Senior Business Partner, Advanced Hydrocarbons


Alberta Innovates (AI) is seeking a Senior Business Partner to work closely with program areas within Clean Energy and other strategic areas within Alberta Innovates – Clean Resources, industry, government departments and academia to accelerate innovation in technology development.  The Senior Business Partner supports programs and projects with industry and academia to advance industry’s adoption of innovative technologies which will be of benefit to Alberta, particularly with respect to the management of Alberta’s natural resources. The portfolio accelerates innovation intended to improve resource production efficiency and economics by decreasing Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions and freshwater use while simultaneously increasing economic value. 


Are you our next Senior Business Partner, Advanced Hydrocarbons? You would be a good fit for this position if you: 


  • Have a deep understanding of advanced carbons, including knowledge of materials, manufacturing processes, market dynamics, and emerging trends.
  • Have experience in developing and implementing strategic plans that align with business goals, drive growth, and capitalize on market opportunities in the advanced carbons sector.
  • Have strong interpersonal and communication skills to effectively collaborate with internal teams, stakeholders, clients and capable of building and maintaining productive relationships to support business objectives.


We are game changers. 


Alberta Innovates is a provincially funded corporation with a mandate to deliver 21st-century solutions for the most compelling challenges facing Albertans. We do this by building on our province’s research and technology development strengths in the core sectors of health, environment, energy, food and fibre, and platforms such as artificial intelligence, nanotechnology and omics. We are working with our partners to diversify Alberta’s economy, improve our environmental performance and enhance the well-being of Albertans through research and innovation. 


Our subsidiary, InnoTech Alberta, offers a diversified range of scientific engineering and technological research and testing capabilities, and the facilities to support technology scale-up. Our multidisciplinary team has the depth of experience to work across all sectors, from energy to health to food and fibre. InnoTech Alberta offers you access to research talent, technical expertise, and unique facilities that can help accelerate technology development that serves both the private and public sector.


Intrigued? Here’s some more information about the position: 


Reporting to the Executive Director, Advanced Hydrocarbons, the Senior Business Partner, Advanced Hydrocarbons will focus on project advisory services to support the Clean Resources team as needed as well as particular focus on collaborative projects with our Emissions Reduction Alberta partnership. In addition to providing technical competence, the position will enhance the team's capacity in commercialization skills.


The successful incumbent will be accountable for (but not limited to) the following: 


  • Manage programs and projects for the Clean Resources team with industry and other stakeholders to advance technology development. Champion industry’s adoption of innovative technologies which will be of benefit to Alberta through guiding investments into key projects.
  • Undertake technology scanning and market intelligence, identification of trends, issues, and challenges. Identify high impact initiatives and projects based on gap analysis and identified needs. Recommend strategic and investment decisions.
  • Foster a collaborative culture between governments, government ministries, universities, research organizations, industry, and stakeholders. Collaborate with other technical staff in the planning, development and delivery of all other research and technology investments of the corporation. Promote AI Clean Energy programs at conferences and workshops.
  • Advise, recommend, and report on the progress and results of programs, projects, and initiatives within Clean Resources and initiatives within Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) as required.


Educational Requirement:

  • Degree or Advanced Degree in Science, Engineering or in a related field; extended work experience may be substituted for educational credentials, if appropriate


Experience and Qualifications we are looking for:

  • Minimum 5 years’ managing research programs and projects, including engineering/scientific analysis.
  • Experience in commercialization of technology and IP management.
  • Familiar with Alberta’s social, economic, environmental, and technological needs and priorities.
  • Experience in working in/with government, post-secondary research and industry including leading research projects and participating in joint industry projects.


Nice to have:

  • Experience in working with senior technical and management professionals from industry, environmental NGOs and other stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of relevant Government of Alberta business planning and policy frameworks (e.g. Alberta Science and Research Authority Act, the Alberta Environmental Assessment Act, oil and gas sector regulations and policies, and related codes, regulations, and collective agreements).
  • Experience in the management of research programs and projects and skills in supporting the development and management of Alberta Innovates – Clean Energy activities, initiatives, and projects.


Skills Required:

  • Ability to manage projects and project budgets
  • Ability to develop and maintain stakeholder relationships.
  • Ability to comprehend technical issues; independently expands technical knowledge and skills.
  • Ability to identify and comprehend business and commercialization issues.
  • Ability to work within a group environment and effectively participate in discussion of tasks and outcomes.
  • Ability to participate in broad multi-stakeholder initiatives that deliver results.
  • Creative thinking, strategic problem solving and analytical skills.
  • Strong research and project management skills
  • Strong communication skills (written and oral)


Why Alberta Innovates?  


We offer our employees opportunities to work on projects that will expand their skill sets while witnessing the visible impacts of their efforts. We value the development of our employees and create opportunities for working in capacities that allow new skills to be learned. We know that the wellness of our team is the most important part of our business, so we offer a strong benefits package and generous vacation and paid time off programs to promote work-life balance.   


The final candidate will be required to undergo a security clearance. All interviewees must be able to meet the requirement specified in the Physical Demand Analysis. This document will be supplied during the interview process to the successful candidate. This competition will remain open until a successful candidate is found.