Senior Project Manager

University of Toronto - Toronto, ON (27 days ago)

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Under general direction of the Executive Director, Capital Projects Group, and working with the client, the Senior Project Manager (SPM) is the primary point of contact for assigned projects with a construction value in the range of $25 million to over $100 million and/or are significantly complex involving multiple uses/functions, unusual equipment or challenging delivery (e.g. dealing with 100 year old building hazardous materials, heritage buildings, difficult construction logistical issues, multiple and varied technical and scientific usages, multi-permitting approvals and city officials involved; as an expert provides professional opinion on elements of construction and design to other external Architects and Engineers). These projects due to their size and level of complexity tend to have the longest project delivery completion dates (typically 1 – 3 years).

The incumbent will have a broad knowledge of various disciplines and is responsible for providing their professional opinion on structural, technological, mechanical, electrical and building systems. In addition, s/he provides expert professional advice and shares specialist knowledge on dealing with challenging and significantly complex construction project implementation issues, including construction phasing and scheduling, and recommends innovative approaches and/or solutions. The SPM negotiates with design professionals on a peer review basis and also acts as a professional advisor to other project managers providing guidance on a multitude of areas (e.g. value engineering, design standards and issues, construction legislation, new materials on the market, identify excessive costs on change orders, how to deal with aged building systems, equipment and materials). As a result, the SPM will meet with design professionals on projects managed by other Project Managers to present his/her professional opinion.

The SPM is responsible for overall implementation of projects from concept to completion and for all aspects during the different phases of the project. This includes planning, consultant selection, design, tender and contractor selection, construction, commissioning and occupancy. The incumbent prepares, reviews and manages correspondence, reviews and provides feedback on drawings, ensures appropriate reviews are undertaken, and provides assistance to the client to ensure understanding and agreement on decisions. The SPM manages changes in project scope, identifies potential risks and devises contingency plans while adhering to overarching goals of keeping the project on time and budget within the agreed upon scope.
As a professional, working with other licensed professionals, the Senior Project Manager must at all times conduct themselves with a high degree of professionalism and within the ethical conduct requirements of the architectural and engineering professions.

This position may require travel between University Campuses and/or to consultant/ supplier offices.


Bachelor’s degree in engineering or architecture with professional license.

Minimum ten (10) years' experience in the construction industry, managing large (construction value $25 million - $100 million +) and complex building construction and renovation projects (e.g. heritage buildings, difficult construction logistical issues, multiple and varied technical and scientific usages, multi-permitting approvals required). Requires specialist knowledge in construction project management, design and construction with a broad knowledge of various disciplines such as structural, mechanical and electrical engineering, technological and building systems.

Demonstrated organizational, project management and leadership skills. Superior oral and written communication skills; superior interpersonal skills. Computer based projects, scheduling/ project management experience (e.g. MS Project) is required. Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Word and Excel. Working knowledge of AutoCadd.

Ability to exercise patience, tact, diplomacy and discretion. Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a consultative team environment. Highly developed creativity and initiative to deal with unique and challenging design and construction issues. Budget management skills. Proven ability to manage multiple projects within strict budget and timeline constraints. Proven ability to respond to frequently changing priorities. Minute-taking skills. Knowledge of Health & Safety regulations and legislature, including OHSA, WHMIS.

Valid Ontario Class 'G' driver's license and access to a vehicle is required.

Applicants are asked to please ensure they submit a cover letter and resume in order to be considered for this position.

Travel: Limited

This position may travel between University Campuses, to consultant or supplier offices.