The British Embassy in Paris looks for a Prosperity Manager, Trade Policy & Market Access
Department for International Trade roles
The British Embassy in Paris is part of a world-wide network, representing British political, economic and consular interests overseas. It is also part of the UK’s France Network (including offices in Lyon, Bordeaux and Marseille and representation to international organisations in Paris (OECD and UNESCO) and Strasbourg (CoE).
The British Embassy is currently looking for a Prosperity Manager, Trade Policy & Market Access.
Working closely with senior Department for International Trade and political colleagues across the France Network, the role will focus on identifying and addressing any market barriers within key sectors (covering Aerospace, Automotive, Business Professional & Financial Services, Creative industries, Defence & Security, Food & Drink, Life Sciences, Nuclear, Rail, Renewables, Sports & Technology), as well as provide support to colleagues scoping opportunities in other high potential Trade areas (eg. Construction, Agri-Tech and Infrastructure).
The post holder will also work with colleagues at the Paris Embassy (covering Europe & Global Issues, including Science & Innovation) to influence and develop partnering strategies on specific trade policy issues, assessing competitive strengths and market barriers within the French economy, in order to develop tailored engagement plans that inform the UK’s future trade and customs relationship with the EU and France.
The successful candidate will strengthen and reinforce trade policy expertise at the British Embassy Paris and across the France Network. They will work with DIT and cross-Embassy Prosperity colleagues on on-going strategic market access and trade policy issues and support work to establish the UK’s future economic partnership. This includes identifying the trade policy aspects of wider political issues; having a strategic overview of barriers to UK businesses in France; and developing appropriate policy responses in conjunction with Whitehall colleagues and other partners.
The main responsibilities will include:
Develop relationships with a range of French stakeholders including government, industry and business, to build a network for information and influence.
Develop and share understanding of trade policy priorities and identify emerging trade barriers in the French market.
Address country-specific trade barriers/market access issues, influencing through established networks.
Work closely with DIT, BEIS, DexEU and FCO colleagues, as well as wider cooperation between different missions and markets across the Europe region (as coordinated through Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for Europe), to ensure a one HMG approach.
Contribute to HMTC Europe strategies to address wider regulatory and trade policy issues (e.g. at EU, OECD and WTO level).
Advise and prioritise where HMG should focus its resource and attention to address trade policy priorities and trade barriers.
Assist with key Ministerial (and other) senior visits from the UK.
Support the development of trade policy expertise across the DIT and FCO network.
The post holder will report to the Head of Trade, and be countersigned by the Economic and Social Affairs Counsellor.
The role will require occasional travel in France, across Europe and to the UK.
The individual will be a self-starter with personal initiative and drive, will have strong interpersonal, team working, communication and policy skills and be comfortable working with senior level decision makers.
Fluency in English and French (both written and spoken, minimum of C2 level for CEFR framework*);
University degree, preferably in an economic or policy field or with a strong economic component;
Excellent relationship-building skills;
Ability to communicate complex issues clearly and persuasively in person and in writing;
Well-developed analysis and critical thinking skills;
Ability to pick up new issues and topics quickly;
Ability to build and develop a range of contacts within government and private sector to build effective working relationships and networks and links to civil society;
Resilience, and the ability to work under pressure on a challenging portfolio independently, and as part of a team;
Experience of working in a policy environment, particularly an economic or trade context;
Experience engaging internationally;
Candidate with experience in EU organisations or French political and economic agencies;
Working overseas on behalf of HMG.
Seeing the Big Picture, Leading and Communicating, Collaborating and Partnering, Engaging Internationally