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Human Resources Advisor

City: Montréal 

Organizational Unit: Human Resources Branch 

Classification: PE-3 

Tenure: Term 

Duration: Until March 31, 2023 with possibility for extension or permanent position under a new business model. 
NRC's intention is to transition the site to a different business model over the next year, therefore, the status of positions will be re-evaluated regularly.

Language Requirements: Bilingual Imperative CBC/CBC 


Note: Due to the nature of the work and operational requirements, this position will require some physical presence at the NRC work location identified, however, the option of a hybrid work arrangement (a combination of working onsite and offsite), may be possible.

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 Human Resources Advisor to support our Human Resources Branch. The Human Resources Advisor would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.
Working as a partner with your assigned client group, the NRC’s Biologics Manufacturing Centre, the Human Resources Advisor will deliver high quality client service. You will work closely with your clients to provide support in a variety of HR disciplines to achieve BMC business goals and objectives. 

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. 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. 

Working under the direction of a Human Resources Manager, this is a true generalist role, with key accountabilities including:

  • Providing front-line HR services and advice/guidance in areas such as staffing, labour relations, workforce planning, employment equity, performance management, classification, time management, disability management, learning and career development to their client.
  • Participating in developing and implementing HR activities in support of local needs and corporate initiatives.

This role will appeal to someone who is highly motivated, has excellent communication skills, sound judgement, thrives in a fast-paced environment, able to manage several different files at a time, and works equally well autonomously or within a team. If you are inspired by the opportunity to partner with clients to meet the organization’s HR needs, we would like to hear from you!

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:


Degree from a recognized university in a field relevant to the work to be performed or an advanced college diploma with a specialization in a discipline related to Human Resources.

An equivalent combination of experience, education, training and/or experience may be accepted.


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


  • Recent experience in the delivery of operational or program services in several Human Resources disciplines such as: staffing, classification, labour relations, human resources planning, performance management, disability management or learning.
  • Experience in researching and analyzing operational HR issues for clients and providing advice/guidance, options and recommendations.
  • Experience in using a human resources management system (such as SAP or PeopleSoft).
  • Experience working in a biomanufacturing organization and/or a start-up company would be an asset.
  • Experience in a unionized environment would be an asset.

Condition of Employment

Reliability Status


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 and understanding of Human Resources Management functional areas, principles and practices including (but not limited to): workforce planning, staffing, organizational development/effectiveness, performance management, classification, disability management and labour relations.
  • Ability to assist the client in facilitating change within the organization.
  • Ability to analyze and synthesize information, identify options, risks, advise and recommend solutions and ability to coach clients in HR management practices.
  • Ability to establish and maintain strong working relationships with a variety of stakeholders.
  • Ability to effectively manage changing and conflicting demands and priorities while meeting deadlines.
  • Ability to influence using sound judgment.
  • Ability to interpret policies and collective agreements and/or regulations, and identify matters which may require further action.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Management services - Results orientation (Level 3)
  • Management services - Self-knowing and self-development (Level 2)
  • Management services - Communication (Level 3)
  • Management services - Client focus (Level 2)
  • Management services - Conceptual and analytical ability (Level 2)
  • Management services - Initiative (Level 2)
  • Management services - Teamwork (Level 2)

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 $80,335 to $89,296 per annum. 


In addition, the incumbent who meets the language requirements 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.
  • Candidates who have Second Language Evaluation (SLE) test results with the Public Service Commission should include these results with their application.
  • In order to ensure a prompt and efficient processing of applications, candidates are required 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.
  • 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 (17379) to:


Telephone: 613-993-1679 

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



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