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Program Manager, Automotive & Mobility

Department Corporate Planning and Development Date Posted 9/12/2017

Position Type Full Time Reference No. 2017-350

Who Are We

Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) drives the development of Ontario’s economy by helping create new jobs, products, services, technologies and businesses.

In partnership with industry, OCE co-invests to commercialize innovation originating in the province’s publicly funded colleges, universities and research hospitals. We also support and invest in early-stage projects, where the probability of commercial success and potential total return on innovation are substantial. Another expanding focus for OCE is the development of the next generation of innovators through our entrepreneurship fellowships and programs for students and youth across Ontario.

Our efforts are focused on sectors of the economy with the greatest potential to drive Ontario’s future prosperity and global competitiveness: energy and environment (including water); advanced manufacturing; advanced health technologies; and information, communications technologies and digital media.

A trusted partner of government in program delivery, we are committed to advancing a whole-of-government approach as a means of streamlining funding application processes for companies and entrepreneurs.


Your Impact

Reporting to the Director, Automotive Technology and Mobility Innovation, the Program Manager, Automotive and Mobility is responsible for the day-to-day execution of OCE programs within the Automotive and Mobility portfolio with additional outward-facing program development and outreach activities with funders and projects, including funding proposal development support, and stakeholder relations. This role will work within existing financial and program administration processes and frameworks to ensure organizational efficiencies are maintained and/or maximized and that there is full alignment across all OCE programs.


Your Contribution

  • Manage and implement key program components for multiple programs including partnership and proposal support.
  • Organize the external evaluations and internal executive review meetings ensuring an open and transparent process, oversee program budgets, manage the day to day delivery of the programs.
  • Apply knowledge of funding program design to program development activities, in collaboration with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Work collaboratively with funding partners to ensure that key criteria and metrics are defined; organize and chair meetings to ensure that partnership expectations are addressed and program delivery executed within the appropriate framework.
  • Maintain an external and client-facing presence with industry, funders, and partners.
  • Develop relationship and engage with stakeholders and others in the ecosystem.
  • Represent OCE at external events and functions.
  • Facilitate and present content at meetings, workshops, and events in support of the portfolio and serve as a portfolio expert resource to BDO staff, industry clients to apply to the Automotive and Mobility portfolio.
  • Monitor individual project progress by ensuring compliance with contracted reporting requirements and by regular communications, as needed (e.g., project meetings, update calls, etc.) Develop an understanding of accepted portfolio methods and processes in order to support projects as a knowledge resource.  Similarly, develop and maintain a network of external Innovation Procurement experts/service providers to refer to project teams as needed.
  • Interface and liaise with program funders and stakeholders; work cross-functionally across departments to assemble resources; work cooperatively and collaboratively with other OCE staff (Business Development Operations, Programs, and MARCOM etc.).
  • Program stewardship, including program monitoring and provide metrics, outcomes, and impacts for internal strategy and external reporting.
  • Identifies, develops and manages outcomes and works with MARCOM to develop success stories.
  • Execute an engagement plan including OCE outreach; capturing academic information (i.e. Principle Investigators, grants, projects, etc.); providing metrics/outcomes for internal strategy and reporting; managing review meetings; coordinating and creating awareness of other business development activities, marketing, and outcomes.
  • Develop application requirements, modify program modules requirements as needed and manage the launch timelines.
  • May be required to perform other related duties as assigned.


Your Attributes

  • Formal, specialized education (4-year university degree).
  • Minimum of 7 years of related experience in the development and delivery of programs and initiatives.
  • Automotive and mobility experience would be an asset.
  • Business development and relationship management experience particularly working with senior level private and public sector representatives.
  • Superior operational experience.
  • Superior project and time management skills, including planning and executing projects in order to accomplish goals within constraints such as time, budget, and quality standards.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to form and maintain good working relationships with diverse stakeholders.
  • Consummate professional, able to represent the organization in all circumstances.
  • Demonstrated ability to work cross-functionally with internal and external teams.
  • Proficiency with databases, web searches, with the ability to learn new software applications.
  • Highly developed, interpretive and analytical skills in MS Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
  • Experience with and keen interest and passion in Ontario’s industry-academic collaborations, student entrepreneurship; proficient in contracts and intellectual property matter.
  • Occasional overtime as required with occasional events to attend outside of normal business hours.
  • Occasional travel within Ontario.


We Offer

  • Fair and competitive compensation
  • Comprehensive group benefits
  • Employer-matching pension plan
  • Generous vacation entitlement based on experience, starting at 3 weeks
  • Employee assistance program
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Health and wellness programs
  • Company events and social gatherings
  • Work perks program with Perkopolis, gym membership with GoodLife, and much more!


  • Accessibility

  • OCE is an equal-opportunity employer and adheres to fair employment practices. We are committed to diversity and encourage applications from all qualified candidates, including individuals with disabilities. If you are selected for an interview and require accommodation, please notify us and we will make every effort to meet your needs.

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We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Ontario Centres of Excellence is an equal opportunity employer.