Date:  Mar 2, 2021

Toronto, ON, CA

Operating Sector:  Urban Transportation Systems

Technical 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.



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: Technical Director

Number of positions: 3

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 to the Project Director or Bid Director in the Urban Transportation Systems Operating Sector, the Technical Director will be responsible and accountable for ensuring designs are compliant, safe, meet the delivery/constructability needs of construction, and are most cost efficient from a total project cost perspective.


Pre-bid Phase

  • Participation in the review and selection of potential design consultancy groups to provide Design services on Design Build projects


Project Bid Phase

  • Co-ordinate with the Project Director and bid team to ensure all technical requirements and design information is received, coordinated, understood and managed
  • Selection of the appropriate design, product or techniques to deliver innovative solutions to projects
  • Ensuring the contract requirements are clear, deliverable and achievable. Input into contract negotiations with the client on Technical matters
  • Assist in preparation of Bid submission documents
  • Participation in Procurement strategy reviews
  • On P3 projects, interact in value engineering workshops with Operation and Maintenance teams to develop overall project lowest cost solutions over the concession lifetime
  • Managing design/technical consultants and services during the project bid phase including:
    • Ensuring design is to the necessary detail to support estimating
    • Ensuring value engineering is undertaken to ensure the lowest possible cost design solution that is compliant, safe and meets construction needs
    • Co-ordinating constructability reviews with Bid team to ensure integration between design, construction and estimating teams
    • Carrying out risk/opportunity reviews to ensure design is optimal.
    • Ensuring all design deliverables are understood and scheduled to comply with contract review processes, utilities, stakeholders, permitting, procurement and construction schedule requirements
    • Monitoring performance of consultants and managing contracts through the bid phase
    • Participation in the negotiation of Agreements for provision of design services in the Post contract award phase including:
      1. Developing payment schedules with appropriate incentive mechanisms
      2. Identification of performance management metrics
      3. Detailed deliverable schedules that will meet contract review procedure, permitting, procurement and construction needs

Post Award Phase

  • Ensure all technical requirements are met and delivered in a timely manner
  • Ensure effective management of communications with the owner and other stakeholders including municipalities, utility companies and regulatory authorities
  • Ensure that the designers deliver a quality product, on schedule and meeting the expectations set at bid stage
  • Provide advice on identification of design/technical changes/issues and input into the Change Management process
  • Input into Procurement planning, estimating, and reforecasting
  • Oversight of the design/commissioning activities to ensure attestation that construction is in accordance with design
  • Participation in lessons learned workshops in relation to technical issues



Required Knowledge and Skills

  • Engineering degree required
  • Masters degree would be considered an asset
  • Two to three years’ experience in working in a Tier One Contractor team on major design build projects
  • Two to three years’ experience working in a contactor team on major rail or urban transit projects looking after technical issues
  • Two to three years’ experience supervising and overseeing design consultants
  • Two to three years’ experience on construction mega projects
  • Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of construction engineering, construction process, sequencing and value engineering
  • Two to three years’ experience with the construction of transit infrastructure, including civil, drainage, Bridges, Tunnels and Rail Systems
  • Must possess sound judgement, highly developed management, organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Must be able to speak, read, and write in English. French will be an asset.


Necessary Competencies

  • Commitment to Safety ensuring engineering design and constructability can be done in a method that minimizes risk
  • Financial acumen with ability to translate and analyze engineering choices to the bottom line including scenario planning and recovery planning
  • Stakeholder Management
    • Global perspective and cultural awareness
    • Strong demonstrated ability to influence with and without direct authority
    • High degree of emotional intelligence, strong self-awareness,
    • Organization Savviness, ability to effectively maneuver through complex political situations, anticipate issues and plan an approach accordingly
  • Negotiation & Influencing
    • Negotiates service and/or direction with executives, partners and clients to achieve a desired outcome for Aecon
  • Command skills to sell ideas and set direction.  Incumbents must be able to initiate difficult and unpopular discussions to deal with complex choices and dilemmas.
  • Adaptive Thinking
    • 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.
    • Open to incorporate innovative and new solutions into the design to maximize the outcome.
  • Project & Performance Management
    • Establishes desired outcomes for initiatives and projects and ensures effective delivery of agreed deliverables
  • Decision Making
    • Makes sound decisions involving the most complex information and dynamic situations.
    • Demonstrates sound judgment.
    • Effective risk orientation to complement business performance – curious and innovative
  • Character
    • Integrity, Humility, Transparency
    • Courage, Drive
    • Energy, Passion
    • Builds effective teams
    • Optimizes work processes


Compensation and Benefits

  • Target Base Salary - $170,000 - $230,000 /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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