Division Manager, Engineering, Design & Construction, Wastewater Treatment Plant – Metro Vancouver (Burnaby, BC)

Division Manager, Engineering, Design & Construction, Wastewater Treatment Plant

Position Status: Full-Time Regular
Department: Liquid Waste Services
Employee Group: Exempt
Location: 4730 Kingsway, Burnaby

Our Liquid Waste Services Department is seeking a Division Manager, Engineering, Design & Construction, Wastewater Treatment Plant who will guide a team of 21 engineers in the delivery of over $100,000,000 a year in capital improvements.  You will help implement improved processes and procedures, provide high level budget, scope and schedule control, and ensure stakeholder’s needs are met.

You are:

  • A team player who supports the work of the whole department;
  • A coach and mentor who helps your team succeed;
  • A facilitator who can help diverse groups come to consensus; and
  • Decisive and driven and able to deliver on our goals and objectives.

The Division Manager, EDC, Wastewater Treatment Plant reports to the Director, Liquid Waste Services Engineering, Design & Construction and falls within our Management / Leadership, Level 4A job family.

This role:

  • Leads division of engineering and technical staff responsible for the delivery of a range of capital and operating projects for Metro Vancouver’s wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) infrastructure including new facilities, replacements and upgrades to existing systems and equipment.
  • Accountable for the Division’s budget preparation and reporting and ensures the appropriate allocation of resources within the approved budget. Monitors and controls spending and ensures effective and efficient expenditure of allocated funds. Contributes to the preparation of long range financial plans. Develops and implements strategic initiatives and guides staff on cost control.
  • Leads multi-disciplinary consulting and in-house engineering teams (civil, mechanical and electrical engineers) through all project phases including design, construction and project commissioning. Adopts relevant state-of-the-art practices and technologies and delivers projects so that Metro Vancouver’s wastewater treatment infrastructure can match regional growth; meets regulatory and corporate policy requirements; and operates optimally. Ensures project components are optimally coordinated, ensures dependencies are available and mitigates conflicts with adjacent projects.
  • Oversees scoping documents at the outset of projects to ensure relevant details and requirements are adequately captured. Performs quality audits of work in all project phases to ensure technical standards, corporate and department policies and procedures are followed. Ensures permits and authorizations have been obtained and relevant stakeholders have been adequately consulted.
  • Provides guidance on the preparation and interpretation of contracts and technical specifications. Resolves problems that arise in the delivery of capital and operating projects and addresses legal, technical, financial, public relations, and contractual considerations. Provides progress reports to senior managers and political committees. Writes and reviews reports, technical memos and drawings and delivers presentations to various audiences.
  • Responsible for supervising, directing and motivating staff and monitors performance towards division, department and corporate objectives. Ensures staff adhere to corporate and board policies and work within existing policies and procedures. Develops new systems, policies and procedures for divisional activities.
  • Leads, coaches, mentors and develops staff recognizing the importance of leadership, supervisory and technical training; develops and sustains a flexible workforce encouraging staff to pursue opportunities that complement their skills and experience.
  • Leads the implementation of strategic initiatives and ensures the division’s activities are consistent with the organization’s values and goals. Provides leadership to address critical and complex project emergencies; coordinates staff and makes decisions about how to best move forward.
  • Liaises with other divisions, departments, external agencies, regulators, municipalities and the public on various issues affecting the division’s work; partners with consultants and technical associations to further objectives. Ensures adequate engagement and communication in early project stages to incorporate relevant operating and maintenance considerations and to garner support and resources to complete work.
  • Provides advice and guidance on approach and problem situations to others within Metro Vancouver and on behalf of the organization to contacts external to the organization; represents the organization to the media, elected officials, and the public as required.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

To be successful, you have:

  • Bachelor’s of Applied Science Degree in Mechanical, Civil or Chemical Engineering. 10 years of recent, related progressive experience; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • Membership or eligibility for immediate membership as a registered Professional Engineer (P.Eng) with the Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia is preferred.
  • Extensive technical expertise in the design, construction and project commissioning for WWTP infrastructure including new facilities, replacements or upgrades to existing systems and equipment. Understanding of the regulatory requirements affecting the design and construction of Metro Vancouver’s WWTP infrastructure.
  • Excellent budgeting and financial management skills. Demonstrated ability to manage and monitor budgets, meet financial objectives and ensure the effective and efficient expenditure of allocated funds. Excellent contract administration and project management skills including the ability to resolve complex issues.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills including sound report writing and presentation skills. Persuasively communicates complex information to diverse audiences and upholds the reputation of the organization in communications with external agencies, the media, elected officials, and the public.
  • Ability to build and maintain respectful working relationships; skill in dealing openly and tactfully in a variety of situations. Proven ability to use judgment to resolve complex challenges; flexible and able to develop and revise strategies to address problems and changing circumstances. Demonstrates persistence in overcoming obstacles and considers the diverse and long term implications of decisions beyond the work at hand.
  • Contributes to the team with constructive ideas and experiences; effectively deals with disagreements to prevent escalation of conflict; seeks to include team members in decisions that will impact them. Ability to make complex and sometimes controversial decisions and effectively administer work through unforeseen conditions. Strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Ability to lead, supervise, coach and guide others while enhancing individual and team effectiveness. Ability to mentor and foster the development of direct reports and provide leadership to a number of ‘support but does not report’ working relationships. Sound understanding of and ability to apply labour and employee relations principles and practices.
  • Proficiency using Microsoft Office programs including Word, Excel, Outlook and Project.
  • Valid BC Class 5 Driver’s License.

Our Vision: 
Metro Vancouver embraces collaboration and innovation in providing sustainable regional services that contribute to a livable and resilient region and a healthy natural environment for current and future generations.

Please follow this link http://www.metrovancouver.org/about/careers/ to our Careers page where you can submit your application by November 5, 2020.


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