Shanghai – Trade Commissioner, LE-09

Competition Number: 2015-LES-SHNGI-047

Position Title: Shanghai - Trade Commissioner, LE-09

Closing Date: 2015.12.2
Starting Annual Gross Salary:  RMB 376,351 (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: Shanghai

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 Shanghai at own expense. The successful candidate will be required to relocate to Shanghai at own expense.

Summary of duties:

The Canadian Agriculture and Food 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.  Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Trade Commissioner Service complements the larger network of Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Trade Commissioners, who also provide support to the agricultural sector. The successful candidate will be expected to provide advice, guidance and support directed at increasing Canadian agri-food and seafood trade with China.

 

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:

Education: 

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

Language:

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

Experience:

  • At least five years’ experience in international commerce
  • Experience in working and liaising with government departments and officials
  • Significant experience providing client service
  • Experience in managing financial and human resources
  • Experience in delivering on market development activities, for example, implementing and evaluating export marketing strategies and activities such as trade shows and missions that involve private and government partners

Knowledge:

  • Knowledge of international business (exporting, importing, investment, technology transfer, etc.)
  • Knowledge of the Chinese agri-food sector
  • Chinese trade & business environment and practices, as well as Chinese government and industry structures, major economic and political issues
  • MS Office Tools, including Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint

Abilities/skills:

  • 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  – Uses a long-term perspective
  • Effective Interactive Communication – Communicates for maximum results
  • Effectiveness/Achievement Orientation – Takes calculated entrepreneurial risks
  • Initiative – Implements longer-term strategic solutions
  • Judgement – Applies advanced analytical strategies and exemplary judgement to complex issues
  • Networking/Alliance Building – Builds a network of contacts

Asset Criteria:

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

Language: 

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

Experience:

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

Knowledge:

  • Knowledge of relevant topics such as Canada’s agri-food value chain and its competitive strengths; Canadian trade & business environment and practices, as well as Canadian 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
  • Significant experience providing client service
  • Experience in managing financial and human resources
  • Experience in delivering on market development activities, for example, implementing and evaluating export marketing strategies and activities such as trade shows and missions that involve private and government partners
  • Experience in working with visiting business and/or government delegation (asset)

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 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 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.