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Job Title:
Commercial Assistant

The starting salary for a full-time position is 37,958 euros gross per annum.

Vacancy type:

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



Düsseldorf, Consulate of Canada

Closing date for applications:
20-08-2020 at 23:59 UTC+1 / GMT+1

Summary of position:
The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service is a world-wide network of professionals in international business development (IBD), with preferred access to business knowledge and contacts, who are committed to advancing Canadian interests abroad. This position contributes to the delivery of the IBD program at the mission in accordance with the TCS Client Service Policies and Government of Canada policies for international trade, investment, and science and technology, with the objective of helping Canadian clients make better business decisions abroad. The position will:
- Assist the Commercial section in servicing requests from Canadian Exporters interested in Germany
- Assist in researching and identifying commercial opportunities for Canadian companies in Germany
- Provide administrative support in helping to maintain correspondence and filing, and support to the rest of the Consulate programs as required.

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.


• Secretarial or commercial qualification (e.g. vocational training certificate, Bachelor’s degree or higher)


• Professional level of German at the C2 level (oral and written)*
• Professional level of English at the C1 level (oral and written)*

*according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)


Minimum of two years of recent relevant work experience** in at least two of the following:
• Working within an office environment in an administrative support or program assistant capacity using online systems and tools (including MS Office applications and client relationship management software). This must include conducting searches of websites and online databases.
• Working in a field related to promoting international business development in either the public or the private sector.
• Providing logistical support for events (for example, trade fair participation) and/or visit programme coordination.
• Dealing directly with clients.
** 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.


• Good communication skills (oral and written)
• Ability to draft business correspondence
• Attention to detail
• Ability to prioritize
• Organisational skills
• Judgement
• Basic accounting skills (e.g. tracking expenditures)
• Ability to interact well with others
• Advanced ability to use MSOffice products (eg. Excel, Powerpoint, Teams, Outlook)
• Client service orientation

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 and maintain an enhanced reliability clearance
• Valid work permit for Germany for an indeterminate 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 Consulate of Canada in Düsseldorf 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 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 Consulate of Canada in Düsseldorf which might arise in the 12 months following the completion of this recruitment process.

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