National and International Trade Programme Manager - support the growth of the UK games industry as part of our Commercial team

Role title: National and International Trade Programme Manager

Salary: £35k per annum

PIPs pension, bonus scheme and generous leave

Reports to: Sam Collins, Head of Commercial and Membership    

Location: Our base is Black Bull Yard, 24-28 Hatton Wall, London, EC1N8JH but we offer a mix of working remotely and in the office. There will be office based team and member related activities on a regular basis.   

Ukie represents the games and interactive entertainment sector in the UK. Our growing membership exceeds 500 companies, and we are looking for a person who is passionate about businesses and cutting-edge sectors and is keen to grow our ambitious plans to help games companies navigate the changing shape of the interactive industry. This is a wonderful opportunity for someone to shape how games businesses of all sizes, up and down the UK, can grow and thrive.

Ukie is a small, agile, not-for-profit company of under 20 people with a commitment to the exciting, creative, innovative sector we represent. An inclusive team attitude is essential. We offer a work culture and environment where entrepreneurialism and teamwork are celebrated. We encourage you to have a look at the Ukie website to see who the team members are and to check out our Values and Beliefs.

For this role we are looking for someone with strong communication and stakeholder management skills. The ability to form key relationships and show entrepreneurial flair is essential.

We are a flexible and inclusive employer. If you are excited by the role, but do not feel you meet 100% of the requirements or qualifications we encourage you to apply anyway explaining why your skills and experience make you an ideal candidate.

About the role

Ukie already has an award-winning International Trade programme that supports over 200 games companies a year and includes visits to international markets such as the USA and China. In the past 12 months we have significantly increased our National Trade programme and launched a games scale-up initiative.

The successful candidate will be responsible for evolving and improving these programmes to ensure they deliver high quality and valuable support to UK games companies as the industry evolves. Alongside programme development the successful candidate will also be responsible for sourcing the funding required to support the delivery of these programmes.

A core part of the role will be working with games businesses of all sizes and at all stages to support their ambitions to grow through exporting to overseas markets, accessing funding from the UK and overseas, developing international relationships, and becoming investment ready.

You will be responsible for liaising with games companies to assess their specific needs and then providing them with access to a variety of programmes, activities and events that will support their objectives.

Therefore, an understanding of the operational funding of a games business and how funding can be sourced is a preference.

We are looking for a strategic thinker, with experience in product development as well as possessing a hands-on approach to work as physical delivery of the programmes is required.

You will be working within the Commercial and Membership team and liaise with the wider Ukie team as well as key external stakeholders at all levels to ensure the programme is communicated across the games industry.

Qualifications and experience required for this role:

·       Degree level education is desirable

·       Ideal for someone with at least 5 years’ experience in a relevant business role

·       A demonstrable track record in establishing and building business relationships

·       Excellent written skills

·       Excellent analytical skills

·       An excellent understanding of the funding of games businesses

·       Excellent listener with outstanding communication skills

Other information:

Monday to Friday – 9.00am to 5.30pm 

Expectation that some evening and weekend work will be required to attend events as the business requires.  

Ukie allows remote work, but there is an expectation of regular visits to the office. 

This role profile is not exhaustive; it will be subject to periodic review and may be amended to meet the changing needs of the business.  

The post holder will be expected to participate in this process and we would aim to reach agreement to the changes. 

How to apply:

Please send a CV and a covering letter to by 11pm Friday 21 May 2021.