Service and Consumers Attaché Desk Officer (BEL19.354)

UKREP - United Kingdom Permanent Representation to the European Union

Service and Consumers Attaché Desk Officer (BEL19.354)

UKREP - United Kingdom Permanent Representation to the European Union

Brussels, Belgium

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Job Category: Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Policy & Political roles)
Job Subcategory: UKREP (UK Representation to the EU)

Job Description (Roles and Responsibilities)

The United Kingdom Permanent Representation to the European Union represents the UK in negotiations that take place in the EU. UKRep is one of the UK’s busiest posts, with a team sourced from over twenty UK Government departments working to ensure that UK policies are explained to other EU member states, the European Commission and members of the European Parliament. Currently they are looking for a Service and Comsumers Attaché Desk Officer.

This role is likely to change and develop as UKREP transforms as a result of leaving the EU. The successful individual will need to be flexible and should expect to shape the team and role.

The successful candidate will influence and shape UK and EU policy development in a particular field as well as playing a key role in determining the state of the future economic partnership. In particular, the post-holder will:

  1. Further the Future Economic Partnership in their area of specialism by engaging with Whitehall colleagues to develop cross-HMG policy, establish a fact base and advise on negotiability;
  2. Influence policy development through a targeted campaign of direct and indirect engagement activity;
  3. Develop and exploit stakeholder networks to deliver UK policy outcomes and engage positively with key influencers in the EU institutions to promote UK interests and values;
  4. EU intelligence gathering and reporting, so HMG understand the potential impact, risks and opportunities of EU policies across their area of responsibility;
  5. Support Ministers and senior officials in sector focussed engagement activity;
  6. Represent Government policy to stakeholders, working with them to promote and secure HMG objectives.
  7. Participate in sectoral governance structures defined by the Withdrawal Agreement;
  8. Play a key role in team development, participate and contribute to the corporate agenda of the post and wider DExEU/FCO;
  9. Embed the change - support the realisation of the new UK Rep Vision, Mission and Business Strategy.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

Future UKREP will comprise a team of highly motivated staff engaged in influencing EU policy and legislation to ensure it reflects UK interests as well as engaging in ongoing negotiations around the future partnership and representation in future governance structures.

This post, within the Economic Portfolio, is a high profile and challenging position where outcomes really matter and can have significant impact on the economy, businesses and society.

Central to this post will be facilitating UK growth and the post-holder will need to be comfortable working with detailed policy areas, and exploiting a new network of stakeholders that have a rather different focus as we exit the EU.

This is an exciting time to be working on these policies. The UK withdrawal from the EU and the development of the new relationship with the EU offer an unprecedented opportunity to work at the heart of the biggest issue facing the UK and the Civil Service. While this role will involve a strong policy focus, a key requirement will be to also help build corporate capability post leaving the EU landscape and drive/embed business change and development. A high level of personal responsibility is expected from the post holder.

As well as demonstrating a range of competencies, the successful candidate will:

  • have excellent communication, influencing and relationship-building skills;
  • be an independent self-starter who is able to organise their own work without supervision;
  • have excellent judgement and strong tactical and strategic skills;
  • be highly organised, and able to keep on top of many different dossiers simultaneously;
  • ebe resilient and able to maintain performance in sometimes difficult and challenging circumstances;
  • build corporate capability and embed change.

Essential qualifications, skills and experience

  • Broad and detailed proven knowledge of EU institutions and processes;
  • Proven ability to establish high level contacts;
  • Excellent networking and collaborating skills;
  • Team leading skills and experience;
  • Knowledge and experience of UK policy around micro economic issues;
  • Some experience of Business Change and Organisational Transformation.

Desirable qualifications, skills and experience

  • Some EU language ability would be helpful, but not essential.

Required competencies

  • Seeing the Big Picture, Changing and Improving, Leading and Communicating, Collaborating and Partnering.

Application deadline: 28 July 2019
Grade: C4 (L)
Type of Position: Permanent
Working hours per week: 36.25
Type of Post: Political Office
Number of vacancies: 1
Starting monthly salary (EUR): 5,233.63
Start Date: 30 September 2019

Other benefits and conditions of employment

The monthly salary is 5,233.63€ gross in accordance to C4 (L), permanent contract.

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.

Additional information

Please note that the deadline for applications is 23:55 on the day mentioned in the above field “Application deadline”.

We advise you to allow enough time to complete and submit your full application, since only applications completed and submitted before the deadline will be considered.

Please be aware that the deadline for submitting applications is considered to be the time zone for the country where the vacancy has arisen.

Please be advised that the British Diplomatic Missions will not be able to meet the travel costs incurred when travelling to the interview, nor the costs connected with relocation if offered a job.

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