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.

Current Vacancies:

Temporary Human Resources Specialist


The British Embassy is looking for a Temporary Human Resources Specialist to join its dynamic HR Regional Team covering a team member’s leave of absence. The successful candidate will play a crucial role in helping the team deliver top notch HR services to the North American Region. Responsibilities will include recruiting, employee enquiry handling, and providing HR services.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist with day to day operations of a busy HR team in all functional areas of HR.
  • Support recruiting function to ensure attraction and retention of a diverse workforce.
  • Assist with administration of a range of employee relations programs including rollout of regional induction program, background checks, new hire check in meetings and exit processes.
  • Provide support for HR Hub training programs including Interviewing and Creating & Sustaining a Profession Workplace.
  • Assist with reporting, SharePoint updates and communications.
  • Work effectively as a team member with the HR Hub and provide assistance on all areas needed.
  • Conduct research on a range of topics and provide business cases to the Head of Hub HR.
  • Work on special projects as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources or related field, or specialized knowledge equivalent to such degree.
  • Six to Eight years of professional customer engagement experience, HR experience is a plus.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills as well as time management, presentation, and organizational skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to deal effectively with all employees and management.
  • Demonstrated experience in problem solving resulting in proactive solutions.
  • Independently conduct research on a variety of topics and produce business cases on findings.
  • Willingness and ability to be flexible in all situations.
  • Proficient in all MS Office applications, specifically Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Applications will be accepted until 21 April 2015. Click here. Please include resume.

Administrative Assistant


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


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.

Trade and Communications Assistant


The United Kingdom has made the promotion of trade and investment a top priority of the British government’s plan to rebalance the economy. UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) leads this business growth agenda for Her Majesty’s Government. UKTI is the British Government’s international trade promotion and economic development agency, which works closely with UKTI London and the Devolved Administrations of Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales to drive foreign investment into the UK and to support British companies interested in doing business in the US ( and The position is located in the UK’s largest Embassy – Washington DC – within a dynamic business team focused on fostering transatlantic trade and investment between the United States and the United Kingdom.

This is a unique position supporting both the Regional Director and Head of Trade and Investment in Washington, and the wider UKTI team of 11 staff, with administration, events and communications work.

This position is positioned at the heart of the embassy in one of its busiest teams. The role has a strong administrative focus that is key to the trade and investment team functioning effectively, which includes liaising with other embassy teams and producing management returns for UKTI’s US headquarters office in New York. The role also has excellent opportunities to run high profile events, undertake communications work, as well as other projects which can develop project management skills. The individual will learn about trade and investment (supporting the head of trade and investment for the DC team) and learn about change management through supporting the regional director for trade.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Build and maintain key relationships with relevant US and UK contacts & government bodies.
  • Design and manage events at the British Embassy with high profile UK and US companies/brands, including project management of the events and stakeholder relationships
  • Contribute to incoming and outgoing trade missions by helping to tailor events, research invites, pitching UK companies to potential US partners/customers, producing briefing, developing presentations
  • Represent the UKTI team at meetings with other government departments including Economics, Foreign Policy, and Prosperity Teams, as well as externally to bodies representing business
  • Proactively monitor and report UKTI activity through wider Embassy and US Network internal reporting and by acting as the communication team lead in Embassy meetings
  • Facilitate company, VIP, and Ministerial visit programmes and mobilise internal resources or colleagues as appropriate
  • Perform support function on wider team initiatives as requested by the Head of the Team and Regional Director, including analysing trade and KPI data
  • Arrange and coordinate schedules, meetings, travel, briefings and presentations for the Regional Director and Head of Trade and Investment
  • Coordinate administrative tasks including budget tracking, intern oversight as required, marketing activities and wider office administrative duties
  • Assist the Regional Director and head of UKTI DC with reporting on team management targets and support on client relationship management needs

Minimum Qualifications

  • A minimum of a bachelors degree in business, economics, international marketing, or communications
  • 1-3 years relevant business experience
  • Interest in business and ability to learn about the UK’s inward investment and trade development activities and successes
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced team and under tight deadlines
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to multi-task; proactive approach to work
  • Strong research, reading comprehension, writing, and communication skills; attention to detail is essential as the on holder will help produce briefing materials for senior officials in the Embassy
  • Excellent team player in order to effectively coordinate returns across the US and UK
  • Flexibility with schedule in order to execute tasks at hand
  • Ability and credibility to deal with companies/organizations at a senior level in person and over the phone, with a proven track record of fostering business relationships
  • Ability to provide clear, concise summaries and to respond to ad hoc requests at short notice using databases and other information sources
  • A self-starter - able to work independently and show initiative with limited day-to-day supervision while operating as part of a wider US/UK team (with wide-ranging objectives)
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook) is essential

The salary for this role is $44,100 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 22 April 2015. Click here. Please include resume.

Executive Assistant


The Executive Assistant to the Joint Forces Attaché (JFCA) and Science and Technology Attaché (S&TA) will provide all administrative support to those officers to ensure they are given the time and space to execute their responsibilities of leading the JFC and S&T Teams. The incumbent will run their office ensuring their diaries are accurate and prioritised according to their direction. During conflicts in workload priorities the JFCA will take primacy.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Coordination of diary commitments, including organising meetings with senior personnel from the Pentagon and other Departments on a daily basis. To include all official functions the JFCA and S&TA attend, arranging full briefs and transport requirements for each event.
  • Ensure regular contact with external outer offices, both US and UK, to maintain a solid working relationship.
  • Organisation of all official functions at the JFCA’s residences in honour of VIP visitors to Washington, including securing financial approvals.
  • Handling, production, filing, despatching and maintenance of all official correspondence. Maintenance of the Bring Foreword system.
  • Liaison with other government departments in the Embassy.
  • Preparation of all JFCA and S&TA official correspondence.
  • Organise all JFCA and S&TA’s visits to the UK and the United States, from domestics to office calls, along with preparation of comprehensive admin briefs.
  • Liaison with other Embassies, US Government organizations and Industry.
  • Manage their Government Procurement Card (GPC) accounts. Ensuring all receipts tally with their VISA card statements
  • Prepare business cases for Travel and Subsistence, official entertainment and official functions.
  • Prepare guest lists and send out invitations for official dinners and events, collate and follow up on responses and non responses.
  • Maintain and update the JFCA and S&TA’s contacts which include UK contacts, US military, Industry and other US Government Agencies.
  • Maintain the Hospitality Book on behalf of JFCA and S&TA.
  • Maintenance of JFC and S&T travel and subsistence budgetary approvals
  • Information management coherence for JFC and S&T areas through the use of Moss & Meridio
  • Maintenance of up to date JFC and S&T MOSS & Web sites
  • Absence cover for EA Air Attache where agreed.

Minimum Qualifications

  • At least two years experience in a professional support staff role.
  • Proven track record of excellent communication skills both oral and written.
  • Must have exceptional organisational skills, be highly motivated, and have ability to prioritise and multi-task.
  • Ability to work efficiently and accurately under pressure.
  • Ability to handle confidential issues/information and deal with staff and clients in a friendly and sensitive manner.
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office.

The salary for this role 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 23 April 2015. Click here. Please include resume.