Economic Development Specialist (Tech & Innovation) - City of Surrey

As one of the fastest growing cities in Canada, City of Surrey is a globally recognized leader in building vibrant, sustainable communities through technology and innovation and is an established BC Top Employer. City of Surrey employees are talented innovators, inspired by meaningful work and the opportunity to drive our city - and their careers - forward.

The City of Surrey’s Investment and Intergovernmental Relations Department is seeking a dynamic and creative economic development professional to support the City’s rapid economic growth and execution of the City’s upcoming economic strategy. The Economic Development Specialist reports to the Manager of Economic Development and is responsible for the delivery and execution of a number of programs that positions Surrey as a business friendly community.

The Economic Development Specialist will:

Sector Development

    • Research, develop and implement innovative sector related programs and initiatives related to business attraction, retention and growth to ensure Surrey is recognized as the premier location in Western Canada for business investment and innovation
    • Support the execution of sector development programming and other initiatives as required

    Business Outreach Program

      • Lead the execution of the City’s business outreach program and maintaining a strong relationship with local companies
      • Help local businesses access government services and programs at the municipal, provincial, and federal level
      • Measure the impact of the program and support continuous improvement of the business outreach program
      • Support the development of new programs that will lead to increased business vibrancy across the City
      • Promote local investment opportunities and help identify commercial and industrial land opportunities and support investor decision making in Surrey
      • Facilitate new private sector partnerships and investment opportunities throughout the community

      Strategic Economic Development Support

        • Undertake analysis and evaluation of economic and business development opportunities and identify strategies to develop these opportunities.
        • Account manage prospective in-bound investors and businesses looking to relocate to Surrey
        • Support grant-writing and proposal development to advance economic development strategic initiatives
        • Perform other job related duties

        Our ideal candidate shares our values of Community, Innovation, Integrity, Service and Teamwork, and can demonstrate the following qualifications:

          • A Bachelors degree in Commerce or Business Administration supplemented by a minimum of five (5) years of current experience in business development or a combination of relevant training and experience
          • Program management and technical sales experience would be an asset
          • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
          • Ability to manage a complex workload in a fast pace environment with multiple initiatives
          • Desire to take responsibility for individual contribution to team projects
          • Ability to meet deadlines and produce quality deliverables
          • Professional and enthusiastic attitude coupled with strong business acumen
          • Strong research/analytical/reporting

          Building Strong Industries and Business Communities in Surrey 

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