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Senior/Assistant Director, Southeast Asia and Oceania Division

Agency: Ministry of Trade and Industry
Job no.: 537534
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!

The Trade Division drives the formulation of Singapore's foreign economic policy and safeguards Singapore's economic interests in the international economic arena.

As a trade officer in the Southeast Asia and Oceania (SEAO) Division in the Ministry of Trade and Industry, you will develop and implement Singapore's strategy of engaging the vibrant markets of Southeast Asia and Oceania.  These include initiatives such as ministerial visits, bilateral platforms and economic agreements.

In this role, you will gain valuable experience in working in an international environment and advancing Singapore's bilateral economic relations with countries in the Southeast Asia and Oceania region.  You will also develop first-hand knowledge about your markets through official trips, study visits and business missions.


  • Formulate policies to grow Singapore's economic relations with the Southeast Asia and Oceania markets.
  • Analysing, reporting, and providing policy recommendations on geopolitical and economic developments concerning Singapore's trade interests in these markets.
  • Preparing briefs, reports, notes of meeting, speeches, and press statements.
  • Organising and facilitating incoming and outgoing visits by political office holders and officials, courtesy calls, and meetings.
  • Working with our Singapore Missions overseas and other Ministries/ Agencies on Singapore's economic and trade policy interests, and with foreign counterparts to strengthen economic cooperation.
  • Representing Singapore in visits, meetings, conferences, and bilateral/multilateral trade negotiations.


  • Keen interest in international affairs and economic developments.
  • Excellent writing, analytical, and communication skills, as well as multi-tasking and organisational skills.
  • Team player who is energetic and able to work effectively with multiple stakeholders, and can work well under pressure.
  • Willingness to travel.

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