Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Embassy Vienna
Position Title:
Commercial Specialist
Open Period:
09/25/2019 - 10/09/2019 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Vacancy Time Zone:
LE - 1510 10
EUR €56,786
Work Schedule:
Full-time -
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Vienna, AT
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
HR Section
please send us an e-mail


Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
All Interested Applicants / All Sources

For applicants who are USEFMs, the final grade/step for these positions will be determined by Washington DC.  The proposed grade is FP-5 (step 5 -14)  at the base salary 51,007 USD
Security Clearance Required:
Public Trust - Background Investigation
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
One (1) Year. May be extended to an indefinite appointment.
Marketing Statement:

We encourage you to read and understand the Eight (8) Qualities of Overseas Employees before you apply.


The Tri-Missions Vienna are seeking eligible and qualified applicants for position of Commercial Specialist. 

The work schedule for this position is: Full Time (40 hours per week)

Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

Travel for conferences and trade fairs as well as within Europe may occur


The incumbent is a core member of Commercial Service (CS) Austria supporting the Commercial Service globally in developing strategies and programs to advance U.S. business interests in Austria.   Serves as professional analyst and advisor to the Senior Commercial Officer (SCO) and senior U.S. government officials for assigned business sectors.   Provides complex counseling for U.S. companies in assigned sectors on business opportunities and challenges.  Leads in activities to assist U.S. firms to meet their business growth goals including market research and reporting, trade promotion events, and strategic private and government engagement.    Develops expert knowledge in specific assigned sectors, maintains relevant high-level contacts in government and private sector, and creates medium-to long-term strategies for advancing U.S. business in these sectors. Monitors potential market barriers for U.S. business and, as necessary, leads in developing strategies for USG engagement to address these in close coordination with U.S. companies and regional/headquarters colleagues. As relevant, identifies government procurement opportunities for assigned sectors and recommends appropriate strategies to the SCO and U.S. companies to pursue these including potentially formal USG Advocacy support.  Actively promotes Austrian company investment in the United States, especially in assigned sectors.  Assists the SCO with senior-level Commerce Department official visits.  May assume project leader responsibilities for more extensive projects, as well as oversee interns and contractors.   

Qualifications and Evaluations



At least 4 years of progressively responsible experience in economics, market research, marketing, trade promotion, sales, or other closely related fields. The job holder must have knowledge and experience regarding working with international business practices.


  1. Detailed understanding of Austrian government, political system, economy, laws and regulations, business culture, etc. as well as a clear understanding of the structure and size of assigned industries, including the role of domestic production v. imports, distribution channels, pricing, market size and major end-users.  In addition, the specialist must have a strong understanding of political and regulatory environments related to business and economics.

  2. Strong knowledge of key business aspects of at least one leading Austrian industry, including technical terminology in both languages, as well as the willingness and ability to build on this knowledge as required. These skills will be applied as successful candidate is assigned lead industries based on staffing needs and best opportunities for U.S. companies based on country-specific trends, for example Digital Economy/ICT, Advanced Manufacturing, and/or Energy.

  3. Thorough knowledge of U.S. business practices.

Education Requirements:

A (four year) bachelor’s degree in economics, marketing, international trade or business administration is required.



Level 4 (Fluency) Speaking/Reading/Writing of English. This may be tested

Level 4 (Fluency) Speaking/Reading/Writing of German. This may be tested

The job holder must be able to read and draft complex analytical research materials in both languages.


  1. Ability to develop and maintain an extensive range of mid to high-level contacts in the host government and private sector; to plan, organize and execute complex commercial research projects; to prepare precise and accurate reports embodying in-depth analytical evaluations; and to render advice with objectivity and employing sound professional judgment.

  2. Strong interpersonal, diplomatic and motivational skills are required.

  3. Ability to draft accurate and detailed business correspondence requiring minimal editing. Ability to prioritize tasks.

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY (EEO):  The U.S. Mission provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in employment to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation.


All applicants under consideration will be required to pass medical and local security certifications.


Benefits and Other Info

Agency Benefits:

The above salary is the minimum entry level salary for the position. 

For Locally Employed Staff, including Members of Household (MOHs), locally-resident EFMs, working at the Tri-Missions Vienna, compensation also consists of the prorated 13th and 14th month payment in addition to the Euro salary above. The compensation package will include health, separation, and other benefits.

For EFMs, benefits should be discussed with the Human Resources Office.

Other Information:

HIRING PREFERENCE SELECTION PROCESS:  Applicants in the following hiring preference categories are extended a hiring preference in the order listed below.  Therefore, it is essential that these applicants accurately describe their status on the application. Failure to do so may result in a determination that the applicant is not eligible for a hiring preference.


  1. AEFM / USEFM who is a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran*


  3. FS on LWOP and CS with reemployment rights **

* IMPORTANT:  Applicants who claim status as a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran must submit a copy of their most recent DD-214 (“Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty”), equivalent documentation, or certification.  A “certification” is any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions within 120 days after the certification is submitted by the applicant. The certification letter should be on letterhead of the appropriate military branch of the service and contain (1) the military service dates including the expected discharge or release date; and (2) the character of service.  Acceptable documentation must be submitted in order for the preference to be given. 

** This level of preference applies to all Foreign Service employees on LWOP and CS with re-employment rights back to their agency or bureau.

For more information (i.e., what is an EFM, USEFM, AEFM, MOH, etc.?) and for additional employment considerations, please visit the following link.

How to Apply

How to Apply:

To apply for this position click the “Apply to this Vacancy” button. For more information on how to apply visit the Mission internet site (

For languages, please list only your German AND English skills.

To apply for this position, applicants must electronically submit the documents listed below to be considered for employment. Failure to do so may result in a determination that the applicant is not eligible and qualified.

Required Documents:

Please provide the required documentation listed below with your application:

  • Residency and/or Work Permit (not required for Austrian Citizens)

  • CV and Letter of Motivation (optional)

  • Letter(s) of recommendation

  • A writing sample that represents your English writing and business analysis capabilities

  • Degree (not transcript)

  • Language Scores (if available)

  • For USEFMs: DD-214 - Member Copy 4, Letter from Veterans’ Affairs, or other supporting documentation (if applicable)

Next Steps:

Applicants who are invited to take a language skills test, or who are selected for an interview will be contacted via email.

Thank you for your application and your interest in working at the Tri Missions Vienna.