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Strategic Contract Advisor

City: Ottawa 

Organizational Unit: National Programs and Business Services Branch 

Classification: RCO 

Tenure: Term 

Duration: 10 months with possibility of extension

Language Requirements: English 


*Assignments and secondments may be considered according to NRC's policies.

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. 

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 Strategic Contract Advisor to support our National Programs and Business Services (NPBS). The Strategic Contract Advisor would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.

National Programs and Business Support (NPBS) provides business and Intellectual Property (IP) expertise in a coordinated and responsive manner to NRC research centres and programs. This centralized approach allows NRC to establish its priorities and channel its resources in order to grow its diverse business in a strategic and proactive way.

As part of NPBS, the Strategic Contracts Advisor (SCA) assesses business risks and recommends risk management strategies, drafts research contracts and other types of contracts for complex business deals, establishes guidelines on NRC best business practices, assesses coherence of business terms amongst NRC divisions and key clients, benchmarks with leading science and technology organizations; and co-leads the negotiations of complex deals with Client Relationship Leaders (CRL) or Business Advisors (BA). The SCA contributes to making NRC the best technology transfer organization for maximum benefit to Canada, by engaging with CRLs, BAs, Directors General and Contract Coordinators.

NRC employees enjoy a wide range of benefits including comprehensive health and dental plans, pension and insurance plans, vacation and other leave entitlements.

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.

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:


Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degree in Business Administration, Law, Science or Engineering.

A Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degree in Business Administration, Law, Science or Engineering in addition to the first degree would be an asset.


Bachelor’s degree with extensive related business experience may be considered.


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


  • Significant experience negotiating, drafting, and facilitating business deals in a technology domain.

  • Extensive experience making business recommendations to senior management.

  • Significant experience in consulting with multiple parties.

  • Experience in addressing business challenges towards a successful conclusion.

Condition of Employment

Reliability Status

Language requirements



Information on language requirements and self-assessment tests

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies

  • Ability to strategize and apply solid business tactics in business contract negotiation.
  • Superior knowledge of technology transfer, business development, and intellectual property management principles and practices.
  • Ability to synthesize and analyze information from multiple sources and to generate reports, recommendations and implementation strategies.
  • Ability to assess, manage and mitigate risk in a business environment.
  • Solid knowledge of the Canadian R&D innovation landscape and how economic impact is generated by related organizations including NRC.
  • Superior communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to use well developed influencing strategies to achieve outcomes.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Management services - Client focus (Level 3)
  • Management services - Communication (Level 3)
  • Management services - Results orientation (Level 3)
  • Management services - Teamwork (Level 2)
  • Management services - Conceptual and analytical ability (Level 3)
  • Technology extension - Business understanding (Level 3)
  • Technology extension - Partnering (Level 3)

Competency Profile(s)

For this position, the NRC will evaluate candidates using the following competency profiles: Management Services; Technology Extension


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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. 


  • Flexible work schedule.
  • Overtime work will sometimes be required.
  • Occasional national and international travel may be required.
  • 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.
  • This position is being advertised internally and externally simultaneously, however first consideration will be given to internal NRC applicants.
  • 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 (6847) to:


Telephone: 613-991-2024 

Closing Date: 23 May 2019 - 23:59 Eastern Time



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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: 2019-05-08

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