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Department for International Trade roles (DIT)
Department for International Trade (DIT)
Job Description (Roles and Responsibilities)
Main purpose of job:
The Department for International Trade (DIT) is the UK government department charged 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 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 UK Government in Brazil. You will work as part of DIT’s Defence and Security Organisation (DSO), which is responsible for assisting UK Defence, Security and Cyber Security 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 and Brazil government departments.
This is an ideal position for someone with the ability to work collaboratively with an international team. The job will require the successful candidate to take responsibility for delivering both quickly and to a high standard.
Roles and responsibilities / what will the jobholder be expected to achieve?:
The successful candidate will support the delivery of DIT Brazil Defence and Security Organisation’s (DSO) activities below:
Trade support (35%)
– Answer chargeable and non-chargeable general and diverse enquiries (personal, telephone, e-mail, work mobile phone) from Brazilian and UK stakeholders;
– Analyse the demands of the Defence and Security sector in Brazil and search for UK suppliers that offer matching solution
– 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.
Trade promotion (35%)
– Assist with logistic and administrative arrangements for official events such as missions (inward and outward), lunches, dinners, trade fairs, seminars, showcases and dialogues.
– Build programmes for stakeholders for Defence and Security trade shows
– Support official visits both in the UK and in Brazil
– 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 updated contact database and ensure impact and interactions are recorded on DIT’s database
Administrative support (20%)
– Support the core functions of the DIT team
– Arrange meetings and visit programmes for other colleagues in the team when required
– Coordinate budget management, monthly updating the Activity Plan and the budget holder, enabling him to make decisions
– Work collaboratively with other teams for official visits, events, elaborate briefings and/or general support
– Line Manage an intern
– 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.
– Ad hoc activities
Opening Markets (10%)
– Develop a structure with the Business Development Manager and the Head of Sector to understand the main issues from the Defence and Security stakeholders and create an action plan to support the UK companies and investors to do business in Brazil
Resources managed (staff and expenditure):
Line Manage an Intern
Support in managing the team budget
Essential qualifications, skills and experience
Professional experience in business, commercial or administrative functions
Ability to solve problems, prioritise, organise and manage multiple tasks
Capacity to have a high-standard customer-focused approach
Committed team player with ability to self-motivate, resilience and autonomy
Written and oral fluency and very good communication skills in both Portuguese and English
Very good command of Microsoft Office (outlook, excel, word)
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Language: Portuguese and English
Level of language required: both fluent
Desirable qualifications, skills and experience
A University degree in Business Administration, International Relations, or related fields
Experience in defence and/or security field
Experience in event organisation (suppliers, travel and logistics)
Knowledge/understanding of Brazilian business landscape
Academic/professional experience with defence and security will be highly appreciated
Collaborating and Partnering, Delivering Value for Money, Managing a Quality Service, Delivering at Pace
9 February 2020
Type of Position
Working hours per week
Latin America and Spanish speaking Caribbean
Rio De Janeiro
Type of Post
Number of vacancies
Starting salary ()
30 March 2020
Eligibility to work and live in Brazil is required.
The British Embassy Network offers a strong benefits package. This package includes generous vacation and leave time, flexible working patterns, and an enriching learning and development opportunities.
Learning and development opportunities
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.
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