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Job Title:
Assistant Trade Commissioner

Starting Monthly Salary: Approx. 8,495 RMB (before tax and employee social insurance contributions; Employer share of social insurance contributions and 13th month bonus are paid by the employer on top of the gross salary; Salary is non-negotiable).

Vacancy type:




Closing date for applications:
19-09-2018 At midnight UTC+1 / GMT+1

Summary of position:
The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service is a world-wide network of professionals dedicated to advancing Canada's global commerce. These professionals work with government and business to identify opportunities as well as obstacles to trade so that they can act on them to allow trade to happen.
As a member of the Trade Commissioner Service, the Assistant Trade Commissioner will contribute to advancing Canada’s global commerce by, among others, developing and sharing knowledge of the marketplace; providing service, advice and information to clients; building relationships with clients and local contacts; doing troubleshooting as well as planning and executing events. Reporting to one or more Trade Commissioners, the Assistant Trade Commissioner also provides support to the Commercial Program.

Essential qualifications:
• Minimum Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university

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

Minimum one year’s experience in recent three years in each of the following areas:

• Experience in international commerce
• Experience in providing client service and office management
• Experience in working in a team environment

• Knowledge of international business (exporting, importing, investment, technology transfer, etc.)

• Ability to write effective business correspondence in English and Chinese
• Ability to research, interpret sources of information and synthesize data to respond to requests for information from clients
• Ability to perform translation and interpretation from Chinese to English and vice versa

Personal suitability:
• Client focus – Takes personal responsibility for correcting client problems
• Effective Interactive Communication – Checks understanding and clarity
• Effectiveness / Achievement Orientation – Finds innovative ways to improve performance
• Initiative – Takes action under pressure
• Judgment – Applies sound judgment when analyzing problems or situations
• Networking/Alliance Building – Identifies/approaches key stakeholder contacts

Asset Qualifications:
Preferred standing may be given to those candidates who also meet the following:

• Proficiency in French (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and/or Cantonese (listening/speaking)
• Experience working and liaising with Chinese government agencies and companies
• Experience in working with visiting business and/or government delegation
• Experience in budget management, using accounting systems and Excel spread sheets
• 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:
Conditions 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.

Operational Requirement:

• Ability and willingness to work overtime on short notice as required;
• Able to travel domestically and internationally as required

Operational Requirements:

Condition(s) of Employment:

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.

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 on the following aspects:
• Area of Selection
• Education
• Language
Your Application Letter should also discuss your qualifications on:
• Experience in international commerce
• Experience in providing client service and office management
• Experience in working in a team environment
Please be advised that incomplete applications will not be considered.
We thank all applicants for their interest, but only those invited to further assessment will be contacted. 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

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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