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Job Title:
International Business Development Officer

795,176NOK per annum

Vacancy type:

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



Oslo, Norway

Closing date for applications:
19-02-2020 at 23:59 UTC+1 / GMT+1

Summary of position:
As an International Business Development Officer, you will be responsible for promoting trade and investment, and facilitating S&T and innovation partnerships across a variety of sectors. Key responsibilities include:
• Development of current knowledge of the commercial, economic and political context of the Norwegian market
• Respond to requests for information and intelligence from clients, and/or provide strategic advice to clients on navigating the Norwegian market
• Identify and develop business opportunities for Canadian clients
• Relationship and network building with Canadian clients and key Norwegian contacts
• Analyze business or market access issues encountered by clients, and advise of creative strategies for resolving them
• Contribute to the development of annual business plans, goals and objectives, and policies for the international business development program at the Embassy
• Event planning and management

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 or equivalent from a recognized college or university in a discipline related to the job requirements (e.g. commerce, marketing, business administration, international trade or a related discipline including engineering and science)

• Fluency in English, both written and spoken.
• An excellent knowledge of Norwegian.

• Experience developing and managing networks with clients, partners and/or stakeholders.
• Minimum of 3 years recent* relevant work experience, in the private sector or in government relevant to the position.
• Experience providing high quality services to internal and/or external clients

*Recent Experience is referred to as within the last 7 years.

Rated qualifications

Candidates will be evaluated, and must demonstrate through the selection process, that they meet the following competencies and personal suitability traits:

• Ability to network and build alliances
• Ability to communicate effectively
• Ability to analyze and evaluate information
• Ability to prioritize
• Ability in preparing and delivering concise and effective presentations in English and/or Norwegian

• Demonstrated knowledge of the Norwegian political-economic environment and Norwegian business practices

Personal Suitability:
• Client focus
• Self-driven and independent
• Collaborative and thrives in a team environment
• Strategic and strong judgement

Asset Qualifications:
Preference may be given to candidates who have the following asset qualifications:
• Experience in a Norwegian organization in the following sectors: oil & gas, cleantech, ICT, Aquaculture, Defence, Life Sciences and/or other sectors
• Master’s level degree from a recognized college or university
• Knowledge of French, written and/or spoken
• Knowledge of Canada and the Canadian politico-economic environment, as well as Canadian business practices
• Experience managing the organization of events, such as seminars and/or participation in trade shows
• Experience in international sales and/or marketing
• Experience managing projects

Organizational Needs:

Operational Requirements:
• Willingness and ability to travel within Norway and abroad.
• Willingness and ability to occasionally work outside regular working hours and/or weekends when required.
Hours of Work: 37.5 hours per week, 5 days a week

Condition(s) of Employment:
• Able to obtain and retain a Government of Canada Reliability Status Clearance (ERC). Please note that ERC must be maintained throughout your employment at the Embassy, as failure to do so may result in dismissal.
• Must have a valid authorization to work and reside in Norway.

Area of selection:
Open to internal and external applicants who are legal residents or citizens of Norway, who meet all of the essential requirements stated below, and whose applications are received by the closing date. Please note that the Embassy of Canada to Norway does not sponsor work authorizations directly or indirectly. The Government of Canada is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from diverse sections of the community. Candidates will be considered based on merit. Our organization offers an inclusive workplace where respect, teamwork, and collaboration are part of our culture. Canada’s missions abroad are committed to promoting and supporting an environment free from harassment and discrimination, as well as encouraging and supporting employees to learn and develop their skills and competencies.

Important Notes:
How to apply:
• 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.

Important Notes:
• Please do not use a tablet or cell phone to submit your application, as mobile browsers are not supported by our on-line portal. Candidates should only apply using a laptop or desktop computer.
• 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 candidates to ensure accurate contact information is provided and updated as required.
• Candidates who apply to this vacancy should include an email address that accepts email from unknown users and regularly check their email, including spam folder.
• Reference checks will be sought for candidates that reach interview stage and may form part of the selection process.
• The Embassy of Canada in Oslo, Norway does not reimburse any travel costs to and from interviews/exams nor does it reimburse any relocation costs.
• Candidates requiring any special assistance in attending exams or interviews are requested to inform us.
• The results of this recruitment process may also be used to establish an eligibility list of qualified candidates for similar openings at the Embassy of Canada in Oslo, Norway which might arise in the 12 months following the completion of this recruitment process.

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