British High Commission in Johannesburg Senior Trade Adviser – Energy and Green Economy Jobs in South Africa

British High Commission in Johannesburg Senior Trade Adviser – Energy and Green Economy Jobs in South Africa


The UK Department for Business and Trade has a committed and growing presence across 23 of Africa’s nations. We support growth in the UK and international markets by working with the private sector and Government to support international trade and investment.

We aspire to help tackle business environment issues, work with UK companies to support their transactions in market, help introduce commercial solutions to meet African needs, and attract foreign investment to support sustainable and inclusive economic growth in both countries.

The jobholder will join a dynamic team of committed trade officers working to support the UK’s commercial agenda and solidify and expand our trade, investment and innovation partnership with South Africa. This is an exciting time to join DBT Africa, as we continue to deliver on the ambition of our Government to be Africa’s trade and investment partner of choice.

Roles and responsibilities:

  • You will lead the UK DBT South Africa’s trade activity in the energy and green economy sectors, working closely with colleagues across the High Commission, building a healthy pipeline of potential deals; and working with British businesses and South African buyers to best position them for success.

  • To do so you will build/expand your networks with key South African Government and private sector decision makers; including buyers, budget holders, policy makers, and regulators across the sectors;

  • You will work with a small team to identify and deliver a pipeline of export business opportunities in South Africa for UK companies in the energy and green economy sectors, in consultation with business and based on a developed understanding of UK business interests.

  • You will account manage a selection of the most significant UK business; responding to their needs and
    supporting their work.

  • You will work hand in hand with our comms team to market the UK’s capability in energy and green economy to key stakeholders in the South African public and private sectors.

  • And you will work with colleagues in the market access/trade policy teams to build a pipeline of projects to address market access barriers to advance UK commercial interests.

    This role is subject to change, removal or amendment from advert at short notice.

    Essential qualifications, skills and experience

  • Undergraduate degree in economics, international trade law, social science, humanities or related fields

  • 3+ years of relevant experience in the energy and green economy sectors - in Government, regulatory bodies or the private sector

  • Experience of working on business development

  • Strong oral and written English communication skills

  • Ability to work well under pressure and to tight deadlines

  • Good interpersonal skills and comfortable dealing with senior officials and business people

  • Strong organizational skills and keen attention to detail

  • Superior professionalism and judgment

    Desirable qualifications, skills and experience

  • Experience working on regulatory and policy constraints in the business environment

  • Excellent networks in SA Government or private sector in relevant sectors

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; British High Commission in Johannesburg Senior Trade Adviser – Energy and Green Economy Jobs in South Africa

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