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Job Title:
Trade Commissioner

Starting salary 183,896 SAR gross per annum plus 13th month, transportation and housing allowances

Vacancy type:



Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Closing date for applications:
27-01-2016 At midnight UTC+1 / GMT+1

Summary of position:
Under the direction of the Senior Trade Commissioner, the Trade Commissioner is responsible for contributing to the delivery of the Embassy’s trade program and for providing services to Canadian business clients including assessing a client’s market potential, finding qualified contacts and resolving business problems.
The Trade Commissioner contributes significantly to the delivery of the Commercial Program by promoting the exports of Canadian goods and services, while identifying, following-up and building on trade and investment opportunities for Canadian clients in key priority and emerging sectors including the Extractive Sector (Oil and Gas, Mining). The Trade Commissioner will assist and/or lead in the coordination of the development and implementation of International Business Development initiatives and the provision of related Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) support to clients (Canadian companies) and partners (various DFATD divisions, OGDs, provincial and territorial governments, multilateral organizations and industry associations) for assigned areas and sectors of responsibilities for Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain and Yemen.
The major responsibilities of the Trade Commissioner are in line with the Purpose, Vision and Core Values of the TCS and are reflected in the annual commercial plan. They include: providing high quality services to Canadian clients, developing and maintaining a solid local contact database, preparing and disseminating market information and intelligence to Canadian clients, initiating and managing promotional activities, analyzing and assessing local market conditions and develops for interpretation to Canadian clients as well as other priority trade development activities. The Trade Commissioner is accountable for planning and executing the strategy on sectors of responsibility.

Essential qualifications:
• Successful completion of a Bachelor and/or Master's Degree from a recognized university with a major in Commerce, Marketing, Business Administration, Economics and/or International Trade/Business..
• Fluent English – written and spoken
• Minimum 3 years of recent* experience working in an international organization or an embassy/diplomatic mission involved in international business and trade, with duties relevant to the position
• Experience in international business practices or in doing business in one or more of the following countries - Saudi Arabia, Oman, Bahrain
• Experience in obtaining information from public/private sectors and providing advice and guidance to a client group
• Experience in organizing trade promotions and/or marketing events
• Experience in the preparation of briefing notes and reports for senior officials
*Recent is defined as within the last 5 years
Knowledge of:
• Business practices within an international environment
• The relationship between Canada and Saudi Arabia, including trade and business relations
• Of using software applications such as MS Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and Excel
• Client Focus
• Effective interactive communication both orally and in writing
• Network and Alliance building
• Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines
• Initiative
• Judgement
• Leadership
• Teamwork and co-operation
• Personal Integrity
• Ability to plan, organize, evaluate and analyze reports and other relevant information to propose strategic recommendations

Asset Qualifications:
Preference may be given to candidates who have the following asset qualifications:
• Ability to speak, read and write French
• Ability to speak, read and write Arabic
• Knowledge or experience of Canadian companies and Associations
• In-depth knowledge and experience relating to business in Saudi Arabia
• In-depth knowledge of any of the following sectors: Extractives, Energy, Sustainable Technologies
• In-depth knowledge of Canadian trade and commerce policies and institutions
If candidates meet the factors listed in the asset qualifications they must also clearly demonstrate how they meet these factors in their covering letter.

Organizational Needs:
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Operational Requirements:
• Able to work occasional overtime (evenings, some weekends if necessary)
• Able to travel and attend offsite meetings
• Hours of work: Normal working week 37.5 hours (7.5 hours per day), Sunday to Thursday

Condition(s) of Employment:
This position is open to individuals who are eligible to work in Saudi Arabia, who meet all of the essential requirements stated below, and whose applications are received by the closing date. The successful candidate must be resident in order to receive an offer of employment.
The Canadian Government is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from diverse sections of the community. Candidates will be considered on merit regardless of ethnic origin, religious belief, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability or any other irrelevant factor.

• Must be able to obtain and retain an enhanced reliability clearance (security clearance)
• Must be a legal resident of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and eligible to work therein. Transfer of sponsorship to the Embassy is required
• Valid passport
• Successful completion of a 1 year probation period
• Successful candidates must pass a routine medical examination

Sorry, this vacancy is closed.

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