Senior Project Manager

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

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Located between McGill University’s downtown campus and the Mount Royal, the Royal Victoria Hospital (RVH) opened its doors in 1893. Since 2015, in close collaboration with the Government of Quebec, McGill University has been working on a new pavilion of 50,000m2 on the former RVH site (“the New Vic Project”), following the relocation of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) to the Glen Site. Phased over several years, this major redevelopment project is intended to be structuring for McGill, Montreal area and the historic and natural borough of Mount Royal. The Project is anticipated to be completed by the fall of 2027.

The New Vic Project is looking for an experienced Senior Project Manager for the planning and development phases. Reporting directly to the Director, Planning and Development of the New Vic Project, the ideal candidate will harbor a passion for planning, design and construction of academic/research facilities, and bring his/her experience and creativity in laboratory design and/or educational institutions to our projects. We seek a candidate who is detail oriented, a team player, willing to learn, and has a construction background. Your main responsibilities would include but are not limited to:

oversight of preparatory work (relocation of existing occupants, decontamination work, temporary M/E infrastructure to maintain buildings operational);
With the Director, supervise a team of external project professionals with expertise in architecture, engineering, construction, support services, FM and logistics, equipment planning and procurement, as well as in IT planning and implementation;
professionals work plan review;
planning and development of support services and facilities management services throughout the new pavilion, as well as the development of a strategic plan for information systems and equipment planning and procurement process.

Primary Responsibilities:
Manage and execute multiple projects from scope definition and design to the final execution and delivery.
Act as key player on the project team with respect to third party professional consultants and contractors.
Provide senior professional expertise in order to help the stakeholders define their needs and develop projects in consultation with the stakeholders and other interested University constituencies.
Assist the Director of Planning and Development in achieving his responsibilities throughout the planning and development phases, interfacing with both professionals and the university representatives involved in the project.
Play a key role in the planning and design of infrastructure and civil works and in meetings with the City of Montreal, including the borough of Ville-Marie and other prime external stakeholders such as the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Culture, and the ‘‘Société Québécoise des infrastructures’’.
Assure that McGill standards, operational and administrative protocols are respected and applied by both professional consultants and contractors.
Monitor the performance of contractors to assure that contractual obligations are met satisfactorily.
Execute projects using established standard project management methodology, including planning, scheduling, monitoring projects through the entire systems development lifecycle.
Identify resource and support requirements (human, physical, financial) and make recommendations to the director.
Manage and track financial, time and resource aspects of the projects against the estimated budgets and timelines.
Generate appropriate risk assessments and risk registries for projects.
Write progress reports and project summaries as required. Present comprehensive reports documenting that all project requirements were fulfilled, as well as the projects’ history, including what was done, who was involved, and what could be done better in the future.
Act as liaison at internal and external meetings. Represent the University’s position and act as link between external and governmental agencies, the University community and senior administration, end-users, IT services and faculties, departments and units.
Prepare and present verbal and written presentations to individuals and groups as required by the project dynamics.

Minimum Education & Experience:
Undergraduate Degree

Five (5) years' related experience

Other Qualifying Skills And/Or Abilities:
Undergraduate Degree in an engineering discipline preferred. Minimum of Eight (8) years’ related experience preferred. Demonstrated experience in major institutional development projects, from planning to development through to commissioning, operational readiness and move in. Highly organized with an ability to prioritize and multi-task in a deadline-oriented environment. Knowledge of construction industry practices and procedures is essential. Professional certification as engineer is preferred. PMP certification desirable. Good knowledge of current technology and building codes as it relates to institutional construction and renovation with experience in laboratory design or/and educational institution. Comprehensive knowledge of HVAC building systems (plumbing, heating, electrical and ventilation infrastructure) a must. Exhibits excellent attention to detail as well as demonstrate strong communication and interpersonal skills. Strong customer-service focus and ability to give direction and assistance to clients. Strong ability to work in a PC environment using MS Office, Autocad, REVIT. Strong team player, able to rally internal stakeholders to common planning goals and objectives, in a mutually respectful manner, and ultimately achieving strong buy-in and satisfaction. English & French, spoken & written is required.

Reference Number:

Reporting To:
Director Planning & Development

Salary Range:
(Grade 08) $75,600 - $100,900 (midpoint) $131,200

Office of the VP (Administration and Finance)
RVH Project

Position Type:

Hours Per Week:

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 18, 2019 at 5:00 PM.

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