Director, Procurement Services

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.
Candidates are asked to self-declare when applying to this hiring process.

City: Ottawa 

Organizational Unit: Finance and Procurement Services 

Classification: MGT-2 

Tenure: Continuing

Language Requirements: Bilingual Imperative CBC/CBC 


Note: Due to the nature of the work and operational requirements, this position will require a physical presence, in the form of a hybrid work arrangement (a combination of working onsite and offsite) of two days per week at the NRC work location identified. This arrangement is subject to change or may be modified as required with reasonable notice.

Your Challenge

Great Minds. One Goal. Canada's Success.

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

We are looking for a vibrant and dynamic Director for the Finance and Procurement Services (FPS) Branch. The Director, Procurement Services would be someone who shares our core values of impact, accountability, leadership, integrity and collaboration.

The Director is the NRC functional head for procurement, customs, import and export, and must ensure appropriate policies and procedures are developed to meet client and program requirements. The main challenge in this role is to balance the expeditious delivery of client services and the regulatory requirements demanded by central agencies.

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 position (ie. Business Administration, Commerce. Etc.)  


An equivalent combination of education and recent/significant practical experience in a similar environment may be considered.


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


  • Significant experience in leading and managing a complex procurement directorate including human resources, contract management and negotiation, and budgeting. 
  • Experience in project management while prioritizing competing clients' requests. 
  • Significant experience in supply chain processes and administration of procurement management in the Public Service. 
  • Experience in working with teams to resolve issues and develop organizational strategies. 
  • Significant experience related to Procure to Pay (P2P) initiatives and procurement cards programs. 
  • Experience with energy commodity markets and futures for natural gas, oil and electricity.

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

  • Knowledge of government policies, legislation and regulation related to procurement in the Public Service, and current and emerging trends; and best practices. 
  • Extensive knowledge of treaties, agreements and laws governing public procurement, Ontario Public Sector Accountability Act Bill 122, and Competitive Bidding Act, 1981. 
  • Ability to lead, build and motivate individuals and teams to meet or exceed performance expectations. 
  • Ability to build internal alliances with clients to understand and meet their needs and to set direction based on these needs. 
  • Ability to develop and manage a complete HR program for the department, including the managing of staffing levels, the development of a succession plan, staff training and development, change management, and the implementation of strategies to promote NRC's policies and employment philosophy.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Inspirational Leadership (Level 2)
  • Strategic Outlook and Alignment (Level 2)
  • Drive for Results and Efficiency (Level 2)
  • Leverage Collaborative Relationships (Level 2)
  • Financial Management (Level 2)
  • Client Relationship Management (Level 3)
  • Industry Sector Knowledge (Level 2)
  • Service Orientation (Level 3)
  • People Management (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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From $147,118 to $176,471 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.

The NRC Advantage

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 Employee wellness matters. We offer flexible work schedules as well as part-time work to help employees maintain work-life balance. We are one of the few federal organizations that close our offices during the December holiday season.  We offer professional learning and development opportunities such as conferences, workshops, and a suite of mentorship, award and recognition programs. Diversity enables creativity and innovation. Fostering a diverse, inclusive, welcoming and supportive workplace is important to us, and contributes 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. 
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  • Relocation assistance will be determined in accordance with the NRC's directives.
  • 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 (20878) to:


Telephone: 613-858-5773 

Closing Date: 29 November 2023 - 23:59 Eastern Time



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