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Job Title:
Commercial Officer – British Columbia (Anticipatory)

JPY 7,233,749-11,936,887 per annum. The starting salary will be the lowest amount of the salary range.

Vacancy type:

Term Details:
This is an anticipatory hiring process with a starting date on April 2022. 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:
04-01-2022 at 23:59 UTC/GMT

Summary of position:
The Province of British Columbia co-located in the Embassy of Canada to Japan is seeking one dedicated and dynamic individual to work as Commercial Officer. The Commercial Officer works primarily with British Columbian and Japanese companies to support British Columbia origin exports to Japan.
• Reporting to the Program Manager for the Province of British Columbia, the Commercial Officer-British Columbia is based in the Embassy of Canada in Tokyo. The position is required to help develop and implement strategies to increase trade and investment activity between British Columbia and Japan.
• The Commercial Officer is assigned business sectors and provides business services and advice to companies from British Columbia which are active in those sectors. The Commercial Officer also refers business opportunities in Japan to British Columbia clients.
• The Commercial Officer maintains a network of local business contacts, develops business plans for assigned sectors, and uses digital media and tools to promote British Columbia in the Japanese business community. The Commercial Officer plans and delivers events or other activities that promote British Columbia’s trade and investment priorities, (for example, organizing delegations of British Columbia companies to Japanese tradeshows and business matchmaking), manages budgets, and meets performance targets and outcomes.
• The Commercial Officer also acquires knowledge about the commercial and economic characteristics of the Japan market in their assigned sectors, which includes knowledge of: activities and interests of Japanese companies; products, services and technology; business trends; regulations and government priorities; business processes and procedures; and import patterns.

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.

• Higher education degree (minimum Bachelor’s degree) from an accredited college or university

• High proficiency in English, both written and spoken.
• High proficiency in Japanese, both written and spoken.

• A minimum of three years’ experience in the following:
- Experience in international business development or Foreign direct investment attraction;
- Experience managing client and stakeholder relationships and in providing business 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.
- Experience working with foreign companies
- Experience working as part of a team and contributing to team objectives and outcomes.

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 factors that influence international business success;
• Knowledge of the import/export trends and requirements between Canada and Japan.
• Experience in developing, planning and coordinating international trade events and business missions.
• Demonstrated knowledge of key economic sectors, businesses, opportunities, government, and ministries in Japan.

• Communicate effectively in English and Japanese, both orally and in writing.
• 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.
• Ability to utilize digital and social media tools for business marketing and communications
• Critical thinking, conduct research, analyze information and provide strategic advice.
• Ability to manage multiple priorities with tight deadlines.

• Effective interpersonal skills;
• Sound judgement;
• Initiative and achievement-orientation;
• Teamwork; and
• 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.

• A minimum of five years’ experience in international business development and/or foreign direct investment attraction.
• Knowledge of British Columbia’s key economic sectors, businesses, geographic regions, economic strengths, and interests in Japan.

Organizational Needs:
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Operational Requirements:
• Must be willing to travel within Japan and internationally; and
• Must be available for occasional duties outside normal working hours (i.e. evenings and weekends).
• Working hours are 37.5 hours per week, Monday to Friday, with a one-hour lunch break each day.

Condition(s) of Employment:
The successful candidate must:
• The hiring or appointment of the successful candidate will be subject to obtaining Reliability Status (RS) through the Common Service section of the Embassy. 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.
• All new hires on or after the effective date of October 6, 2021 are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment and to attest that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to their starting date unless accommodation measures are granted.

Area of selection:
This external selection process is open to all applicants eligible to legally work in Japan who meet all of the essential qualifications and whose applications are received by the closing date, including Embassy employees and spouses of Canada-based staff. The applicant must be in Japan at the time of application and interview. 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, 04 January 2022, Tokyo time.
• Only applications received through the aforementioned website before the closing date will be accepted.
• Applicants must indicate their work authorization in Japan for the duration of employment (i.e. Japanese nationality, long-term/permanent residency, or their spouse/dependent). Applicants without the required and appropriate work authorization will be eliminated.
• Applicants should send a résumé and cover letter (at least 300 words and no more than 1,000 words), in English 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. Candidates who apply to this vacancy should include an email address that accepts email from unknown users and regularly check their email, including spam folder.
• 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.
• 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 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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