Section Head Good Manufacturing Practices, Biologics

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City: Montréal

Classification: RCO 

The NRC Advantage


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 NRC, we know diversity enables excellence in research and innovation. We are committed to a diverse and representative workforce, an open and inclusive work environment, and contributing to a more inclusive Canadian innovation system. 


NRC welcomes all qualified applicants and encourages candidates to self-declare as members of the following designated employment equity groups: women, visible minorities, aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities.


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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 Section Head, Good Manufacturing Practices, Biologics to manage the Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) facility at the Human Health Therapeutics Research Centre. The Research Council Officer (RCO) would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.


The Human Health Therapeutics (HHT) Research Centre has for a mandate to support economic development through innovation in health care, including innovative therapies. The research centre has a strong track record of industry collaborations, and is a major contributor to the prosperity of Canada’s small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The research centre’s primary sector of activity is the biopharmaceutical industry. HHT targets SMEs in Canada developing therapeutics, biologics or vaccines, to address unmet needs in human health.


The ideal candidate will come from a biopharmaceutical organization that produce drugs or vaccines and has responsibilities related to manufacturing l in a GMP environment.


The selected person is responsible for providheing scientific and technical leadership and effective supervision of multidisciplinary teams of scientists and technical officers responsible for manufacturing of vaccines or therapeutic biologics. In addition, /she will be responsible for the establishment of the required GMP processes, their implementation and application.



  • Plan the manufacturing to ensure that the agreed number of product lots will be released from the facility.
  • Generate external collaborations and maintain client relationships for GMP projects.
  • Develop personnel to ensure proper training for the required tasks and to grow the potential of personnel.
  • Coordinate and participate in the technology transfer of new processes from the R&D teams (outside the unit) into the facility.
  • Ensure that all activities, equipment, materials, infrastructure and personnel are conforming to the GMP requirements in collaboration with the Quality Assurance team.
  • Maintain the facility and equipment to ensure it stays in optimal working conditions and suggests improvements when needed.
  • Stay current with technological developments and supports the scientists working on process development.
  • Be active in the network of Canadian manufacturers

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:




  • Significant experience working in a biopharmaceutical organization involved in a GMP drug production.
  • Significant experience in the management of teams, GMP, documentation and equipment management in a GMP environment is essential.
  • Significant experience in establishing quality requirements and standard operating procedures for manufacturing in a GMP production plant.
  • Experience in the development of biopharmaceuticals (biologics and/or vaccines) would be desirable.

Condition of Employment Technical Competencies

  • Advanced knowledge of management practices as applied to a biopharmaceutical in a GMP environment.
  • Strong knowledge of the challenges related to the operations of, processes and techniques in a GMP biopharmaceutical production plant.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and writing (i.e., SOPs, presentations, guidelines, reports, and audits, etc.).

Behavioural Competencies

  • Management services - Conceptual and analytical ability (Level 3)
  • Management services - Organizational and environmental awareness (Level 2)
  • Management services - Partnering (Level 2)
  • Management services - Results orientation (Level 3)

Competency Profile(s)


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 $55,541 to $157,009 per annum, which permits for employees of all levels from new graduates to world renowned experts to be fairly compensated for their contributions. 



  • A prequalified list may be established for similar positions for a one-year period.
  • Candidates must clearly demonstrate in their cover letter how they meet the education and experience factors listed on the poster. Candidates must use the education/experience criteria as a header and then write one or two paragraphs demonstrating how they meet them by providing concrete examples. In addition, the candidate is encouraged to describe in detail when, where and how he/she gained the experience. Failure to provide an appropriate cover letter will result in the rejection of your application. Candidates will not be solicited for incomplete or possible missing information.
  • Some travelling is required.
  • 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.




*If you are currently a term or continuingemployee at NRC, please apply through the SuccessFactors Careersmodule from your NRC computer.


Date Modified: 2020-06-26

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