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Program Director, AgriFood Industries Support Program

City: Alberta, Manitoba or Saskatchewan, at a NRC site

Organizational Unit: Aquatic and Crop Resource Development 

Classification: MGT-2 

Tenure: Continuing

Language Requirements: Bilingual Non-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.

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.

 

The AgriFood Industries Support Program (AISP) is being created to support from within NRC the Protein Industries Canada Innovation Supercluster’s (PIC) objective of building on Canada’s strengths to substantially increase global market share in novel protein (and co-products) fractions, ingredients, food and food products, and technologies. 
 

As Program Director of AISP, you will (a) lead a multi-disciplinary, collaborative research team focused on aspects of the supercluster mandate, especially in the areas of creating and growing high quality protein and novel processing and product formulation, as well as (b) manage interactions between NRC and supercluster stakeholders. 
 

Under your leadership, the Program will bring together government, academic and business researchers. This will consist of a core team of dedicated research, technical, and program management staff from across the NRC's national research centres. 
 

As Program Director, you will consult with partners and stakeholders on the Program approach, set the outcome(s), build the team, establish the research program in partnership with the Research Centre’s Director General and Directors of Research and Development, develop supporting projects, and then lead the program to achievement of the target outcomes.
 

To successfully do so, you will be a key thought leader in the AgriFood sector with experience as a researcher, leading large team research programs, and managing financial and human resources. You will have the experience and attributes required to inspire and lead collaborative multidisciplinary teams with expertise in a wide array of disciplines. 

 

You will be part of NRC's Life Science Division, reporting directly to the Director General of our Aquatic and Crop Resource Development Research Centre and are expected to engage with others and work collaboratively with other Research Centres across 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:

Education

A graduate university degree in a science or engineering field relevant to the position. Preference may be given to candidates with a combination of science/engineering experience and business education.

 

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

Experience

  • Significant experience developing strategic program plans and the associated metrics for discovery oriented work.
  • In depth experience working in the Canadian and international context around Program specific technologies: industries, forums, trends, the issues and dynamics that impact them and the engagement needed to keep this knowledge current.
  • Extensive and recent experience in providing strategic advice and counsel to senior level executives including Presidents, Vice Presidents and/or other equivalent positions in the public or private sectors, on complex initiatives.
  • Significant business experience within the relevant scientific and technological domains gained through experience with industry, academia, government or other partnerships.
  • Significant experience managing partnerships including contributions, terms of engagement, reporting and IP ownership.
  • Experience supervising and developing both direct and indirect staff in multidisciplinary teams, ideally in a matrix environment of projects and programs.
  • Significant and recently demonstrated experience in applying the principles, tools and practices of administrative, financial, and human resource management.
  • Experience in leading, planning, monitoring and re-aligning studies, projects or strategic initiatives within a fast-paced and complex environment.
  • Experience in designing and delivering strong impact presentations to various audiences.

Condition of Employment

Reliability Status

Language requirements

Bilingual Non-Imperative CBC/CBC 

 

Information on language requirements and self-assessment tests

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies

  • Knowledge of the NRC, and its mandate, programs and awareness of the characteristics and special requirements of an innovation program and scientific research environment.
  • Expert knowledge of R&D management, including strategic planning, in an environment whose main features are matrix management; high interdisciplinary; and multi-partner participation in mission-critical roles.
  • Expert knowledge of the relevant field and its applications in a broad range of sectors, including current and emerging trends globally.
  • Expert knowledge of the players, dynamics, and business models of industry sectors in the agri-food sector including the entire supply chain as well as the related R&D fields nationally and internationally.
  • Significant knowledge of policies and sound practices related to contract management, financial management, human resources, and procurement management.
  • Knowledge of strategic marketing, and the practices and principles of negotiating and securing business and partnership relationships.
  • Demonstrated ability to autonomously evaluate, manage and assume risks for large scale R&D projects. 

Behavioural Competencies

  • Inspirational Leadership (Level 3)
  • Strategic Outlook and Alignment (Level 3)
  • Drive for Results and Efficiency (Level 4)
  • Leverage Collaborative Relationships (Level 3)
  • Financial Management (Level 3)
  • Client Relationship Management (Level 3)
  • Industry Sector Knowledge (Level 3)
  • Self-awareness (Level 4)
  • Action management (Level 4)
  • People Management (Level 3)

Competency Profile(s)

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

 

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Relocation

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

Salary Range

From $125,300 to $150,300 per annum. 

 

Notes

  • 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.
  • 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.

 

 

 

Please direct your questions, with the requisition number (5583) to:

E-mail: NRC.NRCHiring-EmbaucheCNRC.CNRC@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca

Telephone: 613-990-1679 

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.

 

Date Modified: 2019-05-16

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