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Job Title:
Trade Commissioner (Canadian Technology Accelerators Coordinator)

The starting salary for a full-time position is 73.256 Euros gross per annum.

Vacancy type:

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



Berlin, Embassy of Canada

Closing date for applications:
05-08-2020 at 23:59 UTC+1 / GMT+1

Summary of position:
Do you love working with entrepreneurs? Are you passionate about helping businesses scale? The Canadian Embassy in Germany is seeking a new member of our team to manage the Canadian Technology Accelerators (CTA) program as well as to work with high-growth Canadian businesses. Our ideal candidate will be dynamic, highly organized, collaborative, and results-oriented, with experience in international business development, client service, and program management.
The Trade Commissioner CTA, as mission program lead, contributes to the successful delivery of the International Business Development (IBD) program in Germany through the three missions by building, designing and delivering the CTA program within program parameters and taking into account local market conditions. The goal of the CTA is to provide qualified Canadian small technology firms with access to unique resources and contacts to help them grow at a global scale.
Reporting to the Counsellor for Science and Technology, the Trade Commissioner CTA acts as the lead business development advisor and primary point of contact for CTA clients, providing intensive general business development support, introductions to customers, partners and potential investors, and strategic advice during the length of the program. The Trade Commissioner CTA will also provide follow-up services to CTA alumni as required. The Trade Commissioner CTA will work with sectoral Trade Commissioners in the Germany missions for sector specific business development services (i.e. strategic advice or introduction to contacts). If required, Trade Commissioner CTA may procure the services of additional industry experts (or mentors) to provide specialized business development services.

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 an accredited college or university

• Fluency in English and German, both written and spoken, minimum C1*
*According to the Common European Framework for Languages (CEFR Framework)

• *At least five (5) years of professional experience performing such tasks as gathering business intelligence, writing briefings/short reports, and providing expert advice.
• *At least five (5) years of professional experience supporting early stage and highly innovative SMEs to grow by performing tasks such as facilitating strategic partnerships, fundraising, and acquiring new users.
• Experience in building and managing a professional network.
• Experience in project management including strategic planning, implementation, budget managing and tracking/reporting results.
*Professional experience means at an officer level not at the administrative level.

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 mandate and role of the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service, especially as it applies to programming support to innovative Canadian small and medium enterprises (SMEs) (Mittelstand).
• Knowledge of the German innovation ecosystem in one or more of these areas: 1) Life sciences/Health 2) Digital transformation (e.g. Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain) 3) Clean technology
• Understanding of the challenges faced by innovative Canadian small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

• Ability to communicate effectively in English and in German, both orally and in writing;
• Ability to analyze business information and provide strategic advice;
• Ability to prioritize and organize workload, multi-task and work effectively under pressure;
• Ability to build and sustain a network of contacts;
• Ability to develop and implement projects
• Ability to work independently in a proactive and accountable manner.

• Commitment to Public Confidence
• Client-focus
• Conceptual Thinking
• Cross-Cultural Sensitivity
• Adaptability and Flexibility

Asset Qualifications:
Preference may be given to candidates who have the following asset qualifications. Candidates should clearly demonstrate in their cover letter if they meet these qualifications.

• Knowledge of French

Organizational Needs:

Operational Requirements:
• Must be willing and able to work overtime on short notice on occasion;
• Must be willing and able to travel.

Condition(s) of Employment:
• Must have a valid German work authorization covering the employment period
• Before an offer of employment can be made, candidates must provide a local address as proof of residence in the specific city, region or country so that if selected, it will appear on the offer letter.
• Eligibility for a Government of Canada Reliability Status;

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 Berlin 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:
Note: Due to Covid-19, you may experience some delay in the recruitment process. We are working hard to minimise any disruption. You may find more information in the sections below.

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 email from unknown users and regularly check their email, including spam folder.
• The Embassy or consulate of Canada in Germany 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 or consulate of Canada in Germany which might arise in the 12 months following the completion of this recruitment process.

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