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Project Director - Commercial/Institutional

Calgary, AB

Project Director - Commercial/InstitutionalWhere Greatness Grows

The greatest achievements in history are borne from the greatness within people – where human potential meets vision, and passion fuels evolution. Unlocking this potential is the most important thing we do at Bird.

As a leader in Canadian construction for over 100 years, the impact of our team is etched deeply within the core of our legacy. Beyond Bird, this impact is felt in the fundamental aspects of our everyday lives. From the critical infrastructure we depend on, to the energy and resources that keep us moving - we are powering our communities and shaping Canada’s skylines coast-to-coast. Entrenched in the foundation of a culture built more than a century ago is an enduring quest to reimagine what is possible. Our impact is greater than ever, and we are looking for those who seek to redefine their story.

We are a dynamic team of over 5,000 with a range of professions, backgrounds, and areas of expertise. This breadth of diversity in people and opportunities is one of greatest aspects of building your career with Bird. Every trajectory looks different. At Bird, you hold the pen, and you write your story. As you unlock your potential, you are surrounded by a team that supports you every step of the way.

Be a part of our team, where we pride ourselves on the quality of our work and the way we treat each other and our partners. You will build a career and long-lasting relationships based on respect, collaboration, and a solution-focused mindset. Bird is a place where you will unlock your potential and achieve your goals.

The Project Director is accountable for the quality and execution of major construction projects.

This position will be based out of Calgary, Alberta.What You Will Be Working On

Opportunity Management and Opportunity Response

  • Support and be active in identifying Business Development opportunities that bring in new projects.
  • As required, lead bid proposal responses to clients with the support of marketing and other team members.


  • Develop, manage, and maintain new and existing client, consultant and trade relationships.
  • Ensure all contract negotiations are executed in accordance with process and in line with the master project schedule.
  • Ensure that all preconstruction planning activities are executed by the project team to the satisfaction of the organization and the client.
  • Ensure the project strategy is executed at all times.
  • Ensure that the projects are properly resourced.
  • Ensure that all project budgets contain/exceed expectations for profit.
  • Ensure the project team is operating as a team.


  • Lead the development of a project strategy that secures the project, and meet or exceed the project’s required performance, schedule and profitability targets.
  • Confirm that estimate/cost plan incorporates value for the owner, accommodates the consultant’s design intent and the targeted profitability.
  • Conduct the negotiation and oversee the preparation and execution of the prime contract.
  • Exhibit the key values of leadership, innovation, relationships, and profitability and meet all stakeholder commitments (vs. safety, sustainability, collaboration and integrity)
  • Ensure project health, safety and environmental standards meet or exceed legislated requirements and company policy.
  • Assist the Construction Director with day-to-day operations.
  • Know project critical issues at all times and ensure that project team has followed up to address issues to satisfaction of all stakeholders including Bird.
  • Responsible for understanding and overseeing that site process, productivity, targets, KPI’s, dashboards, etc. are adhered to. 
  • Keep the Construction Director informed of significant developments.

Post Construction

  • Ensure that the project teams clear all deficiencies in a timely manner.
  • Ensure total completion is achieved as per the client’s expectation.
  • Ensure project close out and lessons learned meetings take place in order for continuous improvements to take place.

Employee and Talent Management

  • Lead in the recruitment of new talent and support the development of personnel through on-going coaching and mentoring to ensure effective, safe project delivery and individual career development.
  • Develop high performance employees by effectively recruiting suitable new talent, providing continuous positive and constructive feedback, on-going assessment of non-performing employees and planning for succession.
  • Coach and mentor the project team members to ensure effective preconstruction delivery.
  • Conduct annual performance reviews of all direct reports, and ensure annual reviews are conducted with all staff.

What We Are Looking For

  • Post-secondary education, such as a degree or diploma in a related field, and/or relevant combination of experience
  • 20 years’ experience in construction
  • 10 years’ experience in a management leadership role in a construction company
  • Track record of successful commercial project management of major building construction projects in excess of $100 million
  • Ability to use MS Word, Excel, Outlook, Microsoft Projects & Primavera P6, Electronic Document Management & SAP
  • Deep expertise and proven track record with respect to the continuous improvement project delivery services and value added constructability process and practice
  • Experience in gaining major bids with joint venture partners, with proven management of successful infrastructure and construction bids
  • Proven ability to ensure a successful completion of projects, their profitability, and for retaining owners as continuing clients of the company
  • Ability to lead and operate within an environment where change happens frequently
  • Commitment to recruiting, mentoring, training, and retaining a focused team; the foresight and ability to delegate accordingly
  • Strong leadership capability as evidenced by demonstrable success in team / collaborative work environments
  • Ability to forge, grow and maintain positive relationships with multiple groups
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously and meet the time demands of unpredictable activities; capable of handling pressure and challenges in a dynamic business environment
  • Ability to work within tight deadlines and prioritization of work to achieve them
  • Strong analytical, critical thinking, troubleshooting, problem-solving skills, and a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Highly developed interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a positive attitude
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills

We Put Safety First

A healthy and safe work environment is non-negotiable. We build a culture of operational and psychological safety through engagement, learning and leadership.

We Lead With Honesty

We speak and act with integrity, clarity and care so people can trust our word and our work. Being honest means we can deliver the best outcomes and consistent results.

We Are Stronger Together

Success is a team effort. Our inclusive workplace enables our combined expertise, humility and creativity to unlock our greater potential.

We Are Driven To Do Great Work

We built our name on quality. We have a passion for excellence in our work and relationships that honours our businesses and our industry.

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