Senior International Trade Policy Officer

UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
  • Location
    London, United Kingdom
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Dec 29

Position description

BEIS is a new department at the heart of the Government’s agenda, with a vision of an economy that works for everyone. We are responsible for developing and delivering a comprehensive industrial strategy and leading the Government’s relationship with business; we work to tackle climate change and ensure that the country has secure energy supplies that are reliable, affordable and clean. Our role is vital to lead the Government’s vision in a context of momentous change, responding to both the short-term domestic impact of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union and working to define the next stage. 

We feel the department has an exciting remit, and we hope you agree. 

Job description  

We are looking for talented individuals to join various BEIS sector policy teams to lead on international trade policy development specific to that sector. They will provide vital sector specific input to trade policy development and enable close working between sector teams and the central trade policy development teams. 

Suitable candidates may already have UK or foreign policy experience, or experience in a BEIS business sector related to goods, services or digital. 

Applicants should have a keen interest in trade, business or international relations, and be excited about engaging in innovative policy development. If you have excellent leadership, strategy, policy and relationship management skills, we would like to hear from you. 

About the Role: 

Our Senior International Trade Policy Officer roles will be embedded within BEIS sector policy teams. They will develop expertise on how trade policy can be best designed to support their business sector, informed through desk research, analysis of published evidence, and building stakeholder relationships. They will work with trade professionals across Government to develop an independent UK trade policy that delivers for all sectors and regions. BEIS sectors and subsectors include: 

- Aerospace 

- Advanced Manufacturing 

- Automotive 

- Chemicals 

- Civil Nuclear 

- Construction 

- Life Sciences (incl. bio-tech, med-tech, diagnostics, pharmaceutical) 

- Oil & Gas 

- Professional Business Services 

- Retail 

- Steel & materials 

- Space 

Key Responsibilities: 

Successful candidates will be expected to lead on a wide variety of work; including policy development, strategy, evidence gathering, and stakeholder management across Government and with business stakeholders. These posts offer opportunities to develop policy skills and trade and business knowledge. There is a strong programme of trade policy and negotiations training available for trade specialists across Government. 

These posts will be embedded in sector teams, but will be part of a virtual team of trade professionals across BEIS, supported by the BEIS international trade team, who lead the department’s trade strategy development and programme. The senior international trade policy officers will work closely alongside policy, analytical and legal colleagues in BEIS as well as other trade policy leads in the Department for International Trade and across Whitehall departments. 

Responsibilities for each post may vary according to teams, but will include: 

- Building an understanding of sector business priorities for trade, barriers to trade with partner countries and sector priorities for trade policy 

- Identifying opportunities for overcoming trade barriers and analysing costs and benefits of trade agreement proposals with specific partner countries 

- Developing and maintaining an evidence base of sector trade statistics, interests and issues, in partnership with analysts 

- Influencing Whitehall policy making processes – representing BEIS policy interests in sector, theme and country working groups 

- Providing written and oral policy advice to senior colleagues and ministers 

- Leading on relationships and engaging external stakeholders to access expertise and communicate policy direction 

- Providing updates on policy development to the sector 

- Building expertise and international trade knowledge capability in BEIS, including through participation in and development of training, masterclasses and seminars 

- Risk and project management 

- Team and line management 

- Making a corporate contribution to your directorate, the International Trade team or the wider department 


Successful candidates will need to work with energy and pace in a fast moving policy environmental. They will need to get to grips with a complex policy area, closely linked with industrial strategy and EU exit. They will need to show focus and drive to develop robust fit-for-purpose policy that delivers real benefits to the UK. 

Candidates will be assessed according to the following competencies: 

- Leading and communicating 

- Delivering at pace 

- Making effective decisions 

- Seeing the bigger picture 

- Collaborating and partnering 


We'll assess you against these competencies during the selection process:

  • Leading and Communicating  
  • This is the lead competency - in the case of a large applicant pool, we will be sifting on this competency alone. 
  • Delivering at Pace 
  • Making Effective Decisions 
  • Seeing the Big Picture 
  • Collaborating and Partnering 

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