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Now’s the time to forge new trade partnerships

As we exit the EU, the Department for International Trade’s (DIT) Policy Advisers have a rare opportunity to develop and deliver the UK’s new independent trade policy, and shape the future of UK trade around the world.

About the roles

We are currently recruiting Policy Advisers to lead in the following areas:

Trade policy development and negotiation, working closely with other Government departments and non-government stakeholders to define the specific policy objectives which matter most to the UK.

Country Negotiations, with responsibility for bilateral trade relations with key future UK trading partners.

Planning, delivery and capability, leading a process of consultation on the UK’s new trade policy with Parliament, Devolved Nations, business, and wider interest groups.

In these leadership roles, you will:

  • Manage a complex programme of activity under heavy public and Ministerial scrutiny;
  • Represent DIT’s agenda across Whitehall and externally;
  • Work closely with other government departments;
  • Actively engage with external stakeholders;
  • Guide and manage newly-formed teams, and take responsibility for the delivery of their objectives.

These are exceptional opportunities to make real and measurable difference on the future of UK Trade.

About you

To succeed in one of these positions, you will already have effective policy skills and knowledge, and will be confident in:

  • Leading and delivering work effectively and to tight deadlines;
  • Working across institutional boundaries, for example in partnership with Whitehall departments;
  • Leading in the Trade Policy Group and across the DIT;
  • Following all areas of the Policy Profession Skills and Knowledge framework.

As a minimum, you must demonstrate:

  • Excellent leadership skills;
  • An ability to compile, assimilate, distil, interpret and present evidence and options, drawing upon experts as appropriate;
  • Persuasive and influential communication skills;
  • Good judgement and political understanding;
  • Project leadership and management skills;
  • An ability to strategise and prioritise;
  • Resilience and adaptability;
  • The ability to progress objectives, and to deliver efficiently, effectively and on time, even when working with uncertainty and ambiguity.

The following are also desirable:

  • International or EU experience;
  • Knowledge or experience developing and applying trade policy or operations;
  • For certain roles, you’ll require specific skills such knowledge of agile principles or project management delivery.


The Civil Service is known for excellent benefits, including:

  • Competitive salary;
  • Flexible working arrangements;
  • Up to 30 days’ annual leave;
  • Occupational pension;
  • Development and career opportunities.

Closing date

Applications for this post closed 11:59pm on Friday 12th October 2018