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Job Category  

Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Policy & Political roles)

Job Subcategory  

Science and Innovation


Job Description (Roles and Responsibilities)  


Main purpose of job:

The British Consulate-General in Toronto is recruiting for the role of Head of Science, Innovation and Policy. This position is permanent, starting as soon as possible.

With primary responsibility for the province of Ontario, the position will encourage high level science and innovation policy cooperation to benefit the UK, facilitating the exchange of knowledge between policymakers and the science community. Responsibilities include:

  • Building science and innovation partnerships and collaborations between the UK and provincial and municipal governments. In particular, engaging influential stakeholders in government, academia and industry to deliver high-impact projects and commercial wins for the UK. This is anticipated to be the primary focus of work.
  • Supporting the wider work of the UK in Canada network in setting the policy conditions for economic growth and encouraging innovation. It seeks to make best use of technology cooperation and investment to grow UK innovation potential.


This is an exciting opportunity that requires a mix of project management, policy analysis, and strategic stakeholder engagement.   Reporting to the Head of the Energy, Science, Innovation Team at the High Commission in Ottawa, the candidate will work collaboratively with other policy groups within the British High Commission, the Canada network of Consulates General, British government departments, and the UK’s global Science and Innovation Network (SIN).

The successful candidate will be required to travel within Canada and internationally. There will be some out-of-hours work, including attendance at evening events.


Roles and responsibilities :

The main responsibilities of the successful applicant are as follows:

  • Identify, develop, and deliver projects that support UK government objectives in Canada, including strengthening ties in science and innovation collaboration.
  • Provide policy analysis and lobby to support UK government priorities within Ontario.
  • Develop and maintain contacts in the economic, science and innovation community including government, NGOs, think-tanks and universities.
  • Seek opportunities to promote UK economic growth and R&D potential, in collaboration with the UK Department for International Trade.


Essential qualifications, skills and experience  

Essential on arrival:

  • Bachelor’s degree with 3+ years professional experience in public policy, economics, engineering, or science. Masters degree or equivalent experience would be considered an asset.
  • Strong interpersonal and teamwork skills with ability to interact effectively with senior government officials, business leaders, scientists, and the public.
  • Proven ability to work independently, multitask, and feel at ease networking at mid- to senior-level.
  • Excellent presentation skills with ability to produce clear, concise written reports and a knack for talking to range of expert and non-subject expert audiences.


Desirable qualifications, skills and experience  


  • Knowledge of government, policy, science and innovation in Ontario and Canada.
  • Knowledge of the UK, including government, policy, and the science and innovation landscape would be an asset.


Required competencies

Seeing the Big Picture, Leading and Communicating, Delivering at Pace, Engaging Internationally

Application deadline

21 August 2019


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Type of Position

Full-time, Permanent

Working hours per week



  1. America, Caribbean and British Overseas Territories



Location (City)


Type of Post

British Consulate General

Number of vacancies


Starting yearly salary (CAD)


Start Date

28 October 2019

Other benefits and conditions of employment

Must have the legal status to live and work in Canada.

Additional information  

The British Embassy Network offers a strong benefits package. This package includes generous vacation and leave time, flexible working patterns, and an enriching learning and development opportunities.

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