25 dagen geleden


Den Haag, ZH


Job Description (Roles and Responsibilities)  

The British Embassy, based in The Hague, is part of a worldwide network of 230 Diplomatic Posts, representing British political, economic and consular interests overseas and is now looking to recruit a Market Access Adviser for the Department for International Trade (DIT).

This role will support businesses to understand the terms of trade following the UK’s departure from the EU, and make the most of trade opportunities between the UK and European countries. The successful candidate will work closely with the Trade Policy Officers, the Market Access Centre and Trade Hub, and the trade and economic teams in embassies to address enquiries and issues raised by UK businesses looking to access European markets as well as supporting the embassy in addressing questions from European business, by investigating, understanding and explaining the rules where barriers to trade are encountered, and proposing actions to remove these barriers where applicable and appropriate.

Main role and responsibilities:

  • Answer business enquiries received directly in country or via the Market Access Centre about the terms of trade between the UK and their market, investigating the rules or procedures involved in any issue, and explaining these.
  • Work closely with the Market Access Centre, other Market Access Advisers and economic teams to build knowledge about trade rules across the EU and in specific Member States/non-EU countries, and contribute to developing regional advice.
  • Identify longer-term trade barriers from enquiries, investigate potential solutions, and as appropriate escalate these to the Trade Policy Officers or Country Directors, as well as the Bilateral Relations Team in London, to include these in local and regional strategic and country plans, and work together to resolve them.
  • Monitor and report on regulatory developments and the business environment in country, scan for potential barriers to trade (e.g. through proposed or new legislation or procedures), and assess impact on UK business interests.
  • Support Trade Policy Officers, Country Directors or wider FCDO teams on market access work as required, including commercial dialogues, Ministerial visits, business outreach and engagement, as necessary, ensuring a coordinated approach across HM Government.
  • Encourage businesses where appropriate to explore further opportunities for growth working with country trade teams and the Trade Hub.
  • Support the development of market access expertise across all embassy teams.
  • Contribute to wider DIT and Embassy objectives.

There will also be tasks specific to the country position, which are at the discretion of the Country Director.

The successful candidate will need to be able to understand and interpret complex detail from EU and national laws and procedures, be a good communicator to explain these to businesses as well as to other colleagues, and enjoy working closely and collaboratively with a wider range of stakeholders in country teams, regionally and with London.

Essential qualifications, skills and experience  

  • Fluent in English and Dutch languages, both verbal and written (minimum C1 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages*);
  • Relevant university degree;
  • Good understanding of the international trade and the business environment;
  • Stakeholder management skills;
  • Demonstrable analytical skills, the ability to make sense of complex information;
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, and IT capability (MS Office etc.)

Desirable qualifications, skills and experience  

  • Strategic commercial and economic awareness;
  • Some previous or relevant experience working with business;
  • Some previous or relevant experience of trade policy and market access issues;
  • Some previous experience, or interest in, working on European affairs;
  • Some relevant policy experience.

Required competencies  

Leading and Communicating, Collaborating and Partnering, Building Capability for All, Managing a Quality Service

Other benefits and conditions of employment  

The successful candidate will initially be offered a 12 months contract at B3(L) level. The base salary for this position is € 3,855.50 gross per month, based on a working week of 36 hours.

In addition, an 8% holiday bonus and a monthly working from home allowance are payable. Actual commuter travel expenses up to a limit or a monthly set travel  allowance  for commuter costs are payable depending on the role and how often office work is needed. The Embassy currently applies a performance based bonus pay model for local staff. 

Applicants must be legally entitled to work in The Netherlands.

The successful candidate will undergo a professional background check; Any job offer is also provisional to a successful security clearance check.

The Embassy encourages a culture of continuous learning. All employees have access to the Civil Service Learning platform which gives access to training to improve job specific skills. Employees are entitled to a minimum number of annual training days.

The British Embassy promotes and demonstrates the key values of Professionalism, Respect and Honesty.

Visa/work permit requirements: Candidates must currently hold the independent right to live and work in The Netherlands and be prepared to ensure that right remains throughout the scope of the contract.

Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure you meet the legal requirements to live and work in this country.

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.

*Please note for more information on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment  levels  please click on the following link CEFR. Please bear in mind in case you are invited for an interview your language skill is going to be assessed.

Under the terms of the UK/NL Double Taxation Convention (Article 18 1(b)(ii),  UK nationals who move to The Netherlands to take up their new role at the Embassy/Consulate and UKB spouse who start working at the Embassy with no previous record of working in the Netherlands since the arrival of the UKB partner they accompany,  will be placed on a tax abated salary if deemed to be eligible for Dutch income tax exemption on their salary. Qualifying staff will have no Dutch tax levied on their salary and will therefore be paid a lower salary abated by the amount of tax they would have had to pay if that local liability existed. A tax abated salary ensures a fair and comparable take home pay. Staff on tax abated salaries cannot claim tax benefits in The Netherlands but they are fully and comprehensively covered for social security and deemed to be resident local staff for all intents and  purposes.

The  job description is subject to changes and may evolve over time and in response to changing circumstances.  The role exists as part of a team and all staff are expected to be flexible in supporting colleagues, particularly at busy times.

Please be aware that you will only be able to apply to vacancies for Country Based Staff roles with the British Government through this official site (operated by Oleeo). Jobs may be advertised on third party websites, however our adverts will always link back to the official site. If you complete and send an application through any other site, we will not receive it.