Toronto, ON, CA

Operating Sector:  Urban Transportation Systems

Project Director

At Aecon, we’re building the future and our people are at the heart of everything we do. We're always looking for exceptional talent to work on our exciting and ever-expanding project portfolios. We are focused on being the #1 Canadian Infrastructure Company and the first choice employer in our industry.



Posititon Overview

Aecon Construction Group Inc. is the largest publicly traded construction and infrastructure development company in Canada. Aecon’s expertise covers the full range of services, including design and construction, financing, operating, procurement, and project management.  Aecon Group and its predecessor companies have helped build many of Canada's most famous infrastructure landmarks, including the CN Tower, St. Lawrence Seaway, Highway 407 Express Toll Route, Vancouver Sky Train, and the Montreal-Trudeau International Airport, among others.


Company operating name: Aecon Infrastructure Management Inc.

Business legal name: Aecon Infrastructure Management Inc.

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

Title of position: Project Director

NOC: NOC 0016

Location of Work: Toronto, Ontario with work required throughout the greater Toronto area

Office Location: Suite 105, 20 Carlson Court, Toronto Ontario M9W 7K6. May be required to work at other offices throughout the Greater Toronto Area

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

Employment Conditions: Day, Morning, Evening

Start Date: As soon as possible

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

Language: Must speak, read, and write in English


Key Responsibilities

Reporting into the Joint Venture Board/Steering Committee the Project Director will be responsible for managing large and complex Urban Transportation Systems projects, including design build, P3 and joint ventures, and all aspects of project performance.


  • Project Development
    • Assist in securing new work through participation in bidding and proposal teams


  • Project Management - Responsible for delivery against all budget, schedule & quality targets
    • Construction Operations
      • Safety.  Establish safety, team, systems and procedures and ensure a safe work environment for everyone involved in the project
      • Schedule. Develop, monitor and make decisions to ensure project is delivered on schedule
      • Quality, ensuring key metrics and KPI’s are established and targets are consistently achieved
      • Responsible for all aspects of project close out
      • Allocate material, human and financial resources to implement organization policies and prgrams


  • Commercial Management
      • Ensure teams understand and protect Aecon / JV interests under the Prime Contract
      • Ensure teams have a process to efficiently and effectively process change orders
      • Financial / cash flow management
      • Identifies risks and implements mitigation and contingency plans  
      • Results.  Ensure everyone on the project has a commercial mindset to deliver the project at or exceeding budget


  • Stakeholder Management
    • Create and maintain excellent relationships with all stakeholders
      • The client, architects, engineering firms, etc. 
      • Joint venture partners
      • Government, the public, special interest groups


  • People Management
    • Creates and maintains a culture and environment that is open and respectful 
    • Hire, supervise, coach and mentor project personnel
    • Ensure project has capacity and expert capability is in all engineering, procurement and construction activities
      • Expertise in required functional areas: Design management, Project Controls, Procurement, Contract Management, Quality, Commercial Management)
    • Communicates with Aecon Sr. Management to ensure adequate resources are provided
    • Ensure the project as required staffing and succession plans 


  • Communication
    • Builds engagement through ongoing communicates to all staff and stakeholders
    • Provide all required project reporting / forecasting
    • Represent the organization, or delegate representatives to act on behalf of the organization, in negotiations or other official functions


  • Executive Responsibility 
    • Aecon ambassador to employees, the client, partners the public and Aecon executive leadership team


Required Knowledge and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering
  • 2-3 years’ construction leadership experience on complex major projects, with a proven track record of delivering commercial success
  • Previous expertise in civil construction with a solid understanding of rail systems
  • In depth experience in working with complex contractual agreements and project financing
  • 2-3 years’ experience working on complex rail projects
  • 2-3 years’ experience with hard and soft rock tunneling
  • Previous experience working on underground stations
  • 2-3 years’ experience working on major pursuits and proposals 
  • The proven ability to successfully manage large and complex construction projects through the full project lifecycle
  • Previous experience working on projects with international joint venture partners
  • Thorough knowledge of change management principles including identifying significant variations, claims identification, narration, quantification and evaluation
  • 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
  • The proven ability to effectively recruit and build teams and manage senior project staff
  • Sound understanding of contractual, commercial and financial functions on major projects
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Fluency in French and English is an asset (oral and written)


Necessary Competencies

  • Collaboration
    • High degree of emotional intelligence and self-awareness
    • Able to work with and communicate to executives from JV partners, owner/clients, governments, etc., in complex and ambiguous political situations 
  • Stakeholder Management
    • Communication in all forms, articulating the project vision in a meaningful and compelling way to all stakeholders.
    • Organizational and politically savvy. Able to engage with and seek input and involvement from all stakeholders within the project’s ecosystem
  • Adaptive Thinking
    • Change Leadership. Ability and willingness to always challenge the status quo, in the interest of the success of the project
    • Critical thinking capability by applying sound analysis and logical reasoning to evaluate ideas, decisions and outcomes.  Able to properly evaluate the quality of evidence and reasoning, then draw appropriate conclusions
    • Ability to take a broad perspective and to think laterally; analyzing risks, which incorporates being proactive, assessing the potential cost of a risk and solving any problems associated with it; negotiating; communicating; and team working
  • Strategic Orientation
    • Strategic mindset to envision and shape the future while always keeping in mind the basic project needs
    • Commercial acumen.  A strong sense of urgency to quickly assess and understand the key business drivers that influence or impact the project and the broader organization
    • Breadth of market knowledge.   Deep understanding of all aspects of mega project work within this sector
  • Dealing with complexity
    • Comfortable with ambiguity
    • Able to operate comfortably in a VUCA environment (Volitivity, Complexity, Uncertainty, Ambiguity)  
  • Successfully builds high performing teams
    • Motivates and build trust
    • Delegates
    • Balanced decision making – allowing for discussion and collaboration but driving to decisions, driving accountability and ensuring there are lessons learned from poor decisions 
    • Creates an open and diverse work environment
  • Character based Leadership
    • Integrity, Humility, Transparency, Courage, Drive, Energy, Passion
  • Ambassador for the company internally and externally
    • Lives the Aecon leadership Expectations Project Director


Compensation and Benefits

  • Target Base Salary - $240,000 - $330,000 /year CAD, 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
  • May be eligible for signing bonus
  • 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
  • Comprehensive relocation package provided
  • May be eligible for transition payment
  • Vehicle allowance or company vehicle plus gas card


Working Conditions and Environment

  • Primary work location at Toronto office, Suite 105, 20 Carlson Court, Toronto Ontario M9W 7K6 with work and travel required throughout Ontario. May be required to work at other offices throughout the Greater Toronto Area
  • Project, training and business-related travel required
  • Exposure to construction work site environment in all seasons


Contact Information and How to Apply:

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

Telephone: 416-297-2600

Fax: 403-695-3090

Email: gmrecruitment@aecon.com

Website: www.aecon.com


Aecon is an equal opportunity employer.


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


Aecon has every intention of fostering diversity within and across our organization. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our staff including, but not limited to, women, visible minorities, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity.


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