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BMC Site Health, Safety, security and Environment Manager

Priority may be given to the following designated employment equity groups: Women, Indigenous peoples* (First Nations, Inuit and Métis), persons with disabilities and racialized persons*.
* The Employment Equity Act, which is under review, uses the terminology Aboriginal peoples and visible minorities.

City: Montréal 

Organizational Unit: Biologics Manufacturing Centre 

Classification: AS-6 

Tenure: Term 

Duration: Until 31 March 2023 with possibility for extension or permanent position under new business model.

Language Requirements: Bilingual Imperative BBB/BBB 

The NRC Advantage

Great Minds. One Goal. Canada's Success.


The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) is the Government of Canada's largest research organization supporting industrial innovation, the advancement of knowledge and technology development. We collaborate with over 70 colleges, universities and hospitals annually, work with 800 companies on their projects, and provide advice or funding to over 8000 Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) each year.


We bring together the brightest minds to deliver tangible impacts on the lives of Canadians and people around the world. And now, we want to partner with you.  Let your expertise and inspirations make an impact by joining the NRC.


At the NRC, we know that diversity enables excellence in research and innovation. We are committed to a diverse and representative workforce, a safe and respectful work environment, and contributing to a more inclusive Canadian innovation system.  We welcome all qualified applicants and encourage you to complete the employment equity self-declaration questions during the job application process.

Please let us know of any accommodation measures required to help you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. Please note that the information you provide will be treated confidentially. 

Your Challenge

Help bring research to life and drive your career forward with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), Canada's largest research and technology organization.


We are looking for a Site Health, Safety, Security and Environment (HSSE) Manager to support our Biologics Manufacturing Centre. The HESS Manager would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity. 


The new Biologics Manufacturing Centre (BMC), at the NRC, will improve the health of and make biomedical innovations more accessible to all Canadians by providing access to additional domestic production capacity for vaccines and biologic products in times of national and global emergencies and for unmet needs. The BMC will be certified as Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) compliant, will have full end-to-end production capability for mammalian cell-based biologics. This includes a production capacity of approximately 4,000 litres per month, upstream and downstream processing, a quality control lab, filling and secondary packaging, and related logistics management for final products. In the short-term, the BMC’s top priority and focus is to help secure the production of a COVID-19 vaccine for Canadians as quickly as possible, once one is approved by Health Canada. In the longer term, the BMC’s focus will be on providing innovative solutions for the domestic production and supply of novel biologics for the future, while providing Canada with access to a facility that is ready to respond to emergencies, such as a pandemic. Come and take part in the establishment of the facility and participate in obtaining a drug establishment license from Health Canada. NRC's intention is to transition the site to a different business model over the next few years so the status of positions will be re-evaluated regularly


The NRC establishes, promotes and implements best practices in health, safety, security and environmental management (HSSE). As the successful candidate, you will responsible to implement a culture of proactive health and safety protection for employees, visitors and contractors, surrounding communities and the environment work in collaboration with the team at the new Biologics Manufacturing Centre (BMC). You will need to develop a thorough knowledge of manufacturing, warehousing, packaging and laboratory operations and their health, safety and environmental stewardship challenges in order to effectively support the implementation and monitoring of NRC policies and programs related to health, safety and environmental management.

Your Challenge (continued)

You will be responsible for:


  • Planning, analyzing, developing/adapting, implementing, and promoting all HSSE programs: procedures, training, tools, and strategies, to the manufacturing of biologics in a GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) manufacturing environment;
  • Manages the associated budgets, sets commitments, priorities and service standards;
  • Providing expert technical information, coaching, and monitoring to resolve issues related to health, safety, security and environmental matters; including the emergency management program for the center;
  • Ensuring that the programs are in compliance with municipal, provincial and federal laws and regulations;
  • In collaboration with Human Ressources manages disability and health & safety BMCs employees files and support the health monitoring program. 


You will work closely with members of the management team to understand their needs and issues, provide recommendations and ensure the continuation of the HSSE culture, and with the HSSE corporate team. Finally, you will be supported by an advisor and contractors on daily activities.


To be successful in this role, you will need leadership, excellent ability to influence, to establish strong and trustful interpersonal relationships, analytical skills as well as strong demonstrated experience with workplace safety in an environment where a wide variety of hazards (chemical, mechanical, electrical, laser, biological and ergonomic) are present.

Screening Criteria

Applicants must demonstrate within the content of their application that they meet the following screening criteria in order to be given further consideration as candidates:


Bachelor’s degree in science (chemistry, biology, biochemistry or environment), engineering, industrial hygiene or other related discipline.


A Master’s degree in one of the disciplines listed above will be considered an asset.


Preference may be given to those with a professional certification in a field relevant to the position. 


For information on certificates and diplomas issued abroad, please see Degree equivalency


  • Significant* experience providing Health, Safety, Security and Environment support in manufacturing worksites.
  • Experience working in a pharmaceutical environment (GMP), technical or industrial, including experience supporting the implementation of environment, and/or health & safety related legislation, regulations, policies and/or programs. Ideally this would include experience such as creating a HSSE new department, performing risk assments, preparing safe work procedures, conducting audits or workplace inspections, providing emergency response support, and/or participating in investigations following incidents and accidents.
  • Experience in leading a department and resources.


Note:  Significant experience is defined as more than 2 years of experience.

Condition of Employment

Secret (II)


All employees of the National Research Council are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and attest to their vaccination status unless accommodated based on a medical contraindication, religion, or another prohibited ground of discrimination as defined under the Canadian Human Rights Act.

Language Requirements

Assessment Criteria

Candidates will be assessed on the basis of the following criteria:

Technical Competencies

  • Knowledge of at least one of the following areas:  the Canada Labour Code Part II or the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, including applicable directives, standards and guidelines, and their related federal, provincial, and municipal regulations and policies
  • Ability to interpret applicable environmental, health and safety legislation, relevant standards or accepted best practices and to adadpted them into a specific environment
  • Ability to synthesize multiple sources of information or summarize complex problems and present the subject in a concise and practical written or oral briefing
  • Ability to provide advice, influence and guidance to clients
  • Ability to lead teams and/or working groups

Behavioural Competencies

  • Management services - Communication (Level 3)
  • Management services - Conceptual and analytical ability (Level 2)
  • Management services - Results orientation (Level 2)
  • Management services - Teamwork (Level 3)

Competency Profile(s)

For this position, the NRC will evaluate candidates using the following competency profile: Management Services


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Relocation assistance will be determined in accordance with the NRC's directives.


​From $93,470 to $104,792 per annum. 


In addition, the incumbent will receive the Bilingualism Bonus of $800 per year.


NRC employees enjoy a wide-range of competitive benefits including comprehensive health and dental plans, pension and insurance plans, vacation and other leave entitlements.


  • On October 6, 2021, the Government of Canada announced the launch of a mandatory vaccination policy across the federal public service. The Policy on COVID-19 Vaccination for the National Research Council requires you to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and that you attest to your vaccination status prior to the date of your appointment unless accommodated based on a medical contraindication, religion, or another prohibited ground of discrimination as defined under the Canadian Human Rights Act. You can find more specific information on the collection and use of your personal information when you submit your attestation.
  • A pre-qualified list may be established for similar positions for a one year period.
  • Preference will be given to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada. Please include citizenship information in your application.
  • The incumbent must adhere to safe workplace practices at all times.
  • We thank all those who apply, however only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.



Please direct your questions, with the requisition number (17222) to:


Telephone: 343-548-5849 

Closing Date: 26 May 2022 - 23:59 Eastern Time



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