Trade Officer, Technology, B3 (L)

View Vacancy – VNM – Trade Officer, Technology, B3 (L)

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Department for International Trade roles (DIT)
Department for International Trade (DIT)

Job Description (Roles and Responsibilities)

Main purpose of job: 

The Department for International Trade (DIT) was established by the then Prime Minister in July 2016. We secure UK and global prosperity by promoting and financing international trade and investment and championing free trade. The DIT Team in Vietnam has a network of 2 trade teams based in the British Embassy in Hanoi and the Consulate-General in Ho Chi Minh City. We work closely with key partners, in particular the British Business Group of Vietnam.
You will be responsible for leading DIT’s activities across the technology sector, focussing on developing commercial opportunities for UK companies.
You will also provide advice and cross cutting support on technology to colleagues who lead on other sectors, including EdTech, FinTech, digital health, clean energy and infrastructure and construction.
You will work to develop and maintain a strong network of contacts within the technology sector in Vietnam and with officials in the Vietnam government. You will need to be able to leverage those networks to achieve commercial outcomes for UK companies, developing an account management strategy to help identify and build a robust pipeline of trade opportunities and carrying out planned marketing activities to promote UK expertise in the sector.
The successful candidate will need an excellent knowledge of the technology sector in Vietnam. You will need to be able to communicate this to a British audience and be able to articulate the opportunities for British companies to increase their exports to Vietnam. You will focus on developing your knowledge and understanding of the UK technology sector and UK’s strengths to ensure that you can be a trusted advisor to UK companies wishing to do business in Vietnam.
You will need to be a self-starter, able to manage your own time effectively, evaluating options, impacts, risks and solutions – knowing when and how to seek advice from others. You will also be expected to contribute to the wider DIT and One-HMG team across the Vietnam network. Occasional travel to Hanoi and within the ASEAN region will be required.

Roles and responsibilities / what will the jobholder be expected to achieve?:

  • Provide analysis and strategic advice on the latest developments and on opportunities for collaboration for UK companies around industry 4.0 and the digital economy in Vietnam, and within Vietnam’s own rapidly growing technology ecosystem.
  • Promote the UK Industrial Strategy in Vietnam, identifying commercial opportunities for UK companies.
  • Organise sector related activities and events, including inward/outward visits, trade missions and workshops and contribute to inward and outward VIP visit programmes as appropriate.
  • Participate in the activities and events conducted by industry associations and other multipliers, building awareness of DIT in the business community and serving as a point of contact for UK market information.
  • Collaborate with the Communications teams to deliver a marketing strategy for the technology sector, monitoring media updates and marketing through social media channels.

Essential qualifications, skills and experience

  • Experience working in the technology sector in Vietnam;
  • A network of industry contacts in the technology sector in Vietnam, or the ability to develop such a network;
  • Strong interpersonal and networking skills;
  • IT proficiency, including Office and the ability to learn DIT applications/systems;
  • Proactive, self-starting approach to work with the ability to deliver effectively with limited day-to-day supervision in a fast paced environment.

Desirable qualifications, skills and experience

  • Experience of working with the Vietnamese government;
  • Experience in developing and implementing marketing campaigns and event management.
Required competencies: Collaborating and Partnering, Achieving Commercial Outcomes, Managing a Quality Service, Delivering at Pace
Application deadline: 3 November 2019
Grade:   B3 (L)
Type of Position:   Fixed Term, Full-time
Working hours per week:   35
Duration of Post:   12 months
Region:   Asia Pacific
Country/Territory:   Vietnam
Location (City):   Ho Chi Minh City
Type of Post:   British Consulate General
Number of vacancies:   1
Starting monthly salary (VND):  31,166,829
Start Date: 21 November 2019

Other benefits and conditions of employment

The British Consulate-General supports and promotes flexible working.  The standard working hours for the BHC are 8:45am to 5:00pm (Mon-Thurs) and (08:45-15:00) Fri. We are happy to offer a variety of flexible working patterns, including non-standard working hours, working remotely or working compressed hours. However, due to the nature of the role, there will be a requirement for occasional out of hours work around events and visits. Time off in lieu can be offered to make up for out of hours work.

The British Consulate-General offers a competitive remuneration package including salary, leave entitlement, flexible working patterns, medical package for staff and dependants, and opportunities for learning and development.

Employment offers are subject to the successful clearance of pre-employment checks.

Staff recruited locally by the British Consulate General Ho Chi Minh is subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local employment law.


Additional information

All applications must be received before 23:55 Vietnam Standard Time on the specified application deadline.


Incomplete application forms will not be taken into consideration, so please ensure you provide the information requested. We regret to advise that we will only be contacting short-listed candidates. Applicants called for an interview will be assessed on the core competencies listed above.

The successful candidate should be able to start as soon as possible subject to successful clearance of pre-employment/security checks.

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