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Exporting MIA members invited to apply to join UKTI's Advanced Engineering Sector Advisory Board (AdESAB)... deadline for applications 19 December 2012

26 Nov 2012

There is an exciting opportunity for business people in advanced engineering companies to join the UKTI Advanced Engineering Sector Advisory Board.  The Board’s primary objective is to help UK-based businesses succeed in the global economy and to attract high quality investment to the UK.  The deadline for applications is 19th December 2012.

UKTI Advanced Engineering Sector Advisory Board

Primarily the role of Board is to advise UKTI on its strategy, objectives and activities to develop overseas business opportunities for UK-based companies and attract high quality inward investment in the Advanced Engineering sector.  This takes the form of strategic and operational advice.

Strategic advice: horizon scanning for High Value Opportunities (HVOs) including identification of worthwhile markets and particular projects, identifying barriers to export and inward investment, identifying opportunities with potential to cut across traditional sector boundaries and generally seeking to raise the UK’s international profile in the sector.

Operational advice: support and validation – playing an active role in the business planning process by advising on the events, activities, subsectors and geographies that will have the greatest positive impact on business.  This can also involve playing a practical role in the delivery of HVOs, assist in facilitating, where appropriate, the formation of consortia to offer and enhance UK prospects, identifying priorities for relationship management and facilitating access to multipliers to target SMEs as well as taking an active role in participation in UKTI-led events.

Members will be appointed for a 3-year period, with the option of extending for a further 2 years by mutual agreement.  The role is unpaid.  There will normally be 3 or 4 AdESAB meetings a year.  Government representation on the Board will include officials from UK Trade & Investment.  In order for Members of AdESAB to be able to provide topical advice they must currently be employed by a company from the sector.  However they will not represent that company but will instead give their own views based on their experience and knowledge.  It follows that Members cannot send substitutes to attend meetings.

The combined experience of AdESAB Members will provide an insight into the challenges and opportunities facing large, medium and small enterprises.  Members can come from any size of company from multinationals to SMEs; and from those indigenous to the UK and inward investors.  In considering candidates for Board membership, we shall be looking (in addition to current business involvement in the sector) for the following personal qualities that will enable Members to contribute to the objectives of the Board:

  • broad understanding of Advanced Engineering and in-depth knowledge of at least one of its sectors;
  • experience and understanding of global trade and investment;
  • access to extensive networks of contacts;
  • good interpersonal and communication skills;
  • ability to horizon scan and produce innovative ideas on global trade and investment;
  • ability to identify and prioritise global opportunities for the sector;
  • understanding of role and function of UKTI;
  • experience of planning, implementing and evaluating global campaign strategies.

Further information can be found here

If you are interested in applying to become a Member of AdESAB the UKTI Strategy for 2012-15 and an application form are available from Bobbie Lynch at [email protected].  Enquiries to Donald McNeill, Head of Advanced Engineering, Strategic Trade Group - email [email protected].  Please put “AdESAB recruitment” in the tile line.

The deadline for applications to be received is 19th December 2012.

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