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Senior Officer (Export Development Canada) / Global Trade Director

High Commission of Canada in the United Kingdom
London, United Kingdom
Closing date
Jun 2, 2023

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Job Function
Corporate Finance
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time
Export Development Canada (EDC) is Canada's export credit agency, offering knowledge and innovative financial and commercial solutions to help Canadian exporters and investors expand their international business. EDC's knowledge and partnerships are used by more than 10,000 Canadian companies and their global customers in up to 200 markets worldwide each year. Approximately 80 per cent of EDC's customers are small and medium-sized businesses.

EDC is a Crown corporation, wholly owned by the Government of Canada, is financially self-sustaining, and is a recognized leader in financial reporting and economic analysis. While headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, EDC has a worldwide presence.

Salary: 67,191 GBP gross per annum

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 United Kingdom.

Job Function: Officer

Classification: LE-O2

Location: High Commission of Canada in London

Number of Vacancies: 1

Closing date for application: 12 May, 2023 at 23:59 UTC/GMT

Summary of Duties:

We are looking for experienced candidates to join our Business Development team in Ottawa to deliver on our mandate of creating trade opportunities for Canadian exporters and investors. In the role of the EDC Senior Officer/Global Trade Director you will leverage your extensive global professional network, business development skills, personal industry expertise and knowledge of Canadian capabilities and global supply chains to generate and nurture new export business opportunities for Canadian exporters and investors.

The Global Trade Director, International Demand will work with a virtual team to establish and manage relationships with leading foreign buyers in selected markets, assess their business challenges and identify opportunities for Canadian companies with relevant capabilities and value propositions to solve those challenges. The successful candidate will have strong business development skills, a deep understanding of sector trends, international procurement practices and of Canadian capabilities in one of the following industries:
  • Cleantech
  • Water/Wastewater
  • Infrastructure

The ideal candidate will also have sound knowledge of the value chains in their sector of expertise and understand the Canadian ecosystem and supply chain. The position will focus on identifying and working with Canada's most innovative suppliers and service providers with the goal of promoting and introducing these Canadian companies to international business opportunities.

They will apply that knowledge and their business developments capabilities to help Canadian companies "Go, Grow, and Succeed" in the international arena.

If you have the relevant experience in Cleantech, Water/Wastewater and/or Infrastructure and the idea of having direct impact on the success of Canadian exporters appeals to you then join our team!

Area of Selection:

This position is open to applicants eligible to legally work in the United Kingdom, who meet the essential qualifications and conditions of employment, and whose applications are received by the closing date and time.

Candidates holding documentation/visas not renewable in the UK such as the Youth Mobility Visa will not be eligible to apply for this position.

Please note that the High Commission of Canada to the United Kingdom 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.
  • Undergraduate Degree (or equivalent professional designation) in Administration / Finance or a in relevant discipline.

  • 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 or economics.

  • Professional/advanced level of written and spoken English

  • Minimum 5 years of combined business development and technical advisory experience in one of the relevant sector/areas of responsibility (Cleantech, Water/Wastewater, Infrastructure)
  • Minimum 5 years of experience managing major projects in one or more of the following areas: Cleantech, Water/Wastewater, Infrastructure.
  • Experience working within a well-developed and global professional network


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.

  • Advanced knowledge of best practices in sales and/or account management
  • Knowledge of Canadian export and investment opportunities in Europe
  • Knowledge of software packages; Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, Powerpoint

  • Sound judgement
  • Client focus
  • Adaptability and flexibility
  • Teamwork and collaboration
  • Networking/Alliance Building
  • Self-starter and proactive approach
  • High degree of integrity and professionalism

  • Ability to prioritize tasks, and manage a variety of responsibilities and shift priorities as required
  • Ability to communicate quickly and clearly, both orally and in writing in English
  • Ability to research client prospect information via a wide variety of sources (i.e. online, databases, business contacts, banks and associations)
  • Ability to work under pressure and at times meet tight deadlines and turnaround times
  • Ability to work effectively in a matrix organization and lead virtual teams

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 speak in French language.

Operational Requirements:
  • Hours of work: Normal hours of work for this position are in accordance with Locally-Engaged Staff regulations of 37.5 hours per week.
  • Ability to work overtime, when needed, and on short notice.
  • Location of work: London - Work is normally performed on-site in London with flexibility for teleworking.
  • Travel Requirements: This position might require travel throughout Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) and internationally as well as to Canada.

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:

Applications from Canadian citizens - it is important to note, The High Commission of Canada is obliged, as the employer, to deduct at source Canadian Income Tax (IT), Canada Pension Plan (CPP) and Employment Insurance (EI) for locally engaged employees who are Canadian citizens. Canadian citizens who therefore choose to undertake employment with the High Commission will be subject to pay Canadian taxes on their salaries earnt until such time as the employee provides the necessary Residency Determination Waivers from the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA). Further information will be provided to successful candidates.

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 Common Services Delivery Points in London 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.
  • 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 Common Services Delivery Points in London 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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