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Job Title:
International Business Development Trade Officer / Trade Commissioner

Starting salary 185,919 SAR, plus a 13th month bonus

Vacancy type:

Term Details:
(Anticipatory - a pool of qualified candidates will be created for indeterminate hiring)



Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Closing date for applications:
30-07-2017 At midnight UTC+1 / GMT+1

Summary of position:
Reporting to the Senior Trade Commissioner, with responsibility for several priority and reactive trade sectors (including but not limited to Life Sciences/Healthcare, Infrastructure, ICT, Tourism, Investment) contributes to the delivery of Canada’s International Business Development program at the Embassy of Canada to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kingdom of Bahrain, Sultanate of Oman, and Yemen. The officer:

• Provides ongoing market intelligence and business leads to Canadian clients in selected priority sectors to promote and increase trade and investment with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kingdom of Bahrain, Sultanate of Oman, and Yemen;
• Conducts research and analysis and formulates strategic advice for senior management and clients to enhance Canadian competitiveness in the local market and to provide quality and efficient service to clients;
• Develops and maintains a network of key local business and government contacts;
• Initiates, organizes and manages promotional events and activities in support of Canadian clients.

Essential qualifications:
Successful completion of a university degree from a recognized university in a relevant field, for example, Business Administration, Economics, International Business, Marketing, Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Social Sciences, Life Sciences.
• Fluency in English (oral and written)
• Ability to speak beginner level Arabic

• Minimum of 5 years of recent* experience in a manager level position in International Business Development in any one of the following sectors: Infrastructure, Education, Life Sciences/Healthcare, Extractive Industries, Food and Agriculture, Finance and Investment etc., while working in a corporate environment located in the MENA region;
• Minimum of 5 years of recent* experience in establishing business network relationships, drafting business development initiatives, and writing business development reports, while working in a corporate environment located in the MENA region.
*Recent is defined as within the last 8 years.

• Of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kingdom of Bahrain, Sultanate of Oman business, markets, trade trends and opportunities and local business practices, particularly with regard to the Infrastructure, Education, Life Sciences/Healthcare, Extractive Industries sectors;
• Of the structure and operation of the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kingdom of Bahrain, Sultanate of Oman, including the functions and responsibilities of key government departments and agencies, the relationship between departments and policies on trade issues and investment issues;
• Of International Business Development practices including excellence in client service delivery, market research and competitive intelligence gathering
• Proficient in the use of office technology, including Microsoft Office applications, trade and marketing e-tools;
• Organize, plan and execute events, handle logistical arrangements, hospitality and obtain sourcing quotes;
• Business networking;
• Strong communication skills including use of media and social media;
• Superior interpersonal skills with the ability to interact effectively with people from diverse cultures;
• Resourceful and possesses excellent judgement;
• Client focused, able to work with high profile clients and contacts

Asset Qualifications:
Preference may be given to candidates who have the following asset qualifications:
• Established networks/relationships in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kingdom of Bahrain, Sultanate of Oman;
• Previous experience working for a developed country Embassy as business development officer, in either the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kingdom of Bahrain, or Sultanate of Oman;
• Knowledge of Canadian business capabilities and sectoral strengths
• Master’s qualification in a relevant field
If candidates meet the factors listed in the asset qualifications they must also clearly demonstrate how they meet these factors in their covering letter.

Organizational Needs:

Operational Requirements:
• Capacity to travel at short notice throughout the GCC region, Canada, and internationally including for events and training courses and to meet clients and stakeholders;
• Willingness to assist with other Embassy initiatives as and when needed for example for official visits;
• Willingness to work additional hours as required, including evenings and weekends;

Condition(s) of Employment:
• Valid passport and Saudi residency permit (Iqama)
• Must be a legal resident of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and eligible to work therein
• Iqama transfer
• Successful completion of a 1 year probation period;
• Able to obtain and retain an enhanced reliability security clearance;

How to apply:
• Please follow the link and complete the online application form. Candidates are also required to upload a CV and a covering letter. Applications which do not include all of the requested documents or information will be rejected.
• Candidates must demonstrate concisely in their cover letter how they meet the essential and asset qualifications.

Area of selection:
This position is open to external applicants, and to all employees occupying an indeterminate or term position in the Canadian missions in the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region, who meet all the essential qualifications, whose applications are received by the closing date. The Canadian Government 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.

Important Notes:
• Candidates are entitled to participate in the appointment process in the official language of their choice. They are asked to indicate their preferred official language in their application (English or French).
• Communication for this process will be sent via email. It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure accurate contact information is provided and updated as 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).
• Candidates selected at the screening stage will be invited for further assessment. 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.
• Reference checks will be sought for candidates that reach interview stage and may form part of the selection process.
• The Embassy of Canada to the the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia does not reimburse any travel costs to and from interviews/exams nor does it reimburse any relocation costs.
• If candidates need any special assistance in terms of attending exams or interviews then please let us know during the application process.
• The results of this competition will be used to establish a qualified pool of candidates to fill similar positions in the trade program of the Embassy of Canada in Riyadh, which might arise in the next 24 months following the completion of this competition.
• If you have any questions at any stage of the process please send an email to

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