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Job Vacancy - Commercial Officer

Position title:                         Commercial Officer

Section:                      Trade and Investment
Location:                    Canadian Trade Office in Taipei

Level:                          LE-08
Competition no:        201710

Starting salary:          NT$1,219,000 per annum, plus benefits
Date posted:              17/10/2017
Closing date:              17:00, 30/10/2017

Summary of duties: 

Working in the Trade and Investment section of the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei (CTOT), under the general direction of the Deputy Director responsible for the Industrial Sectors team, the Commercial Officer will contribute to the effective delivery of the Trade Program at the CTOT.  The Commercial Officer will have responsibility for the Aerospace, Transportation, Construction and Infrastructure sectors.

The successful candidate will develop contacts, identify leads, acquire market intelligence and deliver services to Canadian clients, as well as provide strategic advice on Taiwan’s business environment and trade opportunities. She/he will prepare and implement strategic plans (including social media), reports, briefs, speeches and presentations. She/he will establish and maintain a strong network of contacts and manage these contacts using an internal client relationship management database. She/he will organize and lead business delegations to Canada, as well as events and high-level visits from Canada (including managing budgets and contracts). She/he will collaborate closely with other Canadian missions, partner bureaus in HQ, other Government departments (including provincial governments) and other Canadian stakeholders.

Position open to:

    • Individuals residing in Taiwan who are eligible to work in Taiwan, who meet all of the essential requirements stated below, and whose applications are received by the closing date.
    • Note: relocation expenses will not be paid in any circumstance.


Employment tenure:

The position is of indeterminate status.

Selection process:

The Canadian Trade Office in Taipei is committed to conducting inclusive, barrier-free selection processes.

This selection process may be used to create an eligibility list of qualified candidates for this and other similar positions, with various tenures, including indeterminate or term at the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei. 


Application process:

All applicants must submit a resume and a cover letter by the closing date. The cover letter must specify, using concrete examples, how the applicant meets the education and experience requirements listed below. Only applicants who clearly demonstrate through their application that they meet the education and experience requirements will be contacted for further assessment. Applications must be sent by e-mail to CTOT.HR@gmail.com by the closing date.


Essential requirements:

Candidates must demonstrate clearly in their application how they meet the education and experience requirements listed below:

  1. Education: Bachelor’s or equivalent degree from a recognized university in a field related to the position, including but not limited to: commerce, finance, and economics.


  2. Experience:

    • A minimum of 3-5 years of recent and direct 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 providing strategic advice, briefings, and written reports to management and/or clients on international business issues;
    • Experience in project management; and


Language requirement:

Fluency in English and Mandarin, both written and spoken.

Rated requirements:

Only candidates who meet the education and experience requirements will be contacted for assessment of the rated requirements. The assessment of the rated requirements below may include an interview, a written test, and other tests that will consist of a series of questions designed to evaluate each applicant's knowledge, abilities and personal suitability for the position.


  1. Knowledge:

    • Of at least one of the following sectors:  Aerospace, Transportation, Construction or Infrastructure
    • Of Canadian capabilities and global industry trends and developments in the aforementioned sectors.
    • Of Taiwan’s economic, industrial and business infrastructure and key players, marketing methods, distribution channels and local business practices.
    • Knowledge of trends and recent developments in the Canadian and Taiwanese economy.

        2. Abilities:

    • Communicate effectively in English and Mandarin, both orally and in writing;
    • Secure, prepare for, conduct, and provide follow-up to an outcall;
    • 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.

           3. Personal suitability:

    • Effective interpersonal skills;
    • Sound judgement;
    • Initiative;
    • Achievement-orientation;
    • Teamwork;
    • Client-focus orientation.

Asset requirements:

    • The ability to communicate effectively in French both orally and in writing would be an asset.
    • A graduate degree from a recognized university would be an asset.

Operational requirements:

  • Must be able to work overtime on short notice on occasion; and

  • Must be available for occasional duties outside normal working hours (i.e., evenings and weekends). 

  • Must be available for occasional international travel

Condition of employment (must be met):

    • Eligibility for a Government of Canada Reliability Status;
    • Must have a valid work authorization covering the employment period;
    • Must be admissible for travel to Canada.



  • Candidates are entitled to participate in the appointment process in either English or French. They are asked to indicate their preferred language in their application.

  • Communication for this process will be sent via email. It is the responsibility of the candidate to ensure accurate contact information is provided and updated as required.

  • Candidates who apply to this selection process should include an email address that accepts email from unknown users (some email systems block these types of email).

  • Reference checks will be sought for candidates that are successful at the interview stage and will be used to validate information provided by candidates.

  • Incomplete applications will not be considered. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


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