The Swiss Trading and Shipping Association (STSA) is recruiting a business communication officer at 40% or 50% (16 or 20 hours a week) for a minimum of 6 months. The officer will support the Secretariat in a full range of support functions but in particular in writing, editing and reviewing content of all type of documentations in English. He/she will help the STSA team in its daily operations to provide high quality communication material. 

Founded in 2006, STSA is the main professional association in Switzerland for commodity merchants, shipping companies and banks specialised in trade finance. It has become a respected platform in the commodity trading industry. It now has over 190 members, with businesses of all sizes. It represents the interests of the sector through various activities such as: 

  • Education & Training 
  • Working groups of common interests 
  • Commodity related services 
  • Public conferences 
  • Public affairs 

Main responsibilities

1. Business and administrative support

  • Edit various documents in English such as newsletters, position papers, website, etc.
  • Draft general correspondence in English 
  • Support the team in developing its communication on the various social networks (including active monitoring of social media activities) 
  • Work with the STSA team at maintaining and expanding the relationship with members through existing tools (extranet, Newsletter, communication alerts, etc.) 
  • Update the STSA website 
  • Perform other related duties as required 

2. Annual report  (August 2018) 

  • Prepare the STSA Annual Report in collaboration with the STSA Team and its external designer 
  • Propose and draft the texts in collaboration with the STSA Team 
  • Ensure that all deadlines are met 


3. Publication of STSA yearly magazine (December to March)

  • Contact contributors and manage the follow-up (article gathering) in a timely manner 
  • Proofread, comment and propose modifications to the articles 
  • Coordinate with STSA press partners 
  • Liaise with potential sponsors and advertisers 
  • Set-up a budget and issue invoices 
  • Ensure that deadlines are met 

Knowledge, skills and abilities: 

  • Must have exceptional written and proofreading skills in English (English mother tongue desired) 
  • Good command of French an asset 
  • Very effective organisational skills 
  • Good listening and communication skills 
  • Internal customer orientation 
  • Time management skills and able to work under time pressure 
  • Ability to maintain a high level of accuracy and confidentiality 
  • Excellent knowledge of the functioning of the various social networks (LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, etc.) 
  • Problem solving skills and innovative thinking 
  • Team spirit 

What STSA offers: 

  • An international and dynamic environment 
  • An internship helping you to develop your abilities in business communication 
  • A varied daily work with a high degree of autonomy 
  • An environment offering you opportunities to grow your job 
  • A small team with a family spirit 
  • A close connection to industry’s participants 

Starting date: May 2018

Please send your CV and motivation letter electronically to: 

STSA, attention: Silviane Chatelain Email: