Working for British Consulate General Chicago

As part of the team you will play an important role in the continued partnership between the UK and the US.

Working at The British Embassy US Network offers a unique and rewarding opportunity to grow professionally while collaborating with a talented group of individuals. We offer a wide range of opportunities including, but certainly not limited to, Communications and Press, Security, Administrative, Trade & Investment, Finance, Energy, and the Residence.

Our excellent benefits package includes: medical, dental, vision, life, long term and short term disability insurance, a 401(k) retirement savings plan, generous vacation and leave time, and an enriching training package.

The embassy’s employment opportunities page is updated regularly. We encourage you to review our postings below and submit an application following the instructions in the advert. Due to the large number of qualified applicants who apply, we are only able to respond to those candidates who are selected for further consideration.

The British Embassy US Network is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a diverse workforce. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, veteran status, or other category protected by law.

Eligibility Requirements:

As per US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), employers in the US are required to ensure that all employees have the legal right to work in the US. Under US State Department requirements, the embassy and our consulates may only employ, as non-diplomatic staff, persons who are US citizens, US Green Card holders or A visa holders. If you hold a visa other than an A visa, you are not currently eligible to work at the embassy or our consulates. The UK Mission to the UN (UKMIS) also accepts G visas, and British Defence Staff (BDS) outposts accept A or NATO visas. All candidates will be subject to background checks and security clearance.

The British Embassy US Network recognizes that at times extraordinary circumstances merit visa sponsorship. Hiring Managers hold discretion on whether this exception is appropriate for their recruitment. These exceptions include:

  • Unmarried partners and dependent children of UK Based staff posted to the US Network.
  • Positions which require specialized British knowledge or background, especially those with high level security clearances.
  • Positions where a formal recruitment process in the US market has not yielded any successful candidates.
  • Staff already employed by Her Majesty’s Government (HMG) elsewhere in the HMG global network (LE and UKB) looking to apply for positions in the US Network.

In all cases, as A visas are not intended to be used for permanent employment, such appointments will be limited to only one visa period.

If you have additional questions, please direct them to careerquestions@fco.gov.uk.

Current Vacancies:

Summer 2015 Internships

This program offers internships up to 40 hours per week during the summer.

Under US State Department requirements, the Embassy may only employ, as non-diplomatic staff, persons who are US citizens, US Green Card holders, A or J1 Visa holders with valid Work Authorization Document. If you hold a Visa other than an A or J1 Visa you are not currently eligible to work at the Embassy. All candidates will be subject to background checks and security clearance.

These are unpaid internships, for college credit only, but the Embassy does provide a stipend of $100 per month for transportation costs.

Policy and Communications Intern

Background

The British Consulate-General diplomatically represents the UK in 13 states throughout the Midwest. The Consulate-General is responsible for: developing trade and investment relations between the Midwest and UK; public diplomacy efforts; and, Consular services for British Nationals. We are offering one internship in the Policy and Communications (PAC) Team, responsible for handling public diplomacy on a range of issues.

Students studying politics, economics, public relations, journalism or international affairs can gain valuable real-world experience in their fields. The Consulate’s internship program allows students to work part-time in a fast-paced environment at the center of the crucial UK-US transatlantic relationship.

Applications will be accepted until 8 March 2015. Click here. Please include resume and cover letter.

Science, Innovation & Higher Education Intern

Background

The British Consulate General, Chicago seeks an energetic intern to support the work of the Science & Innovation and Higher Education policy teams. Students in science, economics, business and international affairs can gain valuable real-world experience in their fields. The Consulate’s internship program allows students to work in a fast-paced environment at the centre of the crucial UK-US transatlantic relationship.

Applications will be accepted until 8 March 2015. Click here. Please include resume and cover letter.

UK Trade and Investment Intern

Background

UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) is the British Government’s international economic development agency. UKTI is charged with transatlantic trade development between the US and the UK and with assisting American companies looking to invest in the UK (please see www.gov.uk/ukti).

A broad-based business development position supporting a team focussed on fostering transatlantic business relations between the US and its top economic partner in Europe

Applications will be accepted until 8 March 2015. Click here. Please include resume and cover letter.

Trade and Investment Officer: Digital and Creative Media Sectors

Background

UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) is the United Kingdom government’s international business development agency. UKTI is charged with transatlantic trade development between the UK and the US and with assisting US companies looking to invest in the UK. (See www.ukti.gov.uk for further information).

UKTI USA working closely with UKTI Headquarters in London, the UKTI Investment Services Team, and other departmental agencies in the UK, together with representatives of the three Devolved Administrations of Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, aim to drive transatlantic trade and foreign investment into the UK. Made up of 120 members of staff spread across 9 different offices, this is a dynamic team that focuses on various sectors including financial services, energy, digital and creative media, security, and clean technology.

Being a member of the team, the Trade & Investment Officer for the Digital and Creative Media sectors will report to the Head of Trade & Investment in Chicago and manage one Business Development Associate.

Based in Chicago, The focus of this position will be to assist US companies looking to expand internationally using the UK as an inward investment location and to generate and delivering chargeable client work for UK companies looking to enter the US market, as well as opportunities in the developing world.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide a comprehensive account management service to key US companies looking to establish and/or expand their operations in the UK and support US companies already active in the UK market.
  • Assist high growth/innovative small to medium and new to export UK Digital and Creative Media companies to develop US market entry strategies which would include monitoring market trends, identifying market opportunities, writing reports, managing events, compiling visit programmes, providing mentoring and follow up.
  • Advise, guide and represent UK companies in the development of business opportunities in the Midwest area.
  • Facilitate and successfully manage incoming (and potentially outgoing) trade missions.
  • Develop and implement marketing programmes to showcase the UK as open for business, identifying key sector activities and attending sector related events/trade shows to build relationships and generate leads.
  • Coordinate with multiple stakeholders within the US and UK including the Science and Innovation Network, the Department Business Innovation and Skills, UKTI R&D Specialists and the UK’s Devolved Administrations of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
  • Forge strong relationships with senior level business leaders, key industry associations and multiplier organisations.
  • Provide support to UK Government Ministers and senior officials in their engagements with companies based in the Midwest area.
  • Line manage one Business Development Associate, and at times provide support to other colleagues and activities as required.
  • Travel within the US (primarily the Midwest consular region) and occasionally to the UK, in support of the activities outlined above.
  • Assist with consular support services in times of crisis.

Minimum Qualifications

  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in relevant field
  • Five years relevant work experience in business development, ideally in the Digital and Creative Media sectors
  • Knowledge of the Digital and Creative Mediasectors is strongly desirable.
  • Sound knowledge of the US and UK’s investment proposition, including incorporation, tax, employment and R&D propositions.
  • The candidate should have a solid understanding of both the US and UK business environments, in addition to public versus private sector operations.
  • Clear motivation and personal commitment to meeting challenging targets with a demonstrable track record of achievement.
  • Strong client account management and project management experience.
  • Excellent research, analysis and report writing skills, particularly the ability to produce high quality outputs.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with the ability to work in a closely-knit team towards shared goals and strong networking skills.
  • Proven line management experience.
  • Strong written and oral communication (including presentation) skills.
  • Computer literacy in standard Microsoft applications and Client Relationship Management (CRM) software; experience of utilising new media platforms for business development and campaign marketing purposes.
  • Driving license and ability to undertake air travel, including overnight stays.

The target salary for this position is $66,900 annualized. Salary will be confirmed upon offer of employment. Individuals who are not US taxpaying citizens will be paid a net salary based on a simulated US tax status.

Applications will be accepted until 8 February 2015. Click here. Please include resume and cover letter with salary history.

Business Development Associate: Advanced Engineering & Manufacturing

Background

UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) is the United Kingdom Government’s international business development agency. UKTI is charged with supporting UK exporters and with attracting and facilitating investment to the UK (See www.ukti.gov.uk for further information).

Made up of a network of 120 members of staff spread across 9 different offices, UKTI in the United States (UKTI-US) is a dynamic team that focuses on various sectors including advanced engineering and manufacturing, financial and business services, life sciences, creative industries and digital media, ICT, and clean technology. The team works closely with UKTI Headquarters in London and other departmental agencies in the UK, as well as representatives of the three Devolved Administrations of Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

The advertised opportunity is a Business Development Associate (BDA) for Advanced Engineering & Manufacturing (AEM), with a focus on the automotive, aerospace and industrial manufacturing industries. The AEM BDA will be based at the British Consulate-General in Chicago, supporting the Trade & Investment Officer (TIO) for AEM. The BDA will actively contribute to the AEM team’s strategy in Chicago by working with existing investors, identifying and supporting potential new investors, and supporting UK companies who export to the USA.

The successful candidate will be required to attend official functions outside of office hours, and undertake domestic (US) travel up to 5-10% of the time.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Proactively identify companies within the AEM sectors that would be interested in establishing or expanding their operations in the UK; make initial contact, organize visit programmes and schedule company meetings for the AEM TIO. Attend meetings where appropriate and assist in the management of client relationships.
  • Conduct research and compile reports on industry developments, best routes to market and potential US business partners for UK companies operating in the AEM sectors that are looking to enter the US market.
  • Develop, maintain, and disseminate knowledge of developments, trends, and opportunities, primarily in the automotive, aerospace and industrial manufacturing sectors in both the US and the UK.
  • Maintain client relationship management records, lists of key industry contacts and other data. The BDA will also act as a point of contact for AEM enquiries.
  • Assist with initiatives such as trade missions, seminars, webinars, receptions and other events to promote UKTI-US’ work in the AEM sector. Provide event management and logistical support where necessary.
  • Provide operational and administrative support to the AEM Trade & Investment Officer and to the wider Chicago UKTI team as and when required.
  • Liaise with internal teams, and external contacts at an executive level, including cold calls and networking at events.

Minimum Qualifications

  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field is required.
  • 1-3 years professional experience in international business.
  • Ability to effectively and credibly deal with companies/organizations at a senior level in person and over the phone, with a proven track record of fostering business relationships.
  • Comfortable initiating and handling introductory calls to relevant companies. Ability to think strategically and ask probing questions in a professional manner.
  • Excellent research and report writing skills – with an ability to provide clear, concise summaries and to respond to ad hoc requests at short notice.
  • Proactive, self-starting approach to work; ability to deliver effectively under limited day-to-day supervision in a deadline-sensitive, fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent organizational skills with an ability to prioritize and effectively manage tasks.
  • Knowledge of or interest in AEM sectors (e.g. automotive, motorsport, aerospace, space, industrial manufacturing etc).
  • Strong and enthusiastic networking skills, and the ability to attend early morning and evening events.
  • Committed team player.
  • Knowledge of the business environments in the UK and US, and public-private collaborations
  • Understanding of international politics and UK and US domestic/foreign affairs is desirable.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook) is essential.
  • Ability to undertake travel within the US and the UK.

Under US State Department requirements, the Embassy may only employ, as non-diplomatic staff, persons who are US citizens, US Green Card holders or A or NATO visa holders with EAD cards*. If you hold a visa other than an A or NATO visa you are not currently eligible to work at the Embassy. Please refer to our website for information on exceptions to this policy at www.ukinusa.fco.gov.uk. All candidates will be subject to background checks and security clearance.

*A visas or NATO visas with EAD cards are acceptable at the Embassy, Consulates, and British Defence Staff (BDS) outposts. The UK Mission to the UN (UKMIS) accepts G visas.

The target salary for this position is $44,100 annualized. Salary will be confirmed upon offer of employment. Individuals who are Green Card holders, UK/US dual citizens, and non US taxpaying citizens will be paid a net salary based on a simulated US tax status.

Applications will be accepted until 24 February 2015. Click here. Please include resume and cover letter with salary history.