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Job Title:
Senior Investment Officer

75,973 euro gross per year, plus benefits

Vacancy type:

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



Avenue des Arts 58, 1000 Brussels, Belgium

Closing date for applications:
08-11-2020 at 23:59 UTC/GMT

Summary of position:
Working in the international business development team of the Embassy of Canada to Belgium and Luxembourg in Brussels, Belgium, under the general direction of the Commercial Counsellor, the incumbent is a senior investment officer acting as the focal point responsible for liaising with companies based in the BENELUX territory to facilitate Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Canada. The incumbent is responsible for the facilitation of large-scale greenfield and expansion investments in Canada. This includes developing strategies, relationships with key clients and providing expertise in the development of strategic, operational, annual business plans, goals, objectives and policies. The incumbent:

• Plans, develops and delivers business development strategies to attract investments from foreign companies and facilitate Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in Canada;
• Provides advice, expertise and recommendations on investment opportunities and strategies, business environment, research and innovation, policies and market intelligence as well as opportunities and challenges aligned with the government economic growth strategy;
• Leads research and analysis, and scans the environment for intelligence and reports on changes, trends, local developments, emergent opportunities and sector priorities that could have an effect on Canadian interests;
• Establishes and maintains a network of contacts and deepens relationships with local and foreign governments, local partners, municipal investment agencies as well as corporate investors;
• Provides substantive input in communication that is required to advance Canadian interest and to have a detailed understanding of corporate leaders in their respective industry sectors, which may be appropriate targets for investment promotion;
• Designs, plans and delivers investment promotion activities including budget management for such activities or projects such as: seminars, conferences, high level visits to/from Canada, roundtables, keynote speeches on issues of interest to the local business network, which includes relationships with local and Canadian partners and contracting with suppliers.

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/or CV how they meet each of these essential qualifications. It is not sufficient to simply state responsibilities or list the criteria they meet.

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.

• Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university in a field related to the position, including but not limited to Commerce, Finance or Economics.

• Ability to communicate effectively* in French (reading, writing, and speaking);
• Ability to communicate effectively* in English (reading, writing, and speaking);
• Ability to communicate effectively** in Dutch (reading, writing and speaking).

*NB. Communicate effectively in French and in English is considered to be the equivalent to C1 level per the Common European framework of reference for languages.
**NB. Communicate effectively in Dutch is considered to be the equivalent to B2 level per the Common European framework of reference for languages.

• A minimum of five (5) years recent* professional experience in business development or foreign direct investment attraction;
• Experience in managing client and stakeholder relationships and in providing client service support to customers/clients;
• Experience in project management;
• Experience in providing strategic advice, briefings, information session presentations and written reports to management and/or clients on international business issues; and
• Experience in using social media tools for promotion and/or to generate new business opportunities.

*Five (5) years recent experience being defined as within the last eight (8) years.

Rated Requirements:

Applicants must also meet the rated requirements listed below related to knowledge, abilities and competencies. Methods of assessment may include, but are not limited to: written examinations, an oral interview, role-play, practical tests, presentations and/or psychometric assessments.

• Knowledge of the role of governments in attracting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI);
• Knowledge of the factors that influence investment, expansion and relocation decisions, and of Canada’s value proposition for investors;
• Knowledge of trends and recent developments in the Canadian and BENELUX economy;
• Knowledge of tools and technology to support business development; including social media.

• Communicate effectively in French, English, Dutch as per the level required;
• Ability to secure, prepare for, conduct, and provide follow-up to an investment outcall;
• Ability to build and sustain a network of contacts;
• Ability to analyze information and provide strategic advice;
• Ability to set and achieve goals and manage multiple priorities with tight deadlines;
• Sound judgement;
• Initiative;
• Teamwork;
• Client-focus orientation.

Asset Qualifications:
Preference may be given to candidates who meet the Asset Qualifications. Where applicable, candidates must clearly demonstrate how they meet any asset qualifications in their cover letter and/or CV.

• A graduate degree from a recognized university would be an asset (Master or Doctorate).

Organizational Needs:

Operational Requirements:
• Normal work schedule: 37.5 hours/week (Monday to Friday);
• 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);
• Candidates must be available for travelling on an international level.

Condition(s) of Employment:
• Candidates must reside in Belgium at the time of employment offer is issued and for the duration of the employment. They must also 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.
• Upon applying, candidates must provide any documentation proving their right to reside and work in Belgium.
• Before an offer of employment can be made, candidates must provide a local address as proof of residence in Belgium so that if selected, it will appear on the offer letter.
• Candidates who hold visas, electronic A-cards or non-renewable documents, such as student visas, cannot apply for this job, unless they are exempted from the obligation to obtain a work permit.
• A reliability rating (security clearance) is required to obtain this position at the Canadian Embassy in Brussels and will be subject to audits. This rating must be maintained throughout the employment - loss of the latter employment is sufficient reason to dismiss the employee.
• Candidates must be admissible for travelling on an international level, even outside the European Union.

Area of selection:
This selection process is open to candidates who, upon applying, have the right to reside and work legally in Belgium, who meet all the essential criteria and whose application files are received no later than closing date. Please note that the Embassy of Canada does not sponsor work permits directly or indirectly. The Government of Canada applies the principles of equal opportunity under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms of Canada. See “conditions of employment” and “important notes” sections for additional details. 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:
• Only applications submitted in one of the official languages of Canada will be accepted (English or French).
• 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.
• 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 must 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.
• Proof of educational qualifications will be required during the process.
• The Embassy of Canada in Belgium does not reimburse any travel costs to and from interviews/exams nor does it reimburse any relocation costs.
• Candidates requiring any special assistance in order to participate in written exams and/or interviews are asked to notify their needs by email to when applying.
• 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 Belgium which might arise in the 12 months following the completion of this recruitment process.
• For any questions relating to this selection process, please communicate only by email at the following address:
• Due to Covid-19, some delays may occur in the progress of this recruitment process. We are working hard to minimize any disruption.

How to apply:

• Please follow the link and complete the online application form.
• Candidates are also required to upload a cover letter and CV in English or French.
• When applying, candidates must also download any document (e.g. copy of passport, photo ID issued by state authorities or other document) proving that they have the right to reside and work legally in Belgium.
• Our application processing tool allows you to download only two documents: the cover letter and the CV. Please include a copy of citizenship AND a copy of your work permit at the bottom of the cover letter.
• 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.
• Applications, which do not include all of the requested documents or information, will be rejected.
• Paper applications or applications directly sent by email to are not accepted and will not be taken into consideration.

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