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Business Advisor

City: Vancouver (preferred), Mississauga, Ottawa, Montreal or Boucherville 

Organizational Unit: National Programs and Business Services Branch 

Classification: MGT-1 

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.

• This position will support the Energy Mining and Environment (EME) Research Centre. An eligibility list will be established for a one-year period for similar positions of various tenures and supporting other NRC Research Centres in various locations.

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 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.

We are looking for a Business Advisor (BA) to support our Energy Mining and Environment Research Centre. The BA would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.

Recognized as a business development leader passionate about research and development and with a keen understanding of the Canadian innovation system, and its importance for Canadians, you will direct business development / client relations professionals supporting the NRC’s Energy Mining and Environment (EME) Research Centre. The EME’s research and technology development brings the latest innovations in clean energy, advanced mining technologies and environmental remediation to Canadian industry. Our experts work along the entire technology readiness scale, from fundamental research, to technology development and scale-up, to prototyping and field testing. We can leverage our relationships within the NRC and with our R&D collaborators to create both outstanding science and impactful industry-relevant solutions.

The BA is a director level position driving business development at the research centre level. The BA is an integral member of the senior management team providing strategic leadership and support to the Director General and Programs of the research centre. The BA has a major responsibility in providing the Director General with in-depth business and client intelligence for the development of business and strategic plans.


The BA translates research centre and program strategies into attainable objectives and plans for client outreach and stakeholder engagement, balancing long term strategies with operational requirements. The incumbent is accountable for demonstrating impact to NRC’s stakeholders and for directing their team in securing external financial revenue at a level appropriate to the support the research centre and its programs. The incumbent also leads the research centre’s intellectual property and technology commercialization strategies.

The BA provides leadership to a team of Client Relationship Leaders (business development staff) and is supported by various business research, contract support and Intellectual Property management personnel.

The Business Advisor reports to the Director of Business Management Services, National Programs and Business Services.

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:


Degree in Science, Business Administration or Engineering from a recognized university. Preference may be given to candidates with an advanced degree in one of these areas of study and/or additional training in a related field.


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

  • Recent and significant experience in identifying strategic directions, and providing strategic advice on business matters.
  • Recent and extensive business experience in developing partnerships and managing client relationships with private sector firms, academic institutions and government departments.
  • Experience in overseeing the negotiation of collaborative research and development and/or intellectual property agreements.
  • Experience in leading, and managing human, financial, and project resources that include the horizontal inclusion of activities from across an organization.
  • Business experience and contacts in the energy or mining or environmental remediation sector.
  • Experience in a RTO, government, or other public-service related organization is considered an asset.
Condition of Employment

Secret (II)

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.

Information on language requirements and self-assessment tests

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies
  • Superior ability to make strategic business recommendations and decisions, both domestically and globally, to maximize NRC’s return on investment to its stakeholders.
  • Solid working knowledge of the Canadian innovation system, industrial needs, global trends and NRC’s role.
  • In depth knowledge of technology transfer, business development and intellectual property management principles and practices.
  • Expert negotiation skills in developing partnerships and collaborations from both within and external to an organization.
  • Advanced ability to represent the NRC and interact with key clients at a strategic business level.
  • Ability to manage a client-centric team that provides sales and client relationship management to internal stakeholders in a matrix environment.
  • Consultative selling abilities and excellent interpersonal skills with executive level stakeholders (internal/external).
  • Knowledge of and proven ability to apply specific sales methodology, and sales pipeline/funnel management that translates into results.
  • Demonstrated ability to achieve revenue targets.
Behavioural Competencies

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

Salary Range

From $116,100 to $139,300 per annum. 

  • Regular travel will be 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.
  • We thank all those who apply, however only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.



Please direct your questions, with the requisition number (10335) to:


Telephone: 613-299-4639

Closing Date: 12 August 2020 - 23:59 Eastern Time



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Date Modified: 2020-07-15

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