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Industrial Technology Advisor - Engineering

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Full Time
Kelowna, BC     

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Industrial Research Assistance Program


An eligibility list may be established for similar positions for a one year period.

This is a continuing position.

Your challenge

NRC is currently seeking an Industrial Technology Advisor for its Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) specialized in one or combination of the following engineering sectors:

- Mechanical

- Industrial

- Manufacturing

Preferably with knowledge of process engineering, chemical engineering, composites and other materials.

The successful candidate will support Canadian small to medium sized enterprises (SME) to grow through innovation. He/she will provide business and technology advisory services to SMEs and will assess their innovation projects for potential IRAP funding.

The incumbent will promote the awareness of and facilitate access to programs, expertise and services available from NRC and other government organizations, as well as from universities, colleges and other non-government organizations.

In order to better serve IRAP's clients, the incumbent will develop and maintain a network of business and professional contacts in his/her sector of expertise.

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 degree in Science or Engineering.

A bachelor's degree in another field with work experience relevant to the position will be considered.


Recent and extensive industrial business experience as an entrepreneur or senior manager, preferably in SMEs.

Recent and extensive private sector experience in developing and commercializing innovative products or services, with demonstrable outcomes.

Experience in international business development and/or intellectual property management will be considered an asset.

Condition of employment

Travel will be required.

A valid driver's licence and access to the use of a vehicle are required.

Reliability Status

Language requirements


Assessment criteria

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

Technical competencies

Solid knowledge of key business, technology and innovation issues in industry sectors relevant to the position.

Solid knowledge of SME management, marketing of technology and productivity increase.

Solid knowledge of developing, adopting and adapting technologies.

Solid knowledge of project management.

Basic knowledge of NRC-IRAP's mandate, mission and business model.

Advanced knowledge of the innovation needs and challenges of SMEs in Canada and the Pacific region in particular.

Behavioral competencies

Management Services:
  • Communication (level 3)
  • Networking (level 2)
  • Initiative (level 2)

Technology Extension:
  • Conceptual & Analytical Ability (level 3)
  • Client Focus (level 3)
  • Results-Orientation (level 3)
  • Teamwork (level 2)

For this position, NRC will evaluate candidates using the following competency profile(s): | Management Services | Technology Extension

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Relocation assistance will be determined in accordance with 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 $49,670 to $140,418 per annum, which permits for employees of all levels from new graduates to world renowned experts to be fairly compensated for their contributions.

How to Apply

All applications must be submitted on-line by November 7th, 2016. Please do not fax or email your applications. By applying over the web, your application becomes available to managers immediately. Applications must be received no later than the closing date.

You should also be prepared to attach your résumé into the online application form in one of the following formats:

Microsoft Word
Rich Text Format (RTF)
ASCII text
As an employer who values diversity in its workforce, we encourage candidates to self-identify as members of the following designated groups: women, visible minorities, aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities. Measures for accommodation are available to all candidates retained for further assessment.

Posted: October 17, 2016
Closes:December 16, 2016
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