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Job Title:
Trade Commissioner - Information Technologies (IT)

92,562.00 USD plus benefits

Vacancy type:

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



Atlanta, United States

Closing date for applications:
28-01-2021 at 23:59 UTC/GMT

Summary of position:
Under the general direction of the Senior Trade Commissioner, the Officer contributes to the success-ful delivery of the International Business Development (IBD) program. The Officer will support Canadian companies in the IT and tech sectors that are seeking to grow their business and strategically work with a rich local network of potential American customers, investors and partners.

Responsibilities include:
•Developing, planning and implementing a business development program for Canadian tech sector clients (with a heavy emphasis on the fintech and cyber security sub-sectors) which includes finding opportunities for clients, advising clients, stakeholder en-gagement, managing budgets, tracking and reporting of results, planning and delivering events, supporting official visits, and identifying and implementing opportunities for continuous improvement;
•Building a network of diverse local contacts supporting program objectives;
•Building a network in Canada and pipeline of clients;
•Providing outstanding services to Canadian business clients;
•Conducting in-depth research from a wide range of sources to analyze trends in the market matching the opportunities to capabilities in Canada;
•Developing short and long term strategies for to advance success of Canadian companies in the southeastern United States.

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.

Degree from an accredited college or university or an acceptable combination of education, training and work experience related to the duties and specific areas of competence required by the position, including but not limited to business, economics and tech.

Fluency in English (oral and written).

• At least 5 years of professional experience working in business development or program management in the private and/or public sector, including direct experience in the Tech sector
• Experience conducting research and analysis and providing strategic advice, briefings and written reports to senior management and/or clients on business issues; and
• Experience in project management (including strategic planning, tracking/reporting results and budget management).

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 factors that influence the technology business in the US generally and in the southeastern United States in particular, and how they may have an impact on Canadian business interests, especially in priority sectors covered by the position;

• Understanding of the role of the international business development section of the Consulate General of Canada in Atlanta (the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service) in advancing Canadian commercial interests; and
• Knowledge of the Canadian tech sector (with an emphasis on the fintech and cyber security sub-sectors)
• Knowledge of the innovation economy/tech sectors in the southeastern United States

• Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing;
• Ability to develop and maintain a network of Canadian clients and local contacts;
• Ability to identify local market needs and relevant business opportunities;
• Ability to analyze and provide strategic advice;
• Ability to manage multiple priorities with tight deadlines; and
• Ability to work independently in a proactive and accountable manner.

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 CV.
•Experience related to delivering programming for or services to start-ups or small-medium sized businesses would be an asset.
• Experience working with Angel or Venture Capital Investors
• Ability to work in French is an asset.

Organizational Needs:

Operational Requirements:
•Normal hours of work for this position are in accordance with the Locally Engaged Staff (LES) regulations of 37.5 hours per week .
•The successful candidate must be willing to work evenings and overtime as required.
•The successful candidate must be willing to travel throughout the Consulate General of Canada in Atlanta's’ territory and on occasion, to Canada.

Condition(s) of Employment:
The successful candidate will be required to obtain Government of Canada Reliability Status (RS) which includes a criminal and credit background check
Having and retaining the right to live and work in the country (specify) (valid work permit for foreigners) for the duration of the employment
Ability to travel domestically and abroad; admissibility to obtain and maintaining a valid passport (travel to Canada on occasion)

Area of selection:
Open to internal and external applicants who are legal residents or citizens of Atlanta, United States, who meet all of the essential requirements stated below, and whose applications are received by the closing date. Please note that the Consulate General of Canada in Atlanta, USA 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 regardless of ethnic origin, religious belief, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability or any other irrelevant factor.

Important Notes:
How to apply:
•Candidates are required to upload a cover letter and CV in English or French. Applications which do not include the requested documents orinformation in the CV or cover letter will be rejected. Any additional information must be included as part of these two attachments.
•Candidates who are unable to submit their application due to technical difficulties must report these to: prior to the closing date. Failure to 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).Candidates are entitled to participate in the recruitment process in the official language of their choice and to indicate their preferred official languagein their application.
•Communication for this process will be sent via email. It is the responsibility of the candidates to ensure accurate contact informationis 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.
•Reference checks will be sought for candidates that reach interview stage and may form part of the selection process.
•The Consulate General of Canada in Atlanta, USA 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 candidatesfor similar openings at the Consulate General of Canada in Atlanta, USA which might arise in the 12 months following the completion of this recruitment process.
•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.

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