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Science Laboratory Standards Compliance Officer

Reference number: ICA23J-023895-000062
Selection process number: 22-ICA-WEST-OE-VAR-CSOO-445
Canadian Food Inspection Agency - Science Branch
Calgary (Alberta)
$83,339 to $106,319

For further information on the organization, please visit Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Closing date: 31 January 2023 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: Persons residing in Canada, and Canadian citizens and Permanent residents abroad.

Important messages

We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, starting with the hiring process. If you need to be accommodated during any phase of the evaluation process, please use the Contact information below to request specialized accommodation. All information received in relation to accommodation will be kept confidential.

Assessment accommodation

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is a separate employer and is not subject to the Public Service Employment Act.

The CFIA considers applications from individuals who have legal status to work in Canada and does not give preference to Canadian citizens.

We will only accept applications received through the GC Jobs website, therefore you must submit your application by clicking on “Apply online” in this advertisement. Persons who are unable to apply online must use the “Contact information” below, prior to the closing date, to request specialized accommodation.


Reporting to the Director, CFIA Calgary Laboratory, the Science Laboratory Standards Compliance Officer is responsible for the design and implementation of the laboratory’s Quality Management, Lab Safety and/or Biosafety Programs in support of the delivery of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s (CFIA) programs, program policies and associated legislation and regulations.

Ensures the laboratory operations are conducted in compliance with applicable QA, lab safety and/or biosafety standards.

Designs, plans, and leads the implementation of the laboratory’s Quality Management, Lab Safety and/or Biosafety systems.

Plans and contributes to the development of long-term goals to meet the continued requirements of Quality Assurance, lab safety and/or biosafety standards.

Writes and prepares standard operating procedures for the laboratory and reports (within their expertise) for senior management and external organizations as appropriate.

Provides, coordinates and arranges training to employees regarding procedures and techniques.

Plans and leads internal audits of the QA, lab safety and/or biosafety systems in the laboratory, and makes recommendations to management to ensure compliance with applicable standards.

Provides authoritative information and advice on QA, lab safety and/or biosafety issues to management as well as CFIA staff.

Leads and/or contributes to working groups, project teams and committees to develop and improve the QA, lab safety and/or biosafety systems of the laboratory.

Work environment

We offer a bilingual, science-based environment, with excellent benefits, flexible hours, opportunities for advancement, an emphasis on learning and development, and a high level of employee satisfaction. Join a workforce that’s as diverse as the people it serves. You can find some more great reasons to join us on our website: http://www.inspection.gc.ca/about-the-cfia/cfia-jobs/top-10-reasons-to-join-us/eng/1299859095075/1299859142835

Intent of the process

A pool of qualified candidates will be established. This pool may be used to staff positions with similar qualifications, with various language requirements, various conditions of employment and/or various tenures including term appointments, indeterminate appointments, acting appointments and/or assignments.

Positions to be filled: 1

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

A covering letter

Contact information for 2 references.

In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)

You must meet all essential qualifications in order to be appointed to the position. Other qualifications may be a deciding factor in choosing the person to be appointed. Some essential and other qualifications will be assessed through your application. It is your responsibility to provide appropriate examples that illustrate how you meet each qualification. Failing to do so could result in your application being rejected.


EEd1 : A bachelor's degree in a natural, physical or applied science from a recognized post-secondary institution, with an acceptable specialization in microbiology, biology, or other related discipline.

Applicants submitting education credentials from a non-Canadian institution are responsible for obtaining certification that these credentials are the equivalent of the Canadian education level required for the position.

Please refer to the link below for more information.

Degree equivalency


EE1: Experience implementing or managing the requirements of the international standard ISO/IEC 17025.

EE2: Experience implementing or managing safety and/or biological safety programs in a laboratory.


EK1: Knowledge of ISO 17025, and guidelines for auditing management systems.

EK2: Knowledge of laboratory safety legislation and guidelines.

EK3: Knowledge of biosafety legislation and guidelines.


EC1: Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing

EC2: Working effectively with others

EC3: Leadership Skills

EC4: Detail Oriented

EC5: Demonstrating integrity and respect

The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)

English essential

Information on language requirements

Conditions of employment

Reliability Status security clearance - Applicants who have not lived in Canada for the past five (or ten, depending on security level) years may be required to submit a police certificate from each country in which they have lived for six months or more during this period, as well as other documentation required for the security screening process. Failure to submit this documentation if requested will eliminate the application from further consideration.

The following conditions of employment are required for an appointment:
• Adherence to the CFIA Code of Conduct.
• Adherence to the CFIA Conflict of Interest and Post-Employment Policy.
• Compliance with the Values and Ethics Code for the Public Sector.
• Legal status to accept employment for the entire period of employment.

Any of the following conditions of employment may be required for an appointment:
• Willing and available to travel, as required.
• To use in the prescribed circumstances and manner all prescribed safety materials, equipment, devices and clothing.

Other information

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is committed to building a skilled and diverse workforce that reflects the Canadians we serve. We promote employment equity and encourage you to indicate if you belong to one of the designated groups when you apply.


Personal information is obtained for the purpose of determining an individual’s competence and suitability for employment. If a staffing complaint questions this determination, please be advised that relevant personal information you will provide in the course of this staffing process may be disclosed to substantiate the staffing decision.

Please ensure that you read ALL points listed below, as this section contains important information about the application process. Failure to read these notes and follow these instructions could result in your application missing required information which may result in your application being eliminated from this staffing process.

You are entitled to participate in the staffing process in the official language of your choice.

For this staffing process, the CFIA will communicate with you by email. You must provide a valid email address to which you wish to receive communication regarding this staffing process. You must ensure that you check your email account including spam, promotion or other folders regularly as there may be a deadline for responses. If you respond past the deadline you risk being removed from the staffing process.

Applicants who are screened in to this staffing process will be sent further information by email regarding what to expect during subsequent phases of this staffing process.

During the application or assessment process both cheating and plagiarism are considered forms of misconduct and are not permitted. Any person found cheating, including those who help others to cheat, may be subject to removal from the staffing process.

You will be asked to provide proof of your education credentials later in the staffing process.

All written and verbal communication obtained throughout the staffing process, from the time of application to close of process, may be used to evaluate the candidate.

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

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