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Senior Advisor, International Relations

City: Within a National Research Council Office across Canada / to be relocated in Munich, Germany (please refer to Your Challenge section for further details on location)

Organizational Unit: International Innovation Office 

Classification: RCO 

Tenure: Term 

Duration: 4 years with possibility of a conversion to continuing

Language Requirements: English, German reading, writing and oral

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 who will play a key role in facilitating the NRC’s growing collaborations with German government, institutional and industry partners. The Senior Advisor will be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.


There may be approximately six months of training and development within one of NRC offices in Canada prior to commencing in Munich, Germany.


As a Senior Advisor, you will work in a fast-paced environment where understanding of how innovation spurs economic growth is essential and where client-focus is paramount. You will play a critical support role to NRC Executives and senior managers by helping them seize significant opportunities in Germany for the benefit of NRC programs, research centers, as well as Canadian small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in collaboration with NRC’s Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP), Canadian companies and universities. Your duties will include:


  • Support NRC’s corporate programs in Germany. You will recognize, advise on, and develop opportunities that have the greatest impact such as: research and development collaboration, acquiring technologies, stimulating select consortia and using German networks to enable access to global value chains for Canadian SMEs working with IRAP.
  • Provide advice on German science and technology activities and networks; analyse and monitor German science, technology and innovation activities and policy trends; identify key issues and formulate recommendations for NRC's senior management.
  • Plan, develop, research, promulgate, analyze, and interpret policies, policy issues, programs, corporate and government-wide initiatives pertaining to the strategic and operational management of the NRC’s innovation activities with Germany.
  • Promote and represent NRC's interests to German organizations and government departments; promote NRC programs to German non-governmental and governmental organizations; and promote mechanisms for international industrial R&D and innovation. You will represent NRC to stakeholders and other government agencies and departments.
  • Define the key parameters and draft corporate documents including: strategic plans; among others. You will propose and analyse corporate strategy for international science and technology activities, positioning and NRC’s future opportunities, challenges and corporate needs.
  • Research and develop documents and briefing material for NRC senior management (President, Vice-Presidents, Secretary General, Directors General).
  • Provide German protocol expertise and staff support to NRC's senior management for visits, conferences, or reception of German dignitaries.


This role will appeal to someone who has a strong understanding of the German innovation landscape and a passion for international engagement.


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:


PhD degree preferably in Science, Engineering or relevant field.


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


An equivalent combination of education and work experience may be considered.


Significant experience in international relations and/or international business;

Experience working within the Canadian and German innovation systems;

Experience in strategic/corporate level planning;

Experience in conducting experimental research;

Evidence of relevant scientific impact (publications, citations in peer-reviewed journals).

Condition of Employment

Secret (II)

Obtain and retain a passport for international travel.

Language requirements


German reading, writing and oral


Information on language requirements and self-assessment tests

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies

  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of the international Science and Technology environment and Canada’s and Germany’s engagement in this area;
  • Advanced knowledge of International Relations including Protocol;
  • Basic knowledge of general policy development processes;
  • Basic knowledge of strategic planning;
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Management services - Partnering (Level 4)
  • Management services - Conceptual and analytical ability (Level 3)
  • Management services - Organizational and environmental awareness (Level 3)
  • Management services - Results orientation (Level 3)
  • Management services - Teamwork (Level 3)
  • Management services - Communication (Level 3)
  • Management services - Initiative (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

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 $52,854 to $149,416 per annum, which permits for employees of all levels from new graduates to world renowned experts to be fairly compensated for their contributions. 


  • 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.
  • The successful candidate must be available and prepared for national and international travel as necessary.
  • A pre-qualified list may be established for similar positions for a one year period.
  • Assignments and secondments may be considered according to NRC's policies.
  • 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 (5587) to:


Telephone: 613-991-1125 

Closing Date: 28 January 2019 - 23:59 Eastern Time



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Date Modified: 2018-12-21

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