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Site Operations Supervisor

Priority may 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. 

City: Vancouver 

Organizational Unit: Real Property Planning and Management 

Classification: TO-4 

Tenure: Continuing 

Language Requirements: English

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 the NRC, we know that diversity enables excellence in research and innovation. We are committed to a diverse and representative workforce, a safe and respectful work environment, and contributing 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. 

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 Site Operations Supervisor to support our Real Property Planning and Management Branch. The Site Operations Supervisor would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity. 

As a federal employer, the NRC offers the opportunity for a much greater work-life balance than most industrial facilities, and a cleaner environment too! Our Site Operations Supervisor typically works a 37.5 hour work week with some need for overtime – but no shift work, and no regularly scheduled weekends. Couple this balanced work schedule with a pension plan, medical/dental benefits and very reasonable leave provisions (vacation, sick leave, family-related leave and December shutdown) and you have a great opportunity for a long-term career with us.  

The successful candidate will provide facility management services for the Energy, Mining and Environment (EME) Research Centre. The site is on the University of British Columbia Campus. Utilities are delivered via the UBC distribution system and are the responsibility of the Site Operations Supervisor to manage once inside the NRC building distribution system. The Site Operations Supervisor reports to a Regional Site Operations Manager in Winnipeg and has three direct reports. 

The incumbent will establish facility needs and priorities through their knowledge of building systems & operations, discussions with clients, managers, applicable legislation and NRC policies. The Site Operations Supervisor will plan & develop a $500K annual operations budget plus any new capital projects for presentation to senior management. They will implement the approved budgets through a combination of NRC staff and contractors. The incumbent will manage building budgets using SAP financial database including the Plant Maintenance module.

In addition the Site Operations Supervisor fosters a collaborative relationship with the internal client (EME Research Centre) to contribute to their success by providing guidance within their area of expertise and supporting implementation of science projects or activities particularly where they intersect with base building.

The incumbent will maintain current knowledge of federal and provincial regulations and assumes the responsibility for compliance within the building services. This includes environmental regulations such as the Species at Risk Act. The Site Operations Supervisor promotes the awareness of compliance needs in other areas, particularly safety and health and will need to manage relationships within complex and often competing requirements. Some activities may require engagement with UBC campus Facilities Management. The incumbent will act as on-site security point of contact for most physical security issues. The client has the responsibility as site security officer, however, this position coordinates and implements most of the security requirements on site while working with the Security Branch in Ottawa and the Research Centre.

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:


College diploma in civil, structural, electrical, mechanical engineering technology or red seal trade certification with the relevant experience.
Possession of any of the following certifications will be considered an asset:

  • Real Property Administrator (RPA) certification designation from BOMI; or
  • Facility Management Administrator (FMA) designation from BOMI; or
  • Facility Management Professional (FMP) from IFMA; or
  • Certified Facility Manager (CFM) from IFMA.
  • Confined space certification or training.
  • SAP-PM or SAP-FI certification or training. 
  • Transportation of dangerous goods (TDG) certification or training.
  • WHMIS certification or training. 
  • Hydrogen gas safety training.


  • Significant experience* working in a facilities management services position.
  • Significant experience managing budgets, tracking expenditures and developing and presenting annual and project budgets to Senior Management. 
  • Significant experience managing a team of multidisciplinary technical staff including assigning and scheduling workload, providing guidance and evaluating performance.
  • Significant experience in maintaining a safe environment and identifying risks related to occupational health and safety. 
  • Significant experience managing and maintaining a building automation system (BAS).
  • Significant experience in construction project management, including specifying, tendering, coordinating, managing, implementing and closing out project(s) with a value in excess of $500K.
  • Significant experience in maintaining, diagnosing and repairing building systems, including analyzing computerized building monitoring/control systems.

*Significant experience: 2 to 6 years 
*Only experience related to commercial, industrial, institutional, or multi-level office buildings will be considered.
Experience in any of the following will be considered an asset:

  • Experience in computer aided drafting.
  • Experience with recommissioning/decommissioning of building systems and services. 
  • Experience with SAP Plant Maintenance (or equivalent CMMS) software.
  • Experience working on Health and Safety in the workplace committee. 
  • Experience in Facility Management within a governmental organization engaged in laboratory operations working with fume hoods and make up air systems.
  • Experience with high voltage distribution systems.
  • Experience with card access and security alarm systems. 

Condition of Employment

Reliability Status


Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies

  • Solid ability to manage budgets including tracking expenditures, developing and presenting annual and project budgets to senior management.
  • Solid ability to create and maintain a safe and healthy environment based on knowledge of Occupational Health & Safety regulations and legislation.
  • Solid ability to manage the delivery of utilities and building services in support of a commercial, industrial or institutional facility(s).
  • Solid ability to manage small to medium sized facility projects from initiation to closeout.
  • Solid knowledge of civil, environmental, mechanical, electrical, building engineering practices and relevant federal, provincial and municipal legislation to: 
    • develop, implement and maintain a preventative maintenance program
    • advise clients on system and equipment upgrade requirements.

Behavioural Competencies

  • Management services - Communication (Level 2)
  • Management services - Results orientation (Level 2)
  • Supervisor - Client focus (Level 2)
  • Supervisor - Teamwork (Level 3)
  • Technology support - Initiative (Level 2)

Competency Profile(s)

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


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


From $73,744 to $94,839 per annum. 


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


  • May require walking for extended periods and/or walking around areas where construction work is underway. 
  • Occasional travel may be required. 
  • Occasional overtime may be required. 
  • A pre-qualified list may be established for similar positions for a one year period.
  • 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 (17582) to:


Telephone: 819-431-8570 

Closing Date: 11 July 2022 - 23:59 Eastern Time 



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