Senior Associate - Trade and Manufacturing (London or Brussels based)

Global Counsel (GC) is hiring a new position to support its growing Trade Policy and Manufacturing Practice in either Brussels or London. The successful candidate will work across a range of international clients, including some of the most prestigious companies in the tech, manufacturing, consumer goods, retail, life sciences and services sectors.

The role will focus on advising clients on highly political and topical policy themes impacting goods, services and digital trade, as well as other trade-related cross border regimes for IP protection, investment and taxation. This includes interpreting geopolitical trade tensions and trade policy risks for clients stemming from public pressure for reshoring economic activity in developed economies, burgeoning tensions resulting from strategic autonomy and tech sovereignty pushes in the EU, the UK, the US and globally.

The successful candidate will take a leading role in developing and deploying strategic advice to clients on trade-related policy developments in the EU and UK, and evolving global market access regimes, relevant regulatory frameworks and the political pressures for reforming them.

Examples of GC work in this area can be found in the analysis and blog sections of our website.

Role and responsibilities

  • Support clients in horizon-scanning risks and opportunities impacting relevant cross border flows of goods, services and digital trade and cross border regimes for IP protection, foreign investment and taxation across key geographies, including the EU, the UK, the US and the Asia-Pacific region;
  • Act as the day-to-day manager of client accounts, ensuring client needs and concerns are addressed in a timely manner in close collaboration with the practice lead;
  • Support the development and implementation of advocacy strategies for clients on wide ranging trade related issues as well as thematic thought leadership campaigns;
  • Identifying the implications from policy developments and changes to cross border trade and investment regimes for client’s supply chains and investments;
  • Produce written content and analysis in the form of policy papers, blogs and reports;
  • Leading business development workstreams by identifying potential clients, leading on pitch processes, and developing business development outreach campaigns;
  • Building and maintaining a network of contacts among policymakers and wider stakeholders at senior levels.
  • Act as an active ambassador for Global Counsel at relevant industry and policy events, and invest in developing the skills, expertise and reputation of yourself and others.

Skills and profile

  • Between 3-6 years of experience providing strategic and evidence-based advice on trade policy issues in government, international institutions, think tanks, consultancies or in-house policy team;
  • Ideally, a post-graduate degree level qualification in social sciences, economics or a related discipline;
  • Robust understanding of – or evidence of the ability to quickly master - key trade policy areas. These include (but are not restricted to), trade and sustainability, digital trade, trade-related intellectual property protection, and the role of mutual recognition and equivalence frameworks in trade policy;
  • Strong interest in the practical application of the above concepts and legal frameworks to key economic sectors, including tech, services, food and drink and pharmaceuticals;
  • Demonstrated interest and/or experience in EU, UK, US and WTO policymaking;
  • Excellent written English and comfort in using core software for data interpretation and visualisation, including Microsoft Excel and Powerpoint;
  • Other languages are desirable but not essential;
  • A motivated self-starter who works well independently and as part of a team.

This is a full-time role based in Brussels or London with the possibility for work travel.

Salary and other benefits are competitive and dependent on experience.

What's in it for you?

  • A competitive London or Brussels-based salary with 20 days' holiday allowance plus bank holidays, 5 hybrid days, summer parties and discretionary Christmas office closures.
  • A full package of benefits including pension, health and dental insurance, as well as company social activities, and EAP and wellbeing support.
  • Access to our London and Brussel's offices and high-quality IT and ergonomic support for remote working.
  • A strong professional development program including a personal training budget. This includes supporting the research analyst's efforts to build their professional network as well as support in developing their thought leadership by publishing blogs and other content.
  • The chance to learn from world-class advisers and political experts in a fast-growing firm.


Senior Associate - Trade and Manufacturing (London or Brussels based)
3-6 years
07 Jul 2022
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