Director, engineering

As a manager of important infrastructure, The Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated (the Corporation) is a federal Crown corporation established in 1978 that is responsible for the Jacques Cartier Bridge, the Champlain Bridge, the Champlain Bridge Ice Control Structure, the Île des Soeurs Bypass Bridge, the federal sections of Bonaventure Expressway and the Honoré Mercier Bridge, as well as the Melocheville Tunnel.

Every day, the Corporation ensures a safe drive for thousands of users by managing, maintaining and repairing this important infrastructure for Greater Montreal. The Corporation also ensures that these critical structures remain safe, fully functional and aesthetically pleasing both today and in the future. It conducts construction, rehabilitation and reinforcement projects on the infrastructure under its responsibility and oversees the operation and maintenance of these structures.

The mission of the Corporation is to ensure the mobility of users, the safety and the longevity of infrastructure using a systemic management approach based on sustainable development. Their vision is to become a leader in major infrastructure management as an innovative expert, a mobility leader and a social and urban contributor, while respecting the values of Team work, Transparency, Thoroughness, Innovation and Commitment.

Main Challenges
As part of its different activities to keep its portfolio of civil engineering structures in good condition, the Corporation plans, develops and carries out major maintenance work on its assets (bridges, viaducts, tunnels, roads, intelligent transportation systems, etc.) to make sure that people can safely use them and that they last as long as possible. When planning its work, the Corporation must also consider the current and future needs of users, how its structures fit into their urban surroundings, environmental protection, as well as different aspects of sustainable development.

The mission of the Engineering Department is to develop and maintain in-depth knowledge of its structures in order to efficiently develop repair and development contracts from a standpoint of sustainable development and while providing access to information about the Corporation’s inventory of assets and their current condition.

Nature of the Contribution
Reporting to the Senior Director, Operations you will be responsible for ensuring that the Engineering Department carries out its mission. You will have the support of twenty (20) employees as well as the cooperation of all the Corporation staff.

You will help Senior Management take the required action to establish technical standards and practices (reference terms and standard and specific construction specifications) and establish and maintain the information required for efficient operational management.

For projects under the responsibility of a Project Director, the Engineering Department allocates the required engineering resources to this director to create the reference terms and plans and specifications and to provide technical assistance during the work. In these cases, you will supervise and assist these engineers.

You will also act as an engineering expert and leader for the Corporation and recommend best practices. In this capacity, you will establish policies, propose and implement improvements to current practices, and help in decision-making with regard to the directions that the Corporation must take.

Role and Key Responsibilities

  • As Director, Engineering, you will be responsible for planning, developing, directing and evaluating all activities related to your department. More specifically, you will establish different activities that the department must perform every year and for the next ten years. You will plan and organize the work of all resources in the department, suggest the required resources (human, financial and material) to carry out the department’s activities, and direct the department’s work and activities. You will also monitor new practices to verify the actual impact compared to the expected impact and make any necessary adjustments.
  • You will direct contract launch activities related to the department’s activities and ensure that the various services provided by your teams meet the expected quality level.
  • You will establish technical standards and practices.
  • You will inform senior management and project directors about the status of different projects and different initiatives.
  • You will prepare different accountability reports that the Corporation must submit to the government.
  • You will oversee the management of operations related to the Corporation’s retaining walls.
  • You will manage staff, which includes coaching your team and defining its priorities. You will develop a culture of collaboration, sharing and discipline and foster a respectful work environment.
  • You will propose the required budgets to carry out the activities related to your sector. You will take part in the process to prepare annual budgets and follow up on the Department’s budget and the contracts under its responsibility.
  • You will stay up to date with existing and emerging practices: you will attend occasional networking events to raise the Corporation’s profile and remain at the forefront of the latest trends and innovations in your field.

Experience and Qualifications

  • Hold an undergraduate degree from a recognized university with a specialization in civil engineering; a graduate degree in civil engineering, with a specialization in structural engineering or project management, would be considered an asset.
  • Be a member of l’Ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec.
  • Have a minimum of 12 years of experience in civil engineering structures, including at least 5 years in a management role.
  • Have served as a senior project manager for large-scale projects in the public and private sectors.
  • Have experience in supervising staff.
  • Have experience with contract management: identification of needs, contract drafting, procurement, contractual monitoring (deliverables, quality, deadlines and cost).
  • Have in-depth knowledge of the laws, regulations, standards, trends, orientations, and recent developments in your field of expertise.
  • Have good writing skills and a strong ability to communicate clearly and effectively.
  • Inspiring leadership, remarkable interpersonal skills, and the ability to motivate employees using a collaborative and continuous improvement approach.
  • Change management skills and client-focused approach.
  • A genuine appreciation for innovation. Organization and planning skills.
  • Analytical skills. Sense of synthesis. Attention to detail and quality.
  • Be recognized for your expertise, thoroughness and team spirit.
  • Integrity: behave with sincerity, decency and honesty.
  • Show scientific curiosity and independence.
  • Working knowledge of Excel, Word, Access, and MS Project.
  • Fluent in English and French, both written and spoken.

Candidates who wish to apply for this position must, at the time of application, provide us via email with a Letter of Interest (maximum of 2 pages) along with their current resume. You will then receive an acknowledgement confirming that your documents have been received.

Via email:
Message Subject: Director, Engineering (JJCBI)

Karine Robert, Associate
Octave Mæcenas, recrutement & conseils, S.E.N.C.

514 448-0554

555, René-Lévesque Ouest, 8e étage
Montréal (Québec)  H2Z 1B1