Sector Manager - Natural Resources

Genome BC
Job Location
400-575 West 8th Ave
Vancouver, BC V5Z0C4
Job Description

Term: Full-time, temporary one year contract  (2 positions available)

Reporting to the Sector Director, Natural Resources, the Sector Manager is the main point of contact at Genome BC for funded project teams and is responsible for monitoring projects to assess progress and maximize outcomes. The Sector Manager is responsible for engaging with key external partners and stakeholders in the sectors that are relevant to BC’s bioeconomy, including forestry, agri-food, mining, energy, environment, fisheries and aquaculture to achieve the deliverables and objectives as set out the Genome BC strategic plan.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Monitor scientific and financial progress of projects to ensure that all goals and milestones are completed on time and on budget
  • Critically assess outcomes and anticipated future impact, guiding projects to succeed in reviews of research progress
  • Launch new research projects by facilitating project start-up activities, including finalization of project budgets, work plans and milestones and coordinate the process to close out projects after completion
  • Foster relationships, facilitate meetings, and communicate effectively with project teams, the lead institutions and other partners
  • Work with project teams to assist with problem solving, risk management and collaborations in order to optimize scientific outcomes
  • Work with the Finance group to ensure the accurate and timely analyses of project financial information and the distribution of funds
  • Work with academics and stakeholders to help teams prepare and submit high quality applications to Genome Canada and Genome BC funding initiatives
  • Continue to develop and implement the strategy for genomics in the sectors in collaboration and consultation with various external partners and stakeholders
  • Develop relationships with key sector stakeholders from private industry and government and academia, with a view to demonstrating the application of genomics to sector specific challenges.
  • Work with sector stakeholders to facilitate the development of funding and research collaborative partnerships.

Education and Experience:

  • PhD in life sciences or equivalent combination of education and work experience
  • Excellent proactive communication, relationship management, team-building and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated organizational and project management skills and careful recordkeeping practices, preferably in a science or technology environment
  • Business experience in an industry setting, particularly with respect to developing relationships and negotiating agreements would be an asset
  • Demonstrated skills in financial analysis
  • Demonstrated experience with milestone-driven projects and an ability to identify and assess objective, quantifiable measures of success
  • Experience with critical evaluation of scientific proposals and reports, including experimental design, interpretation of data and statistical analysis
  • Broad knowledge of molecular biology and genetics
  • Experience in one or more key economic sectors important to British Columbia (i.e., health, forestry, fisheries, agriculture, environment, energy and mining)
  • Ability to work in a fast paced, dynamic environment with frequent deadlines
How to Apply

Applicants should include a current CV with a cover letter indicating anticipated start date and the names and contact information for at least two references. Please send the application in MS Word or PDF via email to

Application deadline:  March 3rd, 2017

About Our Organization

Genome British Columbia leads genomics innovation on Canada’s West Coast and facilitates the integration of genomics into society. A recognized catalyst for government and industry, Genome BC invests in research, entrepreneurship and commercialization in life sciences to address challenges in key sectors such as health, forestry, fisheries, aquaculture, agri-food, energy, mining and environment. Genome BC partners with many national and international public and private funding organizations to drive BC’s bioeconomy.

In addition to research, entrepreneurship and commercialization programs, Genome BC is committed to fostering an understanding and appreciation of the life sciences among teachers, students and the general

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