Trade Commissioner, Canadian Consulate in Shanghai

Competition: 2014-LES-SHNGI-026

Position Title: Trade Commissioner, Trade Section, LE-08 (Term employment up to 5 month)

Closing Date:  2014.6.19

Monthly Salary:  Approx. 19,660 RMB (before tax and employee social insurance contributions; 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 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:

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 working and liaising with government departments, provinces and officials;

Significant experience providing client service.

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  – Addresses underlying client needs

Effective Interactive Communication – Communicates for maximum results

Effectiveness/Achievement Orientation – Takes calculated entrepreneurial risks

Initiative – Implements longer-term strategic solutions

Judgement – Applies sound judgement in difficult situations

Networking/Alliance Building – Organizes involvement of key players

ASSET CRITERIA:

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

Language:

Proficiency in French (reading, writing and speaking).

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.

Knowledge of the transportation industry (aerospace, rail, automotive, shipping and logistics).

Experience:

Experience working in transportation industry;

Experience working with visiting business and/or government delegations.

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 working and liaising with government departments, provinces and officials;

- Your experience in providing client service.

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 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.