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Job Category: Other British Government Departments (Partners across Government, including UK Visas)
Job Subcategory: SDI (Scottish Development International)
Scotland House in Brussels is part of a world-wide network, representing Scottish political economic interests overseas. We are seeking to recruit a Food and Drink in-market Specialist to represent Scotland’s Economic Development organisation – Scottish Development International (SDI) – as an integral part of Scotland House team.
In October 2016, the First Minister of Scotland announced that SDI’s resources in Europe would be supplemented to ‘double the number of SDI staff working across Europe’ to support Scottish companies to trade internationally during the uncertainty of the 2-year period of Brexit negotiations. This position has been identified as one of the additional staff roles which are being created across Europe. Each post is being recruited for a fixed-term appointment for the period during which the UK Government and the EU negotiate the UK’s exit from the EU and allowing for some limited extra time after this negotiation period ends to wrap up outstanding matters that have not been completed during the negotiation period itself.
The main purpose for this position is to increase and widen the on-the ground support and widen the on-the-ground support available to Scottish companies operating in the Food and Drink industry, during the Brexit negotiation period, who will have the ambition, capacity and capability to export their products and/or services into Europe and specifically into Belgium and Netherlands. Additionally to identify new opportunities and trends from the region and communicate these to Scottish companies.
Netherlands and Belgium are respectively Scotland’s fifth and tenth largest global food export markets. This new post will build on the existing Food and Drink Specialists which SDI have had in place since 2014, and will adopt the same ways of working, operating as a global team to drive forward and grow exports to this market. We will continue to work closely with DIT colleagues in the region. Combining existing sales into Benelux as a region would make it Scotland’s third largest food export market.
To undertake the following during and in relation to the Brexit negotiation period:
Making Effective Decisions, Leading and Communicating, Collaborating and Partnering, Achieving Commercial Outcomes, Managing a Quality Service, Delivering at Pace.
Application deadline: 22 November 2017
Grade: C4 (L)
Type of Position: Full-time, Flexible working, Fixed term, with possibility of renewal
Working hours per week: 36,5
Region: Europe, Eastern Europe & Central Asia
Type of Post: UK Delegation
Number of vacancies: 1
Starting monthly salary (EUR): 4747.11 gross
Start Date: 2 January 2018
This is a fixed-term contract for two years, for 5 working days (36,5 hours net) per week.
The monthly gross salary for this position is € 4,747.11 C4 (L) level (The British Diplomatic Missions in Belgium salaries are not subject to annual indexation).
Please note that Belgian nationals will be paid their salary gross and are expected to comply with their tax obligations through completion of a tax return to the Belgian authorities. Non-Belgian nationals will receive their salary net, minus the deduction of an equivalent level of Belgian tax retained at source. Further information on this will be given to candidates during the recruitment process.
The successful candidates will be subject to professional background checks and security clearance.
Staff recruited locally by the British Diplomatic Missions in Belgium are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local Belgian employment law.
Please note that the deadline for applications is 23:55 on the day mentioned in the above field “Application deadline”.
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