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Senior Advisor, HR Management Systems

City: Ottawa 

Organizational Unit: Human Resources Branch 

Classification: PE-5 

Tenure: Continuing 

Language Requirements: Bilingual Imperative CBC/CBC 

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 Senior Advisor to join our Human Resources (HR) Branch. The Senior Advisor is someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.


As part of a dynamic team of HR practitioners, you will provide leadership and expertise related to the HR systems function with a view to ensuring that NRC has the technology solutions needed to support HR management. Working with internal and external partners and stakeholders, you will identify and assess NRC’s HR business and functional requirements for technology solutions, provide strategic and consultative advice to support the evaluation, implementation and integration of new technologies, and implement practices that support data quality, integrity and privacy. This Senior Advisor role will ensure an optimal relationship between data, business requirements and HR system functionality.


This role will appeal to a strategic-thinking professional with a passion and curiosity for technology and a commitment to effective and progressive HR management. The successful candidate will see HR systems as a key enabler of organizational success and ultimately excellence in research in innovation. If you are inspired by this opportunity, we would like to hear from you!

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 from a recognized institution in human resources management, business administration, information systems or a related field.


For alternate qualifications please refer to equivalency heading below.


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


  • Experience implementing and supporting HR systems including preparation of the business for implementation.
  • Experience in business process and functional analysis and documentation.
  • Experience conducting research, analysis and preparing written products including briefings, communiques and reports.
  • Experience procuring services preferably in a government setting.
  • Experience working with SAP HR business solutions including SuccessFactors would be considered an asset.


An equivalent combination of experience, education, training and/or experience may be accepted.

Condition of Employment

Reliability Status

Language requirements

Bilingual Imperative CBC/CBC 


Note: 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.


Information on language requirements and self-assessment tests

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies

  • Strong knowledge of systems including best practices, trends and technology development and an understanding of HR systems supporting talent management, time and pay.
  • Knowledge of human resources principles and practices and an ability to anticipate and understand changes in HR practices, legislation, policy and practices and the associated impact on HR systems.
  • Ability to understand, identify and articulate HR business and functional requirements for conversion into technical requirements.
  • Strong partnering and networking skills with the ability to establish credibility and foster effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Strong project management skills including the ability to work on projects involving multiple stakeholders and dependencies.
  • Strong research, analysis and writing skills with an ability to analyze and synthesize information, provide sound recommendations, and produce high quality written products.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Management services - Organizational and environmental awareness (Level 3)
  • Management services - Communication (Level 3)
  • Management services - Conceptual and analytical ability (Level 3)
  • Management services - Results orientation (Level 3)
  • Management services - Teamwork (Level 3)
  • Management services - Self-knowing and self-development (Level 3)
  • Supervisor - Developing others (Level 3)

Competency Profile(s)

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


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

Salary Range

From $92,383 to $103,162 per annum. 



In addition, the incumbent who meets the language requirements will  receive the Bilingualism Bonus of $800 per year.


  • 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.
  • This position is being advertised internally and externally simultaneously, however first consideration will be given to internal NRC applicants.
  • Some travelling is required.
  • 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.



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 (5302) to:


Telephone: 613-990-1679 

Closing Date: 7 January 2019 - 23:59 Eastern Time



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Date Modified: 2018-12-13

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