View Vacancy - Trade and Investment Officer - Life Sciences

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Job Category  

Other British Government Departments (Partners across Government, including UK Visas)

Job Subcategory  

Department for International Trade (DIT)

Job Description (Roles and Responsibilities)  


In this role the individual will work as part of a team responsible for the Health Care/Life Sciences sectors in the Mid-Atlantic and Southern regions of the United States, engaging with clients in an 11 state patch, including the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, as well as Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Florida, Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi.

Identify and provide strategic advice and assistance to U.S. Life Science companies interested in establishing or expanding operations in the UK. 

Conduct research on industry developments, best routes to market and potential US business partners for UK life sciences exporters looking to enter the U.S. market.


Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Assist with initiatives such as trade missions, seminars, webinars, receptions and other events to promote the UK’s strengths in life sciences. Provide event management and logistical support where necessary.
  • Develop, position and implement marketing strategies, conceive and develop DIT activities, and produce and manage events with the goals of generating FDI leads, building relationships, and highlighting the strengths of the UK’s market proposition to potential investors.
  • Support account management of DC-area life sciences companies and delivery of investment projects.
  • Conduct research on industry developments, best routes to market and potential US business partners for UK life sciences exporters looking to enter the U.S. market.
  • Undertake regular travel in the U.S. and occasional travel to the UK (up to 10% of the time).

Note: We define life sciences as comprising two main sub-sectors: 1) biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, 2) healthcare (including medical devices, diagnostics and health IT).


Position may be based in Washington or Atlanta.

Essential qualifications and experience  

  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree.
  • 6-8 years of relevant work experience in sales and/or business development, including lead generation, and account / project management.
  • Demonstrated experience meeting and/or exceeding challenging targets.
  • Team player 
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills 
  • Strong ability to organize and coordinate multiple tasks and communicate information in a timely fashion 
  • Proven collaboration skills 
  • Proven ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously

Under US State Department requirements, the Embassy may only employ, as non-diplomatic staff, persons who are US citizens, US Green Card holders or A or NATO visa holders with EAD cards*. If you hold a visa other than an A or NATO visa you are not currently eligible to work at the Embassy. Please refer to our website for information on exceptions to this policy at All candidates will be subject to background checks and security clearance.


*A visas or NATO visas with EAD cards are acceptable at the Embassy, Consulates, and British Defence Staff (BDS) outposts.

Required competencies  

Making Effective Decisions, Leading and Communicating, Collaborating and Partnering, Delivering at Pace, Engaging Internationally, Demonstrating Resilience

Application deadline  

30 May 2017 


C4 (L)

Type of Position  

Full-time, Permanent

Working hours per week  



N. America, Caribbean and British Overseas Territories


United States

Location (City)  


Type of Post  

British Embassy

Number of vacancies  


Starting yearly salary (USD)  

$69,576 if based in Washington OR $63,960 if based in Atlanta

Start Date  

24 July 2017 

Other benefits and conditions of employment  

The British Embassy Network offers a strong benefits package. This package includes medical, dental, vision, life, long term and short term disability insurance, a 401(k) retirement savings plan, generous vacation and leave time, and an enriching training package.

Staff recruited locally by the British Embassy are subject to terms and conditions of service according to local American employment law.

Additional information  

Resume and a cover letter with salary history should be submitted by 30 May 2017. Applications received after the deadline will be considered on a rolling basis as required. Please identify in your cover letter whether you are currently eligible to work at the Embassy. Internal candidates must inform their Head of Group before applying.

Only successful candidates will be contacted. Please no phone calls. Due to the high volume of resumes we receive, we cannot guarantee consideration of your application if the submission instructions are not properly followed.

The British Embassy and its Consulates are an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a diverse workforce. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, veteran status, or other category protected by law.