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Trade Manager, Defence & Security Sector

  • 16.10.2019
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Job Description

The British Embassy in Ankara is part of a world-wide network representing British political, economic and consular interests overseas and is now looking to hire a Trade Manager, Defence & Security Sector for the Department for International Trade (DIT) team.

DIT work to support companies based in the UK and their in-country representatives and partners overseas. Primarily the job involves providing support to the DIT team during their interactions with UK and Turkish industries and government. In particular the Ankara team focuses on supporting UK exports in the healthcare, life sciences, energy, education, infrastructure, defence & security sectors.

The primary purpose of this role is to provide support for UK companies seeking to develop and secure opportunities in the Defence and Security sectors within Turkey. This involves liaison with Turkish military and government authorities, managing relationships with key Turkish and British companies and their in country representatives, and planning and delivering official visits and participation at defence exhibitions.

Core duties include monitoring defence & security opportunity related activity; researching Turkish defence equipment requirements; distributing information to relevant British Industry; arranging inward and outward high level visits, appointments and meetings; responding to requests for information and assistance; accompanying senior Embassy colleagues and defence companies on their calls; briefing senior Embassy and visiting officials as required. There may be an occasional need for short periods of duty away from Ankara and some international travel.

In more detail, main responsibilities will include:

Coordinating the day to day work of the DSO (Defence and Security Organisation) section within the DIT (Department for International Trade) team. Managing delivery of the high value campaigns and all reporting and briefing requirements of the section; Establishing, maintaining and expanding a wide range of high level contacts in the defence industry of Turkey, the defence procurement organisation (SSM) and the Turkish military. Working with those contacts and other sources of information to acquire a sophisticated knowledge of the key defence projects, opportunities and challenges for UK business. Using this knowledge to ensure UK industry, senior management in Turkey, DSO and wider Whitehall have accurate and up to date information on which to base commercial and policy decision making. Liaising with UK companies and following up on enquiries, including through visits to local companies, producing chargeable reports for UK companies when commissioned; Other duties involve contributing to the annual reports; completing required computer based metrics. Thereby ensuring that all measured targets are recorded and met; Managing and developing the 1 x member of staff who leads on the security portfolio. Ensuring that they have the guidance and support they need to deliver the value and volume targets in their sector. Ensure that all management tasks such as appraisals and claim authorisation are performed to a high standard and in a timely way; Arranging events (including high level participation at international shows such as Farnborough, DSEi, IEDF). Developing and implementing media and engagement strategies for high profile campaigns in the sector liaising closely with Embassy press and public affairs colleagues to maximise impact.

Required Skills

Essential qualifications, skills and experience  

Fluency in Turkish and English (both oral and written); Sound understanding of the Turkish defence industry and how this interacts with government and the military; Experience of running commercial campaigns, lobbying, public relations or similar roles in the public sector; The ability to work in a diverse, multicultural team where intense pressure and short deadlines are common; The ability to effectively represent UK interests in meetings and via presentations to high level and potentially unsympathetic audiences; Availability to do some out of hours work for events, receptions, exhibitions. Some domestic and international travel required including regular visits to the UK; Must have no restrictions on ability to undertake international travel including to the UK.

Desirable qualifications, skills and experience  

Detailed knowledge of the Turkish defence procurement process (e.g. SSP) and/or the Turkish military; Experience of working in an international environment either at an Embassy or multilateral organisation; Experience or managing a team.

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British Consulate General İstanbul

British Embassy Turkey

Our mission is to develop and improve relationships that will make the UK and Turkey more secure and prosperous. Our priorities include cooperation in international policy; trade and investment; defence; energy; illegal immigration; counter-terrorism; and international crime.

Our network of posts in Turkey, including the British Embassy in Ankara and our Consulate General in Istanbul, develop and maintain relations between the UK and Turkey. We work on a wide range of issues including Turkey’s bid to join the European Union, the economy, energy policy and international security.

We have a dedicated team working on projects to improve Turkey’s prospects of joining the EU. We are improving ties between British and Turkish companies to ensure that we meet the target set by the British prime minister and his Turkish counterpart in 2010 to double bilateral trade by 2015.

We have a large consular network with posts in Antalya, Bodrum, Marmaris, Izmir and Fethiye. These offices deal with a wide range of issues in a country that receives around 2.5 million British visitors a year and where up to 40,000 Britons live for all or part of the year.

In addition to staff posted to Turkey from the United Kingdom, the Embassy employs staff locally, most of whom are Turkish citizens. We seek to recruit and retain talented and high performing staff, who support and develop each other and are committed to high standards of service.

The Embassy values diverse talents, skills and background, drawing on the rich cultural and ethnic diversity of the UK and Turkey. As an equal opportunities employer, the Embassy welcomes applications from suitably qualified individuals, regardless of race, colour, gender, disability, sexual orientation, religion, belief and age.

The Embassy HR Office accepts applications only for specific vacancy announcements. We will not accept applications that are not associated with a specific vacancy announcement.

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