Workface Planner

Bird Construction - Ottawa, ON (30+ days ago)

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Bird Construction is a leading general contractor in Canada with a long history of service that has offices from
coast to coast. Bird’s clients include leading firms in the commercial, institutional, retail, multi-tenant residential,
industrial, mining, water and wastewater, energy and civil sectors. Today, Bird is a publicly traded corporation
with employees forming a significant shareholder group. This enhances the degree to which employees at all
levels commit to their clients. A hands-on approach to the business has given Bird an edge in being able to
make decisions quickly and to adapt to the requirements of their clients.

The WorkFace Planner is responsible for the conversion of Construction Work Packages (CWP) into Installation Work Packages (FIWP). They are also responsible for insuring that all necessary resources are available prior to releasing the FIWP and monitoring and control of FIWP.
Essential Duties (Roles and Responsibilities)
  • The WorkFace Planner ensures that safety, quality and efficiency at the WorkFace are considered in the planning process.
  • In this field position, the WorkFace Planner would use his/her hands-on construction expertise to develop Installation Work Packages (FIWP).
  • The WorkFace Planner coordinates with and provides WorkFace construction knowledge to project schedulers, engineers, superintendents and managers.
  • He/she acts as liaison between the project controls department and workforce supervision.
The WorkFace Planner must facilitate a safe work culture and is accountable for identifying and inputting into FIWP all necessary resources and specific safety requirements to provide safe working conditions for all planned activities. This may include:
  • Knowing, understanding and communicating the safety regulations and project specific safety policies and procedures
  • Identify specific risks associated with executing the planned activities
  • Providing or arranging for inclusion of safety compliance in FIWP to mitigate specific risks
  • Ensure intended safety requirements are properly conveyed to workforce supervision.
Project Planning

The WorkFace Planner is accountable for developing FIWP from design documentation and reviewing with foremen to ensure a complete understanding of the daily and weekly activities required to meet production goals.

Responsibilities may include:
Developing FIWP templates
Preparing required project FIWP, which includes determining required activities, resources, special conditions, quality control, risk planning, interdependencies
Determining and coordinating resource requirements and liaising with resource coordinators
Reviewing FIWP for completeness and accuracy
Coordinating FIWP execution with field supervision
Monitoring and controlling FIWP and advising appropriate parties
Coordinating activities with field supervision, resource coordinators, project controls, quality assurance other planners, and operations personnel
Modifying, reviewing or adjusting FIWP as necessary
Conducting post-mortem on FIWP


To perform this job successfully an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and or attitudes required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform essential functions.


The WorkFace Planner should meet the following requirements:
Have knowledge of health, safety and environmental programs
Know the company and project environment
Be a member of at least one specific construction trade discipline or construction speciality at a minimum journeyman level
Know general construction and materials systems and procedures
Have a basic understanding of project scheduling and estimating techniques
Understand how the FIWP fits into the overall project schedule

Education and/or Experience

The WorkFace Planner should meet the following education/experience requirements:

Completed Construction Safety Training Systems
Minimum 5 to 7 years’ experience on industrial construction projects as a journeyman tradesperson or other construction project specialist
Minimum 3 to 5 years of supervisory experience
Completed a formal supervisory training program


The WorkFace Planner should have the following skills:
Problem solving and conflict resolution
Effective oral and written communication
Strong organizational and documentation skills
Basic computer literacy

Desirable Characteristics

The WorkFace Planner should exhibit the following characteristics:

Accepts challenges
Willing to learn
Responsible and accountable
Good work ethic
Leads by example
Team player
Honest and acts with integrity