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The British Consulate General in Düsseldorf is part of a world-wide network, representing British political, economic and consular interests overseas and is looking for a Trade Adviser to join our Department for International Trade (DIT) team on a one-year fixed-term contract, to support the work of a new Europe enquiry hub.
This role could either be shared by two part-time (50%) colleagues, or one full-time colleague. Please state your preference clearly in your application.
The Department for International Trade (DIT) promotes British trade and investment around the world; helps to build an appetite for British goods and services globally; and works to encourage foreign investment into the UK. DIT also brings together policy, promotion and financial expertise to break down barriers to trade & investment and to help businesses to succeed. The DIT team in Germany comprises 30 people in Düsseldorf, Munich and Berlin. As a friendly and supportive team it works with both German investors and British companies doing business in Germany across the main business sectors of the economy.
Required competencies Collaborating and Partnering, Achieving Commercial Outcomes, Managing a Quality Service, Delivering at Pace
Application deadline 12 March 2019
Grade A2 (L)
Type of Position Fixed Term, Part-Time, Full-time
Duration of Post 12 months
Region Europe, Eastern Europe & Central Asia
Location (City) Dusseldorf
Type of Post British Consulate General
Start Date 1 April 2019
The new position will work closely with a pilot regional enquiry hub and with DIT’s export support network in the UK to identify and drive high potential British exporters, including innovative SMEs and Mid-Sized Businesses (MSBs) into supply chains in Germany. A core element of the role will be to deliver practical support to those companies, including information on market potential, in-market representation and clients. The job holder will also work proactively with the enquiry hub and with the UK regional network to communicate high value opportunities to business, in areas aligned to UK industrial strengths, as part of an innovative promotional programme.
As with all DIT positions, there will be a focus on working collaboratively with colleagues across the Embassy team - on policy, science & innovation and outreach - to maximise opportunities for the UK. The work will be varied and demanding and the successful candidate will need to be a flexible, committed self-starter, able to juggle priorities and to work on demanding timelines.
In more detail, main responsibilities will include:
Desirable qualifications, skills and experience
This position could either be shared by two part-time (50%) colleagues, or one full-time colleague.
This is a temporary position for a period of one year, with the possibility of renewal by mutual agreement.
The gross yearly salary for a full-time position is €42,516 rising to a maximum of approx €47,758 gross per annum after a qualifying period in addition to performance related pay (salary is not negotiable). Working hours per week are 37,5 net.
(The gross yearly salary for a part-time position is €21,258 rising to a maximum of approx €23,879 gross per annum after a qualifying period in addition to performance related pay (salary is not negotiable). Working hours per week are 18,75 hours net).
The British Consulate General in Düsseldorf has a strong ethos of Learning and Development, including our Learning and Development Week. In addition, there will be many opportunities to attend external seminars and events on relevant issues. This is in addition to the induction programme offered to all Embassy staff.
The successful applicant will be encouraged to be actively involved in the corporate life of the Consulate, contributing to the wider objectives of the British Government’s Germany network and supporting the Consulate's positive working environment.
The successful candidate will be subject to professional background check and security clearance. The successful candidate must have pre-existing work authorization for Germany in order to apply.
Staff recruited locally by the British Consulate General in Düsseldorf are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local German employment law.
Visa / passport requirements: must currently hold the independent right to live and work in Germany and be prepared to ensure that right remains throughout the scope of the contract.
All applicants should have the right to live and work in Germany.
* Please note Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment indicates Level C2 as Mastery or proficiency Level which comprehends that a person can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read; can summarize information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation; can express themselves spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in the most complex situations. For more information please click on the following link CEFR. Please bear in mind in case you are invited for an interview your languages skills are going to be assessed.
Please note that the deadline for applications is 23:55 on the day mentioned in the above field “Application deadline”. We advise you to allow enough time to complete and submit your full application, since only applications completed and submitted before the deadline will be considered.
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