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Commercial Food & Ag Advisor in Silicon Valley

As a part of a new ambitious green initiative, the Ministry of Foreign affairs is increasing its presence on sustainable dairy production in California. 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?

deadline july 30, 2021

The Consulate General of Denmark in Silicon Valley 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 Silicon Valley, you will be part of the Food, Agriculture, and Fisheries Team in North America and will additionally be working with colleagues in Washington D.C., New York City, Chicago, Houston, and Toronto.

Your primary focus will be:

  • Developing and driving our dairy sector activities, including development and execution of value-adding export promotion activities for Danish companies
  • Helping facilitate dialogue and knowledge sharing between Californian dairy producers and relevant Danish stakeholders
  • Expand network and partnerships in the U.S. and in Denmark to support Danish interests

Required qualifications

  • A bachelor degree in business, agricultural economics, or similar
  • 5+ years of relevant experience (sector, consulting, government, business development)
  • A commercial mindset with an understanding of the link between business and politics
  • Strong interest in 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. As the work pace is subject to fluctuation, the candidate should be able to maintain a clear perspective and a flexible mindset in stressful situations.

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 competencies in one of Denmark’s most important export markets large degree of independence in planning your day-to-day work.

About the Consulate and TC

You will be hired as a part of the Trade Department at the Consulate General of Denmark in Silicon Valley, and be included in the Consulate staff team consisting of 24 employees. You will refer to the team leader of the Food, Agriculture, and Fisheries Team in Washington DC.

The Trade Council in North America consists of more than 60 employees across missions in Washington DC, Boston, New York, Chicago, Houston, Toronto, Ottawa, and Silicon Valley.

Expected start

October 1, 2021, or as soon as possible after this date. The employment requires security approval from the Danish authorities.

Application

Application deadline is 30th of July with expected interviews in week 32. Applications must be sent to jondam@um.dk.

Contact

You can read about The Trade Council on www.thetradecouncil.dk and about the Ministry’s Export Promotion efforts in North America on www.usa.um.dk. For additional information, please contact Head of Trade, Jacob Vind by email jacvin@um.dk or phone +1 650 720 2642.

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. You will be locally hired at the Consulate General of Denmark in Silicon Valley on a contract that runs until 31.12.2023. 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 the 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 workplace that strives to have satisfied employees with the opportunity of strategic competence development. Our commons values are that we as individuals and organizations 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.

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