Research Analyst - Trade and Manufacturing (UK/EU)

Global Counsel
  • Location
    London or Brussels, Belgium
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Early Career
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  • Posted
    Nov 19

Position description

Global Counsel (GC) is hiring a Research Analyst to support its growing Trade Policy and Manufacturing Practice. This is an initial 12-month contract from January 2022 with the possibility for the position to become a permanent role.

The successful candidate will support GC client work across a range of international clients, including consumer goods, retail, life sciences, manufacturing and services sectors. We are inviting applicants with a strong interest in trade, public policy, global business, political economics and international affairs. This is an exciting opportunity for intelligent, politically astute and commercially aware recent graduates and young professionals who have exceptional research, analytical and written communication.

Role and responsibilities

The role will entail a broad range of work including:

  • Undertaking high quality analytical research and monitoring on a wide range of relevant policy, political, and regulatory developments in support of regular GC written products such as slide decks, flash analysis on key events, longer deep-dive research reports, and succinct e-mails tailored to the client;
  • This includes identifying the implications from policy developments and changes to cross-border trade and investment regimes for clients supply chains and investments;
  • Presenting information clearly and compellingly in writing and through the visualisation of relevant data;
  • Supporting business development efforts by researching the market for GC services and potential new clients;
  • Providing some administrative support related to event planning, CRM inputs and business development efforts;
  • Providing wider support to members of the team, and other ad-hoc tasks as and when required;
  • Building a network of contacts among policymakers, regulators, trade associations, and other key stakeholders.


  • We seek curious and analytical individuals interested in policy and politics and how they interact with commercial interests and who enjoy research and writing;
  • Degree level qualification in economics, political science, international political economy, business, journalism or a related discipline, or can demonstrate commeasurable work experience;
  • Excellent written English and comfort in quickly learning and using core software for data interpretation and visualisation, including PowerPoint, Microsoft Excel and Tableau. Strong editorial and data visualisation skills as well as experience with CRMs are a plus;
  • 0-1 years research experience on trade-related policy issues in government, international institutions, think tanks, consultancies, media, political campaigns or the in-house policy team of a company;
  • Demonstrated interest and/or experience in EU, UK, US, China and WTO policymaking, particularly regarding EU-UK trade relations;
  • Robust understanding of - or evidence of the ability to quickly master - key trade policy areas. These include (but are not restricted to), SPS measures and technical barriers to trade, trade-related intellectual property protection, market access, supply chain due diligence, sustainable international trade, digital trade and the role of mutual recognition and equivalence frameworks in trade policy;
  • Strong interest in the practical application of the above concepts and legal frameworks to key economic sectors, including food and drink, consumer goods, retail, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing and services;
  • A motivated self-starter who works well independently and as part of a team;
  • The GC team speaks more than 25 languages across our five offices. We highly value strong foreign language skills, but excellent English (native or near native) is essential.

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