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Date:  Feb 27, 2024

Toronto, ON, CA

Operating Sector:  Urban Transportation Solutions

Position Title:  Commercial Director - GO Rail Expansion (RER)

Come Build Your Career at Aecon!

As a Canadian leader in infrastructure development, Aecon is safely and sustainably building what matters for future generations to thrive! We lead some of the most impactful infrastructure projects of our generation, at the forefront of transformational change in transportation and energy, and partnering every day to build, connect, power, and strengthen our communities.

At Aecon, you can count on:

  • Safety First. Our number one core value. If we can’t do it safely, we don’t do it at all.
  • Integrity. We lead by example, with humility and courage.
  • Accountability. We’re passionate about delivering on our commitments.
  • Inclusion. We provide equitable opportunities for everyone.


We lead the infrastructure industry with purpose, and our people are at the heart of everything we do. So, we invest in our people, just like they invest in us! 


At Aecon we:

  • Ensure you and your family receive the services needed to support your mental, emotional, and physical well-being
  • Believe in helping you build your career through our Aecon University and Leadership Programs
  • Are committed to supporting and investing in inclusive work environments, through initiatives like Equity, Diversity & Inclusion training, our Aecon Women in Trades and Aecon Diversity in Trades programs, and our Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) to ensure we are building inclusion into every aspect of our culture at Aecon.
  • Are a leader in sustainable construction. With a strong commitment to operating responsibility by minimizing our impact on the environment and surrounding communities.


Our business success relies on strong execution and continuous improvement – driven by the diversity, expertise and teamwork of our people. We’re always searching the globe for innovative, collaborative minds to join our best-in-class Aecon community!


What Is The Opportunity

Aecon is currently seeking a Commercial Director to join the GO Rail Expansion (RER) project, located in the Greater Toronto Area. This transformational project is the largest capital infrastructure project in Ontario’s historic GO Rail Expansion. 


Reporting to the Construction Contractor Civils (CJV) Lead, the Commercial Director will establish and maintain relationships within CJV and across the multiple partners CJV will engage to execute the works. In addition, the Commercial Director will participate in internal and external discussions with stakeholders on all commercial aspects of the project and work closely with the procurement, legal and program management teams. The ideal candidate for this role is someone in the rail and transit domain with experience in managing commercial aspects covering Civil Works, Track, Power Supply, OCS, and systems and has ideally been involved in projects executed in a brownfield environment.

What You Will Do Here

  • Change management, including schedule Interpretation and claims administration/coordination – Develop and implement processes to administer, document and accept / challenge / defend incoming and outgoing change requests throughout project execution. Implement claim management processes to resolve unforeseen situations that arise during project development and execution and that are not covered by the change management process, including implementation of claims towards third parties and prevention / defending of incoming claims from third parties.
  • Notices – Implement an effective system to ensure that all contractually-required notices are delivered to the client in accordance with the terms of the project agreement.
  • Prime and subcontract management/ administration - administer the project contracts (project agreement, subcontracts, consultancy agreements, purchase agreements etc.) in such a way that the correct contractual procedures and sound administrative practices are implemented and followed at all times from project inception to completion, ensuring at all times that all contract deliverables and timelines are met.
  • Contract negotiation - Lead the drafting, review and negotiation of various contracts (with clients and subcontractors), including specific services contracts, master services agreements, commissioning contracts, engineering contracts, settlement agreements, non-disclosure agreements, construction contracts and procurement contracts, in a way that optimizes the business’ financial, legal, risk management and reputational positions.
  • Supplier/subcontractor procurement- Implement and monitor procurement scheduling and plans, facilitate competitive tendering process for materials, goods, services and equipment, including development of terms and conditions, scope and specification. requirements, implementing and overseeing the bidding process with pre-qualified companies. Evaluate submitted bids including tender analysis and recommendation.
  • Commercial reporting - Issue regular reporting and analytics on commercial issues to Executives (internal and JV ExCo) and Project Managers.
  • Insurance – Engage with Aecon’s insurance advisors to develop appropriate Project insurance programs and coverages.
  • Legal – Exercise proper judgment to engage with Aecon’s legal advisors to seek advice at the appropriate times.
  • Commercial management of project close out/ post practical completion, including defect liability period and O&M.
  • People leadership - Lead and align a team of commercial direct reports to the Project and Aecon’s priorities by focusing the teams’ activities and holding each individual accountable for results.  Ensure commercial activities are effective and results focused.
  • Drive an inclusive culture to promote equity, welcome different perspectives, and enable career progression by fostering a sense of belonging. 


What You Bring To The Team

  • Minimum of 15 years’ commercial management experience on major projects and a proven track record on delivering commercial success, working in joint ventures with international partners on major EPC infrastructure projects, fixed price, DB/DBFOM major Projects (over $500M) throughout the project life cycle from bid to contract closeout.
  • Legal, Engineering, or Quantity Surveying degree or equivalent.
  • Demonstrated experience working under a variety of standard form and bespoke contracts.
  • Sound understanding of construction methodology and process in a large, complex operating environment.
  • Thorough knowledge of change management principles including identifying significant variations, claims identification, narration, quantification and evaluation.
  • A sound understanding of the law of contract in the jurisdiction of the project, combined with a detailed appreciation of contractual obligations and liabilities, commercial and financial functions (i.e. project cash flow).
  • Direct experience with the tendering process, contract administration, budgetary cost value and reduction capability, procurement and subcontract administration, earned value management and Primavera P6 scheduling software.
  • Proven track record with claims management and dispute resolution on major projects.
  • Experience with risk identification and management.
  • Experience in liaising with client, subcontractor and consultant representatives.
  • Basic understanding of insurance program requirements for various Project types and advise on suitability of corporate programs vs project specific requirements.
  • Experience with integrated ERP systems.
  • Be a champion of inclusion and diversity.


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.


We are committed to adhering to the objectives and requirements outlined in the Accessible Canada Act (ACA), and to meeting the accessibility needs of persons with disabilities in a timely manner, through the implementation of the requirements of the ACA and its applicable regulations. If you require accommodation under the ACA during any step of the application process please click here.