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Position TitleOrganizationJob/Reference NumberLocationDate Posted
Permanent Secretary​Department for International Trade​1608-019L​London, UK​09/08/2016
Chief Executive Officer​CDC Group plc​1610-011L​London, UK​10/18/2016

Department for International Trade
Permanent Secretary

London, UK

​There can be few more crucial roles at this historic, exciting and challenging time for the UK than that of Permanent Secretary of the new Department for International Trade (DIT). This vital leader will spearhead promotion of UK business internationally and help to forge new relationships with markets globally following the UK’s exit from the European Union. S/he will be responsible for overseeing complex trade negotiations and market access deals with non-EU countries, delivering ambitious targets on exports and inward investment. S/he will work in partnership with the Department for Exiting the EU to support the negotiations for the UK’s new relationship with Europe.

Beyond shaping the UK’s trade and investment agenda, the Permanent Secretary will have the rare chance to help build and shape a new government department. S/he will implement the overall strategy and policy for DIT, establishing and leading a strong team and promoting a collaborative culture internally and across government. This individual will also play a critical role in contributing to the collective leadership of the Civil Service.

The successful candidate will:

  • Be an exceptional leader with experience of delivery in a complex/large organisation in the private, public or third sectors.
  • Demonstrate the ability to forge strong relationships with a complex network of key partners nationally and internationally, across the private and public sectors.
  • Be commercially minded and politically astute, with international experience.
  • Demonstrate the ability to build and develop this new department, establishing and developing the leadership team and culture.
  • Be resilient with the ability to operate under high levels of scrutiny.

This is a Senior Civil Service Pay Band Level 4 role, and the salary will be £160,000. There may be some scope for improvement for an exceptional candidate.

Russell Reynolds Associates is advising the Department for International Trade on this appointment.

For further information about the role, including full instructions of how to apply, please follow the link below to the position specification or please call +44 (0) 20 7198 1870 for further assistance.

The closing date for applications is noon, 3rd October 2016.

Closing Date Noon, 3 October 2016

Job Specification Documents:

CDC Group plc
Chief Executive Officer

London, UK

CDC is the UK’s development finance institution whose mission is to invest in businesses throughout Africa and South Asia to create jobs and make a lasting difference to people living in some of the world’s poorest places. It is seeking an exceptional leader with commercial experience and judgment, who is personally inspired by poverty alleviation and public service to serve as Chief Executive Officer.

Established in 1948, CDC is wholly owned by the UK Government through the Department for International Development (DFID), but operates independently under the governance of an independent Board. CDC has a rich heritage and an enviable reputation for pioneering, patient and financially successful investments in emerging and frontier markets. Currently invested in 72 countries and supporting nearly 1,300 businesses, last year businesses backed by CDC helped create over a million direct and indirect new jobs.

Backed by a £4.5 billion balance sheet, a strong Board of Directors, and a highly talented team, this is an opportunity to lead one of the world’s preeminent development finance institutions at a time when the importance of private sector development has been recognised as being central to achieving the new Sustainable Development Goals. CDC itself has exciting opportunities ahead of it, particularly in light of the new capital it received last year from its shareholder. CDC has a flexible mandate and invests in three ways: directly, by investing equity or providing debt and indirectly, by investing through funds. It also has a strong track record in environmental, social and governance matters and a strong focus on development impact methodology.

The successful candidate will be an established, entrepreneurial, and forward-thinking leader, with a proven ability to conceptualise, develop and deliver key priorities, as well as the credibility to interact with a range of stakeholders across the financial and global development sectors in order to enhance CDC’s reputation as one of the leaders of the development finance community.

Candidates will have an understanding of, and preferably a demonstrable track record in, investing, and an understanding of, or exposure to, dual purpose investing. Experience of emerging markets, particularly Africa and/or South Asia, would be valuable. Candidates will also have a passion for international development, a collaborative management style and a record of achievement and personal effectiveness as a leader, ideally at an organisation with a degree of scale and complexity.

CDC is committed to diversity and providing equal opportunities for all.

Responses are required no later than Friday 2 December 2016.

Application instructions

  • To apply, please send a full CV together with a supporting statement of no more than two sides of A4, briefly highlighting your experience and skills against the requirements of the role, to:
  • Please quote the role title and assignment code 1610-011L in the subject heading of the email.

A position specification with further information about the role will shortly be posted on this website. In the meantime, please call +44 (0) 20 7343 3616 for any further assistance.

Closing Date Friday 2 December 2016

Job Specification Documents:

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