Employee Status: Regular Bargaining Unit: Non-Union Pay Range: $125,518 - $179,032 Location: 97 Front Street Closing Date: 17-Oct-2021
Metrolinx is connecting communities across the Greater Golden Horseshoe. Metrolinx operates GO Transit and UP Express, as well as the PRESTO fare payment system. We are also building new and improved rapid transit, including GO Expansion, Light Rail Transit routes, and major expansions to Toronto’s subway system, to get people where they need to go, better, faster and easier. Metrolinx is an agency of the Government of Ontario.
We embody our values in everything that we do. We Serve with Passion, Think Forward, and Play as a Team. If you can relate, we want to hear from you!
Our Sponsor’s Office, within the Planning and Design Business Unit, is seeking a Sponsor (Senior Manager) for the Ontario Line. Reporting to the Program Sponsor, the Sponsor is part of a multi-disciplinary project team implementing the day-to-day management of high profile and politically sensitive projects to ensure that investment decisions are in line with corporate strategy and committed outcomes are delivered.
The Sponsor is a unique role that works collaboratively across the organization to ensure that project benefits are defined, appropriate approvals are secured, a capable delivery team is assigned to the work, and the project is well governed with appropriate budget, schedule and risk oversight. Sponsors are the ‘guiding minds’ of a project, providing assurance to the organization across the full project lifecycle that the delivered project can realize the targeted benefits. The Sponsor Office makes sure the Client gets the benefits and requirements that they funded.
What will I be doing? • Provides senior leadership and direction for diverse teams, consisting of internal staff from multiple teams, external consultants, contractors, etc. Ensures that the assigned projects are correctly planned and executed to meet goals, cost and schedule requirements. • Leads business process and governance reviews related to projects and change management strategies, while making decisions that reinforce a culture of continuous improvement. • Provides assurance of project readiness through planning, design, delivery and operation to ensure project benefits are delivered on time and within budget, and providing advice to the Vice President, Sponsor office, the senior management team, and the corporate investment panel • Engages with external stakeholders (e.g. municipalities, business and rail industry) and puts effective communication strategies in place to ensure the wider strategic picture is reflected within the project framework, business case, and risk analysis. • Applies political acuity and relationship management skills to identify, assess and act on opportunities and risks, as appropriate. Monitors risks, constraints and contingencies to avoid additional project costs, penalties and delays. • Develops and advises on commercial agreements with industry and stakeholders; Manages and develops the forms of agreements and supporting policies and guidance; Support commercial negotiations for major initiatives • Supports the Vice President, Sponsor Office by developing project frameworks, drafting business cases and benefits realization plans, confirming funding, and setting performance requirements and measures (KPIs) • Oversees the development of business cases to evaluate project and program alternatives and secure support for new programs/projects. • Prepares detailed reports and delivers, or supports the delivery, of presentations to the Board and/or at public meetings. • Provides leadership oversight and direction to project teams (e.g. defines team member roles, responsibilities, and expectations); delivers timely feedback to ensure an optimum use of team skills; manages project team and monitors work assignments for adherence to timelines; monitors the achievement of performance objectives; develops and implements action plans to address performance gaps
What skills & qualifications do I need? • Completion of a degree in Planning, Economics, Business, Administration, Engineering, Public Administration, Marketing, or a related discipline – or a combination of education, training and experience deemed equivalent. An MBA would be an asset • Minimum ten (10) years’ management experience developing corporate projects and strategy in a similar function, preferably with the public sector. Familiarity with rail sector and working in a project delivery environment leading projects an asset. • Senior leadership skills and experience in a multi-jurisdictional context to lead, manage and coordinate multiple project teams, and re-align activities to meet priorities; • Excellent relationship and stakeholder management and negotiation and influencing skills, and the ability to work in collaboration with colleagues, contractors and stakeholders across organizational boundaries to ensure project deliverables; to build and influence value added relationships with diverse internal and external partners and stakeholder to achieve corporate wide objectives • Strong understanding of the principles behind business process re-engineering, managing change, and what is required to make projects successful • Proven political acuity skills to recognize and respond to issues which may have impact for the Vice- President and the CEO; demonstrated ability to recognize and support issues which may impact partners and stakeholders • Demonstrated commercial awareness to review and provide advice on commercial policies and agreements and support commercial negotiations with industry and stakeholders is an asset • Excellent oral, written, and presentation skills, from both a technical and a business audience perspective; ability to provide clear and concise answers to anticipated questions regarding project implementation procedures, progress and status • Knowledge of project management skills and theory, principles, techniques and applications, to provide expert operational leadership and authoritative advice to executive management. • Working experience in multiple phases of project development, including project planning, engineering, construction, contract administration and accounting is an asset • Familiarity with rail sector and working in a transportation / transit planning and/or project delivery environment, leading large scale projects is an asset • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification would be an asset • Knowledge of relevant legislation, policies, procedures, professional or technical practices and precedents (e.g. Metrolinx Act, Places to Grow Act, Planning Act) and of human resources legislation (e.g. Employment Standards Act, Ontario Human Rights Code, Occupational Health & Safety Act, etc.) and collective agreements to manage and direct project team employees, consultants, designers, and contractors
Accommodation: Accommodation will be provided throughout the hiring process, as required. Applicants must make their needs known in advance.
Application Process: All applicants must be legally entitled to work in Canada. Metrolinx will be using email to communicate with you for all job competitions. It is your responsibility to include an updated email address that is checked daily and accepts emails from unknown users. As we send time sensitive correspondence, we recommend that you check your email regularly. If no response is received, we will assume you are no longer interested in pursuing the opportunity. Please be advised that a Criminal Record Check may be required of the successful candidate. Should it be determined that any background information provided be misleading, inaccurate or incorrect, Metrolinx reserves the right to discontinue with the consideration of your application.
We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.