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Food & Agriculture Commercial Advisor - Chicago

Are you excited about sustainable solutions for the food and ag sector? Do you want to assist Danish companies with export to North America? Then we are ready to welcome you into a role in a dynamic environment where you will be responsible for driving an ambitious agenda.
Deadline for application: June 1, 2021
 
Through the past years, The Trade Council of Denmark in North America (“TC”) has systematically built market presence and network with core stakeholders in the American dairy sector. An agreement in Climate Smart Milk production between Denmark and California has created further momentum for cooperation in sustainable milk production. Trends towards more efficient and green production practices are also underway in other dairy producing states across the U.S., creating significant opportunities for Danish companies providing solutions across the milk production chain.
 
The Consulate General of Denmark in Chicago is looking for a dedicated and dynamic advisor who is ready to take on an impactful role to build on the momentum and take the dairy sector cooperation between Denmark and North America to the next level. 
 
Job description
Based in Chicago, you will be part of the Food, Agriculture and Fisheries Industry Team in North America and will additionally be working with colleagues in Washington D.C., New York City, Silicon Valley, Houston, and Toronto.
 
In this role your primary focus will be:
 
  • Driving the sector track related to dairy production, including development and execution of export promotion activities for Danish companies as well as support activities under the MoU with California.
  • Execution of individual business development engagements with Danish companies interested in the U.S. food and agricultural sector. This may include but is not limited to strategic analysis, stakeholder management and supporting sales activities.
  • Expand network and partnerships in Denmark and in the U.S. to support the Danish government and Danish company’s interests.
Required qualifications
  • A master's degree in business administration, agricultural economics, or similar.
  • 2+ years’ of relevant experience from working in government, interest organisations, consultancy, etc.
  • Commercial mindset with an understanding of the interlink between business and politics.
  • Strong interest in sustainable solutions to promote a green transition of the food and agriculture sector.
  • Fluency in English and Danish.
  • Well-versed in MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.).
Desired qualifications
  • Knowledge of and/or experience from the U.S. and/or Danish food and ag sector.
  • Experience from an international environment.
Personal characteristics
The candidate should possess an independent drive along with a positive, proactive attitude when engaging in new tasks. The ideal candidate has strong analytical skills, while possessing curiosity and creativity. Being open, credible and observant are important personal characteristics, just as the ability to manage relations with a broad range of stakeholders, from government officials to Danish clients and local industry professionals, is essential. As the work pace is subject to fluctuation, the candidate should be able to maintain a clear perspective and a flexible mind set in stressful situations. Equally being able to manage and track activities in parallel is critical to succeed in this role.
 
We offer
  • An international and dynamic work environment where we strive to deliver exceptional client service, support each other, work smart and have fun.
  • Travel activities in the U.S. and occasional visits to Denmark.
  • The opportunity to set your mark on a high priority agenda and to build your own portfolio of Danish clients and network of U.S. stakeholders.
  • Development of your professional skillset and personal competences in one of Denmark’s most important export markets.
  • A large degree of independence in planning your day-to-day work.
About the Embassy and TC
You will be hired as a part of the Trade Department at the Consulate General of Denmark in Chicago, and be included in the Consulate staff team consisting of 17 employees. You will refer to the team leader of the Food, Agriculture and Fisheries Industry Team in Washington DC.
 
The Trade Council in North America consists of more than 50 employees and represented at missions in Washington DC, New York City, Chicago, Houston, Toronto and Silicon Valley. In collaboration the missions covers the sectors: Energy, Water and Environment, Tech, Health, Urban Solutions, and Food and Agriculture.
 
Expected Start 
August 1, 2021 or as soon as possible after this date. The employment requires a security approval from the Danish authorities.
 
Application 
We are conducting interview on an ongoing basis, so please apply as soon as possible. Applications must be sent to wasamb@um.dk.
 
Equality 
The Trade Council wants to promote equality and diversity. Therefore, everybody is encouraged to apply for the position regardless of age, sex, religion, and ethnicity. 
 
Conditions 
The Trade Council conducts paid export consulting with common result goals tied to the position, such as value creation.
 
You will be locally hired at the Consulate General of Denmark in Chicago on a 2-year contract with the possibility of extension. Salary and hiring conditions are in accordance with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ “Local Salary Policy” with a starting point of your professional experience and qualifications.
 
About Us
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ mission is to work for Denmark's interests and values on the global scale, in a way that promotes Danish citizens’ freedom, safety, and prosperity as well as promoting a more peaceful and righteous world with development and economic growth for all. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ vision includes that we need to be respected widely as a competent, effective, outgoing and service-minded company. We want to be an attractive and innovative work place that strives to have satisfied employees with the opportunity of strategic competence development. Our commons values are that we as individuals and organization work on the foundation of musicality, openness, professionalism, drive, and job satisfaction. 
 
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs – The Trade Council opens doors for Danish companies to markets all over the world. As a Trade Council employee, you will have an international daily life between business and diplomacy. Hereby, you will contribute to creating excess value for Denmark and pave the way for international growth in the Danish business community. The Trade Council has more than 250 export advisors who work at the Danish embassies and Consulate Generals in more than 60 countries, excluding six innovations centers.

You can read about The Trade Council here and about the Ministry’s Export Promotion efforts in North America here.

For additional information, please call:

Jacob Vind
Head of Trade in North America
Tel.:+1 650 720 2642