A2(L) Inward Investment Adviser for Energy, Environment and Infrastructure This is an exciting opportunity to work at the heart of the British Embassy in Tokyo in support of one of our core objectives: increasing Japanese investment into the UK’s Energy; Environment & Infrastructure sectors (EEI). The purpose of the British Embassy (BE) in Tokyo & British Consulate General (BCG) in Osaka is to promote the British Government’s prosperity, security and consular interests in Japan. UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) Japan is central to the first of these objectives: we support UK companies with practical and tailored advice on how to reach the opportunities in Japan; and we build strong relationships with potential Japanese Investors in order to persuade them that the UK is the destination of choice when investing overseas. Infrastructure is the life-blood of an economy, enabling economic growth and job creation. Japan is already one of the most important investors into UK energy & infrastructure, with Japanese companies already active in a range of sectors: offshore wind; gas; nuclear and rail. The British Government, through its UKTI network, is committed to increasing this investment flow. This job will work at the core of the team tasked with deepening the UK’s partnership with Japan and delivering critical investment into UK EEI sectors. The main objectives are to: Support & grow project-level investment into UK infrastructure projects; and Support and grow Foreign Direct Investment into UK Energy, Environment and Infrastructure sectors. Main Duties Work with the Infrastructure Investment Specialist to support the relationship management of investors into UK infrastructure; Support the Senior Investment Officer to increase the number quality of investments in the EEI sectors; Develop and maintain relationships with companies, including leading on some sub-sectors, to encourage UK investment and support investors in overcoming obstacles; Provide team support in areas such as: inward visits; client communications; data management with the UKTI client database; market intelligence; and handling investment cases. Requirements Essential Experience: The successful candidate will have at least 3 years in any of the following roles: relationship management; business advisory services; marketing; research; business development. Familiarity in working with both Japanese and Western businesses is essential in order to win credibility and ensure productive engagement. Desirable Experience: Private sector experience, particularly in the infrastructure sector on in an advisory role, would be beneficial to the role. Essential Skills: relationship management; strategic thinking; teamwork; communication; commercial acumen; fluency (written and spoken) in Japanese and English.); proficiency with Microsoft office. Language Requirements: Fluent-level Japanese (JLPT N1 or equivalent) and fluent business English is required (IELTS band 8.5 or above/TOEIC 850+ points). The candidate will be expected to meet the following competences, which will be tested at interview: Achieving commercial outcomes: Identifying opportunities, and providing effective, targeted support that delivers our commercial objectives. Managing a quality service: Effective, and innovative relationship management of investors that delivers real added value to clients and fosters confidence in the UK and the British Government. Seeing the big picture: Developing a comprehensive grasp of one’s work portfolio, and using that knowledge to tailor strategy and activities in order to deliver business objectives. Identifying synergies between business interests will be key to driving growth & value-add. Making effective decisions: Being able to assess different data-sets (including direct client engagement) to filter strong opportunities and recommend areas for targeted action. Leading and Communicating: Ability to communicate with confidence, in a logical and clear manner, and to develop good rapport with contacts. Collaborating & Partnering – effective teamwork to support the delivery of common objectives. Other Requirements: There will be some evening commitments, e.g. events and telephone calls with UK companies. The latter could be delivered flexibly through Skype or other mobile work or home infrastructure. Our Values As part of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) the Embassy aims for excellence by: Taking responsibility Encouraging innovation Working together Our values support a vibrant culture where all staff takes on stretching responsibilities, where ideas thrive and the status quo can be fearlessly challenged. We work together effectively with all our partners to make a greater difference for the UK. Benefit package includes: Working hours: Monday to Friday, generally 0930-1800 with flexible working opportunities and occasional out of hours working required This job is being offered on a 1 year contract, subject to annual review Salary of JPY 323,000 per month with 1-month bonus equivalents payable in June and December (pro rata) (Note: Subject to tax status, this amount may be reduced.) Commuting allowance of up to JPY35,000 per month (paid on an actual cost basis) 24 days paid annual leave (pro rata) Health Insurance and Employee pension (kenko hoken/kosei nenkin) Employment Insurance (koyou hoken) Excellent training and development opportunities Work-related travel in Japan and occasionally within the region and to the UK Interviews will be held on the 2nd half of January and will include a test of language skills Start date: ASAP. To Apply Please email your updated CV together with the completed application form, which can be downloaded from our website http://www.gov.uk/government/world/organisations/british-embassytokyo/about/recruitment, by 12 December 2014 to [email protected] Please clearly mark the position title and your name in the subject title of your email. Please send your attachments using the following formats only .doc, .docx, pdf. No accommodation or relocation expenses are payable in connection with this position. The applicant must have work authorisation for Japan however if a foreign national, the British Embassy/Consulate General will support a visa application if required. Please note that incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. The British Embassy/Consulate General is an equal opportunities employer, dedicated to inclusivity, a diverse workforce and valuing difference. Staff recruited locally by the British Embassy/Consulate General in Tokyo are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local employment law.
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