Program Leader, Security Materials Technology Program

Security and Disruptive Technologies
Ottawa - Ontario


  • An eligibility list may be established for possible future similar positions for a one year period with the option of different tenures.
  • This is a continuing position.

Your challenge

Help bring research to life and drive your career forward with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), Canada’s premier research and technology organization.

We are looking for a dynamic Program Leader to support our Security Materials Technology (SMT) Program within NRC’s Security and Disruptive Technologies (SDTech) portfolio. You are someone who shares our core values of impact, scientific excellence, accountability, leadership, integrity and collaboration.

At present, NRC is the only organization in Canada with integrated expertise in the processing and performance validation of nano-engineered, hybrid and other advanced security materials.

The SMT Program leverages world-class engineering and scientific expertise along with unique facilities to develop and commercialize innovative material science technology to improve armour protection for the military and first responders.

As Program Leader, reporting to the General Manager, you will be responsible for developing the vision and providing leadership in the delivery, adoption, and impact of the research in the relevant domains of the program. You will also be responsible for managing key relationships with industry, government, and academia to ensure relevance and accelerate technology development and dissemination.

As Program Leader, you will be recognized for your scientific and technical excellence as well as your ability to promote a culture of respect, fairness and trust. You will be leading a multidisciplinary team of researchers and support staff from various locations and backgrounds within NRC particularly fostering relationships within the aerospace and automotive portfolios.

This position will appeal to a person who is a big picture thinker with an ability to foster collaborations with both internal and external clients. You would place a high value on people and production in providing world-class expertise in the design, prototyping and testing of advanced protection systems that will position Canadian companies as international market leaders for advanced security and armoured products.

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:


Minimum of a Graduate University degree in mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, or materials science.

MBA or PMP may be considered an asset.


- Extensive experience in composite materials and their applications.

- Significant experience in leading and developing new technical directions in the advanced materials field that are relevant to industry.

- Experience in building, managing and supervising multidisciplinary teams that may be distributed geographically.

- Experience in developing business cases, strategies, providing advice, and obtaining buy-in at all levels.

- Experience in managing staff, budgets, and project planning/management.


For alternate qualifications please refer to equivalency heading below.


Bachelor's degree in a related field with extensive experience may also be considered.

Condition of employment

  • Level II (Secret)

Language requirements

  • English

Assessment criteria

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

Technical competencies:

Solid knowledge of:
- composite structural materials synthesis, design, and manufacture.
- the design and application of multifunctional materials.
- nanocomposites and new developments in the field.
- ballistic materials and performance evaluation.
- structural materials market and potential applications.
- military, defense, security, and first responder markets and barriers to entry.
- project management principles and practices.

Ability to lead a large multidisciplinary team in making key decisions in the advancement of program related projects.

Behavioural competencies:


  • Visioning/alignment (Level 3)
  • Communication (Level 3)
  • Client Focus (Level 3)
  • Partnering (Level 3)
  • Results Orientation (Level 3)
  • Teamwork (Level 3)

For this position, NRC will evaluate candidates using the following competency profile(s):  | Supervisor

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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.

Closing date

Posted until filled


  • 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.

To apply

All applications must be submitted on-line.  Please do not fax or email your applications. By applying over the web, your application becomes available to managers immediately.

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
  • PDF

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.

Please review instructions before applying online.

To obtain a copy of the job description

Please direct your questions, with the hiring number (103-16-0886) to:

Telephone: (613) 991-2024