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Metro Vancouver – Join us in our commitment to provide services and solutions to one of the world’s most livable regions. We deliver service excellence in the areas of regional growth planning, air quality, water, liquid and solid waste management, regional parks, affordable housing, and community engagement to over 2.4 million residents. We invite you to bring your skills, passion, and expertise to help us in our commitment to sustain and enhance our region’s livability. We offer competitive salaries; excellent benefit packages; a municipal pension plan; employee wellness programs; and varied opportunities for professional growth and development. Our Water Services Department is currently seeking a:

Assistant Superintendent, Construction

(Full-Time Regular)
(Location: Lake City Operations Centre)

DUTIES:
 
Manages planned and emergency construction work for a variety of projects including large underground water and wastewater infrastructure.  Plans, schedules and directs the work of construction crews and contractors ensuring work is completed to required standards and specifications.  Addresses deficiencies, assesses workloads and coordinates the activities to complete projects on time and on budget. 
 
Contributes to preparing and managing the annual budget and monitors and controls spending ensuring the effective and efficient expenditure of allocated funds.  Prepares project budgets and schedules; monitors job sites for cost savings; coordinates work with contractors to mitigate conflicts; and implements strategies and systems to effectively use resources.   Contributes to short and long term planning.
 
Contributes to the construction review of engineering designs.  Reviews plans and provides input on constructability, methodology, budget and duration of work. Discusses matters such as timing, weather, location, staffing and impacts on the public and provides professional input for further consideration.
 
Makes decisions or recommendations regarding specific construction methods or approaches, equipment requirements and staffing levels.  Manages the work activities of multiple crews in diverse locations and ensures jobs are appropriately staffed.
 
Consults with the Superintendent and engineers on the methods of construction for challenges encountered on site.  Requests additional information or clarification on plans and coordinates the involvement of external utilities, consulting engineers, contractors and other municipal staff.  Liaises with managers regarding sensitive issues surrounding job sites and provides information to and answers questions from the public. 
 
Communicates regularly with foremen to review work plans; explain requirements; receive status updates; and to provide professional advice and support.  Arranges and/or approves trades assistance and reviews and approves requests for materials and equipment.
 
Hires, supervises, directs and develops staff, monitoring performance towards division, department, and corporate objectives.  Ensures staff adhere to corporate workplace conduct policies.  Leads, coaches, and develops staff recognizing the importance of training.  
 
Ensures safe work procedures are integrated in the work routines of staff and conducts safety meetings and inspections.  Continuously monitors work practices in the field noting and addressing issues as they occur.  Prepares written safe work and emergency procedures and oversees programs to improve safety. 
 
Keeps current with new construction methodologies and equipment and ensures work is performed in accordance with current best practices.  Provides input and suggestions for divisional strategic planning, decision making and initiatives. 
 
Performs other related duties as required.
 
REQUIREMENTS:
 
5 years of recent, relevant experience supplemented by a university degree or diploma in a relevant discipline such as Civil/Structural Engineering Technology; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
 
Courses in water distribution and wastewater collection, business management, construction management and supervision are an asset. 
 
Sound knowledge of large underground utility construction. Working knowledge of water and wastewater systems operations including the ability to coordinate construction activities in and around the utilities.  Demonstrated ability to lead, organize and coordinate the work of others in accordance with best practices and corporate policy.
 
Knowledge and understanding of Metro Vancouver’s construction activities, processes and objectives.  Ability to provide direction and make recommendations suited to the organization’s business needs. 
 
Ability to manage and monitor capital and operating budgets ensuring the effective and efficient expenditure of allocated funds.  Ability to estimate and monitor costs and manage contracts.  Ability to identify cost saving opportunities and coordinate work with various external parties to mitigate conflicting work and delays. 
 
Demonstrated supervisory skills and abilities including the ability to consistently apply and explain corporate policies and collective agreements.  Provides constructive and motivating feedback to staff.  Demonstrated ability to organize, direct and supervise the work of staff. 
 
Demonstrated knowledge and skills related to the safe and effective operation of construction equipment.  Ability to oversee the work of heavy equipment operators and select the appropriate sized equipment for the work at hand.
 
Sound knowledge of the occupational hazards, safety precautions and regulations relevant to construction activities for large underground utilities.  Ability to apply safety policies and procedure and effectively enforce safety protocols and correct unsafe work behaviour. 
 
Ability to use judgment to resolve complex problems with considerable impacts requiring urgent remedy.  Acts as a resource to staff for advice and guidance on potential approaches and problem situations.  Demonstrates persistence in overcoming obstacles. 
 
Sound written and oral communication skills.  Ability to provide clear instructions in emergency situations; tactfully respond to inquiries and complaints; write memos; prepare business cases; and report on activities. 
 
Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external contacts.  Proven ability to work cooperatively with others; ability to deal with disagreements and prevent the escalation of conflict.
 
Proficiency using Microsoft office programs including Word, Excel, and Outlook. 
 
Valid BC Class 5 Driver’s License.
 
Please follow this link http://www.metrovancouver.org/about/careers/ to our Careers page where you can submit your application by July 31, 2017.
 
While we greatly appreciate all the replies we receive, regretfully only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


Location: Burnaby, BC
Region: Lower Mainland
Professional Categories: Construction
Posted: July 17, 2017, 10:36 am
Expires: July 31, 2017, 4:30 pm