Director, Procurement and Grant Management

Established in 2019, the New Digital Research Infrastructure Organization (NDRIO) is a national not-for-profit organization that is playing a critical role helping to advance the establishment of a researcher-focused, accountable, agile, strategic, and sustainable Digital Research Infrastructure (DRI) ecosystem for Canadian researchers. Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) has earmarked $375 million in funding to consolidate and revitalize the infrastructure and tools offered to researchers and will support activities in advanced research computing (ARC), research data management (RDM) and research software (RS), driving continued excellence in research across all disciplines. In what is a truly auspicious time for Canada’s science, innovation and economic future, NDRIO is seeking a Director, Procurement and Grant Management to oversee the Procurement and Grants work of NDRIO.

Reporting directly to the Vice President, Corporate Services and working collaboratively with the NDRIO team, the Director, Procurement and Grant Management will build a high-performing, compliant contracts and grants management division. The Director will be responsible for managing staff as well as effective and efficient operations in the areas of procurement, solicitation, budget preparation, contracting, and award administration (grants, cooperative agreements and contracts), and financial monitoring. The Director will design, implement, manage and monitor contracts and grants workflow processes and procedures, and will work cooperatively with program directors and managers to support program implementation. As the key liaison with ISED, the Director will forge strong working relations with the team and ensure that all relevant documentation meets the contribution agreement and is provided in a timely manner.

As the ideal candidate, you bring a degree in finance, law, public administration or business, ideally at postgraduate level. You have significant experience in procurement and grant management within government or non-profit sector. You are highly organized and known for your ability to set priorities, meet deadlines, and manage complex programs. You are a skilled negotiator with experience managing vendor relations. You thrive in agile environments and have experience maturing the function of procurement and grant management. You foster open, inclusive and collaborative work environments and champion diversity. Bilingualism is an asset for the role. NDRIO’s head office is based in Ottawa, however the role can be located anywhere across Canada.

Applications are encouraged immediately and should be submitted online ideally by January 11, 2021 at We thank all those who express an interest; however, only those chosen for further development will be contacted.

NDRIO is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with the Accessible Canada Act, 2019 and all applicable provincial accessibility standards, upon request, accommodation will be provided by both Odgers Berndtson and NDRIO throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities.