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Job Title:
Senior Commercial Officer, Alberta Guangzhou Office

Starting Annual Gross Salary: RMB 319,109 (before tax and employee social insurance contributions; 13th month bonus and employer social insurance contributions are paid on top of the gross salary; salary is non-negotiable)

Vacancy type:




Closing date for applications:
19-08-2018 At midnight UTC+1 / GMT+1

Summary of position:
The Senior Commercial Officer will contribute to advancing Alberta’s global commerce interests under the direction of the Managing Director of the Alberta Beijing Office, as part of the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of ALBERTA, carrying out his/her responsibilities under the auspices of the Canadian Consul General in Guangzhou as a full member of the Mission. Responsibilities include developing and sharing knowledge of the market place; providing service, advice and information to clients; building relationships with clients and local contacts; doing troubleshooting; planning and executing events as well as planning and managing budgets.

The Senior Commercial Officer collaborates with mission staff, other regional Alberta International Offices, Alberta international marketing and industry development groups to design and deliver programs to exploit local trade and investment opportunities for Alberta; researches and prepares both general and specific market studies and statistical reports relating to Alberta Trade and Investment activities in the region; provides strategic advice and assists in the implementation of trade and investment promotion programs including logistical arrangements for incoming visits and other events; advises Alberta businesses, local business and Government officials; facilitates the general operations of the Alberta Guangzhou Office in coordination with mission staff, other Alberta International Offices and Government of Alberta Officials.

Essential qualifications:
• Degree from a recognized university, OR an acceptable equivalent through the combination of education and work experience.

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

• At least 5 years of experience in international commerce
• At least 3 years of experience in managing a team of marketing and administrative personnel
• Experience in dealing with the general public and customer/client service
• Experience in working and liaising with Chinese government agencies and Chinese companies
• Experience in budgeting financial forecast and managing expenses for a small office

• Extensive knowledge of international business (exporting, investment, marketing, technology transfer, etc.)
• Knowledge of industry sectors in the Province of Alberta
• Knowledge of industry sectors in the Southern China region

• Ability to write effective business correspondence in English and Chinese
• Ability to provide strategic advice and make recommendations
• Ability to perform translation and interpretation from Chinese to English and vice versa

Personal suitability:
• Client Focus – Uses a long-term perspective
• Effective Interactive Communication – Communicates for maximum results
• Effectiveness/Achievement Orientation – Takes calculated entrepreneurial risks
• Initiative – Implements longer-term strategic solutions
• Judgment – Applies advanced analytical strategies and exemplary judgment to complex issues
• Networking/Alliance Building – Builds a network of contacts

Asset Qualifications:
• Proficiency in French (reading, writing, listening and speaking) or Cantonese

• Experience in working with visiting business and/or government delegation

• Knowledge of relevant topics such as Canadian and Chinese trade and investment business environment and practices; major areas and/or sectors of international trade, and/or Chinese government and industry structures, major economic and political issues

Organizational Needs:

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

Condition(s) of Employment:
• Ability to obtain and maintain a valid working authorization in China. Per Chinese regulations, the Embassy / Consulates can only facilitate working visas for Canadian citizens
• Ability to obtain and maintain a valid “Reliability Status” security clearance

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 interviews in Guangzhou at own expense. The successful candidate will be required to relocate to Guangzhou at own expense.

Important Notes:
Please be advised that applications through email will NOT be considered, you must apply using the online application.

We are seeking high quality written applications to establish a shortlist for further testing. Your application must include an Application Letter and Curriculum Vitae in English or French.

Your Application Letter should indicate why you meet the mandatory requirements as listed under: the Area of Selection; Education; Language and Experience.

Please be advised that incomplete applications will not be considered.

The results of this competition may also be used to create an eligibility list to staff similar openings of either indeterminate or term duration which may arise at the Consulate General.

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

If you have any questions, please send email to

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