Deputy HMTC North East Asia and Country Director Japan

Department for International Trade

Closing date: 8 Sep 2019

Reference number



£68,000 - £117,000 External applicants will join on the pay band minimum.


SCS Pay Band 1

Contract type

Fixed Term

Length of employment

4 years

Business area


Type of role

Senior leadership

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time



Number of posts



This role will be based in Tokyo and will require some travel around Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, as well as back to the UK.

About the job

Job description

The role of Deputy Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner North East Asia and Country Director Japan is a crucial role in the Asia Pacific network. As a key member of the Senior Management Team, you will be responsible for leading DIT across Japan, South Korea and Taiwan - as well as our investment strategy across the region, and specifically driving performance in Japan where you will be based.

This role is a great opportunity to lead a key DIT post, with wide-ranging leadership and representational responsibilities as part of the British Embassy, Tokyo’s senior management team.

The objectives include growing UK exports to Japan and the region, two way investment, tackling market access issues and promoting free trade. Specific measures include Export Wins, market access successes, Foreign Direct Investment and capital investment wins; marketing campaigns, financial performance and corporate objectives. 

The job enjoys a high profile: there is a busy calendar of activities and Ministerial visits and expectations on the team are high, particularly in delivering announcements and C-suite participants for high-level visits and events. 

You will lead by example, but also manage, coach, inspire and improve around 80 colleagues across the North East Asia region through direct and indirect leadership. You will balance delegation and empowerment, embedding the one DIT culture across the region, set direction and drill down on issues that matter. You will also have functional responsibility for Asia Pacific’s investment strategy, supported by the regional investment team. This geographical and functional leadership makes you a key member of the senior management team supporting Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner Asia Pacific.

You are likely to be a senior business or public sector leader with experience working with public and private bodies, deep commercial knowledge and skilled at working across boundaries. The role also requires excellent Japanese language skills. The successful candidate must be willing to have fully operational Japanese by the time of deployment.

Start Date

The planned start date for the role is August 2021. We are starting recruitment now to allow time for pre-posting preparation and security clearance. The role is on the basis of a 4 year appointment.

Please see attached candidate information pack for further information



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.

Nationality statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details

To apply for this post, you will need to complete the online application process outlined below. This should be completed no later than 23:59 Sunday 8th September 2019:

1. Enter some brief, personal details.

2. Complete your CV setting out your career history, with key responsibilities and achievements. Please ensure you have provided reasons for any gaps within the last two years

3. A Statement of Suitability (max 1200 words) explaining how you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience provide evidence of your suitability for the role, with particular reference to the criteria in the person specification. Please note that the statement of suitability is an important part of your application and is as much the means by which you will be assessed as your CV.


● You will receive an acknowledgement of your application through the online process.

● A panel, including the hiring manager, will then assess your application to select those demonstrating the best fit with the role by considering the evidence you have provided against the criteria set out in the ‘Person Specification’ section. Failure to address any or all of these may affect your application.


● Full details of the assessment process will be made available to you if you are shortlisted.

If successful and transferring from another Government Department a criminal record check may be carried out.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK nationals only.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information

Contact point for applicants

For further information on this vacancy please contact – Natalie Black (

Sift/interview dates and location

At this stage, the expected timetable is:

Advert closing date - 23:59 Sunday 8th September 2019

Expected shortlist announcement - 16th September

Assessments - 17th-30th September 2019

Interviews - week commencing 30th September 2019

Please note it may not be possible to offer alternative dates for either the assessments or interview.

Further information

To apply for this post, you will need to complete the online application process as set out in the 'How to Apply' section of the information pack.

Failure to submit both documents (CV and Statement of Suitability) will mean the panel have limited information on which to assess your application against the criteria in the person specification.

Applications must be submitted by 23:59 on the closing date. Late applications will not be accepted.

Further information about the role or how to apply can be found in the information pack below.

The Department for International Trade embraces and values diversity in all forms. We welcome and pride ourselves on the positive impact diversity has on the work we do, and we promote equality of opportunity throughout the organisation.

Reasonable adjustment
If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.

If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:
• Contact Government Recruitment Service via as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs
• Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional

Any move to the Department for International Trade (DIT) will mean you will no longer be able to carry on claiming childcare vouchers.

Our recruitment process is underpinned by the principle of appointment on the basis of fair and open competition and appointment on merit, as outlined in the Civil Service Commissioners’ Recruitment Principles.

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