Friday, June 20, 2008

STEP is currently recruiting for a Trade Development Specialist

Saskatchewan Trade & Export Partnership (STEP) is a unique public-private partnership led by industry and established as a non-profit corporation in 1996 by the Province of Saskatchewan. STEP works in partnership with Saskatchewan businesses to maximize commercial success in global ventures with a team of professionals delivering custom export solutions and market intelligence to member companies across the Province.

STEP is currently recruiting for a Trade Development Specialist - Agri-Value as part of their dynamic team of international marketing professionals. Reporting to the Director, Trade Development - Agri-Value, your role will be to promote STEP member export interests within the agri-value sector. You will undertake trade development activities to advance the interests of Saskatchewan exporters in markets around the world.

Primary responsibilities will include organizing outgoing trade missions, attracting international buyers to Saskatchewan, counseling members on their export plans, and working closely with market intelligence personnel within your team. You will be responsible for developing and implementing strategies and meeting your individual targets within the Agri-Value Trade Development Group. You will assist with international marketing intelligence activities to target markets with requirements and financial capability to purchase Saskatchewan products and services in conjunction with the team Market Intelligence Specialist. Your strong communication and team building skills will help you to work within the STEP organization, and more importantly, with member companies and international contacts. Your global network within the agri-value sector will assist you in helping STEP members develop and implement their international marketing plans in their pursuit of sales, contracts, and projects.

This is a full time permanent position.

To qualify, you will possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities:

Bachelor’s Degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience in the areas of international marketing and international sales.;

Minimum of three years of recent and relevant experience, preferably in the field of marketing agri-value products and technologies (i.e. agri-food, agricultural biotechnology, etc.);

Certified International Trade Professional (CITP) designation through the Forum for International Trade Training (FITT) is desirable.;

Ability to work both independently and under supervisor’s direction.;

Strong project and time management skills.;

Excellent interpersonal skills and a strong focus on client service with well developed communication skills.;

Strong knowledge of Saskatchewan export capabilities and international business practices.;

Thorough knowledge of federal and provincial policies and programs addressing trade development.;

Strong relationship building capability with senior executives of private companies and dealing with the highest levels of governments - locally, provincially, federally and internationally.;

Please note any added foreign language skills, if applicable

For more information or to apply, please email: - Please do not respond to FITT directly.

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