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Director General, Aerospace

City: Ottawa; Montréal 

Organizational Unit: Aerospace 

Classification: MGT-4 

Tenure: Continuing 

Language Requirements: Bilingual Imperative CBC/CBC 


Notes: 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.

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, Indigenous peoples* (First Nations, Inuit and Métis) and persons with disabilities. Measures for accommodation are available to all candidates retained for further assessment.

* The Employment Equity Act, which is under review, uses the terminology Aboriginal peoples and visible minorities.

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.

The Aerospace Research Centre positions Canada's aerospace industry for success in new aerospace markets by investing in emerging technologies. We conduct research and technological development across the full spectrum of issues related to the design, manufacture, qualification, performance, use and maintenance of air vehicles. 

The Director General reports of the Vice-President of Transportation and Manufacturing and will support the development of the Aerospace strategy. Seven directors that oversee various R&D departments, programs, operations and business management services report to the Director General.  The Director General is also supported by a number of different corporate groups such as Finance, HR, Information technology etc. 

The Director General will provide inspirational leadership to the scientific and technical staff and will help set the direction of research as aligned with the strategy. Applying excellent management skills, the Director General will ensure scientific and technical excellence, and client satisfaction. The Director General maximizes the value and impact of Aerospace in various NRC R&D Programs and initiatives aimed at scientific excellence, business innovation, and Canada’s public policy, including forging and leveraging complex external partnerships and collaborations across a wide range of stakeholders encompassing academia, Other government departments (OGDs), and industry nationally and internationally.

Our Inclusive Work Environment

We are committed to ensuring that each staff member promptly receives the accommodation they need to do their job and we understand the importance of work/life balance.

NRC employees enjoy a wide range of benefits that include comprehensive medical and dental, pension and insurance plans as well as annual vacation time and other leave. The NRC also offers learning and development opportunities. For more information, please visit our website.

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 Ph.D. or equivalent degree in engineering, science or a related field from a recognized university. Preference may be given to candidates with a combination of science and business education.


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


  • Significant experience conducting original research in a field related to the position and ideally recognition as a global leader in their domain of expertise.
  • Significant experience supervising and developing staff in multidisciplinary teams, ideally 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.
  • Experience managing multidisciplinary R&D programs.
  • Significant and demonstrated scientific or engineering and technical leadership.
  • Significant experience in building partnerships with national and international organizations.
  • Experience developing and maintaining strategic projects with senior government officials, academic and industry leaders. 
  • Senior executive experience including a demonstrated ability to lead change, build superior teams, motivate a diverse group of individuals, and direct large-scale initiatives.

Condition of Employment

Secret (II)

Language Requirements

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies

  • Strong knowledge of the national and international Aerospace research community.
  • Knowledge of the Canadian innovation process, the structure of the Canadian research and innovation systems, and the Canadian research community.
  • Ability to effectively lead and manage a multi-faceted organization in an R&D environment with a style and approach that supports NRC’s commitment to scientific excellence and its participative management and entrepreneurship values.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully leverage, government, industry or other partnerships to generate and deliver on ideas that would lead to recognition of NRC’s role in world-wide research and technology innovation.
  • Strong knowledge of Aerospace’s initiatives, programs and activities and their potential for impact nationally and internationally.
  • Recognized leadership in the field of aerospace
  • Abillity to analyze complex information, make timely decisions and communicate clearly with all internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to manage in a scientific environment with in depth knowledge of the different models of research operations while enhancing a collaborative approach.
  • Knowledge of the National Research Council, its mandate and strategic objectives.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Inspirational Leadership (Level 4)
  • Self-Awareness (Level 3)
  • Strategic Outlook and Alignment (Level 4)
  • Drive for Results and Efficiency (Level 4)
  • Leverage Collaborative Relationships (Level 4)
  • Client Relationship Management (Level 4)
  • Service Orientation (Level 4)
  • Financial Management (Level 4)
  • Human Resources Management (Level 4)

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 $167,226 to $200,563 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.
  • Candidates who have Second Language Evaluation (SLE) test results with the Public Service Commission should include these results with their application.
  • 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.
  • 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.



Please direct your questions, with the requisition number (17778) to:


Telephone: 613-993-1679 

Closing Date: 2 September 2022 - 23:59 Eastern Time



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