Based in the CBI’s London head office, the CBI policy and Campaigns team develops a market leading range of policy ideas and interventions. International trade policy and negotiations are a central and high profile part of this work, with the CBI playing a critical role in shaping the UK’s future trade policy on behalf of businesses in the UK. This has recently been formalised with the announcement that the CBI Director-General will take a seat on the Department for International Trade’s (DIT) new Strategic Trade Advisory Group which will act as a sounding board on policy for the Trade Policy Minister.
Reporting to the Director of Trade & Investment, the job holder will own and drive our vital work in this area, working with a global policy team across the CBI’s international office network in Beijing, New Delhi and Washington DC to develop an immediate plan for the UK’s trade negotiation and policy priorities with countries outside the European Union (EU).
Leading, managing and developing a team across borders and cultures.
- Leading a team of five policy professionals, with 2 direct reports based in London and 3 policy professionals based in Washington DC, New Delhi and Beijing with joint reporting lines in to the job holder and their locally-based line manager.
- Setting direction for individual members of the team and investing time in ensuring effective professional development for team members.
- Using supportive challenge to encourage member-focus, innovation and high quality in all the team’s work.
- Contributing to the success of the wider CBI through active engagement in the leadership group of our policy team.
- Ensuring effective collaboration with all CBI policy, communications and commercial teams in the devolved nations and the English regions.
Developing an ambitious policy agenda for UK trade outside the EU
- Develop and drive forward an ambitious agenda for UK trade policy with markets outside the European Union (EU), working closely with the CBI Head of EU Negotiations, Brussels Director and policy leads in the English regions and devolved nations.
- This will include:
- The CBI’s contribution to the UK Government’s Strategic Trade Advisory Group.
- A UK business agenda at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and the OECD.
- Priorities for UK bilateral, plurilateral and multilateral trade negotiations with markets outside the EU.
- A compelling trade agenda for UK trade with the United States, India and China, developed with our in-country policy teams.
- The job holder must be comfortable with the CBI’s view that a customs union between the UK and the EU after Brexit is desirable for business, but also willing to be flexible to changing political circumstances.
- The job holder must also be comfortable that the CBI’s trade agenda for its future relationship with the European Union will be led by a separate team.
Managing and developing key stakeholder relationships on trade policy
- Work with the Director of Trade & Investment to maintain senior civil service and Ministerial relationships with:
- The Department for International Trade.
- The Foreign & Commonwealth Office.
- Cabinet Office.
- The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.
- HM Treasury.
- The Department for International Development.
- Diplomatic missions in the UK from the G20 countries.
- Trade professionals, academics and thought leaders.
- The World Trade Organisation (WTO).
- The OECD.
- The B7 & B20 business dialogues which track the work of the G7 and G20, working in close cooperation with the CBI Brussels office and other relevant CBI policy teams.
Knowledge and experience
What an individual must know or understand to be able to fulfil the role’s requirements.
- Educated to degree level or equivalent.
- Proven professional experience at a senior level working in international trade policy and/or negotiations.
- Track record of leading and managing a global, virtual team and/or projects, with evidence of building a high performing team culture across geographies, time zones and cultures.
- Solid understanding of the way international trade policy & negotiations impact businesses in the UK.
- Knowledge of a range of modern campaigning & lobbying tools & techniques.
- Expertise in the UK parliamentary system and the World Trade Organisation (WTO).
- Proven ability in translating technical trade policy knowledge in to high impact political communications and campaigns.
- Evidence of exercising good judgment on prioritising with limited resources.
- Proven track record of interacting with senior people in business, government and other stakeholders.
- Willingness to travel, in particular to India, China, US, Geneva and Paris (4-6 trips per year).
- Professional experience in an international setting, especially if in India, China or the United States.
- Experience of developing and executing a high level international political, communication, and campaign strategies.
- Experience managing budgets and external suppliers.
- Foreign languages, especially French to support CBI work at the WTO in Geneva.
- Media experience, including awareness of how to secure high profile coverage through national, regional, and specialist media.
The behaviours and characteristics required to be able to fulfil the role’s requirements.
- Collaborative – Listening, seeking views and sharing information; constructively challenging when appropriate.
- Taking ownership – Ensuring delivery and holding others to account; can influence, irrespective of hierarchy.
- Agile – Proactive and responsive to provide a strong member service; responding positively to shifting priorities.
- Commercial – Awareness of the wider business environment.
- Innovative – Exploring, sharing and integrating best practice; generating new ideas and challenging a mind-set of “what we’ve always done”
- Analytical – gathering information and using logic to analyse, problem solve, evaluate risk and make decisions
At the CBI we recognise the advantages that flexible working patterns can bring. We’ll always fully consider flexible working and we will aim to facilitate different patterns of work wherever we can. We have great I.T. support which allows our people to work from a variety of locations, and we aim to strike the right balance between work and life.
How to apply
Please submit your CV and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org with 'Head of Trade' as the subject.