Senior Manager, Applied Research

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    Posted: 02/24/14
    Job Type: Full Time
    Location: Ottawa

    Reporting to the CTO (Chief Technology Officer), the Senior Manager, Applied Research, is responsible for leading a team of research engineers, scientists and lab specialists and is accountable for exploring, and evaluating new materials, technologies, and innovative processes, with a view to select those that are most promising through a rigorous scientific approach.  The incumbent will work in concert with the Development & Applied Technology stream to ensure that new technologies are scalable and commercially viable.  In addition, the incumbent is expected to manage cross industry research through a network of partners in industry and academia.

    The incumbent is responsible for leading directly a team of approximately 6 employees.  The Senior Manager also oversees the Advanced Technology Laboratory, its equipment and associated research and development activities needed to prove out new technologies.  

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Builds research teams, provides clarity on priorities and objectives and establishes regular tracking and reporting to ensure milestones, key performance indicators and deliverables are met
    • Establishes and reviews guidelines for project proposals, plans, evaluation criteria, risk assessments and reports
    • Supports the development and execution of the technology roadmap, R&D framework and operational plan
    • Maintains strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders and communicates regularly with groups, including Sales, Manufacturing and Engineering
    • Evaluates new technologies and processes and makes recommendations and adjustments throughout the gating process to achieve successful proof-of-concepts for chosen technologies
    • Coordinates with external partners to ensure research activities are executed according to established agreements
    • Showcases innovations to senior management and other stakeholders
    • Supports the growth and protection of the Royal Canadian Mint’s IP portfolio
    • Develops a modern and world-class Advanced Technology Lab for metallographic, mechanical, chemical, and electronic testing, as well as support for prototype development
    • Provides leadership, coaching, direction and development opportunities to direct reports
    • Develops an environment where innovation, creativity, collaboration and world class performance are inspired and promoted
    • Ensures the procedures established under ISO9001:2008 standards are maintained in accordance with the requirements such that there are no major non-conformances during the ISO audit review
    • Ensures consistent adherence of health & safety and security policies of the Royal Canadian Mint



    • University degree in Engineering or Science required; Master’s degree or advanced training in materials science, metallurgy, or engineering an asset
    • 7-10 years of experience in research and development, engineering or laboratory setting
    • Minimum of 5 years of progressive management experience, managing collaborative, multi-site, cross-functional projects and teams
    • Strong ability to communicate and present information and concepts to technical and business environments at various levels
    • Positive, can-do attitude with a keen sense of execution, and strong project management, analytical and problem solving skills
    • Ability to lead, influence and engage a team while managing competing priorities
    • Bilingual (English and French)an asset
    • Some travel is required


    If you qualify for the mandatory requirements, and if the above describes your abilities and interests, please forward your resumé and cover letter in confidence to:
    Royal Canadian Mint, Human Resources,
    320 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0G8
    Fax : (613) 998-0272
    e-mail :

    While we appreciate all applications, only those selected for interview will be contacted.

    The Royal Canadian Mint promotes equity in employment: As an equal opportunity employer, we welcome applications from women, aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities.

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