Guangzhou – Trade Commissioner, LE-08

Competition Number: 2015-LES-GANZU-060

Position Title: Guangzhou – Trade Commissioner, LE-08

Closing Date: January 10, 2016 at 16:00 pm (GMT +8)

Starting Annual Gross Salary:  RMB 216,704 (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)

Location: Guangzhou

Area of Selection:

This position is open to external applicants residing in China and employees occupying an indeterminate or term position in China Missions who meet all of the essential qualifications and whose applications are received by the closing date.
Short-listed candidates should be able to participate in tests and/or interviews in Guangzhou at own expense. The successful candidate will be required to relocate to Guangzhou at own expense.

Summary of duties:

The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service is a world-wide network of professionals dedicated to advancing Canada’s global commerce. These professionals work with government and business to identify opportunities as well as obstacles to trade so that they can act on them to allow trade to happen.

As a member of the Trade Commissioner Service, the Trade Commissioner will contribute to advancing Canada’s global commerce by, among others, developing and sharing knowledge of the marketplace; providing service, advice and information to clients; building relationships with clients and local contacts; doing troubleshooting as well as planning and executing events.

Mandatory requirements:


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


  • Proficiency in English (reading, writing, listening, speaking)
  • Proficiency in Mandarin Chinese (reading, writing, listening, speaking)


  • At least four years’ experience in international commerce
  • Experience in working and liaising with government departments and officials
  • Significant experience providing client service


  • Knowledge of international business (exporting, importing, investment, technology transfer, etc.)
  • MS Office Tools, including Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint


  • Ability to write effective business correspondence in English and Chinese
  • Ability to research, interpret sources of information and synthesize data to respond to requests for information from clients
  • Ability to perform translation and interpretation from English to Chinese and vice versa

Personal suitability:

  • Client Focus – Addresses underlying client needs
  • Effective Interactive Communication – Communicates for maximum results
  • Effectiveness/Achievement Orientation – Taking calculated entrepreneurial risks
  • Initiative – Implements longer-term strategic solutions
  • Judgement – Applies sound judgment in difficult situationsNetworking/Alliance Building – Organizes involvement of key players

Asset Criteria:

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


  • Proficiency in French (reading, writing, listening, speaking)


  • Experience in working with visiting business and/or government delegation


  • 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

Organizational Needs:

Conditions of Employment

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a valid working authorization in China. Per Chinese regulations, the Embassy / Consulates can only facilitate working visas for Canadian citizens
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a valid “Reliability Status” security clearance

Operational Requirement:

  • Ability and willingness to work overtime on short notice as required
  • Able to travel domestically and internationally as required

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:

  • Experience in international commerce
  • Experience in working and liaising with government departments and officials
  • Experience in providing client service
  • Experience in working with visiting business and/or government delegation (Asset)

Send application to

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 on 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 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.