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22 February 2019

We are recruiting: International Director

Scotch Whisky distillery
SWA is seeking to appoint an International Director. The International Director leads the SWA's team that deals with the Scotch Whisky industry's trade and export market work. This team ensures that the Scotch Whisky industry has fair market access around the world and operates in a competitive global trade environment.

The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) is seeking to appoint an International Director.

The International Director leads the SWA's team that deals with the Scotch whisky industry's trade and export market work. This team ensures that the Scotch whisky industry has fair market access around the world and operates in a competitive global trade environment.

The role involves working closely with governments around the world and at home (both the Scottish and the UK governments), as well as with international organisations such as the World Trade Organisation and the EU, to ensure that Scotch whisky can be exported efficiently and sold successfully globally. A key aspect of the role is driving the right trade outcomes for the industry as the UK's exit from the EU progresses.

The SWA is one of Britain's leading trade associations, with a worldwide reputation. It leads and coordinates its 71 member companies, representing over 90% of the industry, to achieve the best outcomes for the industry across Scotch whisky's 180 export markets on trade, tax, regulation, environment, legal and other issues.

The International Director works closely with the SWA's member companies in the UK and globally, prioritising and acting on issues such as tariffs and regulatory barriers to trade. The International Director reports to the Chief Executive and is a member of the SWA's senior leadership team. The International Team, which reports to the International Director, is split between the SWA's London and Edinburgh offices. Regular travel between the two offices, to industry sites in Scotland and to export markets overseas will be required.

The SWA is seeking applications from individuals with direct professional experience in international trade, government or international institutions, including evidence of operating successfully overseas and in influencing foreign governments. Applicants should be networked across a range of institutions in the international field, inside and outside the UK. They should have a proven track record of operating successfully at senior executive level as well as clear evidence of people management and team development. We expect that the successful candidate will have had at least 15 years of this type of professional experience to be a good fit for this role. They will need to demonstrate strong intellectual skills alongside an ability to communicate clearly.

Please send a CV and cover letter to swajobs@gravitatehr.co.uk by midnight on Sunday 24 March 2019.

Interviews are likely to take place in London in April 2019.

Further information is available here.