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Senior Substation Project Manager

Remote Ottawa, ON

Senior Substation Project Manager

Where 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.

Bird Construction is current seeking a Senior Substation Project Manager to support our Atlantic operations. This role is responsible for coordination of the construction on the project; which includes coordinating compliance with the schedule, safety, cost, and quality decisions in conjunction with the Project Field Manager.

This professional may be based anywhere within Eastern Canada due to this being a Field position with high travel/mobilization requirements. This means that this professional will spend the majority of work time at the assigned project location for the duration of the project requiring long-term temporary living close to the project site.


  • Manages and coordinates all on-site subcontractor activities for compliance with the CPM schedule and monitors and enforces compliance with subcontract requirements; Implements the Project Construction Execution Plan. Directs staff in the daily, weekly planning process.
  • Supervises and mentors all superintendents; monitors their activities and provides leadership.
  • Monitors and reports on construction productivity and schedule performance (including trends) to the Project Field Manager and Field Project Controls Manager. Takes actions necessary to meet project budget and schedule requirements.
  • Directs and approves the development and implementation of subcontractor schedule recovery plans as required.
  • Coordinates the Construction Completion Walk downs and the complete hand over of start-up packages to the Startup Manager and supervises the close out of all punch list items.
  • Assists Project Field Manager with client interface and relations.
  • Coordinates with Field Material Manager to review all site procured materials for acceptance.
  • Reviews and approves equipment rentals (if supplied by company) and coordinates shared use of this equipment with subcontractors.
  • Conducts weekly coordination meeting with subcontractors.
  • Conducts weekly subcontractor meetings.
  • Reports weekly schedule and commodity installation status to the Field Project Controls Manager.
  • Monitors all extra work authorization requests, back-charges, and supplier and subcontractor progress/final payment requests for acceptance and is responsible for subordinates providing the timely tracking information to Project Controls to support the change management system.
  • Adheres to Safety, Quality, Ethical Standards, Lessons Learned, and Performance Management programs in accordance with Division Policies, Standards, Guides, and Contractual commitments.
  • Directly responsible for the Division 8 labor charges and costs on direct hire projects.
  • Directly responsible for the Construction Equipment budget.
  • Monitors and approve all CIR replies to the subcontractors.
  • Responsible for completion of the construction punch-list.
  • Has full knowledge of the safety program and acts as the Safety Representative on site in the absence of the regular Safety Supervisor.
  • Has general knowledge of all disciplines of construction and is able to stand in for each lead discipline.
  • Establishes the tool trailer list at the onset of the project.
  • Resolves safety and quality issues with the safety and quality managers. Further disputes are then deferred to the Project Field Manager.
  • Has the ability to stand in for the Project Field Manager in his absence.
  • Understands the major commercial and deliverable terms of the construction subcontracts and manages within these terms.
  • Monitors and controls overtime by his subordinates and subcontractors.
  • Writes the construction portion of the client and construction monthly report.
  • Coordinates with the Field Engineers or home office engineers on engineering deliverables.
  • Responsible for the effective management of construction Manufacturer’s Service Technicians and the timesheet tracking.
  • Supports continuous improvement efforts and the change management effects associated with the implementation of improvements.

What We Are Looking For

  • 5+ years with a degree or 14+ years without degree.
  • All applicants must be able to complete pre-employment onboarding requirements (if selected) which may include any/all of the following: criminal/civil background check, drug screen, and motor vehicle records search, in compliance with any applicable laws and regulations.
  • Union Apprenticeship Program Completed.
  • Extensive Transmission and/or Substation experience.
  • Bachelor’s degree in construction, engineering or heavy industrial experience preferred, or 3 years of experience at the superintendent level.
  • Knowledge of Power Delivery construction technology.
  • Knowledge of EPC industry.
  • Constructability knowledge.
  • Knowledge of project budget process and tools.
  • Knowledge of department budget process and tools.
  • Knowledge of Project controls.
  • Risk assessment/management.
  • Administrative policies and procedures.
  • Construction Project Management Systems.
  • Conceptual planning ability.
  • Conflict management skills.
  • Leadership ability (team building, coaching, mentoring, change management, advising).
  • Multi-tasking ability (prioritize, organize, schedule work).
  • Presentation skills.
  • Problem solving skills (identify, analyze, research, evaluate, resolve).
  • Project management skills.
  • Communication and meeting skills.
  • Time reporting systems.
  • Expense reporting policies and procedures.

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.

We Create Opportunity

Rooted in a solid foundation, we adapt and grow to face the future. We are committed to elevating each other to chart the best path forward in an evolving world.

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