Department for International Trade roles (DIT)
The Department for International Trade (DIT) is the Trade and Investment Promotion and Negotiation organisation for the UK. We promote British trade and investment across the world, we support UK businesses overseas and attract foreign investment to our shores. We have 3,000 staff across the globe in over 100 countries.
DIT divides the world into 9 regions, each led by Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner. The Latin American and the Caribbean Region is led from Sao Paulo by Jo Crellin. The Network are represented in 19 Posts with a team of over 140 DIT colleagues.
In the Caribbean, we are structured with a Regional Trade Director who oversees the markets in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Guyana, Jamaica, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago. Each of these markets is led by a Country Director responsible for all HMG trade and investment activity in this country. They are also responsible for regional sectors such as Energy, Infrastructure, Lifesciences and Medical, Security & Defence, Education, Food and Drink, Financial Services and Aid Funded Business. The team, where possible, also supports the trade efforts of the Resident British Commissioners and High Commissioners in smaller island nations in the Caribbean. We are looking for a junior team member who wishes to learn more about international trade and supporting business success in Guyana and Suriname
Main purpose of job:
To support the Country Trade Director and more broadly, as required, the DIT regional trade team by delivering essential adminstrative tasks in support of trade activity for the markets of Guyana and Suriname.
Roles and responsibilities / what will the jobholder be expected to achieve?
Opening Markets – The successful candidate will work with the Country Trade Director and the regional Trade Policy manager to help identify issues that inhibit access to the Guyanese market for British exporters and investors (“Market Access Barriers”) and accurately log these barriers on the Digital Market Access Service (“DMAS”).
Trade Support – You will log all interactions with British companies on the CRM system” DataHub” and support the Guyana Country Trade Director to ensure management of the most important relationships on a systematic account management basis. You will conduct market, sector and trade policy research including but not limited to, export/business opportunities, tenders, market pointers, potential agency opportunities and potential joint venture opportunities, on the Guyanese and Suriname economies using open source information (websites, spreadsheets, newspapers etc), reproducing results using a variety of channels to allow this information to be communicated effectively. From this research you will assist in the development of sector briefs appropriate for the Guyana and Suriname markets. Where required you will provide assistance to visiting British Businesses by delivering information on the general economic and political situation in Guyana and suggesting names of suitable contacts.
Promotion – You will research, monitor and log opportunities for UK companies in the Exporting Is Great Portal (“EIG”) and develop and maintain distribution lists across sectors to alert UK companies to opportunities in Guyana and Suriname. You will promote these opportunities on social media and assist with developing successful case studies to help attract new British exporters and investors to Guyana. You will use the British High Commission’s (social) media reach in Guyana to promote the UK offer, working with the regional communications team and using material developed by DIT so as to further develop Guyanese perceptions of the creativity and innovation of British industry, showcasing the UK’s unique strengths as a destination for Guyanese overseas investment and champion global free trade and UK trade values. You will assist with planning and logistics for trade missions and trade promotion events and attend local trade exhibitions and events as required. You will attend meetings of British business groups and Trade Associations as required. You will maintain the local database of British companies and sources of supply so you are able to direct local queries accordingly.
Delivery – You will record the details of the Guyana DIT budget, ensuring all expenditure is recorded accurately to enable the Trade Director to deliver a monthly budget report. You will support the Regional Director in the accurate recording of regional DIT spend by inputting agreed numbers into Hyperion. You will provide research and draft papers in support of Overseas Market Introduction Services “OMIS”. You are expected to maintain a working knowledge of the Guyana and Suriname economies and political developments. You are expected to undertake other related activities as may be assigned from time to time. You will play a wider role as a member of the wider DIT Caribbean team, and the British High Commission in Georgetown.
Level of language required: Fluent English
Understanding of Guyanese business environment; the ability to read and interpret data accurately; the ability to conduct detailed market and sector research via various mediums and accurately reflect this data in internal mechanisms and external promotional material; intermediate to advanced computer literacy across all MS platforms and other data platforms with the ability to learn new computer software quickly; excellent planning and administrative skills; the ability to work effectively in remote location (home); excellent written and oral communications and interpersonal skills; ability to work as a part of a larger, virtual team.
Detail orientated; demonstrable research skills; interest in trade/international business; broad understanding of the UK economy
Collaborating and Partnering, Achieving Commercial Outcomes, Managing a Quality Service, Delivering at Pace
2 November 2020
Full-time, Fixed term, with possibility of renewal
North America, Caribbean and British Overseas Territories
British Deputy High Commission
7 December 2020
31 March 2021
Occasional working from home.
You need to be a Guyanese Citizen or you must have a valid work permit from the Ministry of Home Affairs.
The British Embassy Network offers a strong benefits package. This package includes generous vacation and leave time, flexible working patterns, and an enriching learning and development opportunities.
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