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Group Leader, Intellectual Property

City: Ottawa 

Organizational Unit: National Programs and Business Services Branch 

Classification: RCO 

Tenure: Continuing 

Language Requirements: Bilingual Imperative CBC/CBC 


Note: In the event that no candidates meet the bilingual imperative profile of CBC/CBC, NRC may consider candidates who are able to achieve bilingual imperative profile of BBB/BBB.

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 NRC, we know diversity enables excellence in research and innovation. We are committed to a diverse and representative workforce, an open and inclusive work environment, and contributing to a more inclusive Canadian innovation system. 


NRC welcomes all qualified applicants and encourages candidates to self-declare as members of the following designated employment equity groups: women, visible minorities, aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities.


Please advise of any accommodation measures required to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. They are available to all candidates for further assessment. Related information received will be addressed 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 Leader, IP Management to support our National Programs and Business Services (NPBS). The Leader, IP Management would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.


We are looking for an Intellectual Property (IP) professional to lead the IP team within our National Programs and Business Services (NPBS) Branch. NRC holds over 1600 patents and has the largest IP team in the Government of Canada. This is a unique opportunity to influence intellectual property strategy in a multi-faceted research organization.


The incumbent will be leading NRC’s intellectual property activities, including:


  • Developing over-arching IP policies
  • Overseeing NRC’s patenting activities and associated decision-making process
  • Managing technology licence agreements
  • Optimizing IP processes.
  • Ensuring strong IP governance and reporting
  • Advising research programs on intellectual property strategy
  • Providing expert guidance to the National Programs and Business Services offices, NRC executives, and researchers/research managers.


This position reports to the Director, Business Support 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:


A university degree in law, business, or a related field. A master’s degree would be considered an asset.

Registration as a patent agent will be considered an asset


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


  • Significant and recent experience in managing a team and planning team activities and priorities.
  • Significant and recent experience in the management of intellectual property in a science or technology environment.
  • Significant and recent experience in overseeing a budget / financial forecasting and reporting.
  • Significant and recent experience in advising internal clients and senior management on intellectual property matters.
  • Significant practical experience in the negotiation and drafting of licensing agreements, and/or IP-related provisions in collaboration agreements and research services agreements would also be considered an asset.
Condition of Employment

Secret (II)

Language requirements

Bilingual Imperative CBC/CBC 


Note: In the event that no candidates meet the bilingual imperative profile of CBC/CBC, NRC may consider candidates who are able to achieve bilingual imperative profile of BBB/BBB.


Information on language requirements and self-assessment tests

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies
  • Solid knowledge of policies and sound practices related to IP management, contract management, financial management, human resources management, and procurement management.
  • Knowledge of the NRC, its mandate and programs and awareness of the characteristics of scientific research environments.
  • Solid knowledge of the IP protection process in Canada, the United States, Europe and via the PCT.
  • Knowledge of the markets for inventions and the financial and technical constraints affecting their commercialization.
  • Ability to develop and implement IP strategies.
  • Ability to assess, manage and mitigate risk in a business environment.
Behavioural Competencies
  • Management services - Communication (Level 4)
  • Management services - Client focus (Level 3)
  • Management services - Conceptual and analytical ability (Level 3)
  • Management services - Initiative (Level 3)
  • Management services - Results orientation (Level 3)
  • Management services - Teamwork (Level 3)
  • Management services - Self-knowing and self-development (Level 3)
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


This position is classified as a Research Council Officer (RCO), a group that is unique to the NRC. The RCO group uses a person-based classification system instead of the more common duties-based classification system. Candidates are remunerated based on their expertise, skill, outcomes and impacts of their previous work experience. The salary scale for this group is vast, from $55,541 to $157,009 per annum, which permits for employees of all levels from new graduates to world renowned experts to be fairly compensated for their contributions. 


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


  • 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 (7489) to:


Telephone: 613-993-9173 

Closing Date: Posted until filled



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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.


Date Modified: 2019-09-09

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