Position title: Trade Commissioner
Section: International Business Development
Location: Consulate General of Canada in Chicago - CHCGO
Position no: EXT300782X
Competition no: 2020-CHCGO-TRD-01
Starting salary: US$103,214 per annum, plus benefits
Date posted: 01/06/2020
Closing date: 26/06/2020
Summary of duties:
Under the general direction of the Senior Trade Commissioner, the incumbent is a Trade Commissioner responsible for responding to Canadian Trade Commissioner Service client requests.
The incumbent will also be responsible for proposing, planning and leading on initiatives and identifying a range of commercial opportunities for Canadian business. The sectors of focus are Life Sciences and Professional Services. The areas of focus are subject to change.
The incumbent is responsible for developing an export strategy to promote Canadian products and services, offering access to research, technology and venture capital business opportunities for Canadian companies and institutions, developing an effective network of Canadian and local partners to support program objectives; providing timely and relevant advice to Canadian clients and partners; undertaking research into local business trends; planning activities and initiatives to support export, investment and innovation strategies; and planning and/or offering support for high-level visits. The incumbent has responsibility of his or her own budget.
The incumbent is part of a dynamic team of international trade professionals across the United States and around the world (Trade Commissioner Service).
Position open to:
- Individuals who are eligible to work in the United States of America, who meet all of the essential requirements stated below, and whose applications are received by the closing date.
- Employees of any Canadian mission in the United States of America may apply.
- Note: relocation expenses will not be paid in any circumstance.
The position has a specified period of employment of indeterminate.
The Consulate General of Chicago is committed to conducting inclusive, barrier-free selection processes.
This selection process may be used to create an eligibility list of qualified candidates for this and other similar positions at the Consulate General of Canada in Chicago.
All applicants must:
- Meet all of the Essential Requirements stated below.
- Submit resumes and a one-page cover letter by the closing date. The one-page cover letter must:
- Demonstrate how you meet the essential requirements under language, education and experience;
- Confirm existing legal status to live and work in the US;
- Confirm a clean valid driver’s license.
Note: Failure to provide any of the information required above will result in your application being rejected. All communication relating to this process, including email correspondence may be used in the assessment of qualifications.
Applications must be sent by e-mail to Chcgo-CCG-Jobs@international.gc.ca by the closing date.
Candidates must demonstrate clearly in their application how they meet the education and experience requirements listed below:
- Bachelor’s or equivalent degree from a recognized university in a field related to the position, including but not limited to: commerce, finance, and economics.
- A minimum of two years of recent and direct experience in trade or business development;
- Experience in managing client and stakeholder relationships and in providing client service support to customers/clients;
- Experience in providing research and analysis, strategic advice, briefings, and written reports to management and/or clients on international business issues; and
- Experience in using social media tools for promotion and/or to generate new business opportunities.
Fluency in English, both written and spoken.
Only candidates who meet the education and experience requirements will be contacted for assessment of the rated requirements. The assessment of the rated requirements below may include an interview, a written test, and other tests that will consist of a series of questions designed to evaluate each applicant's knowledge, abilities and personal suitability for the position.
- Knowledge of the role of governments in facilitating trade and international business;
- Knowledge of the factors that influence trade, and of Canada’s value proposition; and
- Knowledge of trends and recent developments in the Canadian and the United States economy.
- Communicate effectively in English, both orally and in writing;
- Secure, prepare for, conduct, and provide follow-up to a business outcall;
- Build and sustain a network of contacts;
- Analyze information and provide strategic advice;
- Manage multiple priorities with tight deadlines;
- Use social media tools for promotion and/or to generate new business opportunities;
- Use of technology tools and databases.
c. Personal suitability:
- Effective interpersonal skills;
- Sound judgement;
- Client-focus orientation.
- The ability to communicate effectively in French both orally and in writing would be an asset.
- A graduate degree from a recognized university would be an asset.
- Experience in project management would be an asset.
- Experience in the sector: Life Sciences or subsectors would be an asset.
- A minimum of two years of recent and direct experience in helping companies be innovative, such as incubators, accelerators or start-up related activities.
- Experience in project management including planning, monitoring, budget, reporting and evaluation.
- Our hours of work are 37.5 hours per week in accordance with Locally Engaged Staff regulations;
- Must be able to work overtime on short notice on occasion; and
- Must be available for occasional duties outside normal working hours (i.e. evenings and weekends).
Conditions of employment (mandatory):
- Eligibility for a Government of Canada Reliability Status and Security Clearance that includes criminal, credit and background checks. (Process: The successful candidate will be required to obtain this status. This process takes up to two months.)
- Must have a valid work authorization covering the employment period.
- Must hold and maintain a valid vehicle driver’s license.
- Must be admissible for travel to Canada and within the United States of America.
- Is required throughout our territory (IL, WI and MO), and to Canada and other locations in the U.S.A. on occasion.
- Candidates are entitled to participate in the appointment process in either English or French. They are asked to indicate their preferred language in their application.
- Communication for this process will be sent via email. It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure accurate contact information is provided and updated as required.
- Candidates who apply to this selection process should include an email address that accepts email from unknown users (some email systems block these types of email).
- Reference checks will be sought for candidates that are successful at the interview stage and will be used to validate information provided by candidates.
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