agricultural, consumer, education and creative companies. The role will also be responsible for supporting UK firms from all regions – including SMEs – grow their business in China through well-targeted export promotion activity. As well as supporting trade the role will be tasked with securing productive Chinese investment in these sectors that will contribute to long-term jobs and growth within the UK.

The Department of Trade and Industry are looking for an experienced and successful senior leader who has led large teams in complex and demanding environments. You must be able to evidence a first class understanding of international trade and investment from experience gained either inside or outside government as well as experience of building successful business relationships and strategic contact networks at a very senior level in at least one of the relevant sectors. Although not essential, Mandarin language skills would be very helpful.

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Application closing date: Friday 2nd October 2020 at midday

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