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Procurement Manager

City: Ottawa 

Organizational Unit: Finance and Procurement Services 

Classification: PG-6 

Tenure: Continuing 

Language Requirements: Bilingual Imperative CBC/CBC 


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.

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 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 Procurement Manager to support our Finance and Procurement Services. The Procurement Manager would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.


The Procurement Manager is responsible and accountable for the planning, organizing, controlling, staffing and monitoring of all procurement and contracting services on behalf of the National Research Council.  These services include procurement and contracting services for construction, services, goods, publications, architectural and engineering services, energy services and deregulated services.  This person is also responsible for the application and interpretation of policies and guidelines for the delivery of a sound, effective and efficient procurement and contracting services for all of NRC. The incumbent exercises direct or functional supervisory authority over all the employees engaged in the delivery, to their clients, of any of the products, services and construction forming part of the procurement and contracting services.


This person is also responsible and accountable for the strategic direction and operational planning behind the current and future positioning of the procurement and contracting services and to align it with the overall mission, vision, direction and needs of the NRC. 

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 in business administration or in a related field from a recognized university, or an acceptable combination of education and experience.  


Certified Professional Purchaser designation (CPP) or CSCMP certification through the Supply Chain of Canada (SCC).


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;
  • *Extensive experience in interpreting and applying contracting legislation, regulations and policies;
  • Extensive 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;
  • Extensive experience in the management of a workforce engaged in complex, high risk, high dollar value procurement and contracting projects; and
  • Significant experience working on personal computers using MS Office (specifically MS Word and MS Outlook) and SAP or similar integrated business software.


Assets :

  • Experience in a federal government environment or public sector would be an asset.
  • Experience in managing budgets in accordance with the Federal administration act would be an asset.


*Significant – 2 to 6 years
*Extensive – 7 years or more

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

  • Extensive 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;
  • Sound knowledge of practices and guidelines that govern federal government procurement functions;
  • Sound knowledge of trends, developments and challenges in managing procurement in the public and private sectors;
  • Well-developed ability to supervise, coach and direct staff;
  • Well-developed ability to design and deliver presentations with good business writing skills; and
  • 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 3)
  • Management services - Communication (Level 3)
  • Management services - Results orientation (Level 4)
  • Management services - Teamwork (Level 3)
  • Management services - Initiative (Level 3)
  • Management services - Conceptual and analytical ability (Level 3)

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 $108,533 to $120,319 per annum.  In addition, the incumbent 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.


  • A pre-qualified list may be established for similar positions for a one year period.
  • Some travelling is required.
  • Candidates who have Second Language Evaluation (SLE) test results with the Public Service Commission should include these results with their application.
  • Overtime may sometimes be required.
  • 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 (15834) to:


Telephone: 438-455-5335 

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.


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