Assistant Sector Manager, Defence and Security Organization – British Consulate, Rio de Janeiro, RJ


Job Description (Roles and Responsibilities)

The Department for International Trade (DIT) is the UK government department charges with promoting and financing international trade and development, and championing free trade. In Brazil, DIT operates within the British Embassy in Brasília, and Consulates in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Belo Horizonte and Recife, with a team of over 40 staff who work primarily through a number of sector specific export promotion campaigns.

This is a brilliant opportunity to work on one of the most important export campaigns for the British Government in Brazil. You will work as part of DIT’s Defence and Security Organisation (DSO), which is responsible for assisting British defence, security and emergency response industries in their efforts to export. DSO works to build strong relationships with overseas industry, governments and armed forces, providing specialist export advice and practical assistance to British companies and working closely with UK government departments including the Ministry of Defence (MOD), the Home Office and the Export Control Joint Unit (ECJU). You will work as part of a team of four, managing by the Security Advisor (based in Brasília) and the Sector Manager (based in Rio de Janeiro) and managing an intern.

This is an ideal position for someone with the ability to work collaboratively with an international team. The job will be challenging and will require the successful candidate to take responsibility for delivering both quickly and to a high standard. Ideal for a professional seeking a new challenge or to broaden their skill base.

The Assistant Sector Manager’s roles, in order of priority/time allocated, are:

1 – Conduct research (both desk-based and through meetings/calls with companies) and report on routes to market, current market access issues affecting UK companies in Brazil, key contacts and potential partners for UK companies. Use information gathered to build and maintain a pipeline of potential business and a network of key contacts. Answer chargeable and non-chargeable general enquiries (personal, telephone, e-mail) from Brazilian and UK companies;

2 – Input information on business opportunities collected from a range of sources (government tenders/company procurement teams/ business agents) into UK Export Opportunities platform. Identify and contact prospective UK suppliers for said opportunities. Maintain an up-dated contact database and ensure impact and interactions are recorded on Datahub database;

3 – Organise visits and events for companies coming to Brazil to follow up on the research reports they have commissioned, including elaborating briefings and scheduling meetings with potential partners and key industry bodies as well as supporting product launches. Assist with logistic and administrative arrangements for Missions (inward and outward), Trade Fairs and Seminars, involving, when necessary, attendance at official functions. Arrange meetings and visit programmes for other colleagues in the team when required;

4 – Support the core functions of the DIT team, coordinate budget management, oversee an intern and support other Defence and Security sector colleagues across Latin America and the Caribbean when required, to ensure a joined up service for British companies seeking to do business in the region. Countries to be supported include but are not limited to Mexico, Peru, Colombia, Chile, Argentina and Panama.

Essential qualifications, skills and experience

At least 2 years practical experience in business or administrative functions;

Ability to solve problems, prioritise, organise and manage multiple tasks;

Capacity to have a customer-focused approach

Committed team player with ability to self-motivate, resilience, and autonomy

Desirable qualifications, skills and experience

A University degree in Business Administration, International Relations, or related fields;

Post-graduate degree or academic experience in defence or security;

Experience in event organisation (suppliers, travel and logistics);

Knowledge/understanding of Brazilian business landscape.

Required competencies
Changing and Improving, Collaborating and Partnering, Delivering Value for Money, Managing a Quality Service

Application deadline
7 July 2018

Type of Position
Full-time, Flexible working, Permanent

Working hours per week

Location (City)
Rio De Janeiro

Starting monthly salary (BRL)

Start Date
6 August 2018

Other benefits and conditions of employment

The British Diplomatic Mission to Brazil, or “Brazil Network”, has a learning culture that encourages its entire staff to develop, through formal training, learning from others and on the job.

The Brazil Network energy campaign team, which comprises policy, programme and trade promotion staff is committed to support its members to learn from one another through close working and job shadowing.

Additional information

Language: English / Portuguese

Level of language required: Advanced/Fluent

Degree Required

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