Trade & Investment Officer, Healthcare and Life Sciences

Foreign & Commonwealth Office
  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Jun 16

Position description

Be a part of the Department for International Trade’s mission to drive more trade and investment between North America and the UK. With a mature, high-spending consumer market and an open, liberal economy, world-class talent and a business-friendly regulatory environment, the UK is the leading destination for foreign investment in Europe, the second highest investment destination in the world, and the world’s sixth largest exporter and the second largest services exporter.

Based in New York the Trade & Investment Officer for Healthcare and Life Sciences will proactively identify opportunities in the US for market ready UK companies to achieve new business, and work with companies from NY, NJ, PA, and CT seeking to launch into, or expand in, the UK market. You will be part of the North America Healthcare and Life Sciences team providing key account management within the region in addition to providing strategic advice and assistance to companies. You will co-manage one business development associate, be a valued contributor to the New York based regional team, and work closely with colleagues based around the UK.

The US Network offers a unique career enhancing opportunity and is committed to supporting its staff through a variety of benefits including generous leave, insurance packages and a highly competitive 401k programme. It also promotes a culture of flexibility to enable people to better maintain wellness through an excellent work/life balance approach that encompasses hybrid working, including working from home and flexible hours, where possible.

Roles and responsibilities:

  • Provide a comprehensive account management service to key US clients in the Healthcare and Life Sciences industry (including healthcare, biotechnology, and medical devices) looking to maintain or grow their footprint in the UK.
  • Successfully build and manage a pipeline of knowledge-driven projects that have the potential to bring high-value jobs and R&D to the UK.
  • Assist high-growth and innovative UK companies to develop US market entry strategies and/or grow US market share; and support established British companies in market to address any concerns around US trade policy or market access barriers.
  • Forge positive relationships with US and UK business leaders, trade associations, regional healthcare providers and other key buyers/partners within the Healthcare and Life Sciences industries.
  • Develop and implement high impact, targeted marketing programs and events in conjunction with stakeholder partners to build our brand awareness, promote key messaging, and showcase UK competitiveness in Life Sciences.
  • Keep pace with market trends, incentives and centres of excellence in North America and the UK to identify commercial opportunities and provide informed advice to clients.
  • Work with internal and external stakeholders to deliver high-impact programming, including developing and hosting round tables, seminars and trade missions, and contributing to Ministerial and other VIP visit programs.
  • Assist with cross-team projects to advance UK economic and trade policy goals.
  • Any other duties as assigned.

Under US State Department requirements, the UK Government in the US may only employ, as non-diplomatic staff, persons who are US citizens, US Permanent Residents or A visa holders with EAD cards*. If you hold a visa other than an A visa you are not currently eligible to work at our office. Please refer to our website for information on exceptions to this policy at All selected candidates are subject to background checks and will require a security clearance prior to starting work. 

  • A visas are acceptable at the Embassy and Consulates. The UK Mission to the UN (UKMIS) accepts G visas, and British Defense Staff (BDS) outposts accept A or NATO visas.

Essential qualifications, skills and experience 

Essential on arrival:

  • Demonstrated professional experience in a business, economic development or healthcare / life sciences role
  • Thorough knowledge of the healthcare or life sciences industries and major companies
  • Thorough knowledge of market trends in the US and preferably in the UK
  • Exellent stakeholder management abilities
  • Excellent interpersonal, presentation and networking skills
  • Excellent management and collaboration skills with the ability to deliver results
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and meticulous attention to detail
  • Ability to multitask and complete work while traveling
  • Driving license.
  • Must be able to attend events outside of office hours and undertake travel in the US and internationally up to 20% of your time.
  • An understanding of international relations and UK Government policy preferred.

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