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Director, Research and Development Aerospace Manufacturing

Priority will 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: Aerospace 

Classification: MGT-2 

Tenure: Continuing 

Language Requirements: Bilingual Imperative CBC/CBC 


Note: In the event that no qualified bilingual candidates are identified, NRC may consider unilingual candidates who will be required to commit to achieving these levels within two years.

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.

Based in 5 locations across Canada, the Aerospace research center builds collaborative project teams from a diverse scientific and engineering workforce with particular strengths in structures, materials, manufacturing, aerodynamics, propulsion, gas turbines and flight research. Projects are conducted to meet the requirements of external clients, internal investment programs, or both.

Current areas of focus and technologies within the aerospace research centre include sustainable aviation, aerial mobility, product certification and development, manufacturing, air travel research, digitalization, atmospheric and icing research, and defense sustainment.

We are looking for a Director, Research and Development for the Aerospace Manufacturing Laboratory - the successful candidate would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.

The Director, Research and Development for the aerospace manufacturing lab manages the capability embodied in assigned research centre resources, ensuring relevance, focus and utility by working with program leaders and external stakeholders, including clients. The Director supervises Team Leaders to achieve effective execution of project management and continuous professional development of staff.  Through discharging these responsibilities, and through the provision of timely strategic advice, the Director, Research and Development provides the Director General with vital assurance of long-term research centre sustainability and risk management.

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:


Graduate degree in science, engineering or business from a recognized university. Preference may be given to candidates with a combination of science/engineering and business education.


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


  • In-depth knowledge of the Canadian and international context around the Aerospace Research Centre technologies: industries, forums, trends, the issues and dynamics that impact them, and the engagement needed to keep this knowledge current.
  • In depth scientific experience working in an area related to the aerospace research centre scientific and technological domains especially on digital manufacturing and materials, including both supporting and leading the development of programs or projects.
  • Experience supervising and developing scientific staff in multidisciplinary teams, including in a matrix environment of projects and programs.
  • Significant and recently demonstrated experience in applying the principles, tools and practices of leadership, administrative, financial, and human resource management.
  • Significant experience with demonstrated success in developing partnership or business opportunities with industry, academia, government or other partnerships; demonstrating highly-effective interpersonal skills.
  • Business knowledge within the relevant scientific and technological domains gained through experience with industry, government or other partnerships.

Condition of Employment

Secret (II)

Must be able to travel.

Language Requirements

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies

  • Demonstrated broad understanding of current and relevant scientific, technical and business issues, and of organizational and external factors and trends that impact the aerospace research centre’s success in its focus domains;
  • Demonstrated broad understanding of current and relevant scientific, technical and business issues, and of organizational and external factors and trends that impact the aerospace research centre’s success in its focus domains;
  • Strong knowledge in aerospace manufacturing trends and background experience in metallic materials, composite materials, and/or automation and robotics; 
  • Ability to direct and engage organizational capabilities and to effectively lead and manage a multi-disciplinary team, balancing revenue and scientific-knowledge-generation activities;
  • Significant knowledge of program and project management, strategic and operational planning;
  • Significant ability to lead and inspire change while applying best practices in the management of human resources, finances and projects, achieving ongoing efficiencies and improvements;
  • Demonstrated effective interpersonal skills, to work cooperatively and effectively with a broad range of employees, colleagues, clients, and stakeholders;
  • Demonstrated effective interpersonal skills, to work cooperatively and effectively with a broad range of colleagues, clients, and stakeholders.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Inspirational Leadership (Level 3)
  • Strategic Outlook and Alignment (Level 3)
  • Drive for Results and Efficiency (Level 4)
  • Leverage Collaborative Relationships (Level 3)
  • Financial Management (Level 3)
  • Client Relationship Management (Level 3)
  • Industry Sector Knowledge (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 $135,621 to $162,680 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.


  • In order to ensure a prompt and efficient processing of applications, candidates are encouraged to provide, along with their résumé, a detailed covering letter explaining how they meet each of the requirements of this position (education, experience, language requirements) by providing concrete examples. In addition, the candidate is encouraged to describe in detail when, where and how he/she gained the experience. 
  • Preference will be given to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada. Please include citizenship information in your application. 
  • This position is being advertised internally and externally simultaneously. 
  • 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.

As an employer who values diversity in its workforce, we encourage candidates to self-identify as members of the following designated groups: women, visible minorities, aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities. Measures for accommodation are available to all candidates retained for further assessment.



Please direct your questions, with the requisition number (18651) to:


Telephone: 613-298-8025 

Closing Date: 17 February 2023 - 23:59 Eastern Time



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*If you are currently a term or continuing employee at NRC, please apply through the SuccessFactors Careers module from your NRC computer.


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