Superintendent, Annacis Island and North West Langley Wastewater Treatment Plants – Metro Vancouver (Burnaby, BC)

Superintendent, Annacis Island and North West Langley Wastewater Treatment Plants

Position Status: Full-Time Regular
Department: Liquid Waste Services
Employee Group: Exempt
Location: Annacis Wastewater Treatment Plant, Delta

Our Liquid Waste Services Department is seeking a Superintendent, Annacis Island and North West Langley Wastewater Treatment Plants who will effectively and responsibly lead a team of trained and experienced staff to ensure safe and reliable operation and maintenance of two secondary treatment plants.  The Annacis Island Wastewater Treatment Plant services over 1 million residents in 14 municipalities while Northwest Langley Wastewater Treatment Plant services about 27,000 residents in the Walnut Grover area of Langley.

You are: An effective communicator and leader with strong technical training and experience in a Plant environment working with wastewater treatment processes, meeting regulatory requirements. You are well versed in performance management practices, embrace innovation and continuous improvement, while also being fiscally responsible and minimizing risk to the operation.

The Superintendent, Annacis Island and North West Langley Wastewater Treatment Plants reports to the Division Manager, Wastewater Treatment Plant and falls within our Management / Leadership, Level 3A job family.

This role:

  • Manages the operations of the Annacis Island and North West Langley Wastewater Treatment Plants (WWTPs). Leads and coordinates treatment operations, maintenance and quality control activities, and ensures regulatory and other performance criteria are met.
  • Accountable for the WWTP’s operations budget preparation, reporting and resource allocations. Works closely with operations, maintenance, quality control, laboratory and engineering staff to set priorities and prepare annual work plans. Monitors and controls spending ensuring the effective and efficient expenditure of allocated funds within the approved budget; contributes to divisional long term planning.
  • Monitors the performance of both plants and communicates results internally and externally as required. Develops and implements plans to optimize operations, improve performance and address deficiencies. Ensures changes are appropriately communicated and consistently implemented. Encourages and implements new and innovative ideas for improving performance and keeps current on best practices.
  • Addresses problems and emergency situations and ensures ongoing compliance with the Plant’s regulatory requirements. Makes decisions related to emergency and preventative maintenance work for critical equipment and notifies the Division Manager and appropriate regulatory agencies as required. Analyzes historical data and consults process experts to complete necessary work.
  • Supports operations supervisory staff in scheduling and prioritizing maintenance work. Evaluates and approves recommendations consulting the Division Manager on complex operational situations as required.
  • Liaises with regulatory agencies and member municipalities on permit and operating issues. Reviews and evaluates reports and recommendations and makes decisions to remedy issues. Works closely with counterparts in other divisions to plan and implement facility improvements and capital projects. Contributes to infrastructure plans and ensures operational interests are appropriately integrated.
  • Responsible for hiring, managing and motivating staff at multiple work sites. Monitors performance towards division, department and corporate objectives; ensures staff adhere to corporate policies. Works collaboratively with staff to resolve technical, operational or interpersonal issues encountered while doing their work; monitors work assignments ensuring they are adequately staffed and funded.
  • 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. Responsible for workforce planning and change management.
  • Ensures staff and contractors perform their work in accordance with corporate and WorkSafe BC regulations. Ensures safe work procedures are integrated in the plant’s operations. Is responsible for responding to emergencies and major incidents. Guides operating staff in response efforts and provides timely notifications regarding OC non-compliance to the Division Manager.
  • Works cooperatively with the Division Manager and other senior staff to develop, prioritize and approve annual and long term budgets and strategic plans. Works collaboratively to achieve business plan goals and assess the effectiveness of the Plant’s activities on an ongoing basis.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

To be successful, you have:

  • 7 years of recent, related experience supplemented by a university degree in engineering or technical field related to wastewater treatment, coupled with management experience; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • Relevant professional or technical designation is an asset.
  • British Columbia EOCP Class IV WWTP Operators certification or equivalent Provincial Certification.
  • Considerable technical expertise in WWTP operations including knowledge of the mechanical, electrical, instrumentation and automation and systems used in wastewater treatment plants. Considerable knowledge of wastewater treatment operating best practices and performance indicators. Demonstrated ability to trouble shoot complex performance issues and provide guidance to operating staff.
  • Considerable knowledge of the relevant regulatory considerations such as Provincial and Federal effluent discharge requirements and other matters affecting regulatory compliance.
  • Sound budgeting and financial management skills. Ability to monitor budgets, meet financial objectives and ensure the effective and efficient expenditure of allocated funds.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills including well developed report writing and presentation skills; ability to communicate complex technical requirements and implications to diverse audiences.
  • Strong working knowledge of budgeting and financial management.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain effective working relationships. Skill in dealing openly, tactfully and sensitively in a variety of situations and responds effectively to emotional triggers in self and others. Can build trust and common understanding. Proven ability to work cooperatively with others and skilled in resolving disagreements and preventing the escalation of conflict. Ability to build relationships with direct reports and devise systems to monitor performance for staff in multiple work sites.
  • Proven ability to use judgment to analyze and resolve complex problems with diverse implications; ability to develop new procedures and plans to address problems and improve efficiencies considering the long-term implications of decisions and actions. Innovative thinker with the ability to influence and persuade others and build trust and common understanding required to implement change.
  • Ability to manage a diverse and complex portfolio of work while establishing ambitious and challenging goals; demonstrates persistence in overcoming obstacles.
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise, coach and guide others while enhancing individual and team effectiveness. Ability to mentor and foster the development of direct reports.
  • Proficiency using Microsoft Office programs including Word, Excel and Outlook.
  • 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 to our Careers page where you can submit your application by October 10, 2020.


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