Head, North America (12 months – Maternity Cover)

Job title: Head, North America
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.

Key Activities & Responsibilities

International policy is set by the Board of TheCityUK and implemented through the International Trade and Investment Group (ITIG).

The main focus for the job holder is to ensure the objectives of TheCityUK’s international strategy are delivered successfully with a particular focus on North America and related policy areas.

Much of this work will be conducted through and with TheCityUK’s North America Advisory Group and subordinate working groups

Working with the Managing Director, the job holder will (in liaison with the appropriate TheCityUK teams):

  • Take responsibility for delivering projects and programmes which help further the commercial interests of our members in defined countries and regions through developing specific, targeted and measurable policy proposals and promotional activities.
  • Grow our network of contacts and relations at the appropriate levels of Government, governmental bodies and public authorities in the UK and in the identified countries and regions.
  • Further 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 strategy – and demonstrate clear sighted business understanding of what enablers could be brought to bear.
  • Engage and service members by providing them with an agreed set of content through geographic and sectoral committees.
  • Develop an agenda which builds towards & influences the Government’s programme of Free Trade Agreements (FTA) negotiations, as well as ensure TheCityUK’s contribution to inward & outward senior-level meetings is maximised.
  • Build effective relationships with the committee chairs, committee members and key government, industry contacts and related stakeholders.
  • The International Trade & Investment team works closely with other teams across the organisation. The job holder will work collaboratively and in project teams with colleagues to:
    • Identify and create policy positions that enhance industry positioning.
    • Identify key industry stakeholders and partners linked to assigned advisory groups including government, trade associations, promotional bodies, business councils, chambers of commerce and other commercial organisations (both domestic and international).
  • Conduct regular review sessions with key government stakeholders across all relevant departments, & with TheCityUK’s network of strategic relationships and other stakeholders whose activities could impact advisory group strategic planning.
  • Identify appropriate new advisory group members and refer to the membership team.
  • Collaborate with the membership team on identifying potential sponsorship opportunities.
  • Undertake relationship management meetings in conjunction with the membership team to ensure member interests are addressed.
  • Scope out and deliver a programme of activities for relevant advisory groups and work with the communications team on relevant events such as policy roundtables, panel discussions and other TheCityUK events.
  • Provide briefings for the CEO ahead of meetings, events and overseas visits.

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.


  • Work with the Communications team to provide content on specific events for TheCityUK website and other marketing/communications material as required.
  • 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


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


  • Senior individuals in Member firms
  • Advisory group Chairs where appropriate
  • HM Government
  • Other related trade associations and professional bodies
  • Other promotional bodies and the City of London Corporation
  • Relevant UK diplomatic missions
  • Relevant diplomatic missions in London
  • Media as required (in collaboration with the Communications team).

Person Specification

  • Strong project management skills to deliver programmes on time, to requirements and on budget.
  • Extensive experience & sound knowledge of key issues, challenges & opportunities in financial & professional services and trade & investment policy both internationally and in the UK.
  • Experience in managing relationships with senior financial and related professional services industry stakeholders and government representatives.
  • A demonstrable commercial outlook and experience of working in diverse cultural environments.
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills to be able to create and develop strategies and co-ordinate input from multiple sources.
  • A track record of balancing potentially competing interests, providing solutions to complex scenarios & delivering value-added outputs & outcomes.
  • An understanding of membership and/or trade organisations particularly in financial and related professional services.
  • A team player approach to issues, flexibility, enthusiasm, imagination, diplomacy and a ‘can do’ attitude.
  • Educated to Degree Level/relevant experience

To apply for this role, please contact careers@thecityuk.com.

Alternatively, to apply on LinkedIn please click here.

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• Rigour
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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.