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Job Opportunity in Chicago

Junior Commercial Advisor - Food and Agriculture

Deadline for application: January 20, 2023

Are you excited about sustainable solutions for the food and agricultural sector? Do you want to assist Danish companies exporting to North America, and are you motivated by working with a broad range of stakeholders within business and politics?

 

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 develop business areas and bridge the gap between commercial interests in Denmark and the U.S. within the food & agriculture sector.

 

Job Description

In this position, you will focus on assisting Danish companies entering or expanding their efforts in the North American market. As part of The Trade Council in North America, you will promote Danish strongholds and solutions within food and agriculture to the North American partners and industry professionals.

Based out of Chicago, you will join the Food & Agriculture Team and work with colleagues in Washington D.C., New York City, Silicon Valley, Houston, and Toronto. Additionally, as a consultant for the Danish companies, you will work towards common result goals, such as value creation, as part of the regional set-up.

In this role your primary responsibilities will be:

  • To support commercial activities within the food and agriculture sector related to dairy production. This includes developing and conducting export promotion activities for Danish companies as well as activities under the framework of a collaboration agreement (MoU) with California related to sustainable dairy production.
  • To execute 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.
  • To expand networks and partnerships in Denmark and the U.S. to support the Danish government and Danish company’s interests.
  • To assist the planning and execution of a wide range of commercial activities such as delegations to the US and Denmark, workshops, webinars etc.

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 partners 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.

Required qualifications

  • You hold a relevant master's degree.
  • You have a few years of relevant work experience – preferably from a government organization, advocacy group, consultancy or similar.
  • You possess well-developed commercial mindset and understanding of the connection between business and politics.
  • You show great interest in sustainable solutions to promote a green transition of the food and agriculture sector.
  • You are 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 agriculture sector.
  • Experience from an international environment.
  • You maintain a strong command of in English, written and spoken.

We offer

  • An international and dynamic work environment where we strive to deliver exceptional service, support each other, work smart, and have fun.
  • The opportunity to set your mark on a high priority agenda and to build your own portfolio of Danish partners 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.Travel activities in the U.S. and occasional visits to Denmark.  

Employment conditions

  • You will be hired as a “Junior Commercial Advisor” and based at the Consulate General of Denmark in Chicago.
  • Expected start April 1, 2023 or as soon as possible after this date.
  • You will be offered a two-year full time local employment contract with the possibility of extension.
  • Your standard working hours are 37 hours per week with a large degree of flexibility in organizing your daily working hours.
  • You will be entitled to 25 days of paid vacation per year. Benefits and other conditions are based on the local staff handbook.
  • Your salary will reflect qualifications, relevant work experience, and proven work-related results

About the Consulate General

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 Team in Washington DC.The Trade Council in North America consists of more than 80 employees and represented across the Danish missions in Washington DC, New York City, Chicago, Houston, Toronto, and Silicon Valley.

Spanning eight different business areas within trade, innovation and investments, The Trade Council bridges the gap between Denmark and North America to support transatlantic economic ties, opportunities, and growth.

Read more about The Trade Council here and about the Ministry’s Export Promotion efforts in North America here

Application and recruitment process

To apply for the position, please send your application (cover letter, CV, proof or relevant education, recommendations, and 2-3 references) in English to [email protected]

The Consulate General of Denmark in Chicago wants to promote equality and diversity and therefore encourages applications from all qualified persons regardless of ethnicity, sex, religion, age or disability. Selected candidates will be invited for an interview.

The chosen candidate must be able to present a “No Criminal Record” and pass security clearance by the Danish authorities prior to employment.

For additional information, please call Minister Counsellor Mikkel Dam Schwartz, +1 (202) 288-4232 or Commercial Advisor in Chicago Anna Sørensen Trillingsgaard +1 (312) 239-6309.

 

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 centres.