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Head, Procurement & Contracting Services - Operations

City: Ottawa 

Organizational Unit: Finance and Procurement Services 

Classification: PG-5 

Tenure: Continuing 

Language Requirements: Bilingual Imperative BBB/BBB 

The NRC Advantage



The National Research Council of Canada represents a powerful partnering option for anyone looking to push the boundaries of science and industry. In fact, as the Government of Canada's largest research organization supporting industrial innovation, the advancement of knowledge and technology development, we have become catalysts for innovation. For over a hundred years, the impact of our work with industry leaders and other government bodies has shaped Canada’s future. We partner with some of the most creative and solutions-driven minds in the world. 


And now, we want to partner with you. Be part of our collective force to come up with potentially disruptive solutions to Canada’s current and future technology challenges. Let your expertise and inspirations make an impact by joining the NRC.

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 vibrant and dynamic Head, Procurement and Contracting Services - Operations to support our Finance and Procurement Services Branch. The Head, Procurement and Contracting Services - Operations would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.


Reporting to the Director, Procurement Services and working in collaboration with the Head, Procurement and Contracting Services – Research, the incumbent is responsible and accountable for Goods and Services related to the operations of the organization for all CBI across the National Capital Region and for construction contracting across Canada.


In addition, the incumbent is responsible for the development and delivery of services which will promote and monitor sound contracting and procurement principles and practices.  Leading by example and capable of undertaking strategic and complex projects, the incumbent is responsible for exercising functional authority and providing direction, assistance and advice to staff and clients in the goods, services and construction contracting process to all CBI throughout the National Research Council.  The incumbent is also responsible to coach and develop their team.

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:

  • University degree or College diploma in business administration or in a related field.
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may also be considered.
  • A Supply Chain Management Professional designation with the Supply Chain Management Association of Canada (SCMA) would be considered an asset.
  • A certificate from a recognized supply chain organization would be considered an asset.


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

  • Significant and recent managerial experience in supervising procurement and contracting processes.  
  • Significant experience in the development and implementation of policies, procedures and guidelines for the delivery of systems and training to promote and monitor sound procurement practices. 
  • Significant experience in interpreting and applying contracting legislation, regulations and policies.
  • Significant experience in providing expert advice and direction in the procurement and contracting process to all levels of management, including recommending strategies and course of action.
  • Significant experience in the management of a workforce engaged in complex, high risk, high dollar value procurement and contracting projects.
  • Significant experience working on personal computers using MS Office (specifically MS Word and MS Outlook) and SAP or similar integrated business software.
  • Experience in a federal government environment would be an asset.
Condition of Employment

Reliability Status

Language requirements
Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies
  • Solid knowledge in supply chain management practices and principles.
  • Excellent knowledge and ability to interpret and apply government contracting and procurement policies, regulations, Acts and legislation.
  • Ability to supervise, coach and direct staff.
  • Ability to design and deliver presentations with good business writing skills.
  • Ability to respond to inquiries from employees, superiors and clients, to enforce compliance with the provisions of the various instruments, to write NRC policy and guidelines and to make or guide contracting and procurement decisions that balance client needs with compliance requirements. 
Behavioural Competencies
  • Management services - Client focus (Level 2)
  • Management services - Communication (Level 2)
  • Management services - Results orientation (Level 2)
  • Management services - Teamwork (Level 2)
  • Management services - Initiative (Level 2)
  • Management services - Conceptual and analytical ability (Level 2)
Competency Profile(s)

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


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

Salary Range

From $89,360 to $100,380 per annum. 

In addition, the incumbent will receive the Bilingualism Bonus of $800 per year.

  • Candidates must clearly demonstrate in their cover letter how they meet the education and experience factors listed on the poster. Candidates must use the education/experience criteria as a header and then write one or two paragraphs demonstrating how they meet them by providing concrete examples. In addition, the candidate is encouraged to describe in detail when, where and how he/she gained the experience. Failure to provide an appropriate cover letter will result in the rejection of your application. Candidates will not be solicited for incomplete or possible missing information.
  • Some travelling is required.
  • Preference will be given to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada. Please include citizenship information in your application.
  • Candidates who have Second Language Evaluation (SLE) test results with the Public Service Commission should include these results with their application.
  • The incumbent must adhere to safe workplace practices at all times.
  • NRC employees enjoy a wide-range of benefits including comprehensive health and dental plans, pension and insurance plans, vacation and other leave entitlements.
  • Overtime may sometimes be required.
  • A pre-qualified list may be established for similar positions for a one year period.



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 (5786) to:


Telephone: 613-990-4498 

Closing Date: 26 September 2019 - 23:59 Eastern Time



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Date Modified: 2019-09-17

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