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17 March 2020
The FIA Export Council and all of our ‘FIA Exporters’ are aware that we work closely with the Department for International Trade [DIT] and its Defence and Security Organisation [DSO], in respect of promoting the fire sector’s export interests overseas. The FIA is writing to highlight the opportunities for industry sector specialists to work within DIT DSO on time-limited projects to support UK exports.
As part of the new 2019 Security Export Strategy, DIT DSO are seeking support from industry sector specialists to provide expert advice and conduct a study of UK market capabilities focused on infrastructure protection. The current opportunity would particularly suit someone from the Active Fire Protection industry as they look to develop global opportunities for UK providers of FD&A and extinguishing products as well as wider integrated safety and security systems.
This represents a huge opportunity for someone from the fire protection industry to engage directly with DIT DSO to shape the way in which it supports UK exporters and to create a legacy by which it will work effectively with the fire protection industry into the future. While you will be providing direct support to UK prosperity and international trade objectives, in doing so you will gain valuable access to DIT DSO’s network; improve your understanding of Government-to-Government dynamics and priorities; strengthen the personal career development of the participating employee; gain unique skills at the interface between Government and industry; and understand UK policy making on trade and exports.
This is an unpaid position which is expected to run for a six month period during which the appointed person would work with DIT DSO for about 1 day a week on specific projects. This will be a mix of remote working and attendance at the DIT offices in central London (for which travel expenses will be paid). The person to be appointed to this position should have extensive knowledge of Active Fire Protection and be experienced in the mechanisms and challenges in exporting these products to overseas markets. This opportunity would therefore ideally be suitable for individuals possessing a level of prior relevant expertise and knowledge, say with 5-10 years of experience, although individuals possessing less experience or seniority will, of course, be considered.
Anyone interested in this exciting opportunity should contact the FIA in the first instance by clicking HERE