Working for British Embassy Washington

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 Washington or one of our other offices across the US 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.

Staff recruited locally by the British Embassy are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local US employment law.

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 UK government elsewhere in the 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

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.gov.uk/ukti for further information.)

UKTI USA works closely with UKTI Headquarters in London, together with representatives of the three Devolved Administrations of Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, and other departmental agencies in the UK. UKTI aims 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, with geographical and sector focuses. The Business Development Associate will have a split report to the Officer for Financial Services in Washington DC and the Officer for Energy & Environment based in New York (covering the East Coast).

The Business Development Associate will support the officers to ensure UKTI delivers against national trade and investment targets. This will include assisting UK Financial Services and Energy companies looking to enter or grow their businesses in the US (i.e. ‘trade’), and helping innovative US Financial Services and Energy companies to expand internationally and capitalise on commercial opportunities in the UK (i.e. ‘investment’).

Based in Washington, the successful applicant will be a part of a 12 person UKTI team at the British Embassy. This team is responsible for the Mid-Atlantic region. The successful applicant will engage with clients and stakeholders in Washington DC, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, North Carolina and South Carolina.

Sector information: The position will focus on both the financial services and energy sectors. We define financial services as 1) financial technology 2) insurance 3) asset management 4) back and middle office 5) retail and energy as 1) energy (power generation), 2) environment, 3) infrastructure.

Duties and Responsiblities

  • Proactively identify companies within the US financial services and energy sectors that would be interested in setting up or expanding their operations in the UK; make initial contact, organise visit programs and schedule company meetings for the relevant officers. 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 sectors that are looking to enter the US market.
  • Develop knowledge of developments and trends in the financial services and energy sectors for both the US and the UK.
  • Manage and expand the database of key contacts in the industry.
  • Assist with initiatives such as incoming and outgoing trade missions, seminars, receptions and other events to promote the UK’s strengths in the financial services and energy sectors.
  • Attend industry seminars and conferences to build relationships and represent UKTI, the British Embassy and British Consulate General (New York).
  • Assist with consular support services in times of crisis.

Minimum Qualifications

  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field
  • 1-3 years professional experience in international business, preferably in the financial services and/or energy sectors
  • Ability and credibility to deal with companies/organisations at a senior level in person and over the phone, with a proven track record of fostering business relationships
  • Excellent research and report writing skills – with an ability to provide clear, concise summaries and to respond to ad hoc requests at short notice using databases and other information sources
  • Proactive self-starter, able to prioritise and effectively manage multiple tasks, able to work remotely from energy officer.
  • Attention to detail and good follow up discipline
  • Strong and enthusiastic networking skills
  • Committed team player
  • Comfortable with initiating and handling introductory calls to relevant companies
  • Knowledge of the business environments in the UK and US, in particular the financial services and energy sectors
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced team and often under tight deadlines
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, Power Point) is essential

In addition, the successful candidate will be required to attend official functions outside of office hours and required to undertake domestic (US) travel between 5-10% of the time. A limited amount of international travel may also be required.

Under US State Department requirements, the Embassy Network may only employ, as non-diplomatic staff, persons who are US citizens, US Green Card holders or A or NATOvisa 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 atwww.gov.uk/government/world/usa. 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.

Applications will be accepted until 29 March 2015. Click here. Please include resume.

Residence Housekeeper

Background

The Residence for the Defence Attaché is seeking a proactive team-player to include in their team. The member of house staff will provide the Defence Attaché and their family with an efficient housekeeping and maid service at the official residence in Washington, DC. All house staff are accountable to the Military Assistant via the House Manager.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Maintain the cleanliness of the residence public and non-public areas (including furniture, fittings and contents) as directed by the House Manager.
  • Prepare the official guest bedrooms and bathrooms: make beds, present linen, stock bathrooms.
  • Wash and iron the household bedding and linen.
  • Wash and iron clothes for the Defence Attaché, their family and official guests as required.
  • Assist the House Manager and chef at official functions. Duties may include the meeting of guests, providing a cloakroom service, waiting on tables and serving refreshments.
  • Prepare and serve meals for family and guests when required to do.
  • Deputise for the House Manager in his/her absence.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Verbal communication skills are very important: spoken English proficiency is required.
  • Previous experience providing a laundry/ironing service.
  • Previous experience working in a residence/hotel is preferred.
  • Must be confident engaging with family and guests.
  • The ability to work independently and unsupervised is essential.
  • It is essential that applicants are trustworthy, polite and can apply discretion.
  • The successful candidate must be flexible. It is essential that they are available to work during evenings and weekends when official engagements require them to do so.
  • The ability to work with children and pets.
  • Experience in a customer service environment or at events.
  • Food preparation experience.

The target salary for this position is $25,300 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 1 April 2015. Click here. Please include resume.

Administrative Assistant

Background

The Strategic Programs Royal Navy (SPRN) office is collocated with the US Naval Strategic Systems Programs (SSP) Headquarters in the Washington Navy Yard, Washington DC, USA. SPRN is a small multidisciplinary team which consists of both Royal Navy and Ministry of Defense (MoD) Civilian staff who represent the Chief Strategic Systems Executive (CSSE) under the authority of the Polaris Sales Agreement 1963 (PSA) as amended for Trident.

CSSE is part of the Director Submarine Operating Centre (SMOC) within DE&S, which provides all the key functions of acquisition and materiel support for the Armed Forces. CSSE is responsible for delivering the overall UK nuclear deterrent program. The post holder will report to SP5040, the SPRN Office Manager.

This is a full-time position; however, applicants seeking a job-share will also be considered.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provision of daily admin support to the Line Manager, Logistics Officer, Ship Systems Officer and other desk officers, as required, for their day to day support needs and provide a level of support agreed with the officers during periods of absence.
  • Provision of admin support to CSSE/SPRN staff and visitors including, but not limited to, the processing of PSA security clearances and transmittals.
  • Use the logistics database (known as CLASP) in relation to logistics queries, ad hoc reports. * Provide cover for the logistics officer in their absence.
  • Maintain SPRN office stationery supplies processing orders, when required, through the SPRN Office Depot account.
  • Process classified and unclassified mail and maintain the filing system of security and transmittals, including letters and reports, by use of the Microsoft Office applications and in accordance with JSP440.
  • Any other admin tasks as directed by line management.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Experience of working in an office and team environment.
  • Experience of handling classified information
  • Strong IT skills with the ability to evaluate and create data using MS Office suite with particular emphasis on MS Access and Excel.
  • High level of interpersonal skills to work with both UK and US partners and customers.
  • Strong organisational skills and attention to detail, with the ability to prioritise, follow process and policy and work under own initiative.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills required. The post holder must be able to interact and communicate with individuals at all levels.

UK Nationality is required due to UK Eyes only information held and processed within the SPRN area under the PSA. Therefore, applicants who are not sole UK citizens will not be eligible for this role. The ideal candidate will hold a minimum SC clearance or be willing to go through the process; however a DV clearance would be advantageous.

The salary for this position is $38,300 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 6 April 2015. Click here. Please include resume.

Regional Procurement Specialist

Background

The Corporate Procurement Group (CPG) in the Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO) takes responsibility for the acquisition of all goods and services required by the organisation whether bought at home in the UK or at one of our 260 office locations around the world. We do this by directly managing high value procurement activities and creating and implementing the policies and procedures for everything else. CPG is seeking a Regional Procurement Officer will support the Regional Procurement Manager in delivering procurement services across the regional network of office locations. In addition to helping to deliver regional procurement projects, you will be responsible for ensuring that procurement processes operate smoothly and consistently within the region and build relationships with the key regional suppliers. You will work closely with a wide variety of internal customers which will give you an excellent overview of the FCO and insight into the work of different Departments across the network, helping to identify, specify and meet their requirements.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist the Regional Procurement Manager in managing the contract tender process of various procurement/contract-related goods, services or work projects; including sourcing of suppliers, input and agreement of specification, preparation of tender documentation, liaison and coordination with suppliers to clarify requirements, coordination and evaluation of bids, seek appropriate approval, direct negotiation, agreement of contracts and management and closure of contracts, ensuring that they meet legal, audit, HM Treasury and Cabinet Office requirements.
  • Work closely with colleagues at UK’s Embassies and Consulates in the region and Procurement Teams in the UK to deliver procurement activity to a standardised process, proactively seeking opportunities to buy efficiently through common procurement routes or approaches to market and opportunities to aggregate requirements across Posts and other government partners.
  • Review, report, and manage contract and framework use in the region, whilst acting as the Supplier Relationship Manager where appropriate for regional suppliers including resolution of contractual disputes, taking appropriate action to protect the FCO’s interest.
  • Work closely with the Regional Procurement Manager in implementing, managing, delivering regional objectives including management of staff as required.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business or related field; relevant certification a plus.
  • 2-4 years of work experience with 2 years of work experience in a “hands-on” procurement/contracts/project management role.
  • 10 % of International travel will be required.
  • Demonstration of awareness and knowledge of procurement policies and processes.
  • Change management and project management skills.
  • Effective oral and written communication and influencing skills, especially the ability to communicate within all levels of the organisation to explain procurement policies and processes to customers who may be unfamiliar with them.
  • Ability to prioritise, effectively manage and execute multiple and sometime conflicting priorities.
  • High level of proficiency in MS Office.
  • Strong supplier relationship management skills.
  • The ability to multi-task.

The salary for this role is $58,200 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 15 April 2015. Click here. Please include resume.