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Senior/Assistant Director, International Trade Cluster

Agency: Ministry of Trade and Industry
Job no.: 532526
Work type: Permanent/Contract
Location: Singapore
Categories:International Relations, Policy Formulation

The Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) seeks to transform Singapore into a leading global city of talent, enterprise and innovation. Our mission is to promote economic growth and create good jobs to enable Singaporeans to improve their lives. In MTI, you can expect an exciting, challenging and rewarding career!


MTI’s International Trade Cluster (ITC) is charged with protecting and advancing Singapore’s economic interests by:

  • Supporting free trade and open markets;
  • Upholding and strengthening the rules-based multilateral trading system as embodied in the World Trade Organisation (WTO);
  • Deepening economic integration with like-minded countries through free trade agreements (FTA) and bilateral investment treaties (BIT);
  • Driving initiatives in regional economic fora such as the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC); and
  • Advancing our companies’ interests abroad rigorously, including by lowering barriers for Singapore exports

As an ITC officer, you will be assigned to one of four specialised teams covering trade in goods, digital economy and services, investment, or multilateral trade policy. You will deepen your knowledge, skills and expertise on a myriad of international trade issues and apply them in the following areas:

  • Developing and implementing Singapore’s foreign economic policy;
  • Representing Singapore in bilateral/multilateral trade and investment negotiations;
  • Participating in international meetings and conferences;
  • Providing advice to the Singapore Government on trade policy matters;
  • Collaborating with external stakeholders, such as Singapore-based companies, business chambers and the general public;
  • Ensuring Singapore’s full and timely implementation of international trade obligations; and
  • Analysing international developments and their potential implications on Singapore
  • Trained in Economics, Law, Political Science, International Relations, Accounting, Business or related disciplines is preferred, but not essential
  • Keen interest in international economic affairs and negotiation;
  • Strong analytical and conceptual abilities, with an eye for detail;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Ability to work well in teams;
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced and dynamic environment; and
  • Willingness to travel frequently

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