Job Title: Project Manager - UK Trade & Investment (REF17324)
Security Clearance Level Required: BPSS DS
o UKTI needs someone with a minimum of 5 years' experience of working across the engineering, auto, aerospace or technical consulting sectors in the North with a well-developed network of contacts, good commercial judgement and customer facing/commercial experience, and understanding of the local organisations involved in (trade and) investment and their priorities. Given the wide range of manufacturing projects and sectors which could require support, a broad range of engineering experience, and the ability to be flexible to respond to particular market opportunities will be particularly important.
o The specialist will be generating, screening, evaluating and following up opportunities for the pipeline, and interacting with the UKTI team. The ability to quickly understand and articulate the UK and the North's "offer" to Investors will be essential, as will the ability to work alongside UKTI and local northern networks, adding specialist value to their work, and upskilling their capability to win more High Value businesses themselves.
o The Specialist will need to have a broad network across the North as well as connections to clusters and centres of excellence across the regions which they can leverage to support inward investors. Experience at building relationships at the highest level will be needed as will expertise in balancing the complex asks of numerous stakeholders with an interest in FDI in the north.
o Knowledge of the North's strengths in the Advanced Manufacturing sectors is essential and an understanding of how these fit within the wider context of the North's economic narrative will be important. An understanding of specific opportunities that exist within the North is also important and the Specialist will need to demonstrate that they understand the key industry clusters and key market opportunities in engineering in the North, including upcoming opportunities for inward investment such as in rail, or provided by the use of new technologies, materials and processes in more established sectors such as automotive and aerospace.
o The specialist will also be supporting UKTI with development of specific sector propositions for the North and so excellent evidence gathering, analysis and drafting skills will be important, as will an real enthusiasm for mapping and understanding the Advanced Manufacturing sectors in the North.
o A willingness to travel regularly, both around UK and internationally.