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Job Title:
International Business Development Officer

€82,541 Euros gross per annum plus benefits

Vacancy type:

Term Details:
This position is a LES (Locally Engaged Staff) position, subject to the Terms and Conditions of Employment for LES in Ireland.



7/8 Wilton Terrace, Dublin 2

Closing date for applications:
28-06-2019 at 23:59 UTC+1 / GMT+1

Summary of position:
Working in the Commercial section of the Embassy of Canada to the Republic of Ireland, under the general direction of the Senior Trade Commissioner, the incumbent is responsible for providing integrated International Business Development (IBD), Investment and Innovation support to Canadian companies in Ireland.
The Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) in Ireland provides practical information and advice on the local market and on-the-ground intelligence to help Canadian companies make better, more timely and cost-effective decisions in order to achieve their international business goals. The TCS achieves this by gaining access to international networks, and by identifying partners and resources to enhance the ability of Canadian clients to compete, innovate and secure new business opportunities in Ireland.
The core objective will be the delivery of international business programs, which include, but are not limited to:
• Developing local market knowledge and intelligence, and innovative market access approaches for Canadian companies in Ireland;
• In-depth research, analysis, and reporting on market and industry trends in Ireland relevant to Canadian commercial interests,
• Identifying business leads and opportunities, and providing strategic advice for Canadian exporters of goods, services, and technologies in Ireland;
• Developing and maintaining relationships with local contacts, Canadian clients, and Canadian government and industry stakeholders;
• Contributing to and participating in the commercial team’s business planning cycle, project planning, and management of IBD initiatives;
• Managing budgets, tracking and reporting on results, planning and delivering targeted outcomes in assigned sectors; and
• Supporting the visits of Canadian Ministers, senior-level government officials, and industry associations in Ireland, and other duties as required.
The candidate is a self-starter with demonstrated experience in international business development; is comfortable working independently and in a team environment, and engaging with businesses, clients, partners and other stakeholders on a regular basis.

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.

• Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university.

Linguistic Profile
• Professional written and oral communication in English

• Minimum five (5) years of recent professional experience working in business development and/or, program delivery in the private or public sector.
*5 years recent experience defined as within the last 8 years.
• Experience in managing and building sophisticated face-to-face relationships;
• Experience in providing excellent client service support to international business customers/clients;
• Experience in researching and conducting industry/market analysis to provide strategic advice, written and oral briefings and reports to clients, partners, and colleagues; and
• Experience in project management (including strategic planning, implementation, tracking/reporting/evaluating results and budget management).

Rated Requirements
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 Government of Canada’s priorities related to business development, investment and export promotion; and
• Knowledge of international business trends and challenges faced by businesses in Ireland.

• Ability to manage multiple priorities with tight deadlines in a fast-paced and high-pressure environment;
• Ability to provide high-quality, customized client service;
• Ability to convey ideas and information adapted to the target audience, orally and in writing, including presentations to diverse audiences (business and senior government stakeholders) with the aim to inform or influence decision-making;
• Ability to creatively and proactively seek out and summarize relevant market information and intelligence;
• Ability to take initiative, manage priorities and make time-critical decisions to achieve desired outcomes;
• Ability to proactively develop a network of contacts and relationships to gather information and promote Canadian interests;
• Ability to work collaboratively with others to reach organizational goals;
• Ability to use technology (e.g. Microsoft Office, a client relationship management platform, etc) and social media (e.g. Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc) for information management, tracking and reporting, presentation of data, promotion of initiatives and market research.

Asset Qualifications:
Preference may be given to candidates who have the following asset qualifications. Candidates must also clearly demonstrate how they meet these factors in their cover letter.
• The ability to communicate effectively in French both orally and in writing;
• A strong network within the Irish business community and/or public sector in Ireland;
• Experience working in the commercial section of an Embassy, Consulate, or government Trade Office;
• Experience in facilitating visits of high level government officials and business delegations, and familiarity with event organization and protocol;
• Experience supporting and/or working with technology-based companies;
• Experience delivering programming/services to small or medium businesses;
• A Bachelor’s degree or higher in an international business/commerce-related field

Organizational Needs:

Operational Requirements:
• Hours of Work: 37.5 hours per week (worked Monday to Friday, at time to be arranged by the supervisor)
• Must be able to work overtime on short notice on occasion;
• Must be available for occasional duties outside normal working hours (i.e., evenings and weekends);
• Ability to travel within Ireland or internationally when required;
• Must be able to support other sections of the Embassy as required

Condition(s) of Employment:
• Any job offer is subject to receipt of satisfactory employment and character references and the ability to obtain and maintain an Enhanced Reliability security screening (including a criminal record check).
• Copies of educational qualifications will be required at the interview stage of the process. Successful candidate must have a valid passport and the required documentation allowing the right to work in Ireland. Documentation will be required.

Area of selection:
This position is open to individuals who are eligible to work in Dublin, Ireland, who meet all of the essential requirements stated below, and whose applications are received by the closing date. Open to Internal and External candidates. Please note that the Embassy of Canada to Ireland does not sponsor work authorizations directly or indirectly. 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 factor.

Important Notes:
• Candidates are required to upload a cover letter and CV in English or French. Applications which do not include the requested documents or information in the CV or cover letter will be rejected. Any additional information must be included as part of these two attachments.
• Candidates who are unable to submit their application due to technical difficulties must report these to: prior to the closing date. Failure to so will result in the application being rejected.

• 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
• 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.
• Please note that some email systems may block emails from unknown users. Candidates should include an email address that accepts email from unknown users and regularly check their email, including junk mail.
• Reference checks will be sought for candidates that reach interview stage and may form part of the selection process.
• The Embassy of Canada in Dublin 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 may also be used to establish an eligibility list of staff for similar openings at the Embassy of Canada in Dublin, which might arise in the 12 months following the completion of this competition.

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