Senior Project Manager – Construction / Ottawa Canada

    • Reference Number: Senior Project Manager

    • Location: Ottawa Canada

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    • Sector: Construction and Engineering

Our client a leading international consulting firm who offers services for all phases of the project life cycle, from pre-project planning through detailed design, construction and operations, to decommissioning. This is where great ideas and rewarding careers are built. Exercising creativity and ingenuity, our team develops unique solutions in building technologies, energy, and environmental performance. Our professionals are working to improve the communities we live in by delivering innovative, integrated, and practical solutions to complex buildings projects in many sectors, including healthcare, industrial facilities, education, etc.

Our Ottawa office has an opportunity for a Senior Project Manager working as part of an integrated team, responsible for leading and managing multidisciplinary project teams for building projects. The Senior Project Manager will provide leadership to the entire project team including clients, the design team and the construction manager/contractor. The Senior Project Manager is to ensure projects are delivered within defined time, cost and scope parameters.

Duties And Responsibilities

    • Provide leadership, guidance, and oversight to the overall project management team.
    • As Senior Project Manager, lead assigned projects from inception to completion including commissioning, handover and warranty management.
    • Negotiate project scope and key performance indicators with clients.
    • Prepare, manage, and oversee terms of reference for sub-consultants.
    • Manage Contractor procurement processes including conducting post-proposal interviews, analyzing responses and preparing recommendations for award.
    • Select and organize project teams.
    • Generate and maintain project planning documentation including project plans, schedules, budgets, Estimates to Completion (ETC’s), cost control processes and procedures and work breakdown structures.

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Senior Project Manager - Construction Ottawa

  • Establish levels of authority, lines of communication and communication plans.
  • Prepare risk management plans.
  • Ability to lead from the design stage to the construction phase and manage construction, commissioning and close-out of the project.
  • Establish and manage change management processes and procedures.
  • Manage document control processes to ensure full accountability and responsibility is maintained.
  • Maintain clear traceability between project scope and the final product.
  • Coordinate the preparation of construction tender documents including providing advice to the Owner on the applicability and benefits of different forms of contract.
  • Chair project and site meetings.
  • Resolve disputes between the contractor and sub-consultants as required.
  • Process change requests, contemplated change notices, change orders and payment certificates.
  • Manage and maintain other project related and administrative documentation.
  • Lead, manage and direct project staff.
  • Ensure effective management of the warranty and close-out phases of the project.
  • Assist in the preparation of proposals and work plans for new assignments.
  • Assist with business development to expand client base within the office and market segment.

Required Skills

    • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills including demonstrated ability to effectively convey building design and construction concepts, in written, graphic and oral forms to clients, stakeholders, tenants and the public.
    • Proven skills in leadership, management, diplomacy, promoting and managing change, team building, consensus building and fostering cooperation.
    • Client oriented approach to problems with a commitment to professional development, teamwork and high ethical standards.
    • Demonstrated professionalism in interactions with senior client staff, public officials, representatives and the general public.
    • Demonstrated experience and familiarity with principles of value engineering and project risk analysis.
    • Knowledge of project management principles, practices, techniques and tools.
    • Knowledge of planning and scheduling techniques.

Required Abilities

    • Work independently and to facilitate and participate in collaborative problem solving and decision making at both the strategic and operational levels.
    • Analyze complex problems and synthesize, integrate and conceptualize solutions.
    • Develop and analyze the effects of different design and construction alternatives on cost, schedule and scope.
    • Define trade-offs and identify ideal solutions to complex design/construction problems.
    • Effectively plan and achieve short and long-range objectives.
    • Realize goals by working sensitively, professionally and cooperatively with diverse sets of constituents within both public and private-sector settings.
    • Read, interpret, and work from advanced sketches, drawings, and specifications.
    • Apply knowledge of contract security and insurance strategies within defined risk profiles.
    • Be adaptable to manage projects to meet multiple and potentially conflicting priorities.
    • Be able to work in a demanding environment and deliver projects to meet owner’s contractual obligations with tenants and clients.


    • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, including registration with a respective professional organization, or an equivalent combination of education and practical experience. University or College Degree in Project Management, Technical or business-related curriculum will also be considered.
    • Minimum 10 years of experience as a Project Manager or Construction Manager.
    • Strong technical construction understanding and background.
    • Experience preparing development, project and design briefs, Terms of Reference, selecting and retaining sub-consultants and managing preparation of development and building plans and contract documentation.
    • Understanding of contract law, security and insurance applicable to the construction industry.
    • Understanding of project finance, budgeting and business case development.
    • Excellent communication and organizational skills.
    • Computer literacy with Microsoft Office, Microsoft Project and PowerPoint.
    • Eligible to obtain government security clearances.
    • Experience utilizing different project delivery models such as design-build, construction management, design-bid-build, Public Private Partnerships, Integrated Project Delivery and various hybrids options is considered an asset.
    • Experience with executing government projects in the National Capital Region is considered an asset.
    • Exposure/understanding of BIM technologies (including Revit) is considered an asset