Multilateral Trade Advisor & Committee Lead

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Closing Date: 12/08/2022
Contract Permanent
Working Hours Flexible, Full Time, Part Time
Location Darlington
Salary £34,425 - £40,300
Company Department for International Trade

Job Description


This is an exciting time to join the Department for International Trade (DIT). The work we do has a real impact on jobs and growth across the United Kingdom. Our mission is to help businesses export, drive inward and outward investment, negotiate market access and trade deals, and to champion free trade. We are an international department based in 108 countries, and we work closely with our colleagues worldwide.

The Multilateral Goods team has an exciting role available as we continue to secure and build the UK’s position in the World Trade Organization.

The role itself encompasses two distinct briefs. First in leading the UK’s coordination and strategy at the important Council for Trade in Goods, as well as focusing on ongoing efforts to negotiate the UK’s WTO Goods Schedule, working with a range of international partners to ensure the UK’s multilateral rights and obligations are clearly understood and accepted by all.

Focusing on ongoing efforts to negotiate the UK’s WTO Goods Schedule, working with a range of international partners to ensure the UK’s multilateral rights and obligations are clearly understood and accepted by all.

The team is high-performing, ambitious and inclusive, and is the ideal place for existing or aspiring trade professionals to make a difference and develop their careers.

We are committed to being an inclusive employer and building a culturally diverse workplace. We actively encourage applications from people from the widest possible diversity of backgrounds, cultures, and experiences. Our culture of inclusion is underpinned by our excellent staff networks which cover disability, faith and belief, gender equality, social mobility, age, race, LGBT+, and how to be an ally.

Some international travel may be required.

Job description

  • Coordination and leadership of the UK’s presence at the Council for Trade in Goods. Working with the UK Mission in Geneva, and with Departments across Whitehall to defend and represent UK interests in this international forum.
  • Lead on the Americas and Africa portfolio to identify Market Access Barriers that are affecting UK businesses, and work with lawyers and analysts to weigh these against established international law and the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade.
  • Support UK negotiations on the Goods Schedule, working with UK embassies overseas and outward facing teams across DIT and other Government Departments to ensure the best possible outcomes in talks, and to resolve objections against the UK schedule.
  • Lead DIT interests in a number of wider Whitehall policies where there is an evident trade interest.
  • Support adhoc work as it arises in the Multilateral Goods space, including on Committee proposals, and the accession of new applicants to the WTO, where those applicants fall within this portfolio.
  • Line Management of 1 HEO.

Hybrid Working

The role will be based in either London or Darlington. You will be asked to express a location preference during the application process.

Please be aware that this role can only be worked from within the UK and not overseas.

Informal hybrid working arrangements will be available as agreed with the vacancy manager and in line with the requirements of the role.

Most DIT employees will be working a hybrid pattern, spending 2-3 days a week (pro rata) in an office, on average. If your office location is London, you will be eligible to receive London weighting.

Appointments will be made to candidates in merit order based on location preferences.

Support in applying for our vacancies is available by joining a virtual These sessions include helpful tips and advice on the recruitment process, from application to interview.


Essential Criteria

  • Existing knowledge of, and keen interest in, UK trade policy and of the Multilateral trading system.
  • Demonstrable ability to work across organisations to secure negotiated outcomes.
  • High analytical and numerical abilities.

Desirable Criteria

  • Experience working with Trading schedules, the World Trade Organisation, or tariff policy.
  • Experience of Line Management.

Person Specification

This role will ideally suit a person able to grasp a ranging portfolio and identify key priorities and topics within it. As such, the successful candidate will need to be a self-starter who is motivated to achieve results for UK businesses and who is able to thrive in the ambiguous world of international and multilateral trade policy.

Influencing is key in this role as it will require working with DIT, Cross-Whitehall, and international stakeholders in order to progress complex issues towards successful outcomes. This will involve gaining and then deploying significant expertise of the multilateral system and the UK’s place within it.

The role holder will also line manage an HEO within the team, and therefore be expected to prioritise and value development of themselves and others, alongside the other core DIT values of expertise, enterprise, and engagement.


We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Communicating and Influencing

We only ask for evidence of these behaviours on your application form:

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Communicating and Influencing
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