Head, Eurasia and Emerging Markets (FTC-Maternity Cover)

Reporting to (job title): Managing Director, International Trade & Investment.
Objective of role: This senior role will play a key part in supporting the growth and development of TheCityUK and contributing to the delivery of our future vision for the industry.
Dimensions of the role: The role sits in the International Team and is focused on emerging markets and leads various international development projects.

Key Activities & Responsibilities

The International Trade and Investment Group (ITIG) set the international strategy for TheCityUK. Market Advisory Groups comprise senior representatives of our members focus on priority countries and apply the overarching strategy to their particular markets of focus e.g. USA, Japan, Eurasia. Sectoral Advisory Groups address specific themes of priority to members e.g. green and sustainable finance, Islamic Finance, Legal Services.

The role has the following responsibilities:

  • Ensure the objectives of TheCityUK’s international strategy are delivered successfully with a particular focus on the relevant region/group of countries and/or policy areas.
  • Provide the secretariat services for our Market Advisory Groups (MAGs) with a focus on high growth emerging economies e.g. Eurasia Market Advisory Group. The MAGs comprise senior representation of our members and identify areas of opportunity to strengthen regional and bilateral ties through policy engagement, regulatory cooperation and business networking.
  • Build effective relationships with the relevant MAG chairs, members and key government, industry contacts and related stakeholders.
  • Is accountable for bidding for and delivering HMG funded projects and programmes in emerging markets which support the HMG’s policy objectives and further the commercial interests of our members. This is achieved by working with members, HMG and partner countries to scope and develop specific, targeted and measurable policy proposals and recommendations, undertake advocacy to help deliver policy outcomes and support promotional activities.
  • Grow our network of contacts and relations at the appropriate levels of Government and public authorities in the UK and in the identified countries and regions.
  • Enhance our network of contacts and relations within member firms so as to ensure their commercial plans drive the engagement strategy in the specific country and region.
  • Display a deep understanding of the political, economic, and business issues that affect the successful delivery of the international strategy – and demonstrate clear sighted business understanding of what enablers could be brought to bear.
  • Develop an agenda which builds towards & influences the Government’s programme of Joint Economic Trade Committees (JETCO), Economic Financial Dialogues (EFD) and Free Trade Agreements (FTA) negotiations, as well as ensure TheCityUK’s contribution to inward & outward Ministerial and VIP meetings is maximised.

The International Team works closely and collaboratively with other teams across the organisation. The role will work in project teams with colleagues to:

  • Identify and create policy positions that progress the MAG objectives and goals.
  • Partner with key industry stakeholders and partners linked to MAGs including government, trade associations, promotional bodies, business councils, chambers of commerce and other commercial organisations (both domestic and international) to deliver agreed outcomes.
  • Conduct regular review sessions with key government stakeholders and other stakeholders to inform MAG strategic planning.
  • Identify appropriate new MAG members and refer to the Member Insight Team (MIT). Assist with follow up, as required.
  • Collaborate with the MIT team on identifying potential sponsorship opportunities
  • Undertake relationship management meetings in conjunction with the MIT team to ensure member interests are addressed.
  • Scope out and deliver a programme of activities for each MAG and work with the Communications and Marketing Team (COM) team to design and deliver relevant events. Examples include roundtable events, economic conferences, meetings with UK Heads of Missions and other Diplomatic/UKTI staff and their London counterparts.
  • Provide briefings for members ahead of major delegations and events.

Other Duties

Maintaining Operational and Company Standards

  • Promote the best interests of TheCityUK and its members at all times.
  • Support the organisations goals and values.
  • Encourage and drive quality and continuous improvement of TheCityUK services to its members.

 

Relationship Management

  • Build and maintain relationships with members, partners and TheCityUK’s governance bodies.
  • Liaise with external stakeholders and other bodies.

 

General

  • Provide regular for TheCityUK website and other marketing/ communications material as required.
  • Ensure mailing lists for news and opportunities are up to date on CRM.
  • Prepare budget forecasts for events & visits programme and manage to agreed budgets for individual events & visits.
  • Respond to the business priorities of the members.
  • Undertake any other duties which may reasonably be requested and are commensurate with the post.
  • Where necessary visit geographical markets in pursuit of TheCityUK interests.

Key Relationships & Interfaces

Internal  

  • CEO of TheCityUK
  • TheCityUK Leadership Team
  • Colleagues in TheCityUK

External

  • Senior Individuals in Member firms
  • MAG Chair & Deputy Chairs
  • HM Government
  • Other related trade associations and professional bodies
  • Other promotional bodies and COLC
  • UK Diplomatic Missions
  • Diplomatic Missions in London
  • Media as required (in collaboration with COM)

Person Specification

  • Strong project management skills to deliver programmes on time, to requirements and on budget.
  • Sound knowledge of the key issues, challenges and opportunities facing the financial & related professional services industry internationally
  • Demonstrated understanding of trade and investment policy and regulatory issues both internationally and in the UK.
  • A commercial outlook and ability to deliver value-added outputs & outcomes.
  • Experience in managing relationships with senior business representatives.
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills including the ability to create and develop strategies and co-ordinate input from multiple sources.
  • A track record of balancing competing priorities and providing solutions to complex scenarios.
  • An understanding of membership and/or trade organisations.
  • Knowledge of key industry bodies and organisations involved in the overseas promotion of UK-based financial and related professional services.
  • Experience of working with government bodies in the UK and overseas
  • A team player who brings flexibility, enthusiasm, imagination, diplomacy and a ‘can do’ attitude.
  • A strong understanding of working in diverse cultural environments and a commitment to diversity & inclusion.

To apply for this role, please email careers@thecityuk.com.
Or, apply on LinkedIn here.


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  • Agility
  • Respect
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About TheCityUK

TheCityUK is the industry-led body representing UK-based financial and related professional services. We 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 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. @TheCityUK.