Commercial Officer – Ontario
Position Title: Commercial Officer - Ontario
Section: Ontario International – San Francisco Trade & Investment Office
Location: Consulate General of Canada in San Francisco
Position Number: EXT-403211
Starting Salary: $79,711 USD, plus benefits
Competition No.: SFRAN_2019_06
Posting Date: November 11, 2019
Closing Date: December 2, 2019 (5:00 PM PST)
Summary of Position:
The province of Ontario generates 40% of Canada’s GDP and is home to the second largest tech sector in North America. The Ontario Government has a network of representational offices, Ontario International - Trade and Investment Offices (TIOs), in cities around the world. They are co-located in Canadian diplomatic missions, composed of a Canadian Diplomat (Head of the TIO) and a locally engaged team. Measured by quantitative results, TIOs are mandated to build commercial and cultural relations between Ontario and the host country in three ways: 1) Export Promotion; 2) Foreign Direct Investment Attraction; and 3) Partnership Development.
The Commercial Officer (Ontario) is a local employee of the Government of Canada but works with and reports to the Head of Program at the Ontario Trade and Investment Office (TIO). Under the general direction of the Head of Program, the Commercial Officer (Ontario) contributes to the commercial success of Ontario companies in the territory covered by the Trade and Investment Office. This includes support to exporters, but also innovation, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) into Ontario as well as advocacy.
Some responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Providing advice and/or responding to requests for information from clients on foreign direct investment, trade, business environment, opportunities and challenges as required
- Serving, in collaboration with the Head of Program, as a key point of contact with Ontario-based clients to pro-actively advise them on opportunities and reputable local networks to help them implement their commercial strategies
Candidates must demonstrate clearly in their cover letter how they meet the Education and Experience requirements listed below:
luency in English (oral and written). The ability to work in French is considered an asset.
Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university in a business, economics, or a field related to the duties of the position.
- At least 2 years of recent experience working in business development or program management in California, ideally in a trade & investment promotion environment;
- Recent experience in managing client and key stakeholder relationships, and in obtaining, preparing for, and conducting meetings with private sector clients (i.e., business to business meetings, sales meetings, cold calls);
- Recent experience in project management (including strategic planning, tracking/reporting results and budget management);
- Recent experience conducting research and analysis and providing strategic advice, briefings and written reports to senior management and/or clients on business issues;
- Recent experience working in teams and achieving results to meet team objectives.
*Recent experience is defined as work experience in the last 5 years.
Candidates who meet the Education and Experience requirements will be assessed on the following qualifications. The assessment may be an interview, a written test, an interview, and other tests that will consist of a series of questions designed to evaluate each applicant’s knowledge, abilities, and personal suitability for this position
- Basic knowledge of key Ontario and local market interests (e.g. business and economic interests, local customs/business practices)
- Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing;
- Ability to work independently;
- Ability to develop and maintain a network of Canadian clients, local contacts and influencers; and,
- Strong organization skills and attention to detail with the ability to prioritize and organize workload, multi-task, be flexible, and work effectively under pressure
- Strong interpersonal / relationship building skills
- Initiative; and
- Client-focus orientation.
Conditions of Employment (must be met):
The successful candidate will be required to obtain Government of Canada Reliability Status (RS), which includes a criminal, and credit background check.
The staffing process will consist of a review of all applications to ensure that applicants meet the Essential Requirements. Please note that failure to meet any of the essential requirements eliminates candidates from further consideration in the competition. Only those applicants who meet these will be contacted by the Human Resources Section for an in- person interview and/or other form(s) of assessment (a written test, an in-basket exercise, and /or a skills test) of the Rated Requirements for the position. All candidates are required to show proof of legal status to live and work in the US. Reference verifications may also be carried out.
The Consulate General of Canada in San Francisco is committed to conducting inclusive, barrier-free selection processes.
The Consulate General of Canada in San Francisco offers a competitive salary, generous leave and a strong benefits package to include medical, dental, long term disability, and a pension plan to name a few.
Method of Application:
Applications are to be sent by e-mail to: SFRANJobOpportunities@international.gc.ca by the closing date and time. Your application must include a detailed cover letter (as outlined above) and curriculum vitae. When submitting your application by email, on subject line of email write only your last name in all caps followed by this competition number: SFRAN_2019_6. For example, if your name were Susan Jones, you would write: JONES –SFRAN_2019_6. Hard copy applications will not be accepted.
Please ensure that your application includes a valid, functional email address that accepts messages from unknown users.
Hours of Work:
Normal hours of work for this position are in accordance with Locally-Engaged Staff (LES) regulations of 37.5 hours per week. The successful candidate must be willing to work evenings, some weekends and holiday events.
The position will also require some business travel within the office’s territory, as well as possible trips to Canada.
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