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    Brussels, Belgium
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  • Position description

    The British Government is an inclusive and diversity-friendly employer. We value difference, promote equality and challenge discrimination, enhancing our organisational capability. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, colour, ethnicity, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, age, veteran status or other category protected by law. We promote family-friendly flexible working opportunities, where operational and security needs allow.

    Job Category: Department for International Trade roles (DIT)
    Job Subcategory: DIT

    Job Description (Roles and Responsibilities)

    The British Embassy, based in Brussels, Belgium, is part of a world-wide network of 230 Diplomatic Posts, representing British political, economic and consular interests overseas. We are now looking to recruit a Market Access Adviser for the Department for International Trade (DIT).

    This role will support UK, Belgian and Luxembourg businesses to understand the terms of trade following the UK’s departure from the EU, and make the most of trade opportunities between the UK and EU countries. The successful candidate will work closely with the Trade Policy Officers, the Market Access Hub and their country teams to address enquiries and issues raised by businesses looking to trade between the UK and Belgium or Luxembourg, investigating, understanding and explaining the rules where barriers to trade are encountered, and proposing actions to remove these barriers where applicable and appropriate.

    Main duties and responsibilities:

    • Answer business enquiries received directly in country or via the Market Access Centre about the terms of trade between the UK and their market, investigating the rules or procedures involved in any issue, and explaining these;
    • Work closely with the Market Access Centre, other Market Access Officers and economic teams to build knowledge about trade rules across the EU and in specific Member States/non-EU countries, and contribute to developing regional advice;
    • Identify longer-term trade barriers from enquiries, investigate potential solutions, and as appropriate escalate these to the Trade Policy Officers or Country Directors, as well as the Bilateral Relations Team in London, to include these in local and regional strategic and country plans, and work together to resolve them;
    • Monitor and report on regulatory developments and the business environment in country, scan for potential barriers to trade (e.g. through proposed or new legislation or procedures), and assess impact on UK business interests;
    • Support Trade Policy Officers, Country Directors or wider FCDO teams on market access work as required, including commercial dialogues, Ministerial visits, business outreach and engagement, as necessary, ensuring a coordinated approach across HM Government;
    • Encourage businesses where appropriate to explore further opportunities for growth working with country trade teams and the Trade Hub;
    • Support the development of market access expertise across all embassy teams;
    • Contribute to wider DIT and Embassy objectives.

    There will also be tasks specific to the country position, which are at the discretion of the Country Director.

    The successful candidate will need to be able to understand and interpret complex detail from EU and national laws and procedures, be a good communicator to explain these to businesses as well as to other colleagues, and enjoy working closely and collaboratively with a wider range of stakeholders in country teams, regionally and with London.

    Essential qualifications, skills and experience

    • Full professional proficiency in English, French and Dutch including excellent writing skills (written and spoken, minimum of C1 level for CEFR framework*);
    • Relevant experience working with international business;
    • Demonstrable analytical skills, the ability to make sense of complex information.

    Desirable qualifications, skills and experience

    • Experience working with the host country’s trade rules;
    • Some previous or relevant experience of trade policy and market access issues;
    • Some previous experience, or interest in, working on European affairs.

    Required competencies

    • Seeing the Big Picture, Leading and Communicating, Building Capability for All, Managing a Quality Service.

    Application deadline: 22 August 2021
    Grade: B3 (L)
    Type of Position: Full-time, Fixed term, with possibility of renewal
    Working hours per week: 36.25
    Region: Europe, Eastern Europe & Central Asia
    Type of Post: British Embassy
    Salary: € 4,243.29 (Gross)
    Start Date: 1 October 2021

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