Trade & Investment Officer
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Department for International Trade roles)
Department for International Trade (DIT)
Job Description (Roles and Responsibilities)
The Department for International Trade (DIT) Dubai invites applications for the position of Trade & Investment Officer - Grade A2 (L). This role is a full-time, 3 year fixed term contact.
Based in Dubai, the successful candidate will work closely with the Trade and Investment Advisor in the Airport and Aerospace Sectors.
The successful candidate will be line managed by the Trade & Investment Advisor. Their role will be to ensure that UK companies considering exporting their goods or services to the UAE are provided with high-quality information and support to be able to make an informed judgement about whether this is a suitable market for their products: it also offers support to identify companies based in the UAE who are well-placed to make high quality investments into the UK.
This position will have a key role in enabling greater trade between the UK and the UAE which is a high-growth emerging market for DIT.
Main Duties and Responsibilities:
Assisting the Trade Advisor to ensure that the DIT team provides first class support to UK companies looking to do business in the UAE, facilitate partnerships and deliver High Value Campaigns for the Airport and Aerospace sectors.
Carrying out market research on behalf of UK companies in the UAE and organising events. This is a chargeable service and there is an overriding need for accuracy and meeting deadlines agreed with customers. The research will involve meeting companies on the ground in Dubai and Abu Dhabi and promoting the customers' business. Part of this research will also include researching the press, websites and attending local exhibitions.
Making arrangements for official visitors to Dubai/UAE. Arrangements usually involve a programme of appointments, social events and transport. Work on such visits usually requires working with local authorities and Government.
Participation in the arrangements for visiting UK trade missions and inward missions to the UK including administrative arrangements and contributions to briefing packs, attendance at briefings/events and highlighting areas of opportunity in the UAE to members of the mission.
Responding to enquiries from local companies and identifying, posting and responding to export opportunities on the DIT Website.
Meeting visiting UK businesspeople when required and briefing them. This will include background on the UAE, advice on setting up business here, and sector-specific information.
Visiting local companies in the UAE as and when required to keep abreast of business opportunities and developing contacts.
Recording data on our database and on the DIT worldwide Customer Data Management System database.
On occasion, attending out of hours social networking functions.
Processing of purchase requisitions using Oracle.
To take part in the Embassy emergency planning and any response to a Crisis affecting UK citizens.
Delivering at Pace - Effectiveness in this area means focusing on delivering timely performance with energy and taking responsibility and accountability for quality outcomes.
Collaborating and Partnering - People skilled in this area 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.
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.
Making Effective Decisions - Effectiveness in this area is about being objective; using sound judgment, evidence and knowledge to provide accurate, expert and professional advice.Essential qualifications and experience
Exceptional planning and organisational skills, the ability to work independently, apply initiative, problem solve and work under pressure to meet multiple and changing priorities, deadlines and objectives.
Confident when dealing with senior government officials, visiting VIPs and high level private sector contacts.
Excellent team player with the ability to take a wider perspective.
Excellent oral, written and interpersonal skills.
Computer literacy in all Microsoft Office packages and accurate typing skills.
Desirable qualifications and experience
Arabic language skills (written and spoken) whilst not essential, are an advantage.
Previous experience of working for a trade promotion agency is also an advantage.
Experience of working in a large team and of working in the GCC.
Experience of organising events.
Making Effective Decisions, Collaborating and Partnering, Managing a Quality Service, Delivering at Pace
Application deadline 10 December 2016
Grade A2 (L)
Type of Position: Fixed Term, Full-time
Working hours per week: 38
Region: Middle East & North Africa
Country/Territory: United Arab Emirates
Location (City) : Dubai
Type of Post : British Embassy
Number of vacancies: 1
Starting monthly salary :(AED) 8,278
Start Date: 30 January 2016
Other benefits and conditions of employment Working Hours and Remuneration
The Embassy aims to offer an attractive working environment and remuneration package for this role, including: non-negotiable salary of AED 8,278 per month inclusive, Grade A2(L); a potential performance bonus, five weeks’ vacation per annum, free on-site parking and free access to on-site swimming pool, gymnasium and sports facilities.
No accommodation or relocation expenses are payable in connection with this position.
Conditioned working hours are 38 hours per week. Standard working hours are from 07.30 am until 2.30 pm on Sunday to Thursday. However, the successful candidate may be required to work outside normal working hours.
How to Apply
Interested candidates must attach the following documents when applying online
1. A covering letter.
2. An updated Curriculum Vitae (CV)
** (Your application must include examples of when you have demonstrated the competencies outlined above in the cover letter or motivation section in the application form. Applications that do not include this information will be rejected).
The closing date for applications is 10th December 2016.
Applications received after the stated deadline will not be considered.
Potential candidates will be invited for an interview the week beginning 8th January 2017.
Due to the large amount of applications we receive only those shortlisted for an interview will be contacted.
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 Embassy Dubai is an equal opportunities employer, dedicated to inclusivity, a diverse workforce and valuing difference.