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Stantec Regional Discipline/Project Management Leader in WATERLOO, Ontario

Regional Discipline/Project Management Leader - ( 210001FT )


Our Water sector, which brings together many of the world’s top engineers and scientists, sees water a bit differently—as a single holistic system rather than as unconnected networks divided by jurisdictional boundaries. We use this perspective to help communities tap into water’s potential. Throughout the life cycle of capture, use, reuse, and discharge, our team optimizes every facet of a water system.

Whether a project calls for planners, designers, construction managers, or facility operators, we have the right experts to provide creative, yet practical, water solutions. Through our cost-effective strategies, we’re helping communities increase their water efficiency and protect their water resources for future generations. Join our team as we create new ways to tap into water’s vast potential.

Your Opportunity

The Regional Discipline/Project Management Leader (RDL/PML) drives best-in-class project delivery and is responsible for building and maintaining the project management community, supporting deployment and effective implementation of Stantec corporate and business-line specific project management practices within their assigned region.

The RDL/PML will report directly to the Regional Business Leader (RBL) and secondarily to the North America (NA) Director of Delivery and Major Projects. This role also requires working closely with the Business Centre Operation Leader(s) and Director of Project Management (DPM).

The position can be located in any of our offices in Canada East.

Your Key Responsibilities

Health & Safety:

  • Support the RBL in the health and safety performance of the business line, including the monitoring of leading and lagging indicators.

  • Promote compliance with regulatory requirements and the Health, Safety, Security, and Environment & Sustainability (HSSE)management system, follows up on COR audits (where applicable) and supports the return to work program.

  • Accountable to meet Business Line set KPIs for leading indicators and safety training for the RDL/PML (or equivalent role)

People Leadership:

  • Promote and maintain growth opportunities for technical delivery focused staff in the region, maintain and sustain the approved PTL list to support all levels of projects within the region and ensure the strength of the EDL network within the geography.

  • Responsible for the yearly employee performance review (YEPR), rate review, and STIP/bonus - allocation for direct reports.

  • Establish a culture of “client satisfaction” and “design excellence” among technical staff and project delivery teams in the region.

  • Identify and implement region wide technical training opportunities for staff.

  • Support recruiting and hiring of key technical staff to the region.

  • Responsible for developing best in class high performing teams across their region suited to the longer-term mission and goals of the business.

  • Oversee project management staff to ensure timely, effective, and efficient performance of PM responsibilities.

  • Update and administer the Approved PIR List in consultation with the BCOL, and RBL.

  • Collaborate with business leaders to recruit, train, retain, mentor, coach and lead PMs and PIRs, including development of succession plans for key positions and identifying and closing capability gaps among project management staff.

  • Collaborate with business leaders to assign projects to appropriately qualified PMs and PIRs. Proactively facilitate opportunities for PMs to be assigned to progressively challenging projects and expand PM experience and competency.

Project Management & Execution:

  • Responsible for serving in a project leadership role, such as CSM, PM or PTL on major projects or on key account projects in the region.

  • Provide technical support and perform independent technical reviews on large projects and for key accounts in the geography.

  • Lead regional leadership in assuring projects have qualified project leaders and technical expertise in key roles on projects, support project leaders in the geography with obtaining resources and key skills to deliver projects. Be on point and support project team coordination with the Water Delivery Center and RNet.

  • Provide direct governance and oversight of PMs and PIRs to ensure best Earned Value Management (EVM) practices and controls are being implemented consistently within the BOU.

  • Lead monthly project update review process including PM preparation and submission of accurate estimates at completion (EACs), and PIR review and approval of project updates, including EACs, using the designated project management tools in accordance with Stantec's project update business rules.

  • Track, monitor and review project EVM and update data and attend monthly BOU project performance review meetings to report out earned value and risk reserve status of projects to the Financial Managers (FMs) and DPM.

  • Coordinate with project managers to implement corrective actions for distressed projects, adapt and apply procedures to address unusual problem situations, and engage BC or BL leaders when needed to support this effort.

  • Provide guidance to PMs for project initiation activities such as Oracle setup, intercompany agreements, and sub-contracting.

  • Coordinate and lead training and development of the Project Technical Leader talent pool within the region.

  • Ensure compliance with QA/QC procedures and policies by project teams in the region.

  • Coordinate with BC leadership and evaluate and help maintain an effective EDL network within BC’s and within the region.

  • Coordinate with BCOL’s to ensure >95% PM frameworks compliance and audit compliance on all projects in the region.

  • Support project teams in developing risk profiles and registers for projects, ensure risk protocols are followed, and assist project team in preparing for risk reviews.

  • Ensure design guidelines, standards and protocols are accessible, understood and utilized by project teams in the region.

Provide broad leadership influence:

  • Act as a highly regarded leader, thought partner and a source of counsel and advice for their region.

  • Proactively identify opportunities to reinforce and further develop Stantec’s high-performance culture with a focus on innovation, speed, and productivity.

  • Foster a success-oriented, accountable environment within the company.

  • Uphold a corporate culture that promotes ethical practices, encourages individual integrity, and focuses on the customer and service delivery.

  • Provide support through ongoing interface with BLs, RBLs, RSLs, RLs, SLs, regarding resolution of operational issues identified within the BOU.

Financial Management:

  • Achieve budgeted gross margin and project financial performance on your projects, support project teams in the region as needed with the same.

  • Assist regional and BC leaders in achieving staff utilization goals.

  • Ensure robust systems are in place for workload balancing and utilization across the region.

  • Assist BC leaders in resourcing projects across BC lines and matching under utilized staff with projects.

  • Support sales and campaign teams in developing correct budgets and scopes on projects.

  • Ensure Delivery Center and RNet utilization goals are achieved by the region.

  • Assist with developing the annual regional business plan.

Business Development & Collaboration:

  • Support major pursuits and campaigns in the region. Support selection of project leadership team members and key technical leaders and experts on major campaigns during the pursuit phase.

  • Work with BC leaders and project teams to identify key resources for BC and regional pursuits. Perform independent technical reviews for proposals prior to submission.

  • Collaborate directly with the RL, RBL, RSL, and SL’s to consistently win new work within the regional business line including cross selling.

Client Focus:

  • Responsible for serving as account manager and/or serving in project delivery leadership roles on key projects within the geography.

  • Conduct a minimum of 4 technical client feedback surveys per year.

  • Partner with the Regional Business Leader (RBL) and Regional Sector Leader (RSL) to market discipline-specific design and technical expertise to local and regional clients, as well as global and national clients (where relevant).

  • Make one annual presentation at a conference or event attended by current or future clients.

Direct Time:

  • Consistently achieve the approved metric for billable time, and record all time worked accurately and appropriately. Default target is >50%.


Your Capabilities and Credentials

  • Passion for excellence, continuous improvement, and professional project management.

  • Recent experience managing projects, including the development of scope, schedule, and budget, and the subsequent monitoring of cost and schedule.

  • Strong project management skills, with experience in organizing, planning, and executing projects from pursuit through closeout, involving internal personnel, contractors, and vendors. Interfaces directly with clients.

  • Ability to drive change and deliver positive impact through influence.

  • Ability to create, foster and lead a team.

  • Understanding of Stantec PM/PTL processes, EVM methodologies, procedures, and policies.

  • Familiarity with terms and conditions of contracts and commercial agreements.

  • Knowledge of scheduling concepts and familiarity with software (e.g. Primavera P6) preferred.

  • Understanding of Stantec PM Framework and Project Risk Practice.

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills; Strong interpersonal skills to effectively work and collaborate with a wide range of internal and external customers.

  • Ability to travel to other Stantec offices within the BC/region/geography – preference may be given to candidates who are located within the business region.

  • Familiarity with Stantec Water service offerings and client base is preferred.

Education and Experience

Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or comparable technical, business, or professional degree with a minimum of 15 years of relevant experience or equivalent combination of skills and experience.

This description is not a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that may be required of the employee and other duties, responsibilities and activities may be assigned or may be changed at any time with or without notice.

Stantec is a place where the best and brightest come to build on each other's talents, do exciting work, and make an impact on the world around us. Join us and redefine your personal best.

Primary Location : Canada-Ontario-Waterloo

Other Locations : Canada-Ontario

Job : Project Management

Organization : BC-1656 Water-CA Ontario West

Employee Status : Regular

Job Level : Individual Contributor

Travel : Yes, 20 % of the Time

Schedule : Full-time

Job Posting : Jun 10, 2021, 8:15:41 AM

Req ID: 210001FT

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