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Senior Manager, Business Development [Agriculture and Food] | Edmonton Global

The Organization

Edmonton Global is the first-ever economic development corporation for the Edmonton region, working to create local, regional, provincial, national, and global partnerships. Edmonton Global collaborates with all levels of government and economic development agencies including 15 municipalities, Invest Alberta, Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Association, the Edmonton International Airport, Edmonton Health City, the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute, and Invest in Canada.

The purpose of Edmonton Global is to radically transform and grow the economy of the Edmonton Metropolitan Region. Their work promotes the region globally and is focused on attracting and retaining business investment and trade in the Edmonton Region.

 

Young, Educated, and Growing – this is the Edmonton Metropolitan Region.

 

Vision
Edmonton Global’s vision is to make the Edmonton Metropolitan Region the choice location for global investment. To attract investment and quality jobs to the region, their strategy is to strengthen and support growth, innovation, and competitiveness — all in collaboration with the region’s 15 municipalities.

For more information on Edmonton Global, please visit https://edmontonglobal.ca/.

 

The Opportunity
Reports to:Director of Business Development
Location:Edmonton, AB

 

Mandate

The Senior Manager, Business Development-Agriculture and Food is a central role to the Investment and Trade team. Reporting to the Director of Business Development, the primary responsibilities of this role will be to focus on investor services, and deal flow mechanics and success.

As a member of the business development team, the Senior Manager, Business Development Agriculture and Food will directly manage the organization’s roster of client projects focused on designated priority sectors with a specific focus on managing the quality and efficiency of deal flow.

As a member of the investment attraction and business development team, reporting directly to the Director of Business Development, this role will be instrumental to the management of leads and investor services. This role will build and nurture client relationships that maximize investment opportunities for international companies looking to do business in the region, with a specific focus on managing investor interest from lead generation through to final investment decisions.

An important focus of this role is how this person liaises with and maintains strong relationships with the regional ecosystem of economic development partners, supporting collective efforts in attracting, expanding and retaining economic investment.

 

Key Accountabilities

The position will include the following responsibilities:

  • Plays an instrumental role in the overall success of Edmonton Global’s core business practices around Business Development, Investment Attraction;
  • Coordinates with manager of Trade Development and Export Markets on Agriculture related files to insure client investment and trade needs are met;
  • Acts as the owner of assigned deal flow, setting up and managing systems that target leads and facilitates them through the deal flow process to completion;
  • Is responsible for managing the stages of investment attraction with strategic sensitivity, and a focus on stages where projects are transferred or handed-off to partners;
  • Performs as a leader on the business development team, providing guidance and mentorship on client services;
  • Manages digital tools associated with client management, project management, communications, etc., including but not limited to Salesforce;
  • Provides both strategic and tactical input to the organization’s strategy division on activities related to investment and trade;
  • Works closely with Edmonton Global’s regional team of Economic Development professionals in shareholder communities and organizations to effectively distribute and place investment in the region;
  • Contributes to a positive work environment and helps align staff and resources in order to achieve the organization’s results;
  • Leads by example and role models a culture of teamwork, accountability, collaboration, regionalism and client-centricity;
  • Participates in the execution of strategic plans to support regional advantages, programs and initiatives that will facilitate new capital investment, technology, job creation and business growth;
  • Contributes to the Marketing and Communications team’s development and execution of an effective lead generation strategy in multiple international markets to establish a robust pipeline of prospects within their designated sectors;
  • Develops and executes global trade missions that target and promote key investment opportunities for the region, and plays a leading role in triaging and facilitation, including follow up on leads generated from these efforts;
  • Contributes to the development of marketing strategies, materials and campaigns for global investment targets, including the development of compelling presentations to promote regional assets to new investors, tailoring messages to meet the specific needs of target audiences and sectors;
  • Provides support for business and investment leaders visiting the region by tailoring agendas for their visits, including conducting presentations and familiarizing tours for companies considering the region for location;
  • Proactively leads outreach with site selectors and other professional sales channels locally and globally that will advance Edmonton Global’s objectives around business attraction and trade;
  • Enlists private sector partnerships to attract new investment into the region, including the development of a strong team of local validators and peer-to-peer business champions;
  • Identifies funding and incentive programs that support Edmonton Global’s objectives, especially related to trade missions and events;
  • Plays an active role in the development, refinement and marketing of business cases specific to their priority sector; and
  • Plays an active role with the marketing and communications team in the development, promotion and follow up of webinars related to their specific priority sectors.

 

Candidate Profile

The successful candidate will have the following:

Education and Experience:

  • University Degree or equivalent in Business, Agriculture, Science, Engineering or Economics, or other relevant education;
  • 5+ years of experience in management positions in the public or private sectors;
  • 5+ years of experience in sales, marketing, business development directly related to agriculture, trade and investment, and export markets, ideally at an international level;
  • Experience directly developing and executing international outreach and marketing campaigns that lead to the generation of qualified leads for investment and business that result in FDI and investment outcomes;
  • Experience working collaboratively with multiple private and public sector partners to produce new and expanded investment across a variety of sectors;
  • Experience with investment and trade missions, events and activities – both inbound and outbound;
  • Expertise developing and delivering effective presentations, engaging in a variety of public speaking opportunities, complex report writing and levering a variety of communication tools and methods;
  • Technical and business understanding on how the agriculture industry works both at the primary and value-added level;
  • Understanding of current and future trends in Agriculture and Food.


Competencies and Attributes:

  • Leadership skills demonstrating vision while being part of a collaborative and integrated team;
  • Ability to think and act strategically in a political and community service environment, and to foster and contribute to a positive, productive work environment;
  • Excellent communication skills in English, additional languages are an asset;
  • Proficiency and knowledge of business development, opportunity analysis and strategic selling;
  • Knowledge of Municipal, Provincial and Federal Acts, Regulations and Standards related to Planning and Economic Development, investment and trade;
  • Strong interpersonal skills combined with demonstrated project/time management, organizational, analytical, research communication (written, oral), report writing, negotiation, administrative, problem-solving, public relations and public speaking;
  • Ability to deal effectively and discreetly with all levels of staff, board members, shareholders, partners, executives and the public.
  • Proficient in Windows and Microsoft Office applications, presentation and database software, experience working with Salesforce is an additional asset;
  • A future-oriented perspective with an international scope and in-depth understanding of global issues, trends, influences and opportunities;
  • Strong ethical standards and values related to openness and transparency;
  • Superior oral and written communication skills;
  • Results management;
  • Strategic thinking in building networks;
  • Attention to detail;
  • Flexibility and adaptability to change; and
  • Teamwork and collaboration.

 

Requirements of the Position

  • A valid driver’s license in good standing; and
  • A valid passport as travel regionally, nationally and internationally is required.

 

Equal Opportunity

An excellent total rewards package awaits the successful candidate.


How to Apply:

Please send your resume in Word or PDF format to: janine_robin@ajg.com. Copy and Paste the following job title and code and place it in the subject line of your email so we can identify the job and confirm receipt of your application:
AUED-330063 Senior Manager, Business Development [Agriculture and Food] | Edmonton Global - AB - Edmonton and Area (OTIAPPLY)

Please note that only those candidates meeting the selection criteria, established by our client, will be contacted further. Although we may not contact you directly for this particular role, all applications will be reviewed as we would like to consider you for future opportunities that may be appropriate. We encourage you to continue to visit our website at optimumtalent.com as our opportunities are updated on a regular basis.