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Senior Project Engineer, Project Management Office

Metro Vancouver
Burnaby, British Columbia V5H0C6

Department: Project Delivery

Employee Group: Exempt

Location: 4515 Central Boulevard, Burnaby


Our Project Delivery Department is seeking a Senior Project Engineer who will provide expertise and leadership as part of a project management centre of excellence at Metro Vancouver. The successful candidate will be part of the Projects and Portfolio Management team whose main mandates are focused on:

  • Improvement of project management practices across the organization
  • Improvement of training and technical knowledge management for Metro Vancouver
  • Development of standardized project and portfolio reporting
  • Supporting the planning and execution of a portfolio of capital projects valued at over $6 billion over the next 5 years


You are:

  • A registered Professional Engineer and Project Management Professional with experience in developing new programs and implementing change in large organizations
  • Someone who is always looking for ways to improve and wants to be part of a growing team that makes a positive and long lasting impact on the Metro Vancouver region


The Senior Project Engineer reports to the Lead Senior Engineer and falls within our Professional / Technical, Level 3A job family.


This role:

  • Performs complex and varied engineering and project management work that may involve project design and management for large business transformation projects. Projects include development and implementation of an organizational project management framework and stage gate process for capital infrastructure projects.
    • Works with other cross-functional departments, such as Liquid Waste Services, Water Services, Solid Waste Services, Parks, and Housing, to standardize processes, systems, and tools across Metro Vancouver related to project and portfolio management consistent with industry best practices.
    • Analyzes and assesses requirements and recommends optimal methods for achieving objectives.
    • Responsible for overall project budgets and monitors and controls costs ensuring the effective and efficient expenditure of allocated funds. Participates in short and long range planning.
    • Performs project risk assessments and develops mitigation strategies. Identify project stakeholders and other interested parties, and develop stakeholder management plans. Assist with development and implementation of change management plans.
    • Makes decisions and provides recommendations on a variety of issues with broad policies and mandates as guidelines. Uses ingenuity to devise original, practical and economical solutions.
    • Prepares and reviews project designs, technical reports, presentations, procurement documentation and contract specifications for consulting services, equipment and construction. Acts as Metro Vancouver’s appointed representative in assigned matters of project and contract obligations including project initiatives, site inspections, and determination of regulatory requirements. May be required to negotiate significant technical or financial interest on behalf of Metro Vancouver.
    • Directs the actions of consultants recommending changes to scope and negotiating new terms as required.   Deals with full range of project dimensions that may include legal, property, public contact, and liaising with various levels of government, and other regulatory bodies.
    • Explains difficult concepts and persuades others to adopt a point of view, supports position with evidence, research or experience gained in similar situations. Typically acts as a project leader and actively works to encourage teamwork, collaboration and efficiency.
    • Prepares project reports, training material and presentations to various levels of management and staff.
    • May supervise professional engineers and/or technical staff engaged in complex technical work. Peer reviews the work of colleagues and provides guidance to consulting engineers and technical staff. Acts as a resource to staff members for advice and guidance on potential approaches and problem situations. May be a resource for presentations and questions to the Metro Vancouver board, committees and municipal councils.
    • May work as a technical/specialist resource, collaborating with senior engineers, management and/or government officials in the development of regulatory or government policy initiatives affecting Metro Vancouver.
    • Participates in the design, preparation and approval of project management standards in area of specialty.
    • Performs other related duties as required.


To be successful, you have:

  • A Bachelor of Applied Science degree in a relevant engineering discipline. 4-6 years recent related experience following professional registration; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • Membership or eligibility for immediate membership as a registered Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) with the Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (EGBC).
  • 4-6 years of project management experience, preferably leading capital infrastructure projects, organizational transformation projects or continuous improvement initiatives for large utilities. Experience with development, implementation, and sustainment of a project management framework and stage gate process is preferred.
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) designation with Project Management Institute (PMI) is preferred.
  • Experience in preparing project management documents, such as project charter and project management plan; experience developing project management standards, such as project governance, reporting and dashboards.
  • Sound technical knowledge and understanding of engineering principles and their application in relevant discipline. Ability to act as a resource to staff and provide sound and practical guidance for unusual or problem situations.
  • Ability to interpret and apply engineering and technical guidelines and principles related to area of specialization such as technical manuals, codes and regulations, contracting policies, safety regulations and corporate and board policies. Ability to adapt or adjust guidelines and procedures for unique or difficult situations.
  • Proven contract administration and project management skills. Demonstrated ability to organize and prioritize a complex series of project components for large complex projects to meet multiple time based deliverables requiring a high level of detail and accuracy. Ability to resolve problems within established guidelines and procedures; ability to use judgment to determine which methods are applicable in any given situation.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills. Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing including letter, report writing and presentation skills. Ability to explain difficult concepts and persuades others to adopt a point of view or way of doing things.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build and maintain respectful working relationships with internal and external contacts under circumstances that are considerably complex and time sensitive. Skill in dealing openly, tactfully and sensitively in a variety of situations including dealings with the public, member municipalities, government agencies and contractors. Demonstrated ability to work in a team oriented work environment and deal effectively with disagreements and prevent the escalation of conflict.
  • Ability to work under broad direction and use significant independent judgment to problem solve when more than one option is possible. Ability to identify opportunities to address emerging needs. Proven ability to take initiative, work with minimal supervision and effectively manage multiple projects and deadlines. Ability to meet timelines and objectives requiring persistence to overcome obstacles.
  • Demonstrates understanding of the organizational culture, processes and mechanisms necessary to attain work objectives; upholds Metro Vancouver’s reputation through positive and forthright dealings with other organizations and members of the public.
  • Ability to supervise, coach and guide others while enhancing individual and team effectiveness. Ability to mentor and foster the development junior engineer, technical staff and direct reports as required.
  • Proficiency using Microsoft office programs, including Word, Excel, Outlook, and Project.
  • Valid BC Class 5 Driver’s license.


Our Vision:

Metro Vancouver embraces collaboration and innovation in providing sustainable regional services that contribute to a livable and resilient region and a healthy natural environment for current and future generations.


We are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion and being representative of the region we serve. We invite all qualified candidates to apply including Indigenous People, visible minorities, immigrants, LGBTQ2S+, all genders and persons with disabilities.


Metro Vancouver requires all new hires to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (subject to any exemptions and accommodations) and provide proof of vaccination upon hire. Please follow this link http://www.metrovancouver.org/about/careers/ to our Careers page where you can submit your application by May 23, 2022.


Posted: 2022-05-09 Expires: 2022-06-23

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