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Job Title:
Commercial Officer – Agri-Food

The starting salary for a full-time position is 53,960 Euros gross per annum

Vacancy type:

Term Details:
Full-time: 37.5 hours per week. This position is a LES (Locally Engaged Staff) position, subject to the Terms and Conditions of Employment for LES in Germany.




Closing date for applications:
04-05-2020 at 23:59 UTC+1 / GMT+1

Summary of position:
This position is part of the International Business Development team at the Canadian Consulate in Düsseldorf, Germany. Under the direction of the Senior Trade Commissioner, advises on and assists with the Mission’s trade program as it fits into the overall Germany strategy. Current priority sector assignment is the Agri-Food file.

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.


• Higher education degree (minimum Bachelors) from an accredited college or university


• Professional level of German (oral and written)
• Professional level of English (oral and written)


• Minimum of three years of recent direct work experience** in promoting international business development in one important trade sector (e.g. Agriculture and Agri-food) either in the public or the private sector
• Recent experience** in organizing commercial or business events
** recent experience is defined as within the last 5 years

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.

• Professional knowledge of client management software
• Extensive knowledge of the German economy notably in at least one important trade sector (e.g. Agriculture and Agri-food)
• Knowledge of trade-related policy as it relates to trade promotion, including free trade agreements
• Knowledge of Canadian economy

Abilities and Skills:
• Ability to take initiative and as a self-starter (initiative)
• Ability to integrate as part of a team (i.e. to share responsibilities and accountabilities)
• Ability to prioritise
• Ability to adapt and be flexible in problem solving
• Networking/ alliance building
• Excellent presentation and communication skills
• Client focus

Asset Qualifications:
Knowledge of French

Organizational Needs:

Operational Requirements:
Ability to travel and work overtime according to operational needs

Condition(s) of Employment:
• Ability to obtain an Enhanced Reliability Clearance
• Candidates must have a valid work authorization covering the entire employment period. If the employment is indeterminate, the work authorization should be permanent or itself lead to a permanent work authorization.

Area of selection:
Open to internal and external applicants who are legal residents or citizens of Germany, 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 Germany 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 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:
• Please complete the online application form and submit your cover letter and c.v. in English or French. Please include in your c.v. document copies of any certificates of employment from your last place of work and copies of certificates of education, including any relevant certificates of language proficiency and work permit by creating one pdf document.

• Please submit a cover letter in English or French explaining why you are interested in the position and how your previous experience applies to this position. Candidates must demonstrate concisely in their cover letter how they meet all essential qualifications.

• Applications which do not include the requested documents or information in the CV or cover letter will be rejected.

• Candidates who are unable to submit their application due to technical difficulties must report these to: prior to the closing date. Failure to do 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).
• 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 emails from unknown users and regularly check their email, including spam folder.
• The Consulate of Canada in Düsseldorf 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 term, indeterminate, part-time or full-time openings at the Embassy of Canada in Berlin or Consulates of Canada in Düsseldorf or Munich, which might arise in the 12 months following the completion of this recruitment process.

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