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Date:  Jan 25, 2023

Cambridge, ON, CA Courtice, ON, CA

Operating Sector:  Nuclear

Position Title:  Project Controls Director

Build Your Career at Aecon

Aecon is proud to build some of the most impactful infrastructure projects of this generation. From the roads and transit systems that connect our communities, to the communication networks that link us from coast-to-coast, and the water infrastructure that supplies our businesses and homes. Our integral work includes constructing the pipelines that join provinces with the energy that fuels the nation, and the airports and ports that connect us all. Aecon is there, safely and sustainably building the future.  


We lead the infrastructure industry with purpose, and our people are at the heart of everything we do. Our business success relies on strong execution and continuous improvement – driven by the diversity, expertise and teamwork of our employees. We are always searching the globe for exceptional candidates to join the Aecon family and be a part of our forward-thinking, innovative, best-in-class organization!  


Company operating name: Aecon Industrial, a division of Aecon Construction Group Inc.

Business legal name: Aecon Construction Group Inc.

Business address: 20 Carlson Court, Suite 105 Toronto, Ontario M9W 7K6  

Title of position: Project Controls Director

NOC: NOC 00015 – Senior managers – construction, transportation, production and utilities  

Location of Work: Various locations in Ontario and across Canada  

Office Location: Work is located at 150 Sheldon Drive, Cambridge, ON N1R 7K9 & 1855 Energy Drive, Courtice, ON L1E 0E7 and Aecon sites across Canada  

Terms of Employment: This is a full-time, permanent position

Employment Conditions: Day, Morning, Evening

Start Date: As soon as possible

Number of positions: 1

Travel Requirements: Travel will be required to Aecon’s sites throughout Canada

Language: Must speak, read, and write in English


Key Responsibilities

The Project Controls Director shall be accountable for the below responsibilities.


Project Controls Systems, Tools & Strategy

  • Responsible for the strategic management of the project controls function for assigned business and/or project(s)
  • Supports the development of the organization’s strategy, policies, guidelines and procedures related to the Project Controls function
  • Develop and implement project controls policies, processes and procedures to ensure contract compliance and ensure timely and accurate project controls reporting and forecasting
  • Supports the development of ERP solutions and processes appropriate to the assigned business / project(s) / organization
  • Advise on project controls strategy for successful project execution
  • Lead development of lessons learned and development/implementation of procedures, tools and processes
  • Collaborate with other departments on continuous improvement initiatives

Project Setup

  • Lead all project set-up activities from a project controls perspective, as a key partner to Project Managers, Vice Presidents, and Operations Teams
  • Provide commercial and technical expertise and input on tenders, proposals and contracts to ensure all commercial terms and project control requirements are considered during project set up / implementation with key consideration to JV Project Control issues
  • Develop cost control plans to determine total costs and returns expected from the project. Ensure all stages are monitored against agreed plans and project costs are managed efficiently and effectively with the objective of ensuring delivery of projects within assigned scope
  • Develop and implement the Earned Value Management (EVM) and Change Management programs to measure project performance, identify variances in project delivery in terms of work performed versus work planned, costs, schedule control and forecasting

Progress Tracking & Risk Management

  • Provides executive leadership (Aecon and/or JV partners) with timely, consolidated reports on all elements of project controls including identification of critical project issues and risks, and suggested corrective actions
  • Accountable for maintaining the risk register and risk analysis/assessment/reporting

People Management

  • Manage and lead a team of Project Controls staff on assigned projects, including change, scheduling, cost control and document management
  • Lead the development of training, competency profiles and career development of Project Controls staff, including those at the management level


Required Knowledge and Skills

  • Undergraduate degree in Business or Engineering, or equivalent
  • 2-3 years industry experience in project controls management positions across all project phases
  • Proven ability and experience effectively managing Project Controls function at a Senior Leadership level in a complex, major project, Joint Venture environments with major Engineering or Contracting organization
  • 2-3 years’ experience working in Joint Ventures with international partners
  • 2-3 years’ experience in claims avoidance, mitigation, management and optimization including negotiations and substantiating cost and schedule impact on major projects of a complex nature
  • 2-3 years’ experience in various procurement methods including Design Build and Bid Build in both lump sum or unit rate arrangement
  • Thorough knowledge in the design and implementation of Earned Value Management systems on complex projects, under all commercial formats including fixed price contracts, with demanding client reporting requirements
  • Exceptional forecasting and financial analysis and/or Project Control experience including planning, scheduling, financial reporting, budgeting, forecasting, and estimating
  • Effective interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to clearly identify and articulate risks, issues and opportunities to Senior Leadership at the Aecon and/or JV level
  • Proven ability to identify and solve complex issues using sound judgment, critical thinking and innovative solutions
  • Proven ability to influence and command the respect of Executives and JV Partners on Project Control matters
  • Excellent analytical, organizational and presentation skills
  • Proven effective people leadership skills
  • Ability to liaise with internal and external legal counsel and experts
  • Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Knowledge of SAP and Primavera P6


Compensation and Benefits

  • $145,000 to $175,000 annually
  • Work 37.5 hours/week
  • Health benefits, such as prescription drug, medical services, dental and vision, and emergency out-of-country coverage, administered through our carrier, Canada Life
  • Income replacement benefits such as short and long term disability insurance, life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance
  • Investment plans, such as a Defined Contribution Pension Plan (DCPP), Group Registered Retirement savings Plan (RRSP), Employee Share Purchase Program (ESPP)
  • Employee and family wellness tools, as offered through our Employee Assistance Program
  • Vacation and other paid and unpaid leaves of absence programs
  • Other benefits such as tuition reimbursement, employee discounts and subsidies
  • Might be eligible to receive annual pay increases and bonuses in excess of 2% as determined by the company and consistent with current market standards


Working Conditions and Environment

  • Primary work location at 150 Sheldon Drive, Cambridge, ON N1R 7K9 & 1855 Energy Drive, Courtice, ON L1E 0E7 with work and travel required throughout Canada
  • Project, training and business-related travel required
  • Exposure to construction work site environment in all seasons
  • Relocation within Canada may be required. Relocation costs covered by employer


Contact Information and How to Apply:

Mail: Suite 105, 20 Carlson Court, Toronto, Ontario M9W 7K6

Telephone: 416-297-2600

Fax: 403-695-3090




Aecon is an equal opportunity employer.


Upon request, Aecon accommodates candidates with disabilities throughout the hiring process.


Aecon fosters diversity, inclusion and belonging within and across our organization. We welcome all to apply including, women, visible minorities, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity.


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