Commercial Officer, Alberta Office in Shanghai

Competition: 2014-LES-Alberta-002 Position

Title:  Commercial Officer, LE-07, Alberta Office in Shanghai

Closing Date:   2014.6.18

Starting Annual Gross Salary Approx. 172,708 RMB (before tax and employee social insurance contributions; 13th month bonus and employer social insurance contributions are paid on top of the gross salary; salary is non-negotiable)

 Work location: Shanghai  

Area of Selection:

- Chinese or Canadian citizens residing in China;

- Term or indeterminate employees currently working at Canadian Embassy or Consulates in China; and,

- Spouses/dependants of Canadian

-Based Staff at Canadian Embassy or Consulates in China.  

Short-listed candidates should be able to participate in tests and/or interviews in Shanghai at own expense. The successful candidate will be required to relocate at own expense.

JOB SUMMARY: The Commercial Officer will contribute to advancing Alberta’s global commerce by, among others, developing and sharing knowledge of the market place; providing service, advice and information to clients; building relationships with clients and local contacts; doing troubleshooting; planning and executing events as well as planning and managing budgets. Under the general direction of the Senior Commercial Office, Alberta Shanghai Office, designs and coordinates with other regional Alberta International Offices and Alberta international marketing and industry development groups, marketing programs to exploit the local trade and investment potential for Alberta; researches and prepares both general and specific market studies and statistical reports relating to Alberta Trade and Investment activities  in the region; using independent judgment and action, advises on and assists in the implementation of trade and investment promotion programs including logistical arrangements for incoming visits and other events; prepares written replies to inquiries on designated sectors from Alberta businesses, local business and Government officials; compiles market/ intelligence information for Alberta businesses; provides both written and oral interpretation in the Chinese language for the Senior Commercial Officer, Alberta Shanghai Office; assists other Alberta Commercial Officers and assistants as directed by the Senior Commercial Office, Alberta Shanghai Office.

MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS:  

Education:

  • Degree from a recognized university, OR an acceptable equivalent through the combination of education and work experience.

Language:

  • Proficiency in English (reading, writing, speaking)
  • Proficiency in Mandarin (reading, writing and speaking)

Experience:

  • At least three years’ experience in international commerce;
  • Experience in dealing with the general public and customer/client;
  • Experience in working and liaising with Chinese government agencies and companies.

Knowledge:

  • Knowledge of international business (exporting, importing, investment, technology transfer)

Abilities/skills:

  • Ability to write professional reports and business correspondence in English;
  • Ability to provide strategic advice and make recommendations;
  • Ability to perform translation and interpretation from Chinese to English and vice versa.

Personal suitability:

  • Client Focus – Acts to Improve Client Service
  • Effective Interactive Communication – Adapts Language to the Audience
  • Effectiveness/Achievement Orientation – Taking calculated entrepreneurial risks
  • Initiative – Plans Ahead
  • Judgement – Applies Sound Judgement in Difficult Situations
  • Networking/Alliance Building – Actively Seeks Relationship-Building Opportunities

ASSET CRITERIA:

Preferred standing may be given to those candidates who also meet the following:

Language:

  • Proficiency in French (reading, writing and speaking)

Experience:

  • Experience working with visiting business and/or government delegations.

Knowledge:

  • Knowledge of relevant topics such as Canadian and Chinese trade and investment business environment and practices; major areas and/or sectors of international trade; and/or Chinese government and industry structures, major economic and political issues.

OPERATIONAL REQUIREMENT:

  • Ability and willingness to work overtime on short notice as required;
  • Able to travel domestically and internationally as required
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a valid working authorization in China is a condition of your employment at the Embassy or Consulates

SECURITY/RELIABILITY: A valid “Reliability Status” security check is required prior to appointment to this position.   HOW TO APPLY: We are seeking high quality written applications to establish a shortlist for further testing. Your application MUST include an Application Letter and Curriculum Vitae in English or French. Your Application Letter should indicate why you meet the mandatory requirements on the following aspects:- Area of Selection; - Education; - Language.

Your Application Letter should also discuss your qualifications on: - Your previous experience in international commerce with dates; - Your experience in dealing with the general public and customer/client; - Your experience in working and liaising with Chinese government agencies and companies.   Send application to china-recruitment@international.gc.ca. Please indicate your full name, the competition number and position title in the subject line: “Your full name – Competition Number – Position Title”. 

Please be advised that incomplete applications will NOT be considered. An eligibility list may be established from this process to staff potential vacancies that may arise within this domain at indeterminate, term or Emergency basis. We thank all applicants for their interest, but only those invited to further assessment will be contacted. Please ensure that you provide appropriate contact information so that you can be easily reached (e-mail, phone, mobile, etc. Detailed Position Description is available at china-recruitment@international.gc.ca upon request.

The Government of Canada is committed to building a skilled, diverse workforce. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds irrespective of race, color, religion, gender, disability, age or sexual orientation. The Government of Canada is also committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environments. If contacted in relation to a job opportunity or testing, you should advise us in a timely fashion of the accommodation measures which must be taken to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.