The UK India Business Council is looking for an Export Development Executive
Position: Export Development Executive
Contract: Fixed Term – 9 months
Key Benefits: Pension, 25 days holiday pro rata, quarterly company incentive scheme
Reporting to: Head of Commercial Services
Hours: Full time
This newly created role is a varied one, and would suit someone with an interest in international trade and a desire to both learn and play a role in the development and growth of UK revenues. This fixed term contract will be evaluated with a view to becoming a permanent role.
You will support the development of trading relationships for UK businesses in India. UK India Business Council play a fundamental role in the UK Government’s strategy to increase trade between UK and India. We support the highly publicised “exporting is great” government campaigns, by creating export opportunities with Indian companies for all types of UK businesses.
You will need to be well organised, personable (liaising with, both internal stakeholders and multiple external clients, be able to research businesses effectively and create new relationships). Additionally, you will be responsible for key reporting provided monthly to the Department of International Trade.
IDEAL CANDIDATE PROFILE
You are likely to be degree educated; this role is suitable for someone taking their first career steps looking to gain experience in a business consultancy environment, with a strong interest in business and international trade, and possessing an interest in developing client relations and client development skills or further honing this following early experience in a previous role.
Experience and understanding of India would be favourably considered, though is not a pre-requisite. A good understanding of corporate and business-to-business communication (written and verbal) and an ability to establish rapport and gain a clear understanding of your clients is key.
AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY
To manage assigned clients who have expressed an interest in exporting to India
To research UK businesses that are a match to priority opportunities.
To engage decision makers in researched businesses positioning priority export opportunities
Manage general enquiries, liaising with client and colleagues to provide prompt, accurate responses
Export Opportunities Posted:
To maintain up-to-date knowledge on our export opportunity funnel to support UK businesses
Export Opportunity Process:
Hone, refine the client experience by recommending improvements to the process across all functions
To position our suite of services, assessing what service/s will best support your client’s India plans
To identify export respondents who will benefit from tailored UKIBC commercial solutions
SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
• Relationship management experience (ideally with C Level executives)
• Demonstrable understanding and appreciation of business drivers for international trade
• Able to work with colleagues across different locations and time zones
• Intermediate Microsoft skills
• Experience using CRM (desirable)
Ability to work on own initiative, self-directed and highly motivated with a desire to learn. You pay close attention to detail, are well organised, with excellent time management skills, and are accustomed to working to tight deadlines. You build relationships effectively and quickly, are supportive, enthusiastic, adaptable, proactive, and eager to learn. You thrive on meeting and excelling personal and company targets.
Please send your CV and covering letter, to email@example.com by 29th September stating your present salary and salary expectations. We are looking to progress quickly with the role and would like the successful candidate to be in place by early October.
THE UK INDIA BUSINESS COUNCIL
We believe passionately that the UK-India business partnership creates jobs and growth in both countries, and that UK businesses have ideas, technology, services and products that can succeed in India. The fact that the UK is the No 1 investor in India reinforces this. Through our insights, networks, policy advocacy, services and facilities, we support UK businesses to achieve this success.
Our first-hand experience of entering and growing businesses in India make us uniquely qualified. We want to share our experiences to help others achieve success whether they are well-established in India or in the early stages of their engagement.
Working with the UK Government and other influential and connected partners, we ensure business interests are conveyed to India’s Union and State legislators. We seek to influence decisions that will make it easier for UK businesses to operate in India.
For those seeking practical advice, our talented team provide a range of sector-specific research, market entry and expansion services that help businesses understand – and take – the opportunities.
Our network is at the heart of our support. Through our wide variety of events and our member-only sector policy groups, we enable businesspeople to meet each other, identify potential partners, suppliers and customers, and to learn from top business leaders and commentators, including those on our Advisory Council.