Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
The Department for International Trade (DIT) helps UK businesses to export, secures inward and outward investment, negotiates market access and trade agreements and champions free trade. DIT makes a real difference to UK companies pursuing deals, from deal origination and UK Export Finance support to tackling market access barriers.
The work of the department has never been more crucial both in terms of leading the UK’s strategy as an independent trading nation and its recovery on the international scene in a post Covid-19 world. Our Export Strategy sets out how government supports businesses of all sizes to make the most of the opportunities presented by markets around the world.
Africa is a vast, diverse and dynamic continent, home to some 1.3billion people. In 2019, Africa boasted 8 of the world’s fastest growing economies. With population growth and rapid urbanisation, within the next 30 years, one-quarter of the world’s consumers will be African. The UK has considerable trading interests across Africa, some £35billion of trade pre-pandemic with considerable scope for future trade and investment.
This is a high-profile, exciting and critical post. HM Trade Commissioner for Africa will provide strategic direction and inspiring leadership for the DIT African network of 130 people based across some 21 countries. The post-holder will help grow key economic and commercial relationships between the UK & key stakeholders across the continent by influencing the respective governments, attracting high quality foreign direct investment; driving high-value campaigns for exports and projecting the image and brand of the UK.
This role presents a unique challenge and we are looking for candidates with first class leadership attributes, drive and ambition. The ideal individual will bring experience of providing strategic leadership to a large and complex organisation, a track record of ensuring operations are aligned with customer and stakeholder needs, and experience of international business development. As such, they will be able to demonstrate deep knowledge of operating in emerging markets, identifying business opportunities and building/implementing strategies to achieve successful outcomes. Likewise, they will be able to demonstrate outstanding influencing skills, interpersonal effectiveness, a strategic and sensitive approach to communication within a complex and diverse environment.
For further information about the role, please download the candidate pack below under Supporting Documentation:
Closing date for applications is: 9:00am BST Tuesday 31st August 2021