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Shanghai - Trade Commissioner (Life Sciences), LE-08 (Anticipatory)

Competition Number: 2018-LES-SHNGI-058

Position Title: Shanghai - Trade Commissioner (Life Sciences), LE-08 (Anticipatory)

Closing Date: December 16, 2018 (At midnight UTC+1 / GMT+1)

Starting Annual Gross Salary:  RMB 281,657 (before tax and employee social insurance contributions; 13th month bonus and employer social insurance contributions are paid on top of the gross salary; salary is non-negotiable)

Location: Shanghai

Area of Selection:

This position is open to external applicants residing in China and employees occupying an indeterminate or term position in China Missions who meet all of the essential qualifications and whose applications are received by the closing date. Short-listed candidates should be able to participate in tests and/or interviews in Shanghai at own expense. The successful candidate will be required to relocate to Shanghai at own expense.

Summary of duties:

Working in the International Business Development team, as part of the Trade Commissioner Service within the Consulate General in Shanghai, under the direction of a Canadian-based Trade Commissioner, the incumbent is a Trade Commissioner primarily responsible for managing the Consulate General’s activities supporting Canadian clients in China’s Life Sciences sectors.  

Mandatory requirements:


  • Minimum Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized university, OR an acceptable equivalent through the combination of education and work experience


  • Proficiency in English (reading, writing, listening, speaking)

  • Proficiency in Mandarin Chinese (reading, writing, listening, speaking)


  • A minimum of 3 years recent and direct experience in business development on behalf of foreign (non-Chinese) firms activities’ in China;

  • Significant experience managing client and stakeholder relationships and providing client service support to customers/clients;

  • Experience in working and liaising with government departments and officials;

  • Experience in providing strategic advice, briefings, and written reports to management and/or clients on international business issues;

  • Experience in using social media tools for promotion and/or to generate new business opportunities; and

  • Experience in project management.


  • Substantial knowledge of China’s Life Science related business sector(s), including their presence in North America;

  • In-depth understanding of Chinese government policy on Life Science related products and services;

  • Knowledge of Life Science logistics channels for foreign products entering China;

  • Knowledge of international business in China and the role of foreign governments’ support of international businesses in China (exporting, importing, investment, technology transfer, etc.);

  • Knowledge of the factors that influence market entry decisions for foreign companies evaluating Life Science opportunities in China;

  • Knowledge of the Canadian Life Science sector;

  • Knowledge of trends and recent developments related to Chinese Life Sciences;

  • MS Office Tools, including Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint


  • Communicate effectively in English and Chinese, both orally and in writing;

  • Build and sustain a network of contacts;

  • Analyze information and provide strategic advice;

  • Manage multiple priorities with tight deadlines;

  • Use social media tools for promotion and/or to generate new business opportunities;

  • Use of technology tools and data bases.

Personal suitability:

  • Client Focus - Addresses underlying client needs

  • Effective Interactive Communication - Communicates for maximum results

  • Effectiveness/Achievement Orientation - Taking calculated entrepreneurial risks

  • Initiative - Implements longer-term strategic solutions

  • Judgement - Applies sound judgment in difficult situations

  • Networking/Alliance Building - Organizes involvement of key players

Asset Criteria:

Preferred standing may be given to those candidates who also meet the following:


  • Proficiency in French (reading, writing, listening, speaking)


  • Experience in working on investment attraction

  • Experience in working with visiting business and/or government delegations

Organizational Needs:

Conditions of Employment

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a valid working authorization in China. Per Chinese regulations, the Embassy / Consulates can only facilitate working visas for Canadian citizens

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a valid “Reliability Status” security clearance

Operational Requirement:

  • Ability and willingness to work overtime on short notice as required

  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally as required

How to Apply:

Please click the link http://www.wfca-tpce.com/vacancyView.php?requirementId=2888&source=PO to complete your online application. Please be advised that applications through email will NOT be considered, you must apply using the online application.

We are seeking high quality written applications to establish a shortlist for further testing. Your application must include an Application Letter and Curriculum Vitae in English or French.

Your Application Letter should indicate why you meet the mandatory requirements as listed under: the Area of Selection; Education; Language and Experience.

Please be advised that incomplete applications will not be considered.

The results of this competition may also be used to create an eligibility list to staff similar openings of either indeterminate or term duration which may arise at the Consulate General in Shanghai.

We thank all applicants for their interest. Please ensure that you provide appropriate contact information so that you can be easily reached (e-mail, phone, mobile, etc.)

You should receive a confirmation message from the system should you successfully submitted your application. If you don’t receive the receipt, please contact us at china-recruitment@international.gc.ca.

The Government of Canada is committed to building a skilled, diverse workforce. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds irrespective of race, color, religion, gender, disability, age or sexual orientation.

The Government of Canada is also committed to developing inclusive, barrier-free selection processes and work environments. If contacted in relation to a job opportunity or testing, you should advise us in a timely fashion of the accommodation measures which must be taken to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.

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