FPInnovations is a not-for-profit world leader that specializes in the creation of scientific solutions in support of the Canadian forest sector’s global competitiveness and responds to the priority needs of its industry members and government partners. It benefits from ideal positioning to engage in research, innovate and deliver state-of-the-art solutions that affect every element of the forest sector value chain, from forest operations to consumer and industrial products.
Created through the consolidation of Canada’s three leading forest sector research institutes (Forintek, Paprican and FERIC), along with the Canadian Wood Fibre Centre, FPInnovations currently employs 525 people. Its R&D laboratories are located in Québec City, Ottawa, Montréal, Thunder Bay, Hinton and Vancouver, in addition to technology transfer offices across Canada. The organization has more than 400 members and an annual operating budget of about $90 million.
FPInnovations’ solutions span the entire forest sector. Along with sustainable forest management, best operating practices and new technologies, the organization also delivers increased efficiencies in wood manufacturing, and pulp and paper mill operations, as well as innovative products and new markets, such as tall wood buildings, nanotechnologies and new biomaterials. FPInnovations’ demonstrated technical success through a structured scale-up and industry deployment strategy has seen the launch of three demonstration plants worth $45 million over the past five years.
As an organization, FPInnovations has been in transformation since its creation more than a decade ago. From a source of revenue standpoint, it evolved from a primarily government-funded model to a member-funded one and it is currently transitioning to a more commercially-oriented setting. From a solutions viewpoint, without abandoning its traditional product mix, FPInnovations is tapping into non-traditional sectors such as energy, natural food additive and genomics.
The Canadian forest sector is also in transformation and has been recently confronted with significant challenges, including emerging border taxes, increasing labor costs and a general decline of traditional sectors such as newsprint. FPInnovations believes that the most effective way to meet these challenges is through a collective effort by industry, government stakeholders, and research and development providers, focusing on innovation, which encompasses the development of promising new products and markets. It is FPInnovations’ intention to lead the transformation of Canada’s forest industry.
Reporting to the FPInnovations Board of Directors, the Chief Executive Officer provides leadership that enables the organization to achieve the goals and objectives as stated in the corporate strategic plan.
He/she is responsible for developing, nurturing and managing sustainable long-term funding models, while constantly clarifying and aligning the expectations of multiple internal and external stakeholders.
Direct duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Add a focused business perspective to FPInnovations by identifying and pursuing the commercialization of solutions flowing from FPInnovations’ research programs.
- Work collaboratively with the leadership team to identify opportunities and proactively develop and lead FPInnovations’ commercialization efforts with the objective of growing commercial revenues.
- Engage potential partners to collaborate on commercialization opportunities.
- Grow FPInnovations’ network of potential commercial partners.
- Drive revenue generation by ensuring that members quickly adopt and implement solutions developed by FPInnovations.
- Act as an effective enabler of innovation without losing sight of the overall commercial objective.
- Ensure that appropriate structures, systems and services are created and implemented to deliver the organization’s strategic objectives.
- Build a climate of innovation and entrepreneurship by training, mentoring and promoting business-targeted innovation among FPInnovations’ staff members.
- Foster an effective working relationship within FPInnovations that is based on teamwork, trust and a shared understanding of respective roles and objectives, and develop an effective mechanism for sharing information while maintaining open, ongoing dialogue.
- Add value to FPInnovations’ projects by advising in the areas of project management, contract management, intellectual property protection and management, business planning, market and competitive intelligence, marketing and sales, and access to external funding and investments.
- Effectively support, respond to and anticipate member’s changing needs by constantly reassessing and realigning the organization’s R&D efforts and core competencies.
- Foster collaborative decision-making and strengthen performance-based culture.
- Maximize senior level relationships with members and partners, as well as government, academic institutions and industry associations to guarantee constant calibration and positive awareness of FPInnovations, promote and secure investments in forest products research, and provide leadership in implementing the sector-wide innovation agenda.
- Identify and develop strategic partnerships with industry stakeholders, both nationally and internationally.
- Actively participate in relevant business associations, technical committees and professional organizations.
YEAR ONE CRITICAL SUCCESS FACTORS
- Become acquainted with FPInnovations, its business model and its key stakeholders to truly embrace the company’s culture and mission.
- Build trust and credibility with the FPInnovations team and the greater Canadian forest sector.
- Drive FPInnovations to achieve revenue growth and increased profitability.
Required skills, experiences and qualifications include, but are not limited to:
- Senior experience successfully leading innovation and commercialization efforts for solutions created by either research-based organizations or private corporations.
- The ability to navigate a complex suite of stakeholders among whom perfect alignment remains a destination.
- A proven track-record of leadership success with Operations, Finance, Engineering/R&D as well as some Sales & Marketing perspective; previous profit and loss responsibility required.
- Forward looking with a sense of practicality and pragmatism, able to see the opportunity for commercialization of new technologies into exciting applications and create the conversations and processes to ensure these possibilities are surfaced and translated into commercial revenue.
- A demonstrated ability to sell and implement concepts and solutions based on value.
- Success negotiating and managing complex agreements that include sophisticated intellectual property issues.
- A proven track-record in successfully driving an organization to achieve revenue growth and profitability.
- The ability to think creatively and strategically to develop business opportunities, with a bias for action and results.
- Skilled in interpersonal, negotiation, presentation and influencing communications both internal and external to the organization.
- Strong and natural business acumen.
- Bilingual (French and English).
Possession of a Bachelor degree in a Scientific or Engineering discipline is required. An advanced degree is preferred. An MBA will be an asset.
Compensation will be competitive and commensurate with experience. It will include a base salary, an annual performance bonus and other perquisites.
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