Senior Strategic Analyst

Priority will be given to the following designated employment equity groups: women, Indigenous peoples* (First Nations, Inuit and Métis), persons with disabilities and racialized persons*.


* The Employment Equity Act, which is under review, uses the terminology Aboriginal peoples and visible minorities.


Candidates are asked to self-declare when applying to this hiring process.


City: Ottawa 

Organizational Unit: Industrial Research Assistance Program 

Classification: RCO 

Tenure: Continuing 

Language Requirements: Bilingual Imperative CBC/CBC 


Work Arrangements: Due to the nature of the work and operational requirements, this position will require some physical presence at the NRC work location identified in the form of a hybrid work arrangement (a combination of working onsite and offsite).


We recognize that Indigenous candidates may have important connections to their communities.  If you are an Indigenous candidate, you may be eligible for an exception to this work arrangement.  To learn more, please contact the hiring team, using the contact information below.

Your Challenge

Great Minds. One Goal. Canada's Success.


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 Senior Strategic Analyst to support the NRC Industrial Assistance Research Program (NRC IRAP). The Senior Strategic Analyst would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.


Regarded worldwide as one of the best programs of its kind, IRAP is Canada’s premier innovation assistance program for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). IRAP operates at the intersection of technologies, the innovative capacity of firms that incorporate and advance them, and the policy objectives by which they are both sought and realized. Further, through its distinct role and design, IRAP generates novel perspectives on the state and evolution of technologies, technological industries, and ecosystems of firms.


Successful candidates will work in IRAP’s new Market and Technical Intelligence (MaTI) Directorate, IRAP’s center of expertise for foresight in support of evidence-based program and policy development. The focus of MaTI is on data-driven research and the analysis of economic and technological trends to inform strategy, resource allocation, and evaluation.


The Senior Strategic Analyst will identify risks and opportunities for program strategy arising from economic and technology intelligence and provide evidence-based analysis for policy development and program improvements. The Analyst will be responsible for:

  • Supporting the identification of opportunities for program strategy arising from economic intelligence and from analysis of administrative data;
  • Identification and tracking of emerging and prevailing trends in technological innovations and capabilities among IRAP supported firms, within Canadian industry, and the global state-of-the-art;
  • Leveraging leading edge economic and innovation theories and data science methodologies and techniques to develop new and advanced insights, including options and expected impacts for the development and delivery of enhanced program and policy.
  • Providing recommendations for focus of program resources, and support coordination of their implementation;
  • Collaborating on the development and tracking of strategic targets and indicators for annual reporting;
  • Contributing to IRAP’s statistical research collaboration initiatives; and
  • Experimentation with technologies and methods to offer new and deeper insights.

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:


Graduation with a degree from a recognized post-secondary institution with acceptable specialization in economics, statistics, mathematics, data science, administration, finance, engineering, science or a related field.


Asset: Graduate studies, preferably a PhD in domain of relevance to the position.


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


  • Significant experience in conducting analysis, identifying options and developing and presenting briefing and presentations for providing strategic advice and recommendations to executive management, as well as to corporate committees or representatives to support decision-making processes.
  • Significant experience in developing and liaising with a broad network of technical, industry and policy contacts and researchers.
  • Significant experience in conducting in depth analysis for decision making, planning and program design based on complex data that may not be complete.
  • Significant experience in gathering, analyzing and synthesizing data from disparate sources to identify strategic trends and related opportunities/challenges in technology, market or the economy.
  • Significant experience developing, conducting and overseeing economic, statistical, data science market intelligence or technology intelligence research programs.
  • Significant experience in working on multiple projects in a team environment.
  • Significant experience in applying advanced quantitative technics and methods to collect and analyze data such as econometrics, data mining and generative AI-Machine learning, including peer reviewed publications, would be deemed an asset.
  • Significant experience in developing and leading high quality collaborative research or organizing conferences with external experts (e.g., academics) would be deemed an asset.
  • Experience in understanding entrepreneurship and business challenges, especially in the context of SMEs that commercialize technology-based products and services would be deemed an asset.
  • Significant experience in leading and managing projects would be deemed an asset.


*Significant experience is defined as the depth and breadth of experience normally associated with full-time performance of duties for a cumulative period of at least eight years.

Condition of Employment

Reliability Status


Language Requirements

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies

  • Knowledge of the strategic challenges in Canada at the interface of innovation and economic growth, and in particular as related to SMEs
  • Knowledge of the Canadian innovation system – policy, programs (in particular IRAP, including its stakeholders and clients) would be would be deemed an asset.
  • Demonstrated ability to define, manage and execute multiple projects, working effectively with internal team members or external contractors;
  • Ability to plan, organize and set priorities under tight deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to design and conduct analysis and research.
  • Demonstrated ability to access needed data and information for research and intelligence projects and to be able to the ascertain the relative importance and quality of information/data to the analysis, often in the context of complicated subject matter (e.g., emerging technologies or program impacts).
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze and synthesize complex information, assess risks and opportunities, and make recommendations on potential courses of action in a clear and compelling way (reports, briefing notes, presentations, etc.).

Behavioural Competencies

  • Management services - Results orientation (Level 3)
  • Management services - Conceptual and analytical ability (Level 4)
  • Management services - Teamwork (Level 2)
  • Management services - Partnering (Level 3)
  • Management services - Communication (Level 3)

Competency Profiles

For this position, the NRC will evaluate candidates using the following competency profile Management Services


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The intent of this hiring action is to staff this position at the RCO-3 or RCO-4 level which is a mid to senior-career level position with a salary range of $114,753 to $161,258. 


NOTE: Please note that the full RO/RCO salary scale has five levels.  Salary determination will be based on a review of the candidate’s expertise, outcomes and impacts of their previous work experience relative to the requirements of the level.  As such, the initial salary could be within another level of the RCO salary scale (i.e. above or below the intended level for this position). 


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, vacation, sick, and other leave entitlements, disability insurance and pension plans. 

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 the NRC Employee wellness matters. We offer flexible work schedules as well as part-time work to help employees maintain work-life balance. We are one of the few federal organizations that close our offices during the December holiday season.  We offer professional learning and development opportunities such as conferences, workshops, and a suite of mentorship, award and recognition programs. Diversity enables creativity and innovation. Fostering a diverse, inclusive, welcoming and supportive workplace is important to us, and contributes to a more inclusive Canadian innovation system. We welcome all qualified applicants and encourage you to complete the employment equity self-declaration questions during the job application process. Please let us know of any accommodation measures required to help you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. Please note that the information you provide will be treated confidentially. 


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  • Relocation assistance will be determined in accordance with the NRC's directives.
  • A pre-qualified list may be established for similar positions for a one year period.
  • In order to ensure a prompt and efficient processing of applications, candidates must 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.
  • 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 (21861) to:


Telephone: 343-575-9808

Closing Date: 24 May 2024 - 23:59 Eastern Time



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