Associate, Manufacturing & Trade

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

The role will focus on tracking, understanding and explaining highly political and topical policy themes impacting cross border supply chains and distribution networks. This includes interpreting geopolitical trade tensions and recent pressure for reshoring economic activity in developed economies, exacerbated by the impact of the covid-19 crisis on supply chains.

The successful candidate will provide support and practical strategic advice to clients on the UK’s autonomous trade policy, and evolving global market access regimes, relevant regulatory frameworks and the political pressures for reforming them. It is an opportunity to further develop expertise at the interface between business, politics and the system of international trade rules.

Examples of GC work in this area can be found in the insights section of our website.

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

Global Counsel has a firm commitment to reflecting in its own teams the diversity of the places we work and in building a workplace welcoming to all. Any candidate will always be considered in this spirit.  

Role and responsibilities
  • Analytical research and monitoring of political developments for clients on a wide range of relevant policy issues impacting cross border supply chain and distribution networks;
  • Presenting information clearly and compellingly in writing and through the visualisation of relevant data;
  • Supporting the development and implementation of policymaker engagement by Global Counsel and its clients;
  • Supporting business development by identifying potential clients, contributing to pitch processes, and proposing business development outreach campaigns;
  • Building and maintain a network of contacts among policymakers and wider stakeholders at senior levels.
  • Degree level qualification in economics or a related discipline;
  • Excellent written English and comfort in using core software for data interpretation and visualisation, including Microsoft Excel and Powerpoint;
  • A minimum of 2 years’ experience providing advice on trade policy issues in government, international institutions, think tanks, consultancies or the in-house policy team of a companies;
  • Demonstrated interest and/or experience in WTO, EU and UK policymaking;
  • Robust understanding of – or evidence of the ability to quickly master - key trade policy areas. These include (but are not restricted to), rules of origin, trade-related intellectual property protection, product standard certification regulations, 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 automotive, food and drink and pharmaceuticals;
  • Other languages are desirable but not essential;
  • A motivated self-starter who works well independently and as part of a team.


Job type
Full time
Competitive and dependent on experience.
Employment benefits
  • Pension plan
  • Health cover
  • Maternity/paternity leave
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