Arabian Enterprise Incubators (AEI) has a vacancy for a Business Development Advisor to specifically support the Saudi British Joint Business Council (SBJBC).

The SBJBC is a client of AEI and requires a dedicated member of the AEI team to manage and support their activities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia particularly in relation to the development of services for members and the provision of advice to companies entering or doing business in the Saudi market.


The SBJBC is an independent and private sector led body, which aims to develop and enhance relations at all levels between the business communities in Saudi Arabia and the UK.

SBJBC UK was established as a not for profit company in the UK in April 2014. The UK office works closely with the Saudi-based SBJBC Secretariat in the Saudi Council of Chambers in Riyadh. Close cooperation is also maintained with UK Trade & Investment and the British Chambers of Commerce overseas business networks initiative.

Job Profile

The job will initially be based at AEI’s Head Quarters in Riyadh and requires a high degree of flexible working, with frequent travel within Saudi Arabia and occasionally to the UK. The jobholder will be required to report regularly to the SBJBC UK Executive Director based in London, and work closely with Saudi and UK Board Members of the SBJBC. Main duties will be as follows:

  • Provision of market advice and practical guidance to small and medium sized UK companies visiting or interested in doing business with Saudi Arabia. This will include introductions to sources of business support and vetted professional services, and identification of potential partners;
  • Arrangements for SBJBC joint meetings and working group visits, including workshops and business briefings in Saudi Arabia and the UK;
  • Compilation of business news updates for the SBJBC website, particularly changes in investment licensing and other regulations which affect the business environment;
  • Liaison with the Saudi and UK Co-Chairs and Executive Directors of the SBJBC, and Chambers of Commerce on reciprocal market access issues and joint initiatives to promote business cooperation and knowledge exchange.

Candidate Profile

The jobholder would typically be a recent graduate with some business and corporate experience. We are looking for the following skills and experience:

  • Good awareness of international trade and investment issues, and ideally some knowledge of both the Saudi and UK business environments;
  • A self-starter with good organisational and networking skills;
  • Ability to engage confidently and at a high level with business contacts and officials;
  • Ability to balance competing priorities and to deal with a range of tasks against tight deadlines;
  • Fluent in both Arabic and English, and with good IT skills.


The initial contract would be for one year with a 90 day probation period. Salary will be competitive and based on experience. Medical insurance, accommodation allowance and transport allowance will be included.


Interested candidates are invited to send a CV with a short cover letter explaining why they would be capable of taking on this challenging role to [email protected].

Only those invited to interview will be contacted.

The closing date for applications is 23 November 2014.