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Make Britain mean business to the world

Flying the flag for British business around the world is our job at the Department for Business & Trade. It’s fascinating work, filled with variety, complexity and impact. This makes it a challenge like no other. Bring us your talent and we’ll enable you to thrive in a career like no other, advancing the interests of a country like no other.

What we do

In short, we open up a whole world of opportunity for Britain and British Business. This means we become more prosperous through wealth and job creation. It means we’re more competitive on a global stage and able to make the most of the lucrative opportunities it offers.

For you, it means a career that will help you grow as part of an organization that operates as one team drawing on wide-ranging expertise from business and finance to policy and economics. It means you’ll get an international perspective on business as you focus on connecting the best of British commercial thinking with the needs of businesses around the globe. It means shaping our trade and investment policy with a future guaranteed to make history.

Find out more about DBT and what we do on our GOV.uk site or follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

What you can do

Join us at our Darlington Economic Campus, or one of our Hubs in Belfast, Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh or Salford, and we’ll draw on your insight and develop what you bring to the table. Opening up markets, creating free and fair-trade frameworks, using our trade clout to underpin our place in the world. All this and more awaits.

The sheer scope and scale of what we have created in our department means opportunities for people at all levels from all kinds of backgrounds. You could be a senior manager striking a bargain through innovative free trade agreements. You could join us at entry level in a role that provides the vital corporate backbone to what we do.

Wherever you are in your career, you can look forward to unrivalled international exposure in roles ranging from policy making and delivery, contract management, finance and HR to marketing and communications, digital, project management and delivery.

Our Darlington Campus

This pioneering cross-government hub brings together people from key departments and public organisations which play an active role in the most important issues of the day. It’s our most significant presence outside London and, by 2030, it will be home to 22,000 Civil Service roles and bring us closer to the communities we serve.

We share this facility with teams from 8 other Government Departments, including the Treasury, Departments for Business and Local Government, and Office for National Statistics. This enables us to work in close collaboration, making the most of valuable policy synergies.

UK Hubs

We have a range of other office locations around the UK. Whether you’re based in Belfast, Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh or Salford, you’ll work at pace to reach businesses across the length and breadth of the UK, touching lives and improving the connectivity of an entire country. And our remit isn’t limited to the UK. With connections around the world, and a wealth of experience to draw from, we’re building global partnerships and driving sustainable change.

How we work

What you do matters. We’ve crafted a culture and work environment designed to help you do it well.

From the tools and technologies that make your working day easier that means you can have the right work life balance; our award-winning workplace has everything you need to prosper. We will support your development through targeted talent programmes which will allow you to start, continue and grow your career here.

Diversity & Inclusion

Our inclusive culture means we value diversity and a working environment where everyone can thrive and be themselves at work. It’s this breadth of experience and perspective that makes Britain what it is. It’s what will help us sell Britain to the world.

To reflect this, we have a rich variety of networks which include: Race, Ethnicity And Cultural Heritage (REACH) network, Cross Diversity and Inclusion Network, DIT Gender Network, Disability Network, EU Nationals Network, Facilitators Network, Mentoring Network, LGBT+ Network, Health and Wellbeing advocates, Social Mobility Network, Generation Network, Social Networks, Parent Group, Faith Group and Neurodiversity Network.

We are also a signatory of the Business in the Community Race at Work Charter, an initiative designed to improve outcomes for black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) employees in the UK.

We are an employer of choice with different entry pathways, including apprenticeships and life chances schemes.

Diversity and Inclusion


You’ll be making a hugely positive contribution to the UK’s economy. As well as an engaging, rewarding role which could take you all over the world, we offer competitive salaries and an extensive benefits package which includes:

  • Generous annual leave and bank holiday allowance
  • Civil Service Pension Scheme
  • Family friendly policies including maternity, adoption or shared parental leave, available with up to 26 weeks full pay, followed by 13 weeks statutory pay and a further 13 weeks unpaid
  • 2 weeks full pay available for paternity leave
  • season ticket loans
  • cycle to work scheme
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Current vacancies

To see our current vacancies, please visit Civil Service Jobs, where you can also register for job alerts. Simply create an account using the Sign In/Create an Account [civilservicejobs.service.gov.uk] option, and register for notifications.

If you’d like to know more about what to expect from the DBT recruitment process, or would like guidance on how to apply, sign up for one of our candidate support sessions.