Trade & Investment Manager, Latin America

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Job Details
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Department: Department of Jobs, Skills, Industry and Regions
Work Type: Fixed term - full time
Job Function: Sales / Business Development
Classification: As per advertisement
Work Location: Overseas
Closing Date: 16-Jun-2024
Salary Range: As per advertisement
Job Duration: N/A
Attachments: LES Position Description - Trade and Investment Manager , Latin America.docx (Word, 189KB)

Contact: Natalia Gorrono

Position Details

  • Do you want to make a real contribution to the success of the State of Victoria internationally?
  • Are you looking to work collaboratively in a dynamic cross-cultural environment?
  • Do you have demonstrated experience in international trade development and investment attraction within Latin America?

About the Role

  • Classification: Locally Engaged Staff (LES)
  • Salary Range: Commensurate with experience
  • Work Location: Victorian Government Trade & Investment (VGTI) office, Chile
  • Employment Type: 2-year fixed term (incorporating 2 x 1-year fixed term contracts)

A unique opportunity has arisen for an experienced professional with a background in investment attraction and trade development, together with a detailed understanding of the global business environment, particularly it relates to Chile and Victoria, Australia, to join the Victorian Government Trade & Investment (VGTI) network.

Reporting to the Senior Director, Trade & Investment, Latin America, the successful applicant will use their excellent communication skills in English and Spanish (fluency in Portuguese is also highly desirable), to identify new growth opportunities and develop and manage trade and export programs. In addition, they will identify and facilitate foreign direct investment opportunities for Victoria within Latin America.

Successful Candidate
The successful candidate will possess:

  • An excellent understanding of the Australian and Latin American business environments, including Victorian competitive advantages and key industry, economic, and socio-political drivers.
  • A proven ability to develop and execute trade and investment strategies including managing relationships with complex organisations, governments, and corporations.
  • An extensive background in conducting commercial and financial negotiations to achieve economic development outcomes.

The successful candidate for this locally engaged position will be responsible for all arrangements in relation to relocation expenses (if applicable), their accommodation and day-to-day living expenses.

We offer a competitive package of benefits. The position includes the opportunity to undertake international travel to Australia and within Latin America. We are committed to building a culture where we say 'yes' to flexible work arrangements, provide personal and professional development programs and support ways of working that help employees balance work and life. Training and development programs are also encouraged.

Employment Eligibility
Applicants must be a citizen, Permanent Resident or qualify for a valid work permit or visa for Chile.

The successful applicant will be subject to extensive background checks, including through relevant law enforcement authorities.

The department is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds, including veterans and people who have a disability, and people from varied cultural backgrounds.

Contact Information
Further information regarding this opportunity can be obtained from Senior Director, Trade & Investment, Latin America, via email:

To be considered for this position applications must be submitted via the Victorian Government Careers portal (click 'Apply Now' below) and must contain:

  1. A statement addressing each of the numbered key selection criteria outlined in the position description, AND
  2. A current curriculum vitae listing relevant qualifications and/or registrations, details of employment history and relevant skills.

Applications close at midnight on 16 June 2024 (AEST). If you experience any difficulty in lodging your application online, please email

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