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Job Title:
Creative Industries Officer

The starting salary for a full-time position is 73,256 euros gross per annum

Vacancy type:

Term Details:
Indeterminate, 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.




Closing date for applications:
23-07-2020 at 23:59 UTC+1 / GMT+1

Summary of position:
Working in the Commercial Section of the Canadian Embassy in Berlin under the general direction of the Counsellor (Commercial), the incumbent is responsible for providing integrated International Business Development (IBD) support to Canadian companies focusing on the creative industries, for the German market.
The objective of the Trade Commissioner Service is to help Canadian IBD clients access international networks, identify partners and access resources to enhance their ability to compete, innovate and secure new business opportunities abroad.
The candidate is a self-starter with demonstrated enthusiasm for and experience with the creative industries including audio-visual (television and film), music, literature and the performing arts. The candidate must be comfortable working in a team environment and engaging with clients on a regular basis.
The core objective will be the delivery of international business development programs for creative industries which includes, but is not limited to:
• Developing market knowledge;
• Providing strategic advice and troubleshooting to support Canadian clients pursuing business development activities in the market;
• Maintaining relationship with local contacts, Canadian clients, and Canadian government and industry stakeholders;
• Outreach to local contacts to promote Canadian capabilities and identify business leads in the sector;
• Research and communication to support management;
• Participating in the trade team’s business planning cycle, project planning and management of IBD initiatives for creative industries;
• Support for high-level visitors and other urgent priorities.

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. Only those candidates who meet all the Essential Requirements and demonstrate this clearly within their application will then proceed to the next stage of the process.


• Master’s degree (or equivalent, e.g. Magister) from an accredited college or university.


• Professional written and oral communication in English and German


• At least ten (10) years* of recent professional experience working in business development in the private, public and/or not-for-profit sector in a field related to creative industries, including at least five (5) years** recent experience working with government agencies. (*10 years‎ recent experience being defined as within the last 13 years, and **5 years being defined as within the last 8 years.)
• Experience in managing client and/or stakeholder relationships and in providing client service support to customers/clients.
• Experience in project management (including strategic planning, tracking/reporting results and budget management).
• Experience conducting research and analysis of government policy related to creative industries and providing strategic advice, briefings and written reports to senior management and/or clients on business issues;

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 role of the Government of Canada’s priorities related to creative industries;
• Knowledge of international business development trends and challenges faced by businesses in Germany;
• Knowledge of current trends and developments in Canada and Germany in the creative industries; (i.e. film/television, music, written and published work, visual/applied arts, performing arts and heritage).
• Knowledge of the role of the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service in advancing Canada’s commercial interests.


• Ability to manage client and stakeholder relationships and provide client service support to customers;
• Ability to provide strategic advice, conduct research, prepare briefings, and write reports to management and/or clients on international business issues;
• Ability to develop, manage and maintain a network of key contacts;
• Ability to manage multiple priorities with tight deadlines; and
• Ability to use technology and social media networking and research;
• Professional English and German communication skills (written and verbal)

Personal suitability:

• Sound judgement;
• Initiative;
• Teamwork;
• Results-oriented

Asset Qualifications:
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 Germany-based Creative Industries;
• Experience in facilitating high level visits, business delegations and event organization;

Organizational Needs:

Operational Requirements:
• 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 when required.

Condition(s) of Employment:
• Valid work authorization for Germany at present covering the whole employment period
• Ability to obtain and maintain a reliability rating (security clearance) from the Government of Canada covering the entire employment period

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 that 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 of Canada in Berlin 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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