The new Investment Directorate aims to deliver economic growth to all nations and regions of the UK through attracting and retaining inward investment. Our three divisions – Investor Relations; Investment Opportunities and Propositions; Strategy, Environment, Planning & Policy – deliver expert advice and support to investors, identify and promote strategically important investment opportunities, enhance the competitiveness of the UK business environment, build world class investment capability across the Department for International Trade (DIT), and lead the implementation and management of DIT’s Investment Strategy.
This is an exciting opportunity to join the Capital Investment team or Corporate Investment team in the Investor Relations Division. The teams are responsible for securing equity and debt investment from key institutional investors and corporates into UK infrastructure, real estate and investment opportunities to support levelling up, green growth and UK prosperity. The team has secured billions of pounds to support government priorities.
The investors the teams work with are some of the world’s biggest and most influential investors. They include sovereign wealth funds, pension funds, insurance companies, specialist asset managers, large overseas conglomerates and investor developers. We focus on countries that have investors that provide the largest pools of capital – Asia Pacific (Australia and New Zealand, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, S.Korea,), India, China & Hong Kong, North America, Gulf (Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE, and Kuwait), Europe (France, Germany, Netherlands, Scandinavia)
A successful candidate will need to
There are several posts available.
o Investor Relations Manager supporting inward investment from large diversified multi-sector corporate investors
Capital Investment team
o Investor Relations Manager supporting inward investment from large institutional investors. Roles within the Capital Investment team will have 1) a priority region you will focus on and 2) a cross regional element that you will specialise on. The cross-regional elements are:
Specialist asset managers
All roles will work with DIT’s international network:
To build and maintain effective relationships with DIT’s network to deliver capital and corporate investment objectives. This may involve focusing on a particular country or countries or working across a region.
Being part of/leading a virtual team to secure investments from key investors into the UK. This will involve understanding the investors’ investment criteria, and then working with infrastructure and real estate specialists to identify opportunities to present and/or help progress the investor’s own investment pipeline.
Supporting on key initiatives such as delivering webinars, key regional and national events, senior level meetings
Cross team working
Work across the teams and develop contacts both within government and externally to pull together insights on target investors in relation to the UK real estate and infrastructure market, trends and capital and corporate investment. Use these insights to inform wider government policy.
Support the wider team on how they engage with your category of investors
Identify ways to increase cross regional collaboration
In addition, you will need to contribute to relevant databases and performance tools.
There is the potential for line management responsibility depending on the candidate’s experience.
The role will be based in London. Please be aware that this role can only be worked from within the UK and not overseas.
Informal hybrid working arrangements will be available as agreed with the vacancy manager and in line with the requirements of the role.
Most DIT employees will be working a hybrid pattern, spending 2-3 days a week (pro rata) in an office, on average. If your office location is London, you will be eligible to receive London weighting.
DIT will cover travel costs/expenses to any office which is not your usual office location in line with departmental expenses policy. DIT will not cover commuting costs to your agreed office location.
All security clearances require you to provide evidence of your UK footprint where you have been physically present in the UK. The requirement for SC clearance is to have been present in the UK for 3 of the last 5 years. Failure to meet the residency requirements will result in your security clearance application being rejected. If you require SC clearance you will need to provide evidence of the below requirements. Checks will be made against:
departmental or company records (personnel files, staff reports, sick leave reports and security records)
UK criminal records covering both spent and unspent criminal records.
your credit and financial history with a credit reference agency
Security Services records
Excellent written and verbal briefing skills.
Ability to work towards quantitative metrics, setting and justifying priorities for your activities.
Experience of building strong commercial relationships with senior decision makers in large organisations.
Experience of working across Whitehall to deliver UK objectives.
Experience of, or have the potential to, understand the commercial process of inward investment and how investable projects can be effectively promoted to international investors.
Personal Attributes & Skills
You will be able to demonstrate capability across the following areas:
Able to build and manage effective working relationships with both internal and external stakeholders to deliver against a broad strategy.
Commercial experience or awareness
Ability to work as part of a team and on your own.
Able to work under pressure, often to tight timelines.
Strong written, verbal and interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate convincingly with colleagues and external stakeholders.
Good attention to detail, particularly in analysing and presenting information for internal and external audiences.
We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
Communicating and Influencing
Delivering at Pace
Seeing the Big Picture
Learning and development tailored to your role
An environment with flexible working options
A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
A Civil Service pension
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