Job Opportunity: Business Development & Research Manager for the State of Kentucky in Hamburg!

A small recently reorganized and forward – thinking office seeks a n entry level business development and research manager to s upport its economic development activities in Europe.

Work Schedule: Monday to Friday ( weekend work/ travel required periodically)

Work week: 25 to 40 hours

Education: Bachelor’s Degree

Salary: Dependent upon experience and qualifications

Company: Kentucky European Representative Office

Location : Poststrasse 14 – 16, 20354 Hamburg, Germany


The Kentucky European Representative Office promotes the Commonwealth of Kentucky as a destination for international investors across a variety of industries. In this role, we not only market the location and economic advantages of Kentucky, but also work to support the success of the over 2 00 European facilities currently located in Kentucky. Our missi on is to increase the presence of international firms across Kentucky in terms of new jobs and investment through expansion of our existing investors and attracting new international investors within target sectors. Therefore , we work closely with European companies looking for a location in the U SA , or already based in Kentucky , to provide market data, organize site visits , and make connections with local comp anies, public autho rities, and service providers .


This position requires a capable multi – tasker that can easily transition from managin g office travel to meeting with CEOs and making international presentations . Applicants must be skilled in developing and maintaining positive relationships with business related public and private organizations including trade associations , chambers of commerce , government officials , consultants, and others engaged in foreign direct investment and trade.

Candidates will provide professional support for the development, relocation and/or expansion of foreign owned busin esses within Kentucky. They will provide professional expertise in the evaluation of business plans, markets, strategies, and practices and identify community assets and challenges for investm ent. Experience identifying challenges for international investors and addressing those challenges effectively will be a plus. The candidate must be able to maintain knowledge of current state and national programs that would be supportive of foreign dire ct investment and overall economic development.

In addition, c andidates will be expected to gather industry data and monitor relevant trends in priority sectors, as well as assist with organizing participation in key trade shows and representing Kentucky at international forums. Experience in international market research, industry analysis, partner searches, trad e missions, trade shows, and business development will be given priority. Experience with public speaking and event planning is also a plus.



The ideal candidate will be customer service oriented with a strong work ethic and ability to work independently with minimal direction. Applicants must have strong writing skills, show attention to detail, be able to manage m ultiple projects s imultaneously, and demonstrate flexibility in working with a diverse array of clients and partners .

The position requires short travel within Europe and potentially to the U.S. as needed to represent the office and serve clients. Business proficiency in English and German are required. Additional o ra l and written skills in French, Spanish , and/or Italian would also be valued . Applicants should also have experience having lived and/or worked in the U.S.

The position requires y ou are confident in work ing w ith MS Office applications. Knowledge of Salesforce is also strongly desired.


To apply , we require your CV , references, and a cover letter st ating your salary expectations and possible star t date. Please send these materials via email t o Mr s. Morgan Pierstorff .


Morgan L. Pierstorff, Executive Director

European Representative Office

Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development


Poststrasse 14 – 16

20354 Hamburg