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Job Title:
Senior Commercial Officer – Ontario

£56,346 per annum

Vacancy type:



Canada House, Trafalgar Square, London, UK

Closing date for applications:
13-09-2017 At midnight UTC+1 / GMT+1

Summary of position:
The province of Ontario generates 40% of Canada’s GDP and has both the 2nd largest financial services and 2nd largest tech sectors 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 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 relations between Ontario and the host country in 3 ways: 1) Export Promotion; 2) Foreign Direct Investment Attraction; and 3) Partnership Development.
This is not a “normal” government job. It is suited for an innovative and passionate professional, from public or private sector, looking to thrive and build their career in a unique, dynamic and entrepreneurial-like environment.
The Senior Commercial Officer – Ontario is a local employee of the Government of Canada but works closely with and reports to the Head of the TIO. The successful candidate will take a prominent role in planning, developing and delivering initiatives to fulfil the commercial objectives of the Government of Ontario in the UK, including:
• Foreign direct investment attraction. Cultivate a portfolio of senior UK business decision makers to work with and influence their companies to invest in Ontario.
• Partnership development. Facilitate industry-academic-government partnerships between the UK and Ontario with a commercial focus.
• Export promotion. Profile Ontario exports in the UK as well as develop buyer and distributor connections with the aim of increasing Ontario exports to the UK.
• High-level visits. Plan and implement commercially-focused visits by provincial government leaders, municipal government leaders, and business leaders or influencers.
• Communication. Research and synthesize information from a variety of sources to establish oneself as an expert and undertake media engagement, delivering presentations and writing reports.

Essential qualifications:
Candidates will initially be screened on the essential qualifications below and must demonstrate in their cover letter and CV how they meet these criteria. Only those candidates who meet all the Essential Requirements will proceed to the next stage of the process.

Education: Undergraduate/Bachelor’s Degree or a suitable combination of education and work experience.

Experience: A minimum of 8 years of progressive work experience in business development, sales, marketing, economic development or strategy, in the public or private sector, will be considered an advantage.

Linguistic Profile: Fluency in written and oral English is essential.

Rated Requirements
Candidates must also meet the Rated Requirements shown below, which will be assessed through any of the following: written test, oral communication, interview and reference checks.

• Initiative to work within a broad team and independently depending on project demands;
• Ability to identify and act decisively on commercial opportunities;
• Capability to communicate clearly and effectively, in oral and written English, and to modify messages appropriately based on audience;
• Ability to source, interpret and provide insight on varied and technical sources of data;
• Capacity to work under pressure, efficiently managing time and priorities;
• Distinguished professional and personal conduct, with a high level of discretion;
• Propensity to quickly learn and/or adapt new business tools, software and approaches;
• Aptitude and motivation to develop and establish positive relationships, exercising influence with contacts, clients, partners and colleagues with a strong focus on service excellence.
• Ability to use Microsoft Office applications, and experience with databases and web-based tools.

Asset Qualifications:
The High Commission has the right to further screen on asset qualifications and as such, preference may be given to candidates who have the following asset qualifications (which will also be assessed through any of the following: written test, oral communication, interview and reference checks). Candidates should also clearly demonstrate in their cover letter and CV if they meet these qualifications.

• Experience in working for the Government of Canada or Canadian Provincial Governments;
• Experience supervising the work of others;
• French language skills both reading and speaking;
• International work experience;
• Experience in business planning and budget management;
• Experience in advocacy;
• Higher degrees and other relevant formal vocational qualifications;
• Knowledge of key Ontario and UK sectors to take advantage of commercial opportunities;
• Understanding of market specifics in Ontario and the UK to provide tailored commercial advice and insight on local customs, cultural considerations and business practices.
• Local networks which can be leveraged for the benefit of Ontario’s commercial interests.

Organizational Needs:

Operational Requirements:
Some travel, overtime and weekend work may be necessary on occasion.

Condition(s) of Employment:
Hours of work will be 37.5 per week, worked Monday to Friday at time to be arranged by the supervisor. Any job offer is subject to receipt of satisfactory employment and character references and the ability to obtain and maintain an Enhanced Reliability security screening (including a criminal record check).
Copies of educational qualifications will be required at the interview stage of the process. Successful candidate must have a valid passport and the required documentation allowing the right to work in the UK. Documentation will be required.

Area of selection:
United Kingdom

Important Notes:
This position is open to candidates currently resident in the UK, who hold current documentation allowing them to work in the UK without restriction, who meet all of the essential requirements stated and whose applications are received by the closing date. Those candidates holding documentation/visas not renewable in the UK such as the Youth Mobility Visa will not be eligible to apply for this position.

The High Commission of Canada does not reimburse any travel costs to and from interview nor does it reimburse any relocation costs. The High Commission of Canada does not sponsor work permit applications on behalf of candidates.

The High Commission of Canada is committed to building a diverse workforce.

The High Commission of Canada is committed to conducting inclusive, barrier-free selection processes.

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