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:

Business Development Associate: Advanced Engineering and 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.

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 19 April 2015. Click here. Please include resume and cover letter with salary history.

Executive Assistant to Consul General

Background

The British Consulate-General in Chicago is seeking a highly motivated Executive Assistant to provide administrative support for the Consul General.

The British Consulate-General represents the UK diplomatically in 13 states throughout the Midwest. The Consulate-General is responsible for: developing trade and investment relations between the Midwest and the UK; public diplomacy; and Consular services for British nationals.

The jobholder reports directly to the Consul General. He/she should be energetic and enthusiastic, with an innate ability to build teams and create a positive working environment. The environment strongly emphasizes autonomy and personal accountability and the job holder should be comfortable and confident in taking ownership of a wide variety of tasks.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manages the Consul General’s calendars and schedules appointments. Maintains and publishes travel calendar.
  • Co-ordinates forward events plan.
  • Screens incoming calls and responds independently when possible.
  • Arranges complex and detailed travel itineraries including scheduling appointments with VIPs, politicians, business leaders, academics and civic leaders. Compiles briefing materials and speeches for visit programmes.
  • Manages and organizes events at the Consul General’s official residence and outside venues including client relations, menu management and liaison with caterers, venue choice, compiling guest lists, issuing invitations and managing the budget and income.
  • With the Consul General and Corporate Services Manager helps organise social and fun events for the Consulate team.
  • Attends evening and early morning events as required.
  • Organizes and assists with major official visits of UK Government representatives.
  • Responds to routine external correspondence. Composes and prepares confidential correspondence, reports and other documents.
  • Prepares agendas, notices and minutes for meetings.
  • Maintains contacts database and spreadsheet files.
  • Greets visitors and provides refreshments as required.
  • Prepares and reconciles corporate credit card accounts.
  • Maintains confidentiality of all Consulate business and personnel matters.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • High School Diploma or equivalent.
  • 3-5 years’ professional experience, preferably supporting a senior Executive.
  • Demonstrated experience managing high profile events.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to follow through on assigned tasks with limited supervision.
  • Ability to complete multiple tasks and high volume of work on deadline.
  • Attention to detail. Ability to edit and proofread.
  • Ability to identify and resolve problems in a timely manner.
  • Ability to attend evening and early morning events.
  • Courteous and professional manner.
  • Strong working IT knowledge.
  • Knowledge of the UK and Midwest an advantage.

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 22 April 2015. Click here. Please include resume and cover letter with salary history.