Associate/Senior Associate, Trade & Manufacturing

Global Counsel
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
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  • Posted
    Jan 18

Position description

Global Counsel (GC) is hiring a new position to support its growing Trade Policy and Manufacturing Practice in Washington DC. The successful candidate will work across a range of international clients, including some of the most prestigious companies’ investors in manufacturing, consumer goods, retail, life sciences and services sectors.

The role will focus on tracking, understanding and explaining highly political and topical policy themes impacting goods, services and digital trade, as well as evolving cross border regimes for IP protection, investment and more sustainable international trade. This includes interpreting geopolitical trade tensions and recent pressure for reshoring economic activity in developed economies - exacerbated by the impact of the Covid-19 crisis and war in Ukraine on supply chains – but also burgeoning tensions resulting from strategic autonomy and tech sovereignty pushes in the US, EU, the UK and globally.

The successful candidate will provide practical strategic advice and support to clients on the trade-related policy developments in the US – and its impact on and interactions with third markets such as the EU, UK and China – evolving global market access regimes, relevant regulatory frameworks and the political pressures for reforming them. It is an opportunity to further develop expertise at the interface between business, politics and the system of international trade rules.

Examples of GC work in this area can be found in the analysis and blog sections of our website.

Role and responsibilities

  • Analytical research and monitoring of developments for clients on a wide range of relevant (particularly, but not exclusively, US) policy issues impacting goods, services and digital trade and cross border regimes for IP protection, foreign investment and taxation;
  • Identifying the implications from policy developments and changes to cross border trade and investment regimes for clients’ supply chains and investments;
  • Leading projects and/or retainer workstreams within the trade & manufacturing practice to support clients in responding to policy and regulatory risks, including by proactively identifying how Global Counsel can support clients and their objectives beyond the successful execution of client requests;
  • Presenting information clearly and compellingly in writing and through the visualisation of relevant data, including by drafting slide decks on PowerPoint;
  • Supporting the development and implementation of policymaker engagement by Global Counsel and its clients;
  • Supporting and leading business development by identifying potential clients, contributing to and leading pitch processes, and proposing and leading business development outreach campaigns; and
  • Building and maintaining a network of contacts among policymakers and wider stakeholders at senior levels.


Skills and profile

  • Degree level qualification in economics, political science, international political economy or a related discipline;
  • Excellent written English and comfort in using core software for data interpretation and visualisation, including Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint;
  • 2-6 years’ experience providing advice on trade policy issues in government (e.g., USTR, Department of Commerce, White House, Congress, etc.), international institutions, think tanks, consultancies and/or the in-house policy team of companies.
  • Demonstrated experience and interest in US trade policymaking and US politics. Demonstrated experience and/or interest in EU, UK, China, Latin America and WTO policymaking is a plus;
  • Robust understanding of – or evidence of the ability to quickly master - key trade policy areas, particularly US trade defence policy. Additional policy areas include sustainable international trade, digital trade, trade-related intellectual property protection, 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 advanced manufacturing, tech, services, food and drink and pharmaceuticals;
  • Other languages are desirable but not essential;
  • A motivated self-starter who works well independently and as part of a team.

This is a full-time role based in Washington DC with the possibility for work travel.
Salary and other benefits are competitive and dependent on experience.