Director Defence Industry - UK

Defence SA
  • Location
    London, United Kingdom
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Jun 28

Position description

This key role will develop opportunities in the defence sector between South Australian and UK companies. It involves identifying potential business ventures for South Australian companies in the UK defence sector and identifying opportunities for UK based defence companies to operate in South Australia.

This role reports to the Executive Director Defence and Industry, Defence SA in Adelaide and the Office of the Agent General in London.

Special Conditions:

  • Out-of-hours work will be required on a regular basis.
  • Some local and international, travel is required.
  • A current UK Driver’s Licence is required.
  • Enter into an annual performance agreement.

Key Selection Criteria:

  • Proven experience in international business development, trade promotion, or investment attraction, preferably within a defence, government or diplomatic context.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the global defence industry, global trade dynamics, investment trends, and economic development strategies.
  • Strong networking and relationship-building skills in the defence sector in the UK and Europe with the ability to engage effectively with diverse stakeholders at all levels.
  • Excellent communication representation and interpersonal skills, both verbal and written, with the ability to convey complex information clearly and persuasively.
  • Strategic thinker with the ability to analyse market data, identify opportunities, and develop innovative solutions to achieve objectives.
  • Flexibility to travel domestically and internationally as required.
  • Demonstrated experience in successful client/customer relationship management is required.
  • An outstanding record of achievement at senior management level in a research organisation or the defence industry sector; preferably in maritime / ship / submarine building.
  • Track record in developing business initiatives and facilitating activities, including the identification of opportunities, assessment of technical and commercial viability, and negotiating outcomes.
  • Ability to work with boards and senior stakeholders with a record of providing expert advice to industry, the research sector and government.

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