Defence & Security Trade Adviser (BEL23.349)

HM Government

Job title:

Defence & Security Trade Adviser (BEL23.349)


HM Government

Job description

Our daily work relies on the input of dedicated individuals who engage on many different topics and activities. We seek to employ a diverse range of candidates who bring their own talents and perspectives to the role. We have a strong corporate agenda that ensures we create a positive and inclusive working environment where everyone is valued for their contribution.

British Diplomatic Missions in Brussels are part of a world-wide network, representing British political, economic and consular interests overseas, and are now recruiting for a Defence & Security Trade Adviser.

As part of the DBT Benelux Defence & Security team, the jobholder will play a leading role in supporting UK defence & security exports to NATO’s principal procurement agencies – NCIA & NSPA. The main objective will be to increase and promote UK Business engagement and commercial success with NATO.

Roles and responsibilities:

  • Support UK defence & security exports to NATO’s procurement agencies, principally NCIA & NSPA by providing tailored advice and market intelligence to UK business;
  • Identify, promote and track NATO business opportunities for UK industry;
  • Collaborate with British companies to ensure they are as competitive and prepared as possible to win business, including with pipeline development and early planning;
  • Build and manage a network of stakeholders and partners in NATO, UK government and UK defence industry;
  • Work closely with MoD & FCDO colleagues in London and Brussels in pursuit of trade objectives in NATO;
  • Contribute to business planning and delivery in support of business services to companies;
  • Attend and engage industry at major defence trade fairs;
  • Organise UK industry days and other relevant events at NATO;
  • Lead and deliver visit programmes for senior UK and NATO delegates;
  • Work with different teams in multiple locations and also with commercial partners as part of structured campaign activity;
  • Contribute to the work of the trade team ensuring the delivery of agreed and set trade team targets, including pipeline development and export wins;
  • Contribute to the wider economic diplomacy agenda of the British Embassy.

This role is not limited to the tasks described above, responsibilities may evolve through time.

Essential qualifications, skills and experience

  • Fluency at C1 level in English according to CEFR framework*, or equivalent;
  • A good knowledge of the defence and security sector and especially the UK defence & security industry;
  • A good knowledge of NATO’s procurement agencies and their processes;
  • Excellent organisational, presentation, drafting and networking skills
  • A pro-active and entrepreneurial attitude;
  • Excellent teamwork and stakeholder management skills;
  • Effective time management: able to handle the multiple priorities of the role within agreed deadlines;
  • Strong account management experience and excellent customer relation building skills. The ability to deal with senior level business contacts;
  • Strong event organisation and project management skills;
  • Good IT skills;
  • Flexibility for occasional out of hours work and travel.

Desirable qualifications, skills and experience

  • Business level (B2) in French and/or Dutch according to CEFR framework*, or equivalent;
  • Good knowledge of NATO political and military structures and procedures;
  • Experience working with UK business, especially in the area of defence & security;
  • Experience in a business development or trade/investment promotion discipline;
  • Experience of dealing with business in an international context;
  • Experience working in a military environment;
  • Knowledge of Belgian Defence and its defence industry;
  • Driving licence – an experienced driver.

Required behaviours

Managing a Quality Service, Delivering at Pace, Communicating and Influencing, Working Together

Application deadline Application deadline – day Application deadline – month Application deadline – year

25 July 2023


Executive Officer (EO)

Type of Position

Full-time, Permanent

Working hours per week



Europe, Eastern Europe & Central Asia



Location (City)


Type of Post

British Embassy

Number of vacancies


Salary Currency




Start Date Start Date – day Start Date – month Start Date – year

2 October 2023

Other benefits and conditions of employment

This is a permanent full-time contract for 5 working days (36.25 hours net) per week. The monthly gross salary for this position is € 4,874.20, Executive Officer (EO) level.

In addition, we offer an extensive salary package, which includes a 13th month, luncheon vouchers, pension scheme, optional hospitalisation insurance (subject to monthly employee contribution), reimbursement of public transport and a lot more. We offer more days of annual leave than the Belgian requirements.

Please note that Belgian nationals will be paid their salary gross and are expected to comply with their tax obligations through completion of a tax return to the Belgian authorities. Non-Belgian nationals will receive their salary net, minus the deduction of an equivalent level of Belgian tax retained at source. Further information on this will be given to candidates during the recruitment process.

Staff recruited locally by the British Diplomatic Missions in Belgium are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local Belgian employment law.

The successful candidates will be subject to professional background checks and security clearance.

Passport: officers are expected to be in possession of a passport due to the possibility that they may be asked to undertake business travel.

Visa/work permit requirements: Candidates must currently hold the independent right to live and work in Belgium and be prepared to ensure that right remains throughout the scope of the contract.

Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure you meet the legal requirements to live and work in this country.

Additional information

Please note, Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment indicates Level C1 as Mastery or proficiency Level which comprehends that a person can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read; can summarize information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation; can express themselves spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in the most complex situations. For more information please click on the following link . Please bear in mind in case you are invited for an interview your languages skills are going to be assessed.

Please be advised that the deadline for applications is 23:55 on the day mentioned in the above field “Application deadline”.

We advise you to allow enough time to complete and submit your full application, since only applications completed and submitted before the deadline will be considered.

Please be aware that the deadline for submitting applications is considered to be the time zone for the country where the vacancy has arisen.

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Expected salary

€4874.2 per month (min:4874.2 , max:4874.2 Salary Currency: EUR)



Job date

Fri, 07 Jul 2023 02:57:21 GMT

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