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CADSI Hiring a Senior Technical Policy Advisor

Job Title: Senior Technical Policy Advisor
Reports to: Vice President, Policy, Advocacy and Communications
Status: Permanent, Full-Time or Government of Canada Interchange for 2 to 3 years
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Deadline: Before midnight EDT on Sunday 4 June, 2017


The Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI) is seeking an experienced, self-motivated, and independent Senior Technical Policy Advisor with an in-depth knowledge of the legislation, policies, and procedures governing Canadian federal defence and security procurement. While the focus are domestic policies and procedures, knowledge of export related policies and the controlled good program are also important given that 60 per cent of the Canadian defence industry’s revenue is generated from abroad.

As part of the small and dynamic team within CADSI, this newly created position would be an exciting career opportunity for a public servant expert in defence and marine procurement at the EX minus one or above level or for a seasoned industry practitioner. The individual would be well versed in the Government of Canada’s defence procurement and acquisition policy suite to improve federal technical policy issues related to Canadian defence procurement by engaging with the association’s more than 800 passionate members and by building consensus with government officials at different levels.

Duties and Responsibilities

The duties and responsibilities of the Senior Technical Policy Advisor are to:

  • Represent CADSI by building and maintaining effective relationships with CADSI members, internal/external stakeholders, and government officials, often at the senior or executive level, in accordance with the Lobbying Act, the Values and Ethics Code for the Public Sector, the Policy on Conflict of Interest and Post-Employment, and relevant and departmental codes of conduct.
  • Create and manage member engagement processes (e.g. including organizing all aspects of workshops, meetings, working groups, webinars, and research projects) that obtain the industry expertise and insights required to formulate industry views and, where possible, build industry consensus.
  • Provide sound strategic and technical policy analysis and advice on matters pertaining to Canadian defence procurement to CADSI’s executive team, Board of Directors and operating committees.
  • Develop, in consultation with CADSI colleagues and members, strategies and tactics on how to engage government and other stakeholders in policy development that reflects industry’s views.
  • Provide support to CADSI’s executive team, Board of Directors, operating committees, and members, including for internal and external communications and presentations (e.g. drafting reports and member updates).
  • Monitor and identify emerging policy opportunities, challenges or roadblocks.
  • Provide support in organizing conferences and meetings for members (e.g. CANSEC, Outlooks).
  • Lead various research projects, often directing the work of outside research consultants.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Experience and Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have extensive knowledge of the Government of Canada’s defence procurement and acquisition policy suite (e.g. the international and domestic trade agreements, including the National Security Exemptions and the Canadian International Trade Tribunal, Treasury Board policies, PSPS Supply Manual and its associated SACC Manual, Integrity Regime, Controlled Good Program, Risk/Performance Management, Cost and Profit Policy, procurement modernization, and Canadian Content Policy).

For public servants, this experience would be at the level of EX minus one or above and acquired through a relevant combination of operational and policy experience. An equivalent private sector practitioner may have acquired this experience over 10+ years working in or with government in the defence or security industry. As part of this experience, the candidate will have created and managed policy development processes that built consensus, and effectively advanced common positions with or within government.

This individual will also possess the following qualifications:

  • Strong written and verbal communications skills.
  • Strong presentation skills.
  • Bilingualism is considered an asset.
  • Experience and comfort working independently and in a small team environment, under tough time constraints.
  • Well organized, motivated, enthusiastic, flexible, self-starter.
  • Post-secondary degree relevant to the position or equivalent work experience.
  • Experience in both the defence industry and public service would be an asset.
  • Unencumbered ability to work with government, including public office holders.
  • Experience in managing consultants and service providers would be an asset.
  • Occasional travel outside of the Ottawa area is required.

How to Apply

To be considered for this position, please submit your resume and a cover letter of no more than two pages that addresses the following points:

  1. Why you want to work for the CADSI.
  2. How your background and skills ideally suit you to fulfil this position.
  3. Ways in which your work experience demonstrate your result-oriented professional approach.
  4. Salary expectations.

Submissions should be sent by email to by no later than midnight EDT on Sunday 4 June, 2017. Only applicants who are selected for an interview will be contacted.

About Canada’s Defence and Security Industries

A strong Canadian defence and security industry contributes to a stronger defence of Canada. CADSI’s more than 800 members from coast-to-coast-to-coast contribute to Canada’s economy by creating high-skill jobs and fostering innovation. They also contribute to protecting Canadian sovereignty and security interests by providing the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces, first responders and security services with the world-class goods, services and technologies sought the world over.

Even so, Canadian defence and security companies produce goods and services used for more than military or security applications – from humanitarian assistance, to dual-use commercial applications, to mapping the artic seabed, or even to exploring outer space.

Also, Canada’s public safety and security sector involves helping communities and first responders prevent, mitigate, respond and recover from human or natural disasters, as well as contribute to border security, critical infrastructure protection, transportation security, cyber security, search and rescue, and counter-terrorism, among many other tasks.

A 2014 study by the Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Statistics Canada of Canada’s defence industry found that the sector:

  • Employs 63,000 Canadians in high-value jobs; 
  • Generates $10 billion in annual revenues, roughly 60 per cent of which come from exports; 
  • Contributes $6.7 billion to Canada’s Gross Domestic Product annually; and 
  • Pays salaries that are 60 percent above the average Canadian manufacturing wage.



The Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI) is the national industry voice of more than 800 Canadian defence and security companies that produce world-class goods, services and technologies made across Canada and sought the world over. The industries contributes to the employment of more than 63,000 Canadians and generate $10 billion in annual revenues, roughly 60 per cent of which come from exports. To learn more, visit and follow us on Twitter at @CadsiCanada.

Posted 2017-05-09
Last Modified 2017-07-24 23:44