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Deputy Chief Capital Officer

Remote Toronto, ON

Job Description

Employer: Metrolinx

Position: Deputy Chief Capital Officer

Terms of Employment: Full-time / Permanent

Location: Toronto, Ontario

Employment Address: 97 Front St. W., Toronto, ON M5J 1E6

Hours of Work: 36.25 hours/week

Language: English

Benefits: Eligible for salary increases in accordance with company policy. Eligible for 5 weeks’ vacation; Full health, vision, dental, and disability benefits; pension plan; wellness health account

Salary: CAD 267,400 – CAD 341,700

Contact: Please send resumes to [email protected] and include “Deputy Chief Capital Officer” in the email subject line.

Metrolinx is connecting communities across the Greater Golden Horseshoe. Metrolinx operates GO Transit and UP Express, as well as the PRESTO fare payment system.

The Deputy Chief Capital Officer is the senior executive responsible for oversight for the design and construction of the network infrastructure related to Capital Projects. Reporting to the CCO, this executive is responsible for leading a professional organization that integrates Metrolinx’s deep infrastructure management experience, and strong project implementation experience, in order to enable the delivery of Capital Projects. The Deputy CCO will lead an operation that consistently meets Metrolinx’s highest standards for safety, efficiency and regulatory compliance while delivering an excellent customer experience that supports the continued economic growth and quality of life in the GTHA region.

What will I be doing?


  • Delivery of the ambitious Capital program within defined timelines without major impact to current and expanded commuter rail services and customers and achieving interim deliverables in each year.
  • Plan, develop and champion a 10-year strategic infrastructure implementation plan that will achieve agreed upon intent for this integrated division, and ensure resourcing to achieve short-term and long-term business deliverables.
  • Ensures the program and projects are delivered in support of Business Cases and that interim project outputs contribute to benefits, as defined by Sponsors. Size of portfolio is approximately $15B.
  • Along with significant partners and stakeholders, contribute to the service concept that will determine infrastructure needs and develop a phasing-in plan to ensure that the public and customers will see measurable benefits in every year of the plan.
  • Identify optimal sequencing of priorities for infrastructure build, repair, optimization and expansion - considering ridership growth, congestion benefits and effective infrastructure delivery in a phasing plan.
  • Direct the design, environmental analysis, and oversight of the construction of Capital Projects and construction of other major transit facilities, ensuring they are built on time, within budget, and to appropriate standards.
  • Program manage all aspects of build and deliver for assigned functions, through effective leadership of a competent and cohesively performing team of professionals (including contractors where applicable).
  • Lead the management of a variety of construction contract types including Design Build, Design Bid Build, P3. Lead the establishment and embedment of new collaborative contract models including Alliance, CMAR and progressive Design Build both internally and within the broader market.
  • Provide leadership to vice-presidents, directors and managers, empowering them to achieve agreed-upon performance objectives, and providing sign-off on decisions of significant investment/risk .
  • Support the Chief Capital Officer on industry and technical affairs, and as an executive representative of Metrolinx.


  • Create an engagement plan to engage significant stakeholders, including the public, municipalities, and elected officials, and take personal accountability for its delivery and own visibility; lead priority conversations to address critical issues and seize opportunities
  • Build and establish value-added and excellent working relationships with key partners (including community, various levels of government, CN and CP, TTC, consultants and contractors) to increase influence, ensure access to vital information and ensure support for the program
  • Participate in the development and negotiation of contracts, cooperative agreements and business relationships with municipalities, utilities, regulators, and other government agencies, as well as with construction contractors and consultants
  • Responsible to providing insights and recommendations to strategic committees of Metrolinx, Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO), Infrastructure Ontario (IO), Cabinet Office (CO) and Premier’s Office (PO)
  • Report regularly on strategies, operations, issues and agreed-upon Key Performance Indicators to Chief Capital Officer, Metrolinx Board and sub-committees (Capital Oversight Committee), legislators/regulators (i.e. MTO) and other significant stakeholders (i.e. CN, CP, TTC) as required; respond quickly to address sensitive issues

Operational Excellence

  • Lead the development of long-term business and project plans for the operation of functional portfolio and work with EVPs, VPs, Directors and Managers to develop a comprehensive service plan for customers and agreements with stakeholders
  • Ensure best practices are utilized in the planning and management of construction works within the rail corridor and impacting customers and operational service, minimizing operational disruption and maximizing construction productivity.
  • Represent Metrolinx in design and construction related legal and financial issues, contractual matters, public safety, and related issues
  • Ensure compliance with all external regulatory agencies and partners, provide oversight to all audit activities in areas of responsibility, and ensures regular risk reviews and solid contingency plans are in place

Financial Stewardship

  • Oversees and participatesin the development and administration of the division’s annual and program life budget; approves the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies; approves expenditures and implements budgetary adjustments as appropriate
  • Responsible for the delivery of projects and programs on-budget; interprets and leads mitigation of off-plan overages and exceptions
  • Lead the identification of savings opportunities and value-add activities, including appropriate cost-savings on contracts and projects
  • Review and consolidate budgets of reporting directors and managers, championing cost effectiveness and ensuring fiscal prudence; provides approvals for major expenditures/contracts

People Leadership

  • Develops resource plan for and manages groups of in-house and contract planning, engineering, and construction personnel engaged in diverse and complex rail improvement activities.
  • Champions and enables the matrix model and integrated team approach and ensures that all team members effectively contribute to the projects and program. This includes team partnerships with centralized functional experts, embedded Consultants and Infrastructure Ontario.
  • Ensure the proactive development of technical and leadership capacity for a sustainable operation, through solid talent management including the ongoing active management of staff redeployment required to support both the changing project demands while maintaining employee engagement.
  • Provide coaching, mentoring and performance management while still ensuring accountability at senior management levels; provide overall strategic vision and inspiration to all staff of the division
  • Take personal responsibility for robust implementation of enterprise-wide people programs (i.e. employee satisfaction/engagement surveys)
  • Ensure timely and accurate compliance with Metrolinx people practices (i.e. performance management cycle, employee engagement surveys)
  • Identify opportunities to promote Capital Projects and Metrolinx, through public engagement (speaking, presenting) and by consciously modeling the Values and Leadership Competencies of the organization
  • When required represents the company with stakeholders and to the media

What skills & qualifications do I need?

  • 15 + years of experience in progressively senior leadership roles; experience developing corporate strategy and leading the provision of services to the public
  • Experience in leading major infrastructure projects within the transportation industry – transportation, engineering, design, and construction management, as applied to structures, roadways, facilities and related transportation projects
  • Experience in the public and private sector is an asset
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Experience with budgeting
  • Experience with Project Management methodology and reporting
  • Experience reporting to all levels of government and other authorities
  • As a member of the senior management team, available outside of regular office hours as needed.


Accommodation will be provided throughout the hiring process, as required. Applicants must make their needs known in advance.

Application Process

All applicants must be legally entitled to work in Canada. Metrolinx will be using email to communicate with you for all job competitions. It is your responsibility to include an updated email address that is checked daily and accepts emails from unknown users. As we send time sensitive correspondence, we recommend that you check your email regularly. If no response is received, we will assume you are no longer interested in pursuing the opportunity. Please be advised that a Criminal Record Check may be required of the successful candidate. Should it be determined that any background information provided be misleading, inaccurate or incorrect, Metrolinx reserves the right to discontinue with the consideration of your application.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.


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