Manager, Capital Programs, RWS (TS342)

by City of London

Reference #: COL00521-1735
Position Type: Full-time
Location: London, Ontario
Date Posted: Sep 14, 2021
City of London

Job Description

Summary of Duties

Reporting to the Director, Regional Water Supply, the Manager, Capital Programs provides project and program management expertise in design and construction of Capital Projects with responsibility for planning, coordinating, and controlling related engineering operations, and managing a team of engineers and technical staff.  Additionally, the Manager, Capital Programs leads the Capital Budget development and management of capital programs for the Division, providing recommendations and advice to the Director, Regional Water Supply.

Work Performed

  • Contribute to the development and implementation of strategic initiatives for the Regional Water Supply Division to meet the Strategic Plans of the Boards of Management for Elgin Area Water Supply and Lake Huron Water Supply. Accountable for the effective delivery and the business responsibilities of the Capital Programs team.

  • Provide leadership for the planning, management, and administration for Capital Programs; recommend, develop implement, and maintain comprehensive policies, programs, business cases, procedures and protocols that inform and support services.

  • Provide updates and information to the Director, Regional Water Supply on priorities with responsibility to operationalize identified goals and strategies, and coordinate with other service areas within the Regional Water Systems.

  • Provide professional opinion, and information to the Director, Regional Water Supply on policies, programs, and services as required.

  • Contribute to the identification and development of internal controls in the form of policies, procedures, practices in relation to the general and specific risks to Regional Water Systems; ensure internal controls are implemented, monitored and reported on within the Division.

  • Oversee a team of engineering and technical staff.  Provide leadership in the execution and delivery of services and programs in the following areas of accountability:
    • Participate in defining project rationale, determining project delivery and procurement methodologies, examining alternatives, determining implementation methods for alternatives, identifying impacts and mitigation measures, and managing and monitoring the construction phase and operationalizing implemented capital programs.

    • Coordinate through discussions and meetings the interactions between the Division and the contracted Operating Authority, as well as other internal and external stakeholders, to ensure that project plans and objectives are met.

    • Establish, control and monitor overall project costs with respect to operating and capital budgets; schedule coordination/milestone attainment.

    • Manage the environmental assessment process for Capital Programs including final scoping and cost estimating.

    • Manage the First Nations Consultation Process for Capital Programs including assisting the Director with liaising with Indigenous Services Canada and other related external senior government agencies.

    • Administer engineering contracts for projects and programs; liaise and negotiate with consultants, contractors, and developers regarding engineering and related matters relative to contracts, agreements and standards.

    • Develop, approve and manage engineering standards, methods and procedures, performance, quality and maintenance standards.

    • Resolve logistical and engineering issues that may delay or impede project implementation.

    • Implement an effective construction traffic management program and coordinate as required with other programs, including but not limited to Health and Safety, Environmental Management System (ISO 14001), Drinking Water Quality Management System, and Incident & Emergency Management System.

    • Represent the Division in capital program related meetings involving the contracted operating authority, emergency services, consultants, utilities, and other stakeholders.

  • Encourage and support employee participation and commitment to divisional and organizational objectives. Actively mentor, provide development opportunities and build team performance with direct reports.

  • Manage the Capital Programs team including hiring, administration and performance aspects of reporting staff.  Respond to sensitive and confidential human resource issues as required.

  • Fairly and consistently administer provisions of various collective agreements to promote resolution of grievances. May be required to provide representation at mediation and arbitration proceedings.

  • Build and support employee commitment to a high level of performance in all areas of customer service, employee safety and delivery of individual goals and objectives.

  • Participate in and support a culture of enterprise-wide collaboration across the regional water supply, especially between municipalities and related service partners.

  • Demonstrate commitment to anti-racism, anti-oppression and human rights through interactions with stakeholders, employees and individuals and ensure that policies, programs and protocols reflect this commitment.

  • Demonstrate commitment and adherence to Health and Safety legislation and programs, and actively promote a culture of safety with direct reports.

  • Prepare reports and reviews for the Boards of Management as required.

  • Identify, adapt and implement innovative and effective work practices and procedures to improve service delivery and the business responsibilities of the team and the division.

  • Recommend and develop processes and tools needed to increase efficiencies and improve the effectiveness of services provided by the team and the division.

  • Build capacity among employees for evidence-informed decisions supported through data collection and analytics.

  • Adhere to the Procurement Bylaw and related policies of the Boards of Management; includes the responsibility of delegation of procurement initiation approval authority and delegation of approval authority for professional consulting services.

  • Provide input to the development of the annual operation budget for the Regional Water Systems.

  • Manage the budget for Capital Programs team, prepare associated documents (i.e., business plans, business cases and presentation documents) as required. Manage and promote stewardship of financial and organizational resources.

  • Prepare responses to inquiries from elected officials, media and the public as requested by the Director or Chief Administrative Officer for the Regional Water Systems.

  • Perform other related duties as required.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering or equivalent.  Completion of the Project Management Professional program is an asset.

  • Registered Professional Engineer, Province of Ontario.

  • Eight to ten (8-10) years of increasingly responsible experience in Civil Engineering construction and capital project management, including a minimum of five (5) years’ experience in large-scale construction projects and progressively responsible supervisory experience, or equivalent combination of education and related professional and lived community experience.

  • Must possess a valid Class ‘G’ Driver’s licence and have available use of a vehicle.

    Skills and abilities in the following areas are necessary:   

  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in the above identified areas of accountability, including thorough knowledge of all Federal, Provincial, and Municipal regulations related to the design, development and provision of capital programs; particularly those related to drinking water treatment.

  • Demonstrated in-depth understanding of the area’s programs and services and how the work of the area aligns with the objectives of the Division.

  • Highly developed analytical and business planning skills with a proven track record for implementing and monitoring programs and services

  • Demonstrated successful experience in a people leadership role; positive and proactive leadership capabilities, adept at leading a group of employees, contracted services and consultants; demonstrated commitment to developing high performance teams.

  • Demonstrated ability to inspire the people they lead through productive and honest dialogue, with personal integrity and actions.

  • Ability to be a trusted advisor and/or advocate in sensitive and/or emotionally charged situations.

  • Demonstrated perseverance and resilience in addressing challenges and emergent issues.

  • Proven commitment to the safety of employees with knowledge of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and applicable regulations as it relates to the position.

  • Ability to provide a high level of attention to detail, make sense of data and solve problems.

  • Ability to understand the importance of service delivery; develop and implement initiatives that support the area’s customers in a timely and effective way.

  • Ability to skillfully communicate to a wide and varied audience and effectively influence outcomes; political acumen to identify and manage issues.

  • Proven ability to establish purposeful relationships and work effectively within all levels of the corporation, with the business community and the public.

  • Focused analytical and strategic thinking and issue resolution skills, combined with a commitment to innovation and collaboration.

  • Computer literacy in Microsoft Office, and related software and database applications.

  • Focused analytical and strategic thinking and issue resolution skills combined with a commitment to innovation and collaboration. 

  • Ability to plan, organize and manage activities of technical, administrative and operational staff and contractors.

  • Ability to travel to various locations within Southwestern Ontario.

Compensation and Other Information

$104,946 to $142,804


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Application Contact Information

Company Name:   City of London
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