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Senior Trade Officer (International Business Development)

Oct 28, 2022
Consulate General of Canada

Selection Process Nº: 94542-67

Salary: $110,968 USD per annum, plus benefits

Contract Type: Indeterminate (Full-time)

Term Details: This position is a Locally Engaged Staff position, subject to the Terms and Conditions of Employment for LES in USA.

Job Function: Officer

Classification: LE - O2

Location: the Consulate General of Canada in Seattle

Number of Vacancies: 1

Closing date for application: 18 November, 2022 at 23:59 UTC/GMT -8:00

Summary of Duties:

The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service Office in Seattle is part of the Consulate General of Canada in Seattle and of a network of over 260 Canadian government diplomatic and trade offices in about 150 countries. The Consulate General provides a variety of services, including consular services, diplomatic relations, and international business development in Washington State, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska.

The Business Development Officer position works within the international business development team as part of the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service – a world‐wide network of professionals in international business development, with preferred access to business knowledge and contacts, who are committed to advancing Canadian economic interests abroad, including investment attraction, driving exports and innovation partnerships.

Reporting to the Head of the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service Office in Seattle, the Officer contributes to the successful delivery of the International Business Development program. The Officer will support Canadian companies in the various industry sectors (such as aerospace and agriculture) that are seeking to grow their business and strategically work with a rich local network of potential US customers, investors and partners. NOTE: The precise sectors covered by the officer may vary over time as local opportunities and Canadian capabilities change. However, as Seattle is a technology-driven market, all sectors of focus will be strongly influenced by emerging technology trends. 

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Developing, planning and implementing a business development program for Canadian clients (i.e. Canadian technology companies developing their global client base or seeking partnerships with companies and investors based in Washington, Oregon, Idaho or Alaska) that includes identifying business development opportunities, delivering strategic and high-touch services to Canadian clients, and tracking and reporting results;
  • Managing a budget, planning and delivering business development activities and events, supporting official visits from Canada and business delegations to Canada, and identifying and implementing opportunities for continuous program improvement;
  • Building and maintaining a strong network of diverse local contacts to support program objectives; including identifying mentors, subject-matter experts and potential clients, partners and investors;
  • Collaborating closely with Canadian stakeholders and partners, Consulate colleagues, headquarters and other Canadian diplomatic missions in the U.S. and around the world to support program delivery;
  • Conducting in-depth research from a wide range of sources to analyze trends in the market and matching the opportunities to capabilities in Canada;
  • Developing short and long term strategies to advance success of Canadian companies in the Pacific Northwest; and
  • Drafting content for social media and other marketing/promotional material.


Area of Selection:

This selection process is open to applicants legally residing in the United States at the time of appointment. Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States.

Please note that the Consulate General of Canada in Seattle 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 based 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.



Candidates will initially be screened against the Essential Qualifications relating to education, language* and experience.

Candidates must clearly demonstrate when applying to the position how they meet each of these essential qualifications.

*Language will be assessed further during the process. 



Candidates will be required to provide proof of the completion of their education.

  • Bachelor's degree or undergraduate diploma
  • attesting to 3 or more years of full-time studies from a legally recognized university, in a field related to the position, including but not limited to commerce, finance, and economics.



  • Advanced proficiency level in English (reading, writing, comprehension and speaking).



  • Minimum of three years of recent experience* in one or more traditional industrial sectors (ie: telecommunications, aerospace, automotive) with demonstrated interest or experience in disruptive innovation (technology to enable new products or services that potentially creates new product markets and value networks -- ie: web 3.0, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, extended reality technology, robotics).
  • Experience managing client and stakeholder relationships and in providing client service support to customers/clients;
  • Experience managing projects;
  • Experience providing strategic advice, briefings, and written reports to management and/or clients on international business issues.

*Recent experience is defined as within the last five years.  


The Rated Requirements are part of the essential qualifications and are relating to knowledge, abilities and competencies. Methods of assessment for rated requirements may include, but are not limited to, a written examination, an oral interview (online pre-recorded/live or in-person), role-play, practical tests, presentations and/or psychometric assessment.



  • Knowledge of the factors that influence digital technology start-ups, and small and medium enterprises, including business growth, fundraising, international expansion, government regulations and talent acquisition; and
  • Knowledge of trends and recent developments in the digital technology sector globally, in Canada, the U.S., and Pacific Northwest more specifically.


  • Adaptability and flexibility;
  • Strong interpersonal relations;
  • Sound judgement – the ability to think things through;
  • Integrity;
  • Initiative and solution-oriented mindset.  


  • Ability to organize, prepare for, conduct and follow up on a business development activity;
  • Ability to perform basic data analysis, analyze information and provide strategic advice;
  • Ability to work independently in a proactive and accountable manner, whilst managing multiple priorities with tight deadlines;
  • Ability to establish and sustain a diverse network of clients and business influencers.

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.

  • Ability to work in French;
  • Successful completion of a Master's degree or graduate degree in a field related to the position (as defined above);
  • Certification related to fostering diversity, equity and inclusion;
  • Experience developing and executing successful business development and/or marketing strategies;
  • Experience working in the Business Development department of an organization where responsibilities included supplier/buyer partnerships, educational in-services and/or brand identity;
  • Experience fostering loyal business relationships through communication, product knowledge, individual needs evaluation, and collaboration;
  • Results oriented with experience tracking, meeting and exceeding targets. 


Operational Requirements:

  • Willingness and ability to obtain and maintain a valid visa for international travel including Canada.
  • Willingness and ability to travel domestically/internationally as required and potentially on short notice.
  • Willingness and ability to work at the office, or a combination of at the office and from home as required and available.
  • Willingness and ability to work occasional overtime outside normal working hours (e.g. early mornings, evenings and weekends) and potentially on short notice.
  • The Consulate General of Canada in Seattle observes a combination of US and Canadian statutory holidays, which means you will be required to work on certain American holidays.


Conditions of Employment:

Conditions of employment must be met or complied with before being appointed to a particular position, and are to be maintained throughout the employment while being the incumbent of this position.

- Valid work authorization: Ability to obtain and hold a valid work authorization covering the entire employment period.

- Security screening: Obtain and maintain a Reliability Status (security level) which includes a criminal and credit background check from the Government of Canada covering the entire employment period.


Special Request from Mission / Additional Comments:

Apply here: Senior Trade Officer (International Business Development)

Candidates will receive a competitive salary, generous leave, 12 weeks of paid parental leave and a strong benefits package that includes medical, dental, long term disability and a retirement savings plan. Please find a summary of our benefits package and information on employment eligibility at: 


How to Apply

  • You must submit your application using the "Apply online" function. Only applications submitted via VidCruiter will be considered, unless a valid reason is presented and accepted prior to the closing date.
  • Do not include personal data such as; age, date of birth, gender, marital status, family status, religion or a picture in your application form, CV nor cover letter (as required). Please only include information relevant to the vacancy as requested in the job poster.
  • You must clearly demonstrate in answering the screening questions how you meet the education and experience factors listed in the essential and asset qualifications. You must provide specific examples to demonstrate clearly how you meet the qualifications. Global Affairs Canada cannot make any assumptions about your studies nor experience. Simply saying you have the required qualifications or listing your current duties will not be sufficient. Instead, you must provide concrete and detailed examples that clearly explain where, when, and how you gained the experience. No additional information will be sought beyond what you submit in your online application.
  • Candidates may be required to upload a CV and/or a cover letter in English or French. These documents may be used as a secondary source to validate the answers to the screening questions.
  • Applications which do not include all of the requested documents or information and/or which are not received by the closing date 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

  • Only applications submitted in one of the official languages of Canada will be accepted (English or French).
  • The language requirement for this position is identified under the essential qualifications (language). In consequence, the assessment process for this vacancy will be conducted in English.
  • 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 provide an email address that accepts email from unknown users and regularly check their email, including spam folder.
  • Reference checks may be sought for candidates who succeeded all of the assessments.
  • Please note that the Consulate General of Canada in Seattle does not reimburse any travel costs to and from interviews/exams nor does it reimburse any relocation costs.
  • Before an offer of employment can be made, successful candidates must provide a local residence address as proof of residence in the specified area of selection. This information is necessary to issue a letter of offer.
  • As recently announced by the Government of Canada, the Policy for Mandatory Vaccination: Canada and the Mission Network is suspended as of June 20, 2022. The Government of Canada will continue to assess the need for additional public health measures, including the possible reintroduction of a vaccination mandate at a later date.
  • We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, starting with the hiring process. If you need to be accommodated during any phase of the evaluation process, please contact us at to request specialized accommodation. All information received in relation to accommodation will be kept confidential.
  • The results of this selection process may also be used to establish one or more pools of fully or partially qualified candidates for similar term, indeterminate, part-time or full-time openings at the Consulate General of Canada in Seattle which might arise following the completion of this selection process.
  • For Canadian citizens/residents and Canadian dual nationals, please note that it is your responsibility to enquire with the Canadian Revenue Agency about any possible taxation implications linked to an employment with the Government of Canada.

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