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Job Title:
Trade Commissioner

SEK 556,464 per annum, plus benefits

Vacancy type:



Embassy of Canada to Sweden in Stockholm, Sweden

Closing date for applications:
16-09-2018 At midnight UTC+1 / GMT+1

Summary of position:
The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) is a world-wide network of professionals in international business development (IBD) who are committed to advancing Canadian commercial and economic interests abroad.
Working in the International Business Development team of the Embassy of Canada to Sweden in Stockholm, Sweden, under the general direction of the Senior Trade Commissioner, the incumbent is a Trade Commissioner (TC) contributing to the delivery of the Commercial Program at the Embassy of Canada to Sweden. The TC acts in accordance with Government of Canada policies for international trade, investment, and science, technology and innovation, with the objective of helping Canadian clients make better business decisions abroad.
Major responsibilities of the TC include providing high quality service to Canadian clients, developing and maintaining a solid network of contacts in Sweden, preparing and disseminating market information to Canadian clients, initiating, organizing and managing promotional activities, as well as other international business development activities. The TC’s main focus is identifying and qualifying business opportunities for Canadian companies, and guiding them in the local market.
The TC will be responsible for the proactive establishment and expansion of networks in Sweden for the Information, Communication and Telecommunication (ICT) sector (including cybersecurity, Fintech and gaming), and may also have responsibilities for certain other secondary sectors.

Essential qualifications:
Candidates will initially be screened against the Essential Qualifications relating to education, experience and language. Candidates must demonstrate clearly in their application (cover letter and CV) how they meet each of these essential qualifications.

Bachelor’s or equivalent degree from a recognized university in a field related to the position, including but not limited to: commerce, finance, and economics.

Language requirement:
• Fluency in Swedish (written and spoken).
• Fluency in English (written and spoken).

• A minimum of three years of recent* and direct experience in business development, and/or foreign direct investment attraction.
• Experience in managing client and stakeholder relationships and in providing client service support to customers/clients;
• Experience in project management; and,
• Experience in providing strategic advice, briefings, presentations, and written reports to management and/or clients on international business issues.
* Recent is defined as within the past five years.

Only candidates who meet the essential education and experience requirements will be contacted for further assessment. Knowledge, abilities, and personal suitability will be assessed in the written test and interview for selected candidates.
• Knowledge of international business development practices, including excellence in client service delivery, international trade research, legal aspects of international trade, global supply chain management, competitive intelligence gathering, and general project management principles.
• Knowledge of Swedish capabilities and global industry trends and developments in Information, Communication and Telecommunication
• Knowledge of Swedish government policies and programs, including trade, investment and innovation policies, programs and institutions, including local political and economic environment, business climate, government structure.

• Communicate effectively in English and Swedish, both orally and in writing;
• Secure, prepare for, conduct, and provide follow-up to an international business development outcall;
• Build and sustain a network of contacts;
• Analyze information and provide strategic advice;
• Manage multiple priorities with tight deadlines;
• Use social media tools for promotion and/or to generate new business;
• Use of technology tools and databases, including but not limited to: Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Client Relation Management software;
• Effective interpersonal skills;
• Sound judgement;
• Initiative;
• Achievement-orientation;
• Teamwork;
• 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 the cover letter and CV.
• Knowledge of Canadian and Swedish capabilities and trends in the ICT sector;
• The ability to communicate effectively in French, both orally and in writing. (The minimum level accepted under the Common European Framework for Reference for Languages in B1.);
• Graduate degree from a recognized university (Master’s degree or Ph.D.) in a field related to the position, including but not limited to: commerce, finance, and economics;
• FITT Certified International Trade Professional (CITP ®) / (FITT International Business Professional (FIBP);

Organizational Needs:

Operational Requirements:
• Must be willing and able to travel within Sweden and Europe, and to Canada;
• Must be able to work planned overtime and overtime on short notice on occasion;
• Must be available for occasional duties outside normal working hours (i.e., evenings and weekends).
Hours of work: Monday to Friday 7.5 hours per day (37.5 hours per week).

Condition(s) of Employment:
• Ability to obtain and maintain Government of Canada Reliability Status.
• Must hold and maintain a valid driver’s license.
• Must be admissible for travel to Canada and within Europe.

Area of selection:
This competition is open to individuals who are eligible to reside and work in Sweden, who meet all of the essential requirements stated below, and whose applications are received by the closing date. The Embassy of Canada to Sweden is committed to conducting inclusive, barrier-free selection processes. The Government of Canada 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. This selection process may be used to create an eligibility list of qualified candidates for this and other similar positions at the same level, with various tenures, including indeterminate or term at the Embassy of Canada to Sweden in Stockholm.

Important Notes:
How to apply:
• Please follow the LINK and complete the online application form before the closing date. Candidates are also required to upload a CV and a covering letter in English or French. 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.

• Only applications submitted in one of the official languages of Canada will be accepted (English or French). Candidates are entitled to participate in the recruitment process in the official language of their choice and to indicate their preferred official language in their application.
• If candidates require any special assistance related to attending exams or interviews, the candidates should advise in their application (resume and cover letter).
• Reference checks will be sought for candidates that reach interview stage and may form part of the selection process.
• Please note that the Embassy of Canada to Sweden does not sponsor work permits directly or indirectly.
• The Embassy of Canada to Sweden does not reimburse any travel costs to and from interviews and/or exams, nor does it reimburse any relocation costs.
• 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).
• If candidates have any questions related to this appointment process, they should send an email to

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