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Director, Manufacturing

City: Montréal 

Organizational Unit: Biologics Manufacturing Centre 

Classification: MGT-2 

Tenure: Term to November 2023

Duration: 18 month term with possibility of extension and/or indeterminate position

Language Requirements: Bilingual Imperative CBC/CBC  

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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 premier research and technology organization.

We are looking for a Director, Manufacturing to support the Director General, Biologics Manufacturing Centre. The selected candidate 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 Director Manufacturing is accountable for the start-up of the new biologics manufacturing facility. The role will manage and develop the manufacturing team to support daily manufacturing operations of biologics and vaccine production in accordance with GMP standards. The Manufacturing Director is a key interface between Quality Control, Quality Assurance, Technology Transfer, Manufacturing Science, Regulatory Affairs, Facilities & Engineering and Supply Chain & Warehouse teams. The Director Manufacturing must work cross-functionally to ensure appropriate systems are in place to support GMP operations.

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:


A Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university with specialization in science or engineering.


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


  • Experience supervising and developing manufacturing staff on a shopfloor, and in multidisciplinary teams, ideally in a matrix environment of projects.
  • Experience working with biologics products in a GMP environment
  • Experience with single-use technology.
  • Significant and recently demonstrated experience in applying the principles, tools and practices of leadership, administrative, financial, and human resource management.
  • Experience in managing formulation, filling and packaging operations is an asset.
  • Experience with mammalian cell-based, and downstream purification may be considered an asset.
  • Experience working in a vaccine manufacturing facility may be considered an asset.
  • Experience in managing and scheduling media and buffer preparation may be considered an asset.
  • Experience in managing washing, sterilizing and decontamination operations may be considered an asset.

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

  • Strong knowledge and understanding of GMP manufacturing.
  • Ability to direct and engage organizational capabilities and to effectively lead and manage a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Significant knowledge of strategic and operational planning.
  • Demonstrated effective interpersonal skills, to work cooperatively and effectively with a broad range of employees, colleagues, clients, and stakeholders.
  • Ability to prepare succinct documents, manage priorities and projects and respond to executive requests for information with short turnarounds.
  • Superior written communication and presentation skills.
  • Ability to effectively and clearly communicate in a manner that enables teams to execute on key deliverables.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Management competencies - Inspirational Leadership (Level 3)
  • Management competencies - Strategic Outlook and Alignment (Level 3)
  • Management competencies - Drive for Results and Efficiency (Level 4)
  • Management competencies - Leverage Collaborative Relationships (Level 3)
  • Management competencies - Financial Management (Level 3)
  • Management competencies - Client Relationship Management (Level 3)
  • Management competencies - Industry Sector Knowledge (Level 4)
  • Management competencies - People Management (Level 3)
  • Management competencies - Business Acumen (Level 3)

Competency Profile(s)

For this position, the NRC will evaluate candidates using the following competency profile: Management Competencies (MG)


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


From $125,300 to $150,300 per annum. 


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.
  • NRC employees enjoy a wide-range of benefits including comprehensive health and dental plans, pension and insurance plans, vacation and other leave entitlements.
  • Must be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident 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 (17192) to:


Telephone: 613-993-1679 

Closing Date: Posted until filled



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