Temporary A2(L), Trade Adviser, Strategic Trade Team The purpose of the British Embassy (BE) in Tokyo is to promote the British Government’s prosperity, security and consular interests in Japan. The jobholder will work in our busy and successful UK Trade & Investment Team, specifically within the Strategic Trade Team, assisting British companies to find opportunities to sell into the Japanese market. Main Duties The main duties of this role are to: Understand the Strategic Trade team objectives with specific focus on global sporting events, including the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games 2020 Assist the Senior Trade Advisor in charge of global sporting events by conducting market research, providing services and information for UK companies, as well as organising events, missions and trade fairs Build a pipeline of clients with the potential to export to Japan, through research, networking and events Contribute to preparing and presenting export or partnership opportunities; Conduct market research (internet-based, telephone and in person) on the regulatory, policy and business environment in Japan to UK clients Devise and execute promotional events to raise awareness among UK companies of the business opportunities in Japan Identify and introduce ways of promoting business through Export to Japan and UKTI online portal Take lead on Wider Market Activities by liaising with the event manager and relevant internal colleagues Work throughout in close collaboration with colleagues across the Embassy Support Senior Trade Advisor to manage Strategic Trade Team budget The position is for 6 months to cover a maternity leave staff absence within the team though it is possible this might be extended for another month or two. Requirements The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate the following key skills or experience: The successful candidate will require Japanese of native or JLPT level 1 (or equivalent) with at least 3 years experience of working in a Japanese speaking environment. English ability of IELTS band 7 or TOEIC 875 points or above or equivalent is also required Strong IT skills, particularly Microsoft Office in English and Japanese Proven success in managing budgets and monitoring expenditure Strong organisational skills, ability to prioritise and to work with limited supervision Good customer service focus and the ability to deliver high-quality, accurate work Flexibility and the ability to work as part of a team The following experience or skills are desirable, but not essential: Experience or knowledge of the global sports sector Experience working in an English speaking environment more than one year Experience in government trade promotion-type of activities Familiarity with the UK Specific sector experience would be helpful but is not a pre-requisite Oral communication with British companies is expected. This may necessitate occasional calls in the evening, which could be delivered flexibly through Skype or other mobile work or home infrastructure. Competences The successful candidate(s) must also be able to demonstrate that they meet the following at interview: Collaborating & Partnering: Proactively contribute to the work of the whole team. Be open to taking on different roles. Try to see issues from others’ perspectives and check understanding. Changing & Improving: Co-operate with and be open to the possibilities of change and consider ways to implement and adapt to change in own work role. Learn new procedures, seek to exploit new technologies and help colleagues to do the same. Managing a Quality Service: Communicate in a way that meets the customer’s requirements and gives a favourable impression of your team. Actively seek information from customers to understand their needs and expectations. Take ownership of issues, focus on providing the right solution and keep customers up to date with progress. Delivering Value for Money: Keep track of spend and make sure work is approved and signed off as necessary. Maintain recognised financial procedures and practices. Seeing the big picture: Understand what is required of them in their role and how this contributes to team and Departmental priorities. Gather information from a range of relevant sources inside and outside your team to inform own work. Consider how their own job links with and impacts on colleagues and others in partner organisations. Delivering at pace: Work in an organised manner using own knowledge and expertise to deliver on time and to standard. Take responsibility for the quality of own work and keep manager informed of how the work is progressing. Our Values As part of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), the Embassy aims for excellence by: Taking responsibility Encouraging innovation Working together Our values support a vibrant culture where all staff takes on stretching responsibilities, where ideas thrive and the status quo can be fearlessly challenged. We work together effectively with all our partners to make a greater difference for the UK. Benefit package includes: The job is being offered on a 6-month contract until the end of August 2015 Working hours: Monday to Friday, generally 0900-1730 with flexible working opportunities and occasional out of hours working required Salary of JPY 323,000 per month, with 1 month bonus equivalents payable pro rata in June and at the end of contract. (Note: subject to tax status, this amount may be reduced.) Commuting allowance of up to JPY35,000 per month (paid on an actual cost basis) 24 days paid annual leave (pro rata) Health Insurance and Employee pension (kenko hoken/kosei nenkin) Employment Insurance (Koyou hoken) Excellent training and development opportunities Work-related travel in Japan/the region is a possibility Interviews are likely to be held on 23/24 February. You may be asked to take a language test as part of the interview Target start date: March 2015 or as soon as possible thereafter To Apply Please email your updated CV together with the completed application form, which can be downloaded from our website https://www.gov.uk/government/world/organisations/british- embassy-tokyo/about/recruitment, by close on 12th February to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please send your attachments using either of the following formats .doc, .docx, pdf. No accommodation or relocation expenses are payable in connection with this position. The applicant must have or be able to obtain work authorisation for Japan however if a foreign national, the British Embassy/Consulate General will support a visa application if required. Please note that incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. The British Embassy/Consulate General is an equal opportunities employer, dedicated to inclusivity, a diverse workforce and valuing difference. Staff recruited locally by the British Embassy/Consulate General in Tokyo are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local employment law.
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