A small and forward-thinking office seeks an entry level business development manager to support its economic development activities in Europe.
Work Schedule: Monday to Friday, (weekend work/international travel required periodically), 40 hours
General experience: Must have worded and/or studied in the USA and/or have deep understanding of American business and culture
Education/language experience: Bachelor’s Degree / kaufmännische Ausbildung; English is primary form of office communication, and fluency in German is a must
Company: Kentucky European Representative Office
Location: Poststraße 14-16, 20354 Hamburg, Germany
The Kentucky European Representative Office promotes the Commonwealth of Kentucky as a destination for international investors across a variety of industries. In this role, we not only market the location and economic advantages of Kentucky, but also work to support the success of the over 200 European facilities currently located in Kentucky. Our mission is to increase the presence of international firms across Kentucky in terms of new jobs and investment through expansion of our existing investors and attracting new international investors within target sectors. Therefore, we work closely with European companies looking for a location in the USA, or already based in Kentucky, to provide market data, organize site visits, and make connections with local companies, public authorities, and service providers.
DESCRIPTION OF JOB DUTIES
This position requires a capable multi-tasker that can easily transition from managing office travel to meeting with CEOs and making international presentations. Applicants must be skilled in developing and maintaining positive relationships with business related public and private organizations including trade associations, chambers of commerce, government officials, consultants, and others engaged in foreign direct investment and trade.
Candidates will provide professional support for the development, relocation and/or expansion of foreign owned businesses within Kentucky. They will provide professional expertise in the evaluation of business plans, markets, strategies, and practices and identify community assets and challenges for investment. Experience identifying challenges for international investors and addressing those challenges effectively will be a plus. The candidate must be able to maintain knowledge of current state and national programs that would be supportive of foreign direct investment and overall economic development.
In addition, candidates will be expected to gather industry data and monitor relevant trends in priority sectors, as well as assist with organizing participation in key trade shows and representing Kentucky at international forums. Experience in international market research, industry analysis, partner searches, trade missions, trade shows, and business development will be given priority.
The ideal candidate will just be exiting university or a business-related training (Ausbildung), and is looking for their first or second job experience. You must be customer service oriented with a strong work ethic and ability to work independently with minimal direction. Applicants must have strong writing skills, show attention to detail, be able to manage multiple projects simultaneously, and demonstrate flexibility in working with a diverse array of clients and partners.
Additionally, the candidate should be strongly sales-oriented with experience in lead generation.
The position may require short travel within Europe and potentially to the U.S. as needed to represent the office and serve clients. Business proficiency in English and German are required. Applicants must also have experience having lived and/or worked in the U.S.
The position requires you to be savvy with digital platforms and confident in working with MS Office applications. Knowledge of Salesforce, D&B Hoovers, Prezi and LinkedIn is also strongly desired.
ARE YOU INTERESTED?
To apply, we require your CV, references, and a cover letter stating your salary expectations and possible start date. Please send these materials via email to Mr. Joshua Seeberg.
Joshua Seeberg, Director
European Representative Office
Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development