International Trade Development Manager

Manchester Commercial
18 Mar 2017
17 Apr 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
The Role:

Foresee and maintain a high level of awareness of national policy and programme developments related to international trade, be able to influence and contribute to these and relate such developments back to service delivery across a range of local delivery partners.

Maintain strong and effective working relationships with all partners including, stakeholders and funders  including CA/LEP, Government Departments and their agencies and other LEPs, encouraging the sharing of good practice, help facilitate future partnership working and project development.

Identify and evaluate influential contacts in new or existing partners who have a focus on international trade who can contribute to Greater Manchester’s desire to enhance levels of international trade.

Co-ordinate, develop and support input into calls for funding, bidding and tendering.

Contribute to the development of strategically significant international trade related project packages working with a range of partner delivery organisations as appropriate.

Essential Skills:

- Educated to degree level or equivalent.
- Analytical with a creative approach to problem solving.
- High level interpersonal, communication (written and oral), influencing and negotiating skills; able to demonstrate credibility.
- Capable of conducting high level representational work in one-to-one and formal meeting/committee settings, including presenting papers at Board level.
- Proven ability in establishing and maintaining professional working relationships with colleagues, partners and stakeholders.

Key Skills:

- Good IT literacy - especially Microsoft Office packages.


- Preferably at least 5 years' management experience and/or public sector programme management experience. (candidates with less than this who can demonstrate the necessary skills may apply and will be considered)
- Relevant service delivery and/or policy development, including one or more of development, design, implementation.
- Funding and resource procurement.
- Higher-level relationship management and successful partnership working in a complex environment.


- National, regional and local policy and programmes in one or more fields of business growth, skills and employment, economic development.
- Excellent technical knowledge and expertise of European and other public sector funding regimes.
- Clear awareness of customer and partner priorities and understanding of political agenda.
- Key local, national and regional players and their roles.

Personal Style:

- Self-motivated and able to work on own initiative.
- Able to inspire and motivate colleagues.
- Reliable, flexible and adaptable to change.
- Ability to work under pressure and manage competing priorities.