Executive, Asia Pacific

Job title: Executive, Asia Pacific
Reporting to (job title): Manager, Asia Pacific; Head, New Zealand and Australia
Objective of role:

  • Assist the Manager, Asia Pacific and Head, New Zealand and Australia, in developing an agenda which sets the strategic direction for the industry’s engagement with Asia Pacific markets, including influencing through appropriate ministerial and business dialogues, trade and investment negotiations and other bilateral activities.
  • Maximise business opportunities for our members by supporting the Manager, Asia Pacific and Head, New Zealand and Australia and working with the appropriate levels of business and government in the UK and across the region.
  • Engage members through TheCityUK’s geographic and sectoral advisory groups that are most relevant to the region and address policy issues which may arise in relation to doing business in the region.

Key Activities & Responsibilities

International priorities are set by the Board of TheCityUK and implemented through the International Trade and Investment Group (ITIG). The briefings and other collateral we produce and which contain our policies for priority countries and sectors are increasingly being recognised and used by HM Government as the industry brief.

Working with the Manager, Asia Pacific and the Head, New Zealand and Australia, the job holder will (in liaison with the appropriate TheCityUK teams):

  • Support the Manager, Asia Pacific and the Head, New Zealand and Australia to develop TheCityUK’s international strategy for the Asia Pacific region and ensure its objectives are delivered successfully, including undertaking specific research and projects and contributing to the development of policy thinking and development as agreed. Research and projects will analyse financial and related professional services issues and barriers, business priorities and potential solutions, and opportunities for UK firms across Asia Pacific, both broadly for the industry and sub-sector specific, and contribute policy ideas on the future direction of the UK’s bilateral and multilateral financial services engagement with markets in the region.
  • Develop a good understanding of the political, economic, and business issues that affect the successful delivery of the strategy and demonstrate clear-sighted business understanding of what networks need to be developed, issues need to be progressed and enablers could be brought to bear.
  • Develop an agenda which builds towards & influences HM Government’s programme of bilateral and multilateral dialogues, and trade and investment negotiations with Asia Pacific markets, as well as supporting TheCityUK’s contribution to inward and outward Ministerial and VIP meetings.
  • Provide effective support across TheCityUK’s activities for the region.
  • Deliver projects and programmes which develop financial and related professional services synergies between the UK and priority Asia Pacific markets in order to position the UK as a partner of choice and further the commercial interests of our members in the region. This includes through developing and progressing policy proposals, dialogue and promotional activities in ASEAN, China, India, Japan, Australia and New Zealand through the coordination of expert groups of industry practitioners for respective markets as appropriate.
  • Keep a watching brief on other non-priority markets in the region and identify the potential to prioritise any of these markets in keeping with economic growth trends in order to deliver significant new activity that benefits the industry.
  • Grow our network of contacts and relations at the appropriate levels of government, governmental bodies and public authorities in the UK and in the region – taking a lead role in building partnerships with Southeast Asian markets, Australia and New Zealand – including through diplomatic networks in the UK and in market (e.g. economic and financial ministries, central banks, regulatory authorities, business chambers, key think-tanks and other policy makers or influencers of policy.
  • Support members to influence outcomes through the relevant TheCityUK geographic and sectoral advisory groups.
  • Build effective relationships with the advisory group chairs, group members and government, industry contacts and related stakeholders and their support teams as appropriate. This will include contributing to briefings for advisory group chairs as appropriate.
  • Deputise for the Manager, Asia Pacific and the Head, New Zealand and Australia at meetings or other events as agreed.
  • Undertake research, consultation and analysis to develop key asks and policy recommendations for the UK’s future trade and investment relationships with key markets in Asia Pacific, post‑Brexit, including through drafting responses to government consultations and parliamentary inquiries.

The International team works closely with the Policy, Public Affairs and Research, Membership Insight, Communications and Events Team. The job holder will work collaboratively and flexibly and in project teams with colleagues.

Other Duties

Maintaining Operational and Company Standards

  • Promote the best interests of TheCityUK and its members at all times.
  • Support the organisation’s goals and values of integrity, professionalism and duty of care to all stakeholders interacting with TheCityUK.
  • Encourage and drive quality and continuous improvement of TheCityUK services to its members.
  • Represent the core values of the organisation at all times.

Relationship Management

  • Build and maintain relationships with members and partners.
  • Liaise with external stakeholders and other bodies as required.


  • Help shape the business priorities of the members.
  • Work with the Membership Insight team to provide reports on specific events in geographical area for TheCityUK website and other marketing/communications material as required.
  • Undertake any other duties which may reasonably be requested and are commensurate with the post.

Key Relationships & Interfaces


  • Manager, Asia Pacific; Head, New Zealand and Australia
  • Colleagues in TheCityUK business areas


  • Individuals in Member firms
  • City of London Corporation
  • Market and sectoral advisory group Chairs, Deputy Chairs, Members
  • HM Government
  • Other related trade associations and professional bodies
  • Other promotional bodies
  • UK Diplomatic Missions
  • Diplomatic Missions in London
  • Business and government bodies in the region
  • Key think-tanks/research organisations

Person Specification

  • Strong organisational, administrative and project management skills and experience delivering complex programmes on time, to requirements and on budget.
  • Strong research and writing skills with demonstrable experience of drafting internal and external communications including briefings, responses to government consultations, and reports.
  • Experience and sound knowledge of key issues, challenges and opportunities in financial and related professional services, and trade and investment policy and promotion both internationally and in the UK. Experience and knowledge of specific variations in policy issues among markets in the region to enable comparisons to be made and best practice selected, preferably in at least three different locations covering distinct sectors.
  • Excellent knowledge of and keen interest in the economic, political and business environment in the Asia Pacific region with a focus on financial and related professional services.
  • Commercially focused with experience working in diverse cultural environments.
  • A track record of undertaking consultation, balancing potentially competing interests, providing solutions to complex scenarios, and delivering value-added outputs and outcomes.
  • Experience in managing relationships with senior stakeholders. Diplomatic skills.
  • Experience working for a membership and/or trade organisations and engaging with a broad range of interlocutors across government, industry, civil society, press and academia desirable but not essential.
  • Knowledge of key industry bodies and organisations involved in the overseas promotion of UK-based financial and related professional services.
  • Experience of working for, or with, government bodies and committees in the UK and in markets across Asia Pacific and a strong understanding of government decision-making and policy implementation processes.
  • Strong verbal communications skills to be able to communicate persuasively.
  • A team player approach to issues, flexibility, enthusiasm, imagination, diplomacy and a ‘can do’ attitude.
  • Degree educated in a relevant field (e.g. finance, economics, law, politics, international relations etc.).

Values at TheCityUK

These core set of values are essential for effective performance in our company and provides a common purpose as to how we deliver our work on a daily basis. 

  • Rigour
  • Impact
  • Agility
  • Respect
  • Teamwork

To find out more about our values and the standards of behaviour, please visit our About us page.

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About TheCityUK

TheCityUK is the industry-led body representing UK-based financial and related professional services. In our 10th anniversary year, we continue to champion and support the success of the ecosystem, and thereby our members, promoting policies in the UK, across Europe and internationally that drive competitiveness, support job creation and ensure long-term economic growth. The industry contributes over 10% of the UK’s total economic output and employs more than 2.3 million people, with two thirds of these jobs outside London. It is the largest tax payer, the biggest exporting industry, generates a trade surplus almost equivalent to all other net exporting industries combined. It also makes a real difference to people in their daily lives, helping them save for the future, buy a home, invest in a business and protect and manage risk. www.thecityuk.com @TheCityUK.