Vacancy details

Northern Powerhouse (NPH) Agri-Tech Sector Development Specialist

Location: Peripatetic

Posted on: 29/07/2020

Do you want to play a key role in shaping the delivery of international trade support across the Northern Powerhouse Region?

Can you help inspire a generation of businesses across the North to break beyond their existing borders and grow through international trade?

Do you have experience of developing an export function within the Agri-Tech Sector?

If you’ve answered “yes” to these questions the exciting and satisfying role of Northern Powerhouse (NPH) Agri-Tech Sector Development Specialist could be for you.

About the role

We are looking for a Northern Powerhouse (NPH) Agri-Tech Sector Development Specialist to provide advisory and specialist consultancy services to Agri-Tech businesses across The Northern Powerhouse Region that are looking to develop or expand their export activity. 

Key responsibilities:

  • Working alongside DIT Northern Powerhouse team to provide insights on the requirements of the sector and to develop clear understanding of the segmentation across the North (e.g. sub-sectors, company types, markets of interest, propensity to export).
  • To work with businesses, support organisations and DIT delivery partners across the North to develop, deploy and communicate a clear export support proposition for the sector, aligned to DIT export strategy.
  • To guide sector strategy across the region in consultation with DIT sector teams, producing a sector plan for the Agri-Tech sector for the Northern Powerhouse to a defined model.
  • To liaise with DIT overseas posts to identify and develop trade opportunities for sector businesses across the region.

About you

You will have experience of developing an export function or previously have worked with SMEs/MSBs in the field of exporting within the Agri-Tech sector. You will have demonstrable experience across one or more subsectors of the sector such as agricultural engineering and equipment, precision farming, animal and plant science, aquaculture, infrastructure, ICT and advisory services for the agricultural sector.

You will also;

  • have worked at a senior management level with experience operating and planning business development in a corporate environment - managing, influencing and liaising with a matrix of private and public sector stakeholders;
  • have demonstrable knowledge of the international business environment and exporting, ideally crafted from experience as an international trade practitioner or adviser;
  • have strategic client management and relationship building skills and the ability to form trusted business partnerships;
  • have excellent presentation skills with the gravitas and confidence to lead events, missions, seminars as appropriate to the sector plans;
  • be capable of working independently, but also a great team player with good interpersonal skills and the ability to engage with people at all levels;
  • be a proficient IT user with experience of using Word, Excel, Outlook and multiple CRM data entry systems and capable of managing your workload to meet the demands of the role.

What do we offer?

What we offer

This is a full-time peripatetic role on a fixed term contract until 31 March 2021 (with the potential to extend further) requiring travel around the Yorkshire and Humber area and with visits to our Barnsley office. 

  • The salary of up to £40,000 for the right candidate
  • Car allowance
  • Broadband allowance
  • A generous, up to 10.5% non-contributory pension scheme (conditional upon being enrolled and remaining in the scheme for the duration of employment)
  • 26 days holiday (rising to 28 after 2 years’ service, pro rata for part time) plus bank holidays
  • A flexible and supportive working culture including access to mental health first aiders
  • Wellbeing programme for employees including access to discounts, workshops, health screening, employee assistance programme, Doctorline and more
  • A modern, open space and technology enabled working environment
  • A range of flexible benefits including holiday-buy scheme, eye care vouchers, annual flu vaccination, and a cycle-to-work scheme.

We are committed to equality of opportunity for all and value diversity in our workforce.  If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.

About us

Enterprise Growth Solutions (EGSL) delivers trade support services for the Department for International Trade (DIT).  EGSL is a subsidiary of the Exemplas Group, one of the UK’s foremost business support organisations with over 160 employees across several locations.   As a business we recognise that giving a superior service to our clients depends on making the most of our people and we aim to give our teams challenging opportunities, recognition for achievement, job enrichment and the maximum flexibility we can.

The fine print

  • Please note this role is subject to mandatory Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) pre-employment screening comprising verification of identity, nationality and immigration status, confirmation of 3 years minimum employment history and/or other activity, and third-party verification of unspent convictions.
  • Please note you must be eligible to live and work in the UK to apply for this role.
  • Please read our recruitment privacy notice for information about how we process your personal data.

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