Regional Manager for Northern Ireland (BEL387)

FCO - Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Brussels, Belgium

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, 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: Other British Government Departments (Partners across Government, including UK Visas)
Job Subcategory: Northern Ireland Bureau/Northern Ireland Group/Invest Northern Ireland

Job Description (Roles and Responsibilities)

This is a new post, based in Invest Northern Ireland’s office in Brussels (which is co-located with the Northern Ireland Executive Office). Invest Northern Ireland has a small presence in Brussels but is seeking to expand its operations in the region to create an International Hub. The job holder will lead on the development of this international hub to deliver tangible commercial results for the Northern Ireland region.

The role will have three key areas of responsibility: (1) providing market knowledge and introductions for Northern Ireland exporters; (2) engaging with the institutions of the European Commission and identifying opportunities for Northern Ireland company engagements; and (3) attracting FDI to Northern Ireland from companies in the European region.

The selected candidate will develop a network of contacts, forge relationship at the highest level with government officials, stakeholders and business/industry leaders in order to promote Northern Ireland, secure trade/export wins for Northern Ireland companies, and bring inward investment opportunities to Northern Ireland.

Roles and responsibilities:

  • Proactively identify and deliver against business opportunities for Northern Ireland companies through market intelligence, connections and research and promote the Northern Ireland capability to key decision makers;
  • Develop strong senior executive relationships with targeted companies, stakeholders and influencers in the region and make strategic introductions for Northern Ireland businesses;
  • Actively showcase Northern Ireland excellence and expertise in agreed target sectors via the delivery of specialist events delivered directly or in collaboration with relevant corporate and network bodies;
  • Oversee and manage in-market support for company visits, trade missions, events and exhibitions;
  • Keep abreast of EU policy developments and alert to relevance for Northern Ireland businesses;
  • Develop a market strategy for the region to promote Northern Ireland capability and which contributes to the overall goals of the Europe territory;
  • Manage VIP (including Ministerial delegations) visit programme and arrange all necessary logistics and protocols;
  • Engage effectively with colleagues and stakeholders based in Northern Ireland to provide market and sector briefings and to ensure that activity in the market aligns with corporate plans;
  • Manage relevant information sources and maintain accurate recording of customer and stakeholder information on Invest NI’s CRM and management systems;
  • Prepare annual budget for the region and manage spend in line with approved budget and necessary corporate governance guidelines.

Essential qualifications and experience

  • Minimum 3 years’ business development experience, with the ability to analyse, assess and deliver against business opportunities;
  • Experience in developing and maintaining effective working relationships at senior level;
  • Experience of working with the Institutions of the European Commission;
  • Excellent communication, customer service and interpersonal skills - ability to work collaboratively with business contacts and colleagues in Europe and the UK as well as colleagues in the Northern Ireland Executive Office in Brussels;
  • Excellent organisational and administrative skills. Ability to work at pace and independently as part of a remote team; including prioritising and managing an often heavy workload;
  • Good IT skills (Outlook, Word, Excel, Powerpoint);
  • Fluency in both English and French (a minimum of C2 level).

Desirable qualifications and experience

  • University degree;
  • Knowledge of Northern Ireland, particularly an understanding of its key sectors and economic drivers.

Required competencies

Seeing the Big Picture, Leading and Communicating, Collaborating and Partnering, Achieving Commercial Outcomes, Delivering at Pace, Engaging Internationally.

Application deadline: 31 August 2017
Grade: C5 (L)
Type of Position: Full-time, Permanent
Working hours per week: 36.25
Region: Europe, Eastern Europe & Central Asia
Type of Post: British Embassy
Number of vacancies: 1
Starting monthly salary (EUR): 5948.18
Start Date: 16 October 2017

Other benefits and conditions of employment

This is a full-time, permanent contract, for 5 working days (36.25 hours net) per week.

The monthly salary for this position is €5948.18, C5(L) level (The British Diplomatic Missions in Belgium salaries are not subject to annual indexation).

Please note that Belgian nationals will be paid their salary gross and are expected to comply with their tax obligations through completion of a tax return to the Belgian authorities. Non-Belgian nationals will receive their salary net, minus the deduction of an equivalent level of Belgian tax retained at source. Further information on this will be given to candidates during the recruitment process.

The successful candidates will be subject to professional background checks and security clearance.

Staff recruited locally by the British Diplomatic Missions in Belgium are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local Belgian employment law.

Additional information

Please note that the deadline for applications is 23:55 on the day mentioned in the above field “Application deadline”. We advise you to allow enough time to complete and submit your full application, since only applications completed and submitted before the deadline will be considered.

Please be aware that the deadline for submitting applications is considered to be the time zone for the country where the vacancy has arisen.

Please be advised that the British Diplomatic Missions will not be able to meet the travel costs incurred when travelling to the interview, nor the costs connected with relocation if offered a job.

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