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Procurement Officer

City: Within a National Research Council Office across Canada 

Organizational Unit: Finance and Procurement Services Branch 

Classification: PG-2 

Tenure: Various tenures 

Language Requirements: Various linguistic profiles


Note: COLLECTIVE STAFFING: A pool of qualified candidates will be established for a one-year period and will be used to staff Procurement Officer positions of various tenures and various linguistic profiles. There may be permanent (continuing) positions as well as Term positions with possibility of extension.

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 Procurement Officer to support our Finance and Procurment Services Branch. The Procurement Officer would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.


Under the guidance of the Director of Procurement Services, Head of Procurement, and or a Regional Supervisor, you are responsible for supporting the organization's procurement and contracting functions. 


Procurement Services is looking to establish a pool of candidates for PG-02 positions located in various cities across the organization.  These positions offer opportunities in a high volume and fast paced team environment.  Candidates who are interested in learning or growing their skills and experience in the procurement and supply chain field are welcome to demonstrate their interest. 



  • Issue sole source and competitive tenders, subsequent analysis and award of contracts;
  • Interpret legislation, regulations, policies, directives, guidelines, methods and practices applicable to contracting and procurement of goods and services in the Federal Government and providing guidance in their application;
  • Provide guidance or other forms of assistance to managers regarding specifications and standards on procurement to ensure the utilization of the most economical and practical method of supply;
  • Apply LEAN procurement methods to reduce turnaround time for clients and interact with the scientific and technical staff to determine requirements, no substitution and/or sole source justification and to assess the urgency, quality and best value;
  • Assess client purchase requests and issuing purchases orders within the delegated authorities;
  • Evaluate competitive proposals/tenders against predetermined criteria;
  • Invite suppliers for quotes as appropriate, review proposals, negotiate terms to ensure that the information accurately reflects the requirements and policies in place;
  • Assure contract compliances and resolve vendor issues as required;
  • Apply best procurement practices to ensure proper flow of transactions in the procurement process and resolving issues invoicing issues as appropriate; 
  • Assist in defining the needs for standing offers, standing orders and maintenance and repair service contracts, in order to speed up purchasing processes and reduce execution times.

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:


The incumbent must have a minimum of a Post-secondary diploma from a recognized college or certification in a professional program (Supply Chain Management) or an acceptable combination of secondary school education, training, and relevant experience related to procurement, finance or business. 


Supply Chain Management Diploma/Certification or working towards designation would be considered an asset. 


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


Minimum of one year experience in a work environment related to material management with a focus on Procurement, performing tasks such as contracts for goods and services, resolving issues as part of the procure to pay process and providing procurement advice to clients within the federal government setting.


  • Extensive experience of procurement rules, techniques and practices applicable to routine contracting and procurement to provide assistance, guidance and services to clients;
  • Significant experience in purchasing administrative processes including all phases of the procurement cycle, and the various methods of procurement; 
  • Experience of PSPC, TBS, and NRC regulations and policies related to procurement; and
  • Experience of office software systems used for communication, administration and planning (e.g. word processing, spreadsheet, database, email, Internet and SAP).

Condition of Employment

Reliability Status

Language Requirements

Assessment Criteria

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

Technical Competencies

  • Solid knowledge of the various laws, regulations, principles regarding procurement;
  • Solid knowledge of the practices and guidelines that govern federal government procurement;
  • Solid knowledge of purchasing administrative processes including all phases of the procurement cycle, and the various methods of procurement; and
  • Strong ability to use MS Office Suite (Excel & Microsoft Word) & SAP material management. 

Behavioural Competencies

  • Management services - Client focus (Level 1)
  • Management services - Communication (Level 1)
  • Management services - Initiative (Level 1)
  • Management services - Teamwork (Level 1)

Competency Profile(s)

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


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


From $62,230 to $71,043 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.


  • 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 (17170) to:


Telephone: 438-455-5335 

Closing Date: Posted until filled



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