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Job Title:
Beijing - Senior Trade and Investment Officer, British Columbia (Anticipatory)

Starting Annual Gross Salary: Approximately RMB 397,339 (before tax and employee social insurance contributions; employer social insurance contributions are paid on top of the gross salary; salary is non-negotiable)

Vacancy type:

Term Details:
** This anticipatory staffing process will be used to create an eligibility list of qualified candidates for this position and similar positions at the same level with various tenures, including indeterminate, term and emergency at the Embassy of Canada in Beijing, which might arise in the 12 months following the completion of this selection 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. **



Beijing *Please note we have job openings for the Senior Commercial Officer position in 3 locations, Beijing, Shanghai, and Chongqing. If you are interested in multiple locations, you will only need to submit one application and indicate your choice of locations clearly in your Application Letter.

Closing date for applications:
05-12-2021 at 23:59 UTC+1 / GMT+1

Summary of position:
The Province of British Columbia co-located in the Embassy of Canada in Beijing is seeking a dedicated and dynamic individual to work as a Senior Commercial Officer.

The Senior Commercial Officer – British Columbia is a locally-engaged employee of Global Affairs Canada providing services for the Province of British Columbia based in the Embassy of Canada of Canada in Beijing under the general direction of the Managing Director – British Columbia based at the Consulate General of Canada in Guangzhou. The position is required to contribute to the planning, development and delivery of the Province of British Columbia’s trade promotion and investment attraction activities.

The Senior Commercial Officer is responsible for facilitating British Columbia origin exports and, for liaising with local businesses and investors to attract foreign direct investment to British Columbia through the development of strategic relationships and the delivery of a targeted business development program.

Essential qualifications:
• Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized college/university. An equivalent combination of education/training and experience may be considered.

• High proficiency in English, both written and spoken;
• High proficiency in Mandarin, both written and spoken.

• Minimum five (5) years’ experience in each of the following:
o Experience in international business development, or Foreign direct investment attraction;
o Experience managing client and stakeholder relationships and in providing business service support to customers/ clients;
o Experience in project management;
o Experience in providing strategic advice, briefings, and written reports to management and/or clients on international business issues.
• A minimum of three (3) years’ recent experience in the following:
o Experience working with foreign companies;
o Experience working as part of a team and contributing to team objectives and outcomes.

• Demonstrated knowledge of key economic sectors, businesses, opportunities, central/provincial/municipal government, and ministries as well as the trade and regulatory environment in China
• Knowledge of the factors that influence investment, expansion and relocation and aftercare decisions for investors
• Knowledge of approaches and tactics to develop, promote and increase exports

• Effective communication skills (both written and verbal), strong presentation skills with experience in public speaking.
• Secure, prepare for, conduct, and provide follow-up to business development meetings with exporters and investors.
• Establish and sustain a network of relationships beneficial to businesses and citizens of British Columbia.
• Engage with senior executives and interact effectively in senior level business meetings and events.
• Critical thinking, conduct research, analyze information, and provide strategic advice.
• Manage multiple priorities with tight deadlines.
• Develop, plan and coordinate international trade events and business missions.

Personal suitability:
• Effective interpersonal skills –treats people in a respectful and sensitive manner and works effectively with individuals or groups
• Judgement – Applies advanced analytical strategies and judgement to complex issue
• Initiative – Implements longer-term strategic solutions
• Effectiveness/Achievement Orientation – Takes calculated entrepreneurial risks
• People/Team Leadership – Creates environment for team effectiveness
• Client focus – Uses a long-term perspective

Asset Qualifications:
• A minimum of eight years’ experience in international business development or in foreign direct investment attraction.

• Knowledge of British Columbia’s key economic sectors, businesses, geographic regions, economic strengths, and interests in China.

Organizational Needs:

Operational Requirements:
• Ability and willingness to work overtime on short notice as required
• Ability to travel domestically and internationally as required

Condition(s) of Employment:
• Ability to obtain and maintain a valid working authorization in China. The Embassy / Consulates can only facilitate working visas for Canadian citizens
• Ability to obtain and maintain a valid “Reliability Status” security clearance
• All new hires on or after the effective date of October 6, 2021 are required to be fully vaccinated* as a condition of employment and to attest that they are fully vaccinated prior to their starting date unless accommodation measures are granted.

*You are considered fully vaccinated 14 days after you meet one of the following requirements:
o Meet the definition of fully vaccinated in the country in which you currently reside or Canada
o Received three doses of any Health Canada authorized vaccines or non-Health Canada authorized vaccines
o Received one additional dose of an mRNA vaccine at least 28 days after a complete or incomplete series of a non-Health Canada authorized vaccine

Area of selection:
This position is open to external applicants residing in China and employees occupying an indeterminate or term position in China Missions 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 interview in Beijing at his/her own expense. The successful candidate will be required to relocate to Beijing at their own expense.

Important Notes:
Candidates must apply using our online application. Applications submitted by email will not be accepted.

We are seeking high quality written applications to establish a shortlist for further testing. Your application must include your (1) curriculum vitae (CV) and (2) cover letter (CL) in either English or French. Please indicate your full name in the file name: "[Your First Name and Last Name] - CV or CL". For example, for an application from Xiaoming Li, the file name should be: "Xiaoming Li - CV" and "Xiaoming Li - CL".

Your curriculum vitae and cover letter should address each of the essential qualifications and any assets qualifications with specific and comprehensive information supporting each item.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

We thank all applicants for their interest. Please ensure that you provide contact information (e-mail, phone, mobile, etc.) so that we can easily contact you.

If you have any questions, please send email to
Our organization offers an inclusive workplace where respect, teamwork, and collaboration are part of our culture.

The Government of Canada is committed to building a skilled, diverse workforce. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds irrespective of race, color, religion, gender, disability, age or sexual orientation.

The Government of Canada is also committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environments. If contacted in relation to a job opportunity or testing, you should advise us in a timely fashion of the accommodation measures which must be taken to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.

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