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Managing Director, Japan & Korea - British Columbia

JPY 11,822,943 to JPY 17,734,417 per annum. The starting salary will be the lowest amount of the salary range.

Vacancy type:

Term Details:
This position is a LES (Locally Engaged Staff) position, subject to the Terms and Conditions of Employment for LES in Japan.



Embassy of Canada in Tokyo, Japan

Closing date for applications:
14-06-2021 at 23:59 UTC+1 / GMT+1

Summary of position:
The Managing Director is a locally-engaged employee of the Government of Canada representing the Province of British Columbia in Japan and Korea. The position serves as British Columbia’s most senior representative for Japan and Korea and is required to lead a team of trade and investment managers to plan, develop and deliver the Province of British Columbia’s annual program of trade promotion and investment attraction activities.
The Managing Director leads the development and implementation of British Columbia’s strategy for trade and investment in Japan and Korea. This involves developing strategic initiatives that advance and protect BC’s commercial interests including but not limited to inbound and outbound executive visits, tradeshow and event organization and participation, promotional campaigns and related activities.
The Managing Director is the key liaison for British Columbia with Global Affairs Canada and senior-level contacts in industry, multi-national corporations, governments, bi-lateral business Chambers and academia in Japan and Korea.
As a trusted advisor, the Managing Director provides policy advice to the Minister (Commercial), Ambassadors, Consuls General, and BC Senior Officials on advancing BC’s economic interests in Japan and Korea. They ensure the British Columbia trade and investment program meets business needs; provides added value to British Columbian exporters by providing market intelligence and solutions to enable a sustainable presence of British Columbian business in Japan and Korea. They also provide targeted advice to British Columbia businesses to enhance their competitiveness in the market.

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 how they meet each of these essential qualifications.

• Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized college or university.

• Proficiency in English (reading, writing, listening and speaking)
• Proficiency in Japanese (reading, writing, listening and speaking)

• A minimum of ten years’ experience of which at least eight years in the last ten years must be recent in each of the following:

 Experience in international business development, strategic planning, trade promotion and/or foreign direct investment attraction.
 Experience developing and managing client and stakeholder relationships and in providing business service support to small and large customers and clients.
 Experience in project management.
 Experience in providing strategic advice, briefings, and written reports to executive leadership/management and/or clients on international business issues.

• Five years’ experience in a leadership role managing a team, obtained in the last eight years

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.

• Solid knowledge of the British Columbia’s export and investment opportunities.
• Demonstrated knowledge of British Columbia’s key economic sectors, businesses, geographic regions, economic strengths and interests.
• Demonstrated knowledge of key economic sectors, businesses, and opportunities in Japan and Korea.
• Knowledge of the factors that influence investment, expansion, retention, relocation and aftercare decisions, and of British Columbia’s value proposition for investors.

• Team supervision, including setting and monitoring performance objectives and providing daily oversight.
• Significant experience in developing, planning and coordinating international trade events and business missions involving senior-level officials and decision-makers.
• Effective communication skills (both written and verbal), and strong presentation skills with experience in public speaking.
• Ability to engage with senior executives and interact effectively in senior level business meetings and events.
• Ability to lead the development and implementation of annual and multi-year strategic plans, and to understand corporate decision-making cycles.
• Ability to establish and maintain a network of relationships with key influencers and investors in industry, government and related organizations and associations in Japan and Korea.

• Client Focus
• Effectiveness/Achievement Orientation
• Resilience and Adaptability
• Judgement
• Teamwork and Cooperation
• Professional and Personal Integrity

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.
• Master’s Degree from a recognized university.
• Proficiency in Korean (reading, writing, listening and speaking).

Organizational Needs:

Operational Requirements:
• Working hours are 37.5 hours per week, Monday to Friday, with a one-hour lunch break each day.
• Must be available for occasional overtime outside normal working hours (i.e., evenings and weekends)
• Ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationally as required.
• Ability to obtain and maintain a valid visa for international travel and/or travel to Canada.

Condition(s) of Employment:
The successful candidate must:
• The hiring or appointment of the successful candidate will be subject to obtaining Reliability Status (RS). Please note that RS must be maintained throughout your employment at the Embassy, as failure to do so may result in dismissal.
• Ability to maintain a valid working authorization in Japan for the duration of the employment term is a condition.
• Health assessment may be requested at the discretion of the Head of Mission

Area of selection:
This position is open to external applicants residing in Japan and employees occupying an indeterminate or term position in Government of Canada Missions based in Tokyo, Japan who meet all of the essential qualifications and whose applications are received by the closing date. Short-listed candidates should be able to participate in tests and/or interviews. The successful candidate will be required to relocate to Tokyo at their own expense. Please note that the Embassy of Canada in Japan does not sponsor work authorizations directly or indirectly. The Government of Canada is an equal opportunities employer. Candidates will be considered on merit regardless of ethnic origin, religious belief, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability or any other 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:
• Applications must be submitted through this website by 23:59, 14 June 2021, Tokyo Time.
• Only applications received through the aforementioned website before the closing date will be accepted.
• Application must include a curriculum vitae and application letter in English.
• Application Letter should specify, using concrete examples, how the applicant meets the education and experience requirements listed below. Where applicable candidates must clearly demonstrate how they meet any asset qualifications in their cover letter and CV.
• Incomplete applications will not be considered.
• 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.

• Employee is eligible for commuting assistance (up to JPY 18,300 per month.)
• Note: Canadian citizens may be subject to deductions for employment insurance, Canada Pension Plan, and Canadian Income Tax.
• Please note that the Government of Canada does not reimburse any travel costs to and from interview nor does it reimburse any relocation costs.
• Applicants who fail to confirm their attendance at our written exam and/or interview will be considered withdrawn from the process.
• 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 Japan which may arise in the 12 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.

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