Associate - Trade and Manufacturing (UK)

Global Counsel (GC) is hiring a new position to support its growing Trade Policy and Manufacturing Practice.

The successful candidate will work across a range of international clients, including some of the most prestigious companies in manufacturing, consumer goods, retail, life sciences and services sectors.

The role will focus on tracking, understanding and explaining highly political and topical policy themes impacting goods, services and digital trade, as well as evolving cross border regimes for IP protection, investment and more sustainable international trade. This includes interpreting geopolitical trade tensions and recent pressure for reshoring economic activity in developed economies - exacerbated by the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on supply chains but also burgeoning tensions resulting from strategic autonomy and tech sovereignty pushes in the EU, the UK, the US and globally.

The successful candidate will provide support and practical strategic advice to clients on the trade-related policy developments in the EU and UK, and evolving global market access regimes, relevant regulatory frameworks and the political pressures for reforming them. It is an opportunity to further develop expertise at the interface between business, politics and the system of international trade rules.

Examples of GC work in this area can be found in the analysis and blog sections of our website.

Role and responsibilities

  • Analytical research and monitoring of developments for clients on a wide range of relevant policy issues impacting goods, services and digital trade and cross border regimes for IP protection, foreign investment and taxation.
  • Identifying the implications from policy developments and changes to cross border trade and investment regimes for client's supply chains and investments.
  • Presenting information clearly and compellingly in writing and through the visualisation of relevant data.
  • Supporting the development and implementation of policymaker engagement by Global Counsel and its clients.
  • Supporting business development by identifying potential clients, contributing to pitch processes, and proposing business development outreach campaigns.
  • Building and maintain a network of contacts among policymakers and wider stakeholders at senior levels.

Skills and profile

  • Degree level qualification in economics, political science, international political economy or a related discipline.
  • Excellent written English and comfort in using core software for data interpretation and visualisation, including Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint.
  • A minimum of 2 years' experience providing advice on trade policy issues in government, international institutions, think tanks, consultancies or the in-house policy team of a companies.
  • Demonstrated interest and/or experience in EU, UK, US and WTO policymaking.
  • Robust understanding of - or evidence of the ability to quickly master - key trade policy areas. These include (but are not restricted to), sustainable international trade, digital trade, trade-related intellectual property protection, and the role of mutual recognition and equivalence frameworks in trade policy.
  • Strong interest in the practical application of the above concepts and legal frameworks to key economic sectors, including tech, services, food and drink and pharmaceuticals.
  • Other languages are desirable but not essential.
  • A motivated self-starter who works well independently and as part of a team.

What's in it for you?

  • A competitive London-based salary with 20 days' holiday allowance plus bank holidays, 5 hybrid days, summer parties and discretionary Christmas office closures.
  • A full package of benefits including pension, health and dental insurance, as well as company social activities, and EAP and wellbeing support.
  • Access to our London office and high-quality IT and ergonomic support for remote working.
  • A strong professional development program including a personal training budget.
  • The chance to learn from world-class advisers and political experts in a fast-growing firm.
  • This is a full-time role based in London or Brussels with the possibility for work travel.

How to apply

Please submit your CV and cover letter, outlining your suitability for the role, for consideration by 17:00 GMT on Wednesday 1 December 2021 through the web form.

Successful candidates will be invited to further selection stages, including a written exercise and a virtual / face-to-face interview.


Associate - Trade and Manufacturing (UK)
2-3 years
01 Dec 2021
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