The Belgian Consulate general, Trade Commissioner's Office, located in North Vancouver and is in search for a commercial and administrative assistant (m/f).
Our office's daily duties consist of four major axes:
1) responding adequately and in due time to information-requests sent by Belgian companies on the lookout for export-opportunities to the Western Canadian market (BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Yukon, NW Territories).
2) constantly observe new market-opportunities (goods or services) in Western Canada and report these back to potential Belgian providers of goods or services.
3) actively search for Western Canadian companies that could be interested in setting up economic activities in Brussels/Belgium and accompany these prospects in the process of information gathering on Brussels and Belgium.
4) draft of a periodic newsletter for the Belgian companies and keeping up to date our website destinated for Western Canadian companies.
Besides the above mentioned, some basic administrative duties are to be observed like reporting, (simple) accounting and budgeting.
As almost all outward communication is in English it is asbsolutely mandatory to master perfect English, both spoken and written. Flexibility and efficiency in the usage of different databases, efficiency in classical Microsoft tools (Word, Excel, Powerpoint...), convincing on the telephone.
The candidate should have a good feeling for where to look for information, be pro-active and able to work independently. He/she should also be familiar with LinkedIn and other social media and follow the regional, national and international economic newslines.
The candidate should also be able to assist the Trade Commissioner when receiving visitors from individual companies or official delegations from Belgium.
Notwithstanding the outward communication being English, a knowledge of French is very important (but can be passive, i.e. the ability to read and understand). Knowledge of Dutch (passive or active) is definitely an extra as is former experience in a similar environment or job situation. Although an economic degree is desirable, a genuine feeling and interest in economics is more important than the degree itself.
An extensive "on the job" training by the Trade Commissioner. A job dealing with a wide variety of goods and services and a wide variety of companies, ranging from SMEs to multinationals. No boring routine here!
A competitive salary with some extras (free parking lot, mobile phone, laptop, an amount of holidays above the Canadian avarage).
Application-letter and resume to be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org, to the attention of the Trade Commissioner.