Job offer - TRADE OFFICER – BUSINESS SERVICES DEPT(MARKET ACCESS)

Sophie CANCIANI - 19/02/18

 URGENT - LOOKING FOR A TRADE OFFICER AT BUSINESS SERVICES DEPARTMENT : 01/05/2018

ABOUT BUSINESS FRANCE :

Business France is the national agency supporting the international development of the French economy, responsible for fostering export growth by French businesses, as well as promoting and facilitating international investments in France. It promotes France’s companies, business image and nationwide attractiveness as an investment location, and also runs the VIE international internship program. Founded on January 1, 2015 through a merger between UBIFRANCE and the Invest in France Agency, Business France has 1,500 employees, both in France and in 70 countries throughout the world, who work with a network of public-and private-sector partners.For further information, please visit: www.businessfrance.fr    Business France in India (with competencies also for Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh) is made up of about 30 operational experts present in 4 cities (New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Chennai).
 
EXPORT: Proactive assistance for every step of export plans for French companies : assisting the companies to opt for an adequate strategy for India; identifying prospects and potential partners, organising business development, providing market access information, advising on setting up operations in India, etc.
 
INVEST: Assistance for Indian companies with market research and investment projects in the French market. The team supports investors throughout the entire process, providing customised services in order to develop a project that is adapted to their goals. Different services are provided free of charge and in total confidentiality.
 
PROCOM: Communicating on the attractiveness of France as an investment destination & on the international development of France economy. Working with key opinion leaders who can promote advantages of the French market in Europe.
 
Their activity is organised around 4 sectorial division and 1 transverse division :

Divisions with sectorial expertise and approach : 

AGROTECH: Agricultural products & Food Technology; 

ART DE VIVRE & HEALTH: Lifestyle, Fashion, Sport, Luxury & Healthcare  

INDUSTRIES & CLEANTECH: Infrastructure, Transportation, Industry, Energy & the Environment  

TECH & SERVICES: New Technologies, Innovation, Services 

 
Division with Interdisciplinary expertise and approach : 

BUSINESS SERVICES DEPT : Market Access, Marketing & Communication, VIE Program


JOB DESCRIPTION 
TRADE OFFICER- Business Services Dept – Market Access Activity
 
The Business Services Dept via its network of partners proposes global solutions dedicated to companies whose needs are :  - to validate the conditions of Market Access,  - to set up a structure in India,  - to consolidate and increasr their presence in India via communication events or even doing customised market studies for companies for e.g on topics like taxation, regulatory aspects, import procedures, customs …
 
This Department is headed by a Head of Department based in Mumbai and is mainly composed of 3 activities : 

- Market Access (> 1 person)

- Marketing-Communication (2 persons)

- Promotion & Management of the VIE program for India (1 person)
 
With the support of the Head of Department based in Mumbai, the Trade Officer-Market Access will be in charge of informing and advising the French companies on their queries and difficulties regarding regulatory, legal aspects, taxation or setting up their businesses in India. The selected candidate will also need to develop services of added value for companies who wish to develop their long term strategy in India.
 
This assignment revolves around the following tasks :

- Promoting the services of Business France in India and particularly the services of the Market Access Activity

- Advising the companies on their market entry strategy in India

- Proposing services on a chargeable basis to companies on a wide range of subjects, as such :

• Regulatory (export, customs duties etc)

• Legal aspects (company law, labour law etc)

• Taxation (direct taxation, indirect taxation etc)

• Setting up business (feasbility studies, validation of Business Plans, validation of hypotheses, costing etc)

• Accompanying companies who wish to open an office in India; doing customised studies to advise them; present legal forms and putting them in touch with our partners (chartered accountant firms and lawyers);  proposing assistance to the company for recrutment if required; advising them of the domiciliation services in different cities and proposing assistance by physically accompanying them during their business visits to India

- Executing all the editorial activity related to Market Access for Business France, India which includes :

• Writing internal notes on interdisciplinary subjects to inform the other departments of Business France India (for e.g labour laws for the Human Resources Dept, customs duties & procedures etc)

• Updating on a regular basis of the presentation of the business environnement in India and on commercial opportunties for French companies 
 
• Drafting short articles on information which can be uploaded on the website of Business France

• Regularly updating books, such as the Guide to doing Business in India, Regulatory and Fiscal Studies, Country Information on India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka

- Coordinating collective & multi sectorial delegations in India or promotional events and getting sponsoring from French and Indian companies for the events and for editorial products
 
Besides the above tasks, one of the key roles the candidate will have is to develop and maintain a network of privileged partners of high level such as lawyers, tax specialists, consultants and recrutment agencies in India.


REQUIRED PROFILE :

- Legal Advisor or specialist interest in the corporate world (specialisation in corporate law and international commercial law) - Expert in International business, Finance, Audit, Chartered Accounting, who can add  regulatory and legal expertise to his skills.
A professional experience of a minimum of 3 to 4 years in a law firm of good repute in the Legal or Finance Department of a group having overseas activities; or with a consultancy firm advising and facilitating market entry strategies for foreign companies in India is indispensable with regard to the required work profile.
 
The candidate must be familiar with Anglo-Saxon law (in the framework of his educational background and work experience), indian legal context depends to a large extent on the principles of Common Law.
 
REQUIRED SKILLS :

- Result oriented candidates (attainment of quantitatives & qualitatives objectives) with good organisational skills and discipline

- A commercial sense is a must as well as keen negotiating skills (services are invoiced to the clients)

- Capacity to make presentations in public in front of an audience (Public speaking is a must)

- Flexibility and a capacity to work on several assignments at the same time respecting due dates

- Interdisciplinary activity which requires team work ; this position implies working on projects of commercial development or setting up in liaison with our sectorial teams (Agrotech, Industry & Cleantech, Lifestyle & Healthcare, Tech & Services)

- Highly developed sense of contact and a capacity to develop a portfolio of privileged and high level contacts for all the above activities in the Indian context

- Capacity to search for information from available sources in the Business France network and locally (data bases, specialised press etc) and validate this infomation.

- Fluency in English, written and spoken with excellent writing skills for editorial products (French could be a plus and could be developed along the way)  

- Fluency in a regional Indian language preferably Hindi will be an advantage

- Perfect knowledge of Office tools (Word, Excel & Powerpoint)
 


CONTACTS :

Please send your C.V along with a covering letter and your salary expectations at the earliest to Head of H.R, monique.vanschalkwyk@businessfrance.fr with a copy of the Head of Business Services Dept,shilpa.patil@businessfrance.fr 
 
 
CANDIDATES WILL BE PREFERRED FROM THE FOLLOWING SCHOOLS & UNIVERSITIES
 
Principal Social Science universities(Specialisation in Law) : Panthéon-Assas, Toulouse 1 Capitole, Panthéon Sorbonne etc.
 
Principal Management Schools : (Specialisation Finance or Audit) : ESCP Europe, HEC, ESSEC, EDHEC, EM Lyon, premier Indian Management Schools like legal school of IIMs, IIT’s, top Law schools in India.

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