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Job Title:
Senior Investment Officer

94,859,887 KRW

Vacancy type:

Term Details:
This position is a LES (Locally Engaged Staff) anticipatory-staffing, subject to the Terms and Conditions of Employment for LES in the Embassy of Canada in Seoul, Republic of Korea


LE-O2 (new classification - former LE-09)

Embassy of Canada in Seoul, Republic of Korea

Closing date for applications:
18-04-2021 at 23:59 UTC+1 / GMT+1

Summary of position:
Working in the international business development team of the Embassy of Canada in the Republic of Korea under the general direction of the Senior Trade Commissioner, the incumbent is an investment officer acting as the focal point responsible for liaising with companies based in Korea to promote, attract and facilitate Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in to Canada. The incumbent is responsible for the promotion of Canada as an investment destination to Korean investors, as well as the facilitation of greenfield and expansion investments in Canada. As a crosscutting theme covering all sectors, the incumbent will have to work closely with all officers of the Trade Section in the Embassy, representatives of Canadian provincial offices in Seoul, colleagues in Global Affairs Canada headquarters, Invest in Canada, and other key stakeholders in Canada.

For more details, please refer to the Additional information section below.

Essential qualifications:
Candidates will initially be screened against the Essential Qualifications relating to education, experience and language. Candidates must clearly demonstrate in their cover letter and CV how they meet each of these essential qualifications.

• 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.

• Fluency in English and Korean, both written and spoken;

• A minimum of 8 years of employment experience of which at least 5 must be recent and direct experience in international business development or foreign direct investment attraction;
• Experience in managing client and stakeholder relationships and in providing client service support to customers/clients;
• Experience in project management;
• Experience in providing strategic advice, briefings, and written reports to management and/or clients on international business issues.

Rated Requirements:
The Rated Requirements relating to knowledge, abilities and competencies will also be assessed. Methods of assessment may include, but are not limited to, a written examination, an oral interview, role-play, practical tests, presentations and/or psychometric assessment.

• Knowledge of the role of governments in attracting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI);
• Knowledge of the factors that influence foreign direct investment, expansion and relocation decisions, and of Canada’s value proposition for foreign investors; and
• Knowledge of trends and recent developments in the Canadian and Korean economies.

Abilities / skills:
• Communicate effectively in English and Korean, both orally and in writing;
• Secure, prepare for, conduct, and provide follow-up to an investment outcall;
• Build and sustain a network of contacts;
• Analyze information and provide strategic advice;
• Manage multiple priorities with tight deadlines;

• Effective interpersonal skills;
• Sound judgement;
• Initiative;
• Achievement-orientation;
• Teamwork;
• Client-focus orientation.

Asset Qualifications:
Preference may be given to candidates who meet the Asset Qualifications. Where applicable, candidates must clearly demonstrate how they meet any asset qualifications in their cover letter and CV.
• Experience working in Canada in a business environment or with a Canadian business organization abroad
• Experience working in FDI for a government agency
• Ability to communicate effectively in French both orally and in writing

Organizational Needs:

Operational Requirements:
• Hours of work: Mondays-Friday: 08:30 to 17:00;
• Must be able to work overtime on short notice on occasion;
• Must be available for occasional duties outside normal working hours (i.e., evenings and weekends); and
• Must be willing to travel in Korea and/or outside Korea.

Condition(s) of Employment:
Conditions of Employment (must be met)

• Eligibility for a Government of Canada Reliability Status;
• Must be able to work in the Republic of Korea without restrictions or limitations; and
• Must be admissible for travel to Canada and within the Republic of Korea.

Area of selection:
This position is open to all applicants eligible to legally work in Korea, who meet the essential qualifications and conditions of employment, and whose applications are received by the closing date and time. The Government of Canada 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. Our organization offers an inclusive workplace where respect, teamwork, and collaboration are part of our culture. Canada’s missions abroad are committed to promoting and supporting an environment free from harassment and discrimination, as well as encouraging and supporting employees to learn and develop their skills and competencies.

Important Notes:
How to Apply:
• Applications must be submitted through this website by 23:59 on 18 April 2021, Seoul local standard time (GMT +9)
• Only applications received through the aforementioned website before the closing date will be accepted
• Applicants should send a résumé and covering letter in English or French which addresses each of the essential qualifications and any assets qualifications with specific and comprehensive information supporting each item.
• Communication for this process will be sent via email. It is the responsibility of the candidates to ensure accurate contact information is provided and updated as required.
• We thank all applicants for their interest, but we will only contact those who pass the initial screening.

Other Information:
• Please note that the Government of Canada does not reimburse any travel costs to and from interview nor does it reimburse any relocation costs.
• Please note that the Embassy of Canada does not directly or indirectly sponsor work permits.
• Participation in the process will be in person at the Embassy of Canada in Seoul. All social distancing and COVID-19 prevention measures will be set up to ensure the safety of the candidates. Participation may also be arranged virtually for candidates who are not currently in South Korea. Please indicate in your application if such a measure is 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.
• Applicants who fail to confirm their attendance at our written exam and/or interview will be considered withdrawn from the process.
• Applicants are entitled to participate in the appointment process in the official language of their choice. Applicants are asked to indicate their preferred official language (English or French) in their application.
• If candidates need any special assistance in terms of attending exams or interviews, then please let us know at during the application process.
• This competitive staffing process may be used to create an eligibility list of qualified candidates for this position and/or similar positions with various tenures, including indeterminate and term at the Embassy of Canada in Seoul which may arise in the 24 months following the completion of this recruitment process. If the selected candidate is already an active Locally-Engaged Staff (LES) employee, the eligibility list may also be used for assignments or acting appointments. When you submit your application, you must specify at least one type of employment tenure for which you are interested in being considered (e.g., indeterminate only) so that we may create applicable eligibility lists.

Additional information - Detailed duties of the position

Mandate Overview
The position of Senior Investment Officer (SIO) acts as the focal point responsible for liaising with Korean companies to facilitate Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Canada.

Primary Role
The SIO plans, develops and delivers business development strategies to attract investments from foreign companies and facilitate Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Canada. This includes developing strategies, relationships with key clients as required and providing expertise in the associated development of strategic, operational, annual business plans, goals, objectives and policies.

Advice & Recommendation
The SIO provides advice and recommendations on the planning, development and/or implementation of the Investment program. The SIO also provides advice, expertise and recommendations on Investment opportunities and strategies, business environment, research and innovation, policies and market intelligence as well as opportunities and challenges aligned with the government economic growth strategy.

Documents Produced and/or Services Offered
The SIO revises and develops policy and/or project related documents such as presentations, plans, briefing notes, notices, funding estimates, contracts, reports and communication materials, and provides substantive technical input into program planning and the development of documents related to the Investment program.

Research & Analysis
The SIO conducts or leads research and analysis, and scans the environment for intelligence and reports on changes, trends, local developments, emergent opportunities and sector priorities that could have an effect on Canadian interests. The SIO synthesizes information or data from variety of sources on international trade and financial and macro-economic issues to support FDI business activities.

Networking & Alliance Building
The SIO establishes and maintains a network of contacts and deepens relationships with local and foreign governments, local partners, municipal investment agencies as well as corporate investors headquartered in the territory and intermediaries who can refer FDI targets and leads. The SIO cultivates close and diligent working relationship with executives as well as with key local and multi-national companies, including those already present in Canada to identify further investment opportunities and stay abreast of local developments, changes, policies and programs that may have an impact on the Investment program.

Communications & Client Services
The SIO provides substantive input in communication that is required to advance Canadian interest and to have a detailed understanding of corporate leaders in their respective industry sectors, which may be appropriate targets for investment promotion. The SIO represents Canada’s interests and negotiates with foreign authorities on complex issues involving Canadian business to support integration of the investment program into mission activities beyond the trade section.

Committees & Working Groups
The SIO represents Canada’s interests and negotiates with local authorities on complex issues involving Canadian business to promote and/or to develop Investment agreements. The SIO ensures the coherence and consistency of projects/activities/initiatives with Department-wide policy and Government of Canada objectives and priorities.

Supervision/Management Responsibilities
The SIO may supervise one or more Officer(s) and conduct related performance management assessments.

Other Duties
The SIO may be required to translate documents and/or interpret for Canada-based Staff.

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