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Export Growth Advisor

Date : 12/05/2020
Location : Milano



View Vacancy – Export Growth Adviser (ITA20.235)

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Job Category

Department for International Trade roles (DIT)

Job Subcategory

Department for International Trade (DIT)

Job Description (Roles and Responsibilities)

This vacancy is to be based either in the British Embassy in Rome or in the British Consulate-General in Milan depending on selected candidate’s preference.

The British Consulate is looking for an Export Growth Adviser to join its Department for International Trade (DIT) team on a one-year fixed-term contract, to support the work of a new Europe enquiry hub.

The Department for International Trade (DIT) promotes British trade and investment around the world; helps to build an appetite for British goods and services globally; and works to encourage foreign investment into the UK. DIT also brings together policy, promotion and financial expertise to break down barriers to trade & investment and to help businesses to succeed. The DIT team in Italy comprises staff in Milan and Rome. The team works with both Italian investors and British companies doing business in Italy across the main business sectors of the economy. For more information about DIT please follow the link.

The new position will work closely with Europe’s regional enquiry hub and with DIT’s export support network in the UK to help high potential British exporters to win business in Italy. A core element of the role will be to deliver practical support to those companies, including information on market potential, in-market representation and clients. The job holder will also work proactively to identify and to communicate high value opportunities to business; and will support DIT’s promotional programme in Italy and the UK.

In parallel, the job holder will seek to expand networks of commercial partners in Italy, including private sector providers of commercial services. As with all DIT positions, there will be a focus on working collaboratively with colleagues across the Italy network – on policy, science & innovation and outreach – to maximise opportunities for the UK. The work will be varied and demanding and the successful candidate will need to be a flexible, committed self-starter, able to juggle priorities and to work on demanding timelines.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

Support the Europe enquiry hub pilot in delivering commercial services, guidance, information and support to high potential British exporters – including innovative small companies, entrepreneurs and Medium Size Businesses;

Work collaboratively with colleagues across Europe to ensure a comprehensive and joined-up approach that maximises the returns for high potential exporters – using success in one European market as a springboard to success in another;

Help to build in-market networks and partnerships able to provide commercial services, guidance, information and support alongside DIT teams;

Help to create and maintain strong and mutually beneficial relationships with DIT’s export support network in the UK to identify, target and engage a pipeline of high potential clients. Contribute to efforts to communicate opportunities in the European market through support for an imaginative regional promotional programme.

Essential qualifications, skills and experience

Excellent Italian and English language skills (written and spoken) are required (C1 level or above/equivalent see below);

Strong IT skills, especially Word, PowerPoint and Excel, are needed;

Good project management, including an eye for detail, to ensure that all aspects of service delivery have been thought through carefully

Customer focus: a concern for quality and drive for continuous improvement in the service provided;

Excellent communication skills to work well with commercial clients, external contacts and a wide and diverse Italy network team;

Drive and enthusiasm combined with the ability to deliver, working as part of a team;

Resourcefulness and ability to act on own initiative, with an ability to find creative solutions when the unexpected occurs.

Desirable qualifications, skills and experience

Previous commercial experience would be useful.

Required competencies

Collaborating and Partnering, Achieving Commercial Outcomes, Managing a Quality Service, Delivering at Pace

Application deadline

28 June 2020


A2 (L)

Type of Position

Fixed Term, Full-time

Working hours per week


Duration of Post

12 months


Europe, Eastern Europe & Central Asia



Location (City)

Milan, Rome

Type of Post

British Consulate General

Number of vacancies


Starting yearly salary (EUR)

32,369 EUR (gross)

Start Date

3 September 2020

Other benefits and conditions of employment

This is a full-time temporary position for an 12 months contract with a possibility to extend for an additional 12 month period, graded A2(L) according to the FCO grading structure. The monthly gross salary is Euro 2312.07. The salary is paid monthly 14 times per year including € 10.33 EDR paid 13 times per year, with double salary payments in June and December. If working less than a full calendar year, the additional salary payments will be pro-rata.

Working hours are 35 hrs per week with some flexibility allowed.

The appointment is subject to security clearance and the successful completion of a 4 month probationary period.

All staff employed by the British Consulate-General are subject to Italian income tax rate deductions (IRPEF). However the administration of these tax payments will vary depending on nationality.

The successful candidate will be enrolled in the Italian State Social Security Scheme. Staff recruited locally by the British Consulate-General in Milan are subject to terms and conditions of service according to local Italian employment law.

Visa / Passport requirements: Candidates must currently hold the independent right to live and work in Italy and be prepared to ensure that right remains throughout the scope of the contract. Additional requirements may become necessary pending EU Exit. If requirements change additional eligibility information will be shared during the recruitment process.

Learning and Development Opportunities:

Formal and informal Learning & Development sit at the Core of DIT’s strategic vision and people plan. A particular focus is currently on building and enabling DIT’s cross-European team and effort

More broadly, this is an exciting role at the heart of the Government’s agenda. The right candidate can help shape the dialogue between the UK and investors at a pivotal point in trade relations.

Good learning and development offer available to staff.

Additional information

Please note, Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment indicates Level C1 as Mastery or proficiency Level which comprehends that a person can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read; can summarize information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation; can express themselves spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in the most complex situations. For more information please click on the following link CEFR. Please bear in mind in case you are invited for an interview your languages skills are going to be assessed.

Please be advised that the deadline for applications is 23:55 on the day mentioned in the above field “Application deadline”.

We advise you to allow enough time to complete and submit your full application, since only applications completed and submitted before the deadline will be considered.

Please be aware that the deadline for submitting applications is considered to be the time zone for the country where the vacancy has arisen.

Please also be advised that the British Diplomatic Missions will not be able to meet the travel costs incurred when travelling to the interview, nor the costs connected with relocation if offered a job.


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