Supervisor, Advanced Materials & Manufacturing Lab


InnoTech Alberta is seeking a Supervisor to lead the delivery of client services within the Advanced Materials & Asset Integrity team.  With a focus on supporting Alberta’s energy and manufacturing sectors, the Laboratory Operation team works closely with R&D staff to develop and/or provide specialized analytical and testing methods to evaluate material performance in support of client innovation pursuits including improved asset reliability and integrity and de-risking of advanced manufacturing processes.  The laboratory also supports the development of novel materials, coatings, and manufacturing techniques to improve asset integrity, improve equipment performance, and lower environmental impacts.  The Laboratory Operation team operates a world-class materials laboratory and additive manufacturing equipment with expertise in characterization and analysis of advanced materials.


Are you our next Supervisor of the Laboratory Operation team? You would be a good fit for this position if you:

  • Have strong leadership and coaching skills and enjoy working in a team environment
  • Are resourceful, creative, and forward thinking; always looking to tackle new challenges and develop innovative solutions to problems
  • Possess strong organizational skills and an agile approach to ensure shifting and competing client priorities are addressed

We are game changers

InnoTech Alberta, a subsidiary of Alberta Innovates, is a leading research and technology organization serving the needs of industry, entrepreneurs, and the public sector. Our leading-edge expertise and industrial-scale research and demonstration facilities accelerate and de-risk technology development and deployment for our clients with a focus on industrial solutions and commercial application.  With over 230 employees, InnoTech operates within several locations across the province, including Vegreville, Edmonton, Devon, and Calgary. We are Alberta’s innovation engine - with 100 years of bold ideas that feed, grow, fuel, and build Alberta’s agriculture, energy, environment, and forestry sectors.  Visit us at:

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

Reporting to the Manager of Advanced Materials & Asset Integrity, the Supervisor is responsible for operational oversight of the Laboratory Operation team.  The Supervisor provides day-to-day leadership for team staff in the support of ongoing research and development projects primarily aligned with advanced material and asset integrity solutions and de-risking and deployment of advanced manufacturing processes.    


Specific responsibilities associated with the position include, but are not limited to, execution of the following:

Laboratory Operations and Service Delivery

  • Oversight of day-to-day laboratory operations, including:
    • Ensuring testing deliverables, timelines, resources, and budgets are met, project managers and stakeholders are effectively engaged, testing results are prepared and delivered, and lab management practices and standards are understood and consistently applied,
    • Triaging project resourcing demands from R&D project managers and ensuring optimal scheduling and prioritization of laboratory workforce and testing assets to meet project needs,
    • Delegating tasks to the appropriate staff members to develop skills and effectively manage client service delivery workload,
    • Developing and managing all applicable safety documentations,
    • Managing laboratory assets including required development, operation, maintenance, and decommissioning to meet client needs,
    • Maintaining testing and chemical consumables inventory to support testing demand,
    • Ensure consistent application of and team adherence to workplace health and safety standards and practices,
    • Support execution of and ensure team adherence to the laboratory’s quality management program,
    • Directly manage research projects and technical services as applicable.
  • Provide technical and operational management expertise and insight and facilitate enhancement of capability to support new business

Leadership and People Management

  • Responsible for the management and leadership of Laboratory Operation team staff activities, including:
    • Ensuring establishment of individual goals and objectives and effective performance management and mentorship of staff,
    • Monitoring productivity, work quality and workloads, deliverability of results, and adherence to policies and standards,
    • Supporting recruitment, training, and succession planning activities.

Financial Management

  • Contributes to management of laboratory financials, including:
    • Managing and authorizing expenditures within budget and approved limits to support laboratory operations,
    • Supporting operational and capital financial planning, forecasting, budgeting, and reporting activities,
    • Ensuring timely submission of required internal and external reports and financial documents.

Business Development

  • Support of team business development activities, including:
    • Supporting the engagement with industry and other stakeholders in pursuit of business development opportunities,
    • Supporting the Division’s branding and market positioning initiatives and promoting InnoTech Alberta initiatives and priorities.

Stakeholder Relationship Management

  • Develops collaborative relationships with internal stakeholders, peers, and colleagues to understand business activities and issues, collaborate on projects and initiatives, and identify opportunities to leverage resources, remove roadblocks, and influence outcomes.


Qualifications and skills we are looking for:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Materials Science, Materials Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or Commerce with Operations Management Major, or in a related scientific or engineering field is required.
    • Engineering candidates must possess Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) designation and be registered or eligible for registration with APEGA,
    • Possession of Project Management Professional (PMP) designation would be considered an asset.
  • Minimum 5 years of technical, business, and project management experience is required with strong project and operations management and delivery skills.  Experience in a materials laboratory and/or a research and development environment, and/or materials management would be considered an asset.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience and working collaboratively with others is required with strong people management, leadership, and coaching skills.  Previous managerial experience would be considered an asset.
  • Ability to develop and maintain stakeholder relationships.
  • Strong operational planning skills, priority management approach, and delegation abilities.
  • Strong verbal, written, listening, and interpersonal skills to convey concepts and information.
  • Conflict management, problem solving, decision-making, and negotiation skills.
  • Financial management and business acumen.
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver results by influencing and working through others.
  • Proactive and demonstrates initiative.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Ability to generate respect and trust from staff and external stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of intellectual property, patents, contracts, and agreements.


Why InnoTech Alberta?

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 requirements 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.