Job Posting #18483

Senior Project Manager, Water & Wastewater Engineering

Closing Date:Tue., May. 30, 2017
Department:Public Works
Location:Environmental Centre
Type:Regular Full-Time
Union:Non Union
Salary:$90,015 - $105,900
Work Hours:35 hrs / week


Reporting to the Associate Director, the Senior Project Manager Water & Wastewater Engineering is responsible for managing and administering complex capital works projects from initiation, planning, execution, monitoring and controlling and closing, including conceptual design, predesign, detailed design, environmental assessment, public meetings, tendering, contract award, construction, progress payments, conflict management, completion of contract work and turn-over of completed works. 

The Senior Project Manager provides technical guidance, coaching and development support to assigned Project Managers.


Managers and delivers multiple complex Water and Wastewater Capital Projects (such as water and wastewater facility builds, major upgrades, multi-discipline, multi-process, system and linear assets) throughout the Project Lifecycle (Initiation, Planning, Environmental Assessment, Design, Construction, Commissioning, and Close-out) by Managing the Integration, Scope, Time, Cost, Quality, Human Resources, Communications, Risk, and Procurement for each individual project.
  • Represents the Engineering Division in departmental and/or corporate committees within the organization as directed by the Associate Director
  • Assigns work and provides direction on water and wastewater capital projects, ensuring proper due diligence and compliance including providing direction to technical (in-house or contract) staff, consultants and contractors in studies, programs, and capital projects.
  • Prepares engineering design criteria and contract specifications for in-house projects.
  • Initiates, organizes and manages professional engineering consultants and contractors throughout projects, studies, technical workshops and meetings (i.e. value engineering, feasibility, optimization, functional design, facility needs assessments, technical assessments, pre-design and detailed design) for capital projects.
  • Leads Municipal Class Environmental Assessment studies to ensure compliance with the Environmental Assessment Act.
  • Manages contract preparation, administration, inspection, and quality assurance during construction phase of the project, ensuring compliance with contract specifications and negotiating and approving changes to contracts.
  • Reviews consultant reports, designs, contract drawings, specifications, and equipment and materials to be supplied, ensuring compliance with legislated regulatory standards and certificates of approval, and expediting approvals from relevant agencies.
  • Manages project resources and schedule (including milestones) and identifies project risks and mitigation measures.
  • Manages the commissioning process of water and wastewater facilities and linear infrastructure, ensuring regulatory compliance, while maintaining operations including: review and approval of plans, equipment start-up, equipment testing, operations and maintenance training, functional testing, identifying deficiencies, and negotiating resolutions with contractors.
  • Prepares and/or sign applications for required approvals, permits, inspections and services.
  • Monitors and evaluates performance of contractors, consultants, and others as appropriate.
  • Prepares reports to Public Works and Corporate Services Committee, other standing committees, researching and assisting in the preparation of reports to regional or municipal councils, or more senior levels of government and other agencies on environmental issues and project-specific topics.
  • Identifies needs relating to water and wastewater facilities and linear infrastructure by using appropriate asset management systems forecast.
  • Seeks Cost Savings, Revenue Generating, and Cost Recovery Opportunities associated with the implementation of capital projects (i.e. cost-sharing programs with area municipalities such as CSO and infrastructure improvements, other government bodies, and utilities energy rebate programs servicing surplus lands for sale for decommissioned sites no longer required recycling metal during demolition etc.)
  • Negotiates with service providers and authorize extra expenditures and changes in scope of work to consultants and contractors, and administers clauses as per the Region’s Agreement for Professional Services and Contractors Agreement.

Develops, manages, and administers annual and multi-year Capital and Operating budgets for the operating unit  ensuring  support of Council’s objectives, financial transparency and accountability, monitoring budget adherence, identifying and explaining variances, and financial reporting is effectively managed in compliance with corporate financial policies. 
  • Ensure goods and services are acquired in accordance with the procurement policy. 
  • Authorize, and administer the acquisition of goods and services for the operating unit and direct reports in accordance with the procurement policy and procedures.

Leads communication with project team and engages stakeholders throughout project lifecycle (Initiation, Planning, Environmental Assessment, Design, Construction, Commissioning, and Close-out)
  • Develops project charter and identifies and incorporates stakeholder interests in developing project scope.
  • Communicates and presents project-related information at Regional and local councils, Business Improvement Associations, special interest groups, and coordinates with utility companies, area municipalities, conservation authorities, regulatory agencies (e.g. Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, Ministry of Natural Resources, Niagara Escarpment Commission, Canadian Department of Fisheries and Ocean, Transport Canada, Ministry of Transportation, etc.), railways, and other levels of government (i.e. provincial and federal), or elsewhere as required to promote good public relations and customer service on behalf of the Region.
  • Communicates with the public and local businesses through Public Information Centres and Project Notifications, construction notices, and project / construction updates to promote awareness, good public relations, and customer service on behalf of the Region.
  • Ensures the full involvement of Regional departments in the implementation of capital projects including coordinating the participation of Water & Wastewater operations and maintenance staff and Transportation operations staff as required from project conception to the end of the warranty period.
  • Solicits project comments from project team at multiple formal and informal project milestones throughout the design and construction phases.
  • Resolves conflicts encountered on projects, involving consultants, external agency or government representatives, contractors, internal engineering, operations and maintenance staff, the general public, and other stakeholders, etc.
  • Leads communications to project team and stakeholders for after-hours (planned and emergency) work, complaints and requests for service, taking appropriate action and investigating insurance claims for damages on construction projects and report findings.
  • Carry out responsibilities for project tracking updates, Drinking Water and Wastewater Quality Management System, Standards and Regulations (i.e. notice to maintenance for equipment in-service, MOE director’s notifications, etc.
  • Attends review meetings with Region’s legal counsel to provide background information on litigations, attending discovery and other legal hearings, resulting from construction projects as required.

  • Manages project development and bid processes.
    • Defines project requirements, develops project scope, determining project budget, creating a work breakdown structure, chairing scoping meetings, and preparing Terms of Reference.
    • Prepares and issues Requests for Proposal (including issuing of addenda) for retention of consulting engineering services.
    • Leads and conducts proposal interviews, and evaluates and analyzes proposals from engineering consultants for purposes of retaining engineering services, including environmental assessment studies, feasibility studies, preliminary and detailed design assignments, contract administration and inspection.
    • Schedules and advertises tender calls, issuing addenda, chairing and conducting tender openings, reviewing tenders, and evaluating and recommending on quotation and tender awards for construction.

    Educates, coaches and mentors assigned team of junior Project Managers on all aspects of capital project delivery from start to finish including project initiation, Class Environmental Assessments, preliminary design, detailed design, tendering, construction, commissioning and post construction/warranty period.

    Recommends on project issues leading to revisions of policies, procedures, and standards relating to the management of municipal water resources, servicing updates, and other related environmental matters.
    • Evaluates effects of updates, changes, or new legislation, regulations, policies, procedures or guidelines, new products and materials, and technological advancements, recommending and adopting new strategies to address impacts on Regional infrastructure and future priorities.
    • Develops and updates specifications, construction contract documents, Request For Proposal template, Project Design & Technical Specifications Manual, Project Management Manual, Financial Tracking Workbook, Project Tracking System, based on knowledge and experience.
    • Recommends changes to the Niagara Peninsula Standard Contract Document (NPSCD) resulting from site, project specific, and new industry specifications/innovations.
    • Develops, researches and recommends new work processes and systems with a continuous improvement focus. 
    • Researches new engineering products, materials, processes, and preparing reports outlining findings.


    • 10 years of project management experience in areas of planning, design, and implementing capital water and wastewater projects.
    • Certification with the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT) as a Certified Engineering Technologist (C.E.T.).
    • Knowledge of MS Office, MS Outlook, MS Project or other Project Tracking Systems.
    • Knowledge of the Class Environmental Assessment process, Niagara Peninsula Standard Contract Document (NPSCD), Ontario Provincial Standard Specifications (OPSS), Ontario Provincial Standard Drawings (OPSD), the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) Guide, DWQMS and WWQMS,  all applicable legislation and regulations (Occupational Health & Safety Act, Environmental Protection Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, Ontario Water Resources Act, Municipal Act, Construction Lien Act, Ontario Building Code, etc.), all applicable contract law, and all water and wastewater standards (American Water Works Assoc., Canadian Standards Assoc., National Sanitation Foundation, etc.).
    • Registration with Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) preferred.
    • Licensed Engineering Technologist (L.E.T.) preferred.
    • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification preferred.


    • Post-secondary diploma in Civil, Mechanical, Electrical or Environmental Engineering or a related discipline.
    • Post-secondary degree in Civil, Mechanical, Electrical or Environmental Engineering or a related discipline preferred.

    Special Requirements

    • In accordance with the Corporate Criminal Record Check Policy, the position requires the incumbent to undergo a Criminal Records Check and submit a Canadian Police Clearance Certificate.
    • Must maintain ability to travel in a timely manner to other offices, work locations or sites as authorized by the Corporation for business reasons.
    • Regional staff strive to enable the strategic priorities of council and the organization through the completion of their work. Staff carry out their work by demonstrating the corporate values of service, honesty, choice, partnership and respect.

    Closing Statement

    Uncover the wonder of the Niagara Region and join a team dedicated to meeting tomorrow's challenges TODAY! Let us know why you would be an excellent team member by submitting your online application. We thank all candidates for their interest however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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