Business Advisor

National Research Council Canada - Halifax, NS (il y a 4 mois)

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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 Aquatic and Crop Resource Development 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 Aquatic and Crop Resource Development Research Centre. The ACRD’s world-class research facilities combined with our expertise, focussed strategic R&D and customized technical and advisory services, make the Aquatic and Crop Resource Development Research Centre an important resource for Canadian organizations focused on the sustainable transformation of Canadian agricultural and marine bio-resources into into food, feed and ingredients, and other high value bioproducts. Our flexible business arrangements enable our partners to accelerate commercial developments and advance research that leads to breakthroughs and innovation.

The BA is a director level position driving business development at the research centre level. Together with the Director of Research and the Director of Operations, the BA is an integral member of the senior management team providing strategic leadership and support to the Director General 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 BA also 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 agri-food or marine bio-resource sector.
Experience in a RTO, government, or other public-service related organization is considered an asset.
Condition of Employment

Secret (II)

Language requirements

Bilingual 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
Consultative selling abilities and excellent interpersonal skills with executive level stakeholders (internal/external).
Expert negotiation skills in developing partnerships and collaborations from both within and external to an organization.
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.
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
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.
Superior ability to make strategic business recommendations and decisions, both domestically and globally, to maximize NRC’s return on investment to its stakeholders.
Behavioural Competencies
Competency Profile(s)
Inspirational Leadership (Level 3)
Strategic Outlook and Alignment (Level 3)
Drive for Results and Efficiency (Level 3)
Leverage Collaborative Relationships (Level 2)
Financial Management (Level 3)
Client Relationship Management (Level 3)
Industry Sector Knowledge (Level 3)
People Management (Level 3)
Business Acumen (Level 3)

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


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 (7791) to:


Telephone: 613-990-1679

Closing Date: 28 February 2020 - 23:59 Eastern Time