British High Commission Job Vacancy for a Trade Services Manager

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British High Commission is recruiting to fill the vacant position below:

Job Title: Trade Services Manager, Department for International Trade (DIT)
Grade: B3 (L)
Type of Position: Fixed Term, Full-time
Job Category: Other British Government Departments (Partners across Government, including UK Visas)
Job Subcategory: Department for International Trade (DIT)
Main Purpose of Job
To build interest among UK business in exporting their goods or
services to Nigeria and other parts of West Africa; to work closely
with British companies exploring their exporting options in the region;
to provide market insight and sector-specific analysis according to
their needs (on a chargeable basis); and identify export opportunities
for UK companies.

Roles and Responsibilities

Nigeria is the largest economy in Africa, the continent’s largest oil
producer and population coupled with long-established cultural and
commercial links with the UK. It has huge long-term economic potential
with vast natural resources and a young and growing population. As a
result Nigeria offers business opportunities, especially in the oil and
gas sector but also increasingly in aeas such as renewable energy,
infrastructure and agriculture. Current trade figures are good but we
want to do better.

As part of the British Government’s commitment to increasing UK exports
worldwide to £1 trillion by 2020, the UK’s trade team in Nigeria, , with
offices in both Lagos and Abuja, is developing a trade strategy to
identify and better tap into this vast potential and increase trade
between the UK and West Africa. The Nigeria team is also shifting to a
regional approach, working with tarde colleagues in Ghana, Guinea,
Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire and Senegal to maximise the trading relationship
witht he UK across West Africa.

  • We are looking for a highly organised person with a strong
    attention to detail, ability to take the initiative, work accurately
    within deadlines and with limited supervision, and be a strong team
    member who works collaboratively.
  • Good continuous liaison with both the UK Regional DIT teams and
    UK customers to ensure you deliver the best possible service, which
    they will have paid for;
  • Attending various out of hours events, such as receptions at which many senior Nigerians will be present;
  • Using the various DIT databases to ensure UK companies are kept fully up to speed on Export Opportunities to Nigeria;
  • Full participation in ensuring the challenging annual overall
    DIT targets are met, such as the increase in the number of companies
    across the region exporting to meet the national ambition of getting
    100,000 more companies exporting by 2020.
  • Working with partners in the UK regions to both sell and create demand for our paid services;
  • Responsibility for the smooth running of trade missions
    comprising British businesses to Nigeria, from arrival to departure via
    our paid for services;
  • Assisting with VIP visits including responsibility for designated aspects;  
  • Managing carefully the supply and demand element of the job;
  • Engagement with a multitude of Nigerian Government Departments,
    agencies, companies and other organisations, at all levels, to ensure
    maximum co-operation and understanding of their current needs and
    aspirations engaging credibly to build strong and meaningful
    relationships with stakeholders and clients;
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Key Responsibilities

  • Leading the Volume work of DIT, Nigeria to assist UK companies
    in the export of British goods and services to Nigeria and assist in
    meeting challenging team targets. The job will include liasing with
    major players in the relevant sectors in Nigeria who are interested in
    meeting and dealing with British companies, ensuring a good quality
    service is provided to our UK customers, compiling guest lists, helping
    with VIP visits, arranging events at the Residence and good liaision
    with the rest of the Deputy High Commission teams, UK Regions and across
    the West African region.

    • Work with the West Africa Trade Director and Marketing
      Manager to develop and deliver a coherent and targeted plan for
      encouraging more British companies to export to West Africa;
    • Engage directly with British companies who have expressed an
      interest in exploring exporting opportunities in the region, charging
      them where appropriate for producing good quality and detailed reports
      providing market insights and sector- or product-specific information
      and analysis;
    • Work with the trade team across the region to identify
      genuine opportunities for British companies to pursue, uploading these
      to the UK Department for International Trade’s customised database, and
      ensuring that export opportunity targets are met throughout the year.

Essential Qualifications and Experience  

  • Strong oral and written English communication skills;
  • Excellent IT skills with ability in MS Office suite applications e.g. Outlook, Excel, Word and PowerPoint;
  • Flexible;
  • Strong organisational skills and keen attention to detail;
  • Superior professionalism and judgment;
  • Strong work ethic.
  • Ability to effectively work under tight deadlines;
  • Resourcefulness in solving problems;
  • Good interpersonal skills and comfortable dealing with high level officials;
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Desirable Qualifications and Experience:

  • 2+ years of relevant experience especially in large, complex environments;
  • Prior experience of working with the UK Government;
  • Line Management experience.

Required competencies:

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

Starting monthly salary: N493,126.

Start Date  
1st January, 2017.

End Date 
31st December, 2018.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply 


  • Please complete the application form in full.
  • Failure to do so may result in a determination that you do not meet the requirements for the position.
  • Employees recruited locally by the British High Commission in
    Lagos are subject to the Terms and Conditions of Service according to
    local employment law in Nigeria.
  • All applicants must be legally able to work in the country of application with the correct visa/status or work permit.
  • Employees who are not eligible to pay local income tax: e.g.
    certain third-country nationals and spouses/partners of UK diplomats
    will have their salaries abated by an equivalent amount.
  • Reference and security clearances checks will be conducted.
  • Any questions you may have about this position will be answered during the interview, should you be invited.
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  • The British High Commission will never ask you to pay a fee or money to apply for a position.

Application Deadline 
18th November, 2016. 

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