Project Manager

McGill University - Montréal, QC (30+ days ago)

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McGill University is seeking a Project Manager, Advanced Research Computing (ARC) to support the expansion of the McGill High Performance Computing Centre, a platform that is part of the national ARC infrastructure network. Reporting to the Director, Information Technology Development and Operations (designated Chief Information Officer (CIO) of Calcul Quebec), the incumbent will oversee all aspects of the ARC development project – from planning to execution and closure. The incumbent will work within the Calcul Québec organization and join a vibrant team of HPC systems administrators and analysts across several Quebec institutions. It is an opportunity to be working on a large-scale leading-edge technology project and with a team that has installed and operated supercomputers in the Top 500 for more than 20 years.

McGill is a founding member of Calcul Québec, a consortium of Québec Universities whose objective is to provide advanced research computing (ARC) to the research community including HPC data centres at the leading edge of technology and highly qualified computing experts. More than 600 research groups take advantage of the resources made available to them by Calcul Québec to conduct research in various fields. In 2019, McGill University was selected as host institution for investment in ARC equipment under the Government of Canada’s contribution program Expanding Canada’s Advanced Research Computing Capacity.

Duties and Responsibilities:
Manage and oversee all aspects of the ARC development project;
Provides regular status reports to the Director, IT Development and Operations and escalates issues as required.
Provides advice and support to staff members in other sections at McGill, i.e. Office of the Vice-Principal, Research and Innovating, Procurement, Scientific Director, and the Project Leads at the other host institutions across Canada;
Follows appropriate project management methodology to gather and define project requirements; develop project charters, project plans, budgets and schedules; identify staffing requirements; form project teams; and communicate within the organization;
Liaises with various project teams to ensure the effective planning, procurement, and implementation of the new systems at each institution;
Stewards the management of project scope, schedule, and budget, across the project lifecycle. Selects and follows project management methods, procedures, and quality objectives, and tracks metrics for assessing progress;
Assist in development of procurement documentation such as systems descriptions and technical details in the Call for Tender, etc.;
Manages and oversees cross-functional project teams and manages inter-project dependencies and communications. Balances workload between project teams and provides technical and analytical guidance and work direction to project teams by: scheduling; assigning work; reviewing of project efforts; and removing roadblocks inhibiting project success;
Assesses variances from the project plans, budgets, and schedules; develops, implements, and documents changes as necessary to ensure that the project remains within specified scope and is within time, cost, and quality objectives; and keeps management aware of the situation;
Oversees third party vendor management across a set of related projects within the new ARC systems procurement project.

Education and Experience:
Undergratuate Degree

Three (3) years' related experience

Other Qualifying Skills and Abilities:
University degree is required. Master’s degree or higher, an asset. Project management credential, such as PMP certification, is preferred. A minimum of three years’ experience in project management in the private or public sector. Demonstrated project management skill and ability to manage projects involving the negotiation and execution of agreements and contracts among multiple researchers, institutions, and partners. Experience in the context of information technologies/computer science/engineering and/or private sector and/or public sector project management preferred. High level analytical and data processing skills. Function with an exceptional level of accuracy, strategic judgment and efficiency. Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and French. Ability to use project management tools and techniques including software for project monitoring and tracking progress, reporting, budgets, meeting minutes, and project summaries. Self-motivated, with strong organizational skills, able to effectively prioritize a wide range of responsibilities. Ability to perform as a productive team member in the context of complex inter-related projects and teams, meet tight deadlines, and demonstrate a high level of professionalism in working with internal and external teams, partner organizations and stakeholders to achieve specific outcomes.

How to Apply:
Please submit your cover letter and curriculum vitae, clearly indicating the reference number, to Staffing:


McGill University, Human Resources (Staffing)

688 Sherbrooke Street West, suite 1520

Montreal, Quebec

H3A 3R1

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The deadline to apply for this position is November 28, 2019 at 5:00 PM.

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Office of the Vice-Principal (Research & Innovation)
High Performance Computing Centre (HPC)

Salary Range:
(Grade 05) $56,800 - $71,100 (midpoint) - $92,500


Eighteen (18) months

Reporting to:
Director, Information Technology Development & Operations

Reference no.:

Post Date:
Friday, November 15, 2019