16284 Project Leader

November 21 2018
Categories Project Management, Business Analysis, Engineering, Environmental - Energy
Chalk River, ON

The Project Leader has the following responsibilities:

  • On a regular basis, is responsible for managing the delivery of medium-risk projects to meet schedule, cost, quality and safety objectives to the full satisfaction of customers. This involves planning, executing, controlling and closing out projects. Medium risk projects are characterized as having many work packages and interfaces to manage, with mostly standard terms and conditions, but more extensive safety and licensing requirements involving internal and external regulatory interactions, spanning multiple years (typically 3 or more years in duration), and involving a moderate financial commitment. (Typically $5M to $10M annually).
  • Using good knowledge of business and management principles is involved in project planning, budgeting and resource allocation, through discussions with internal clients to define the scope of the project, deliverables and timing. May lead 3-4 projects totalling $5M to $10M annually, over a 3-5 year horizon.
  • Assembles a project team including the involvement of project planning coordinators to cost the specific components of the project based on work package breakdown.
  • Approves project scope of work and determines project priorities and division of responsibilities
  • Reviews the project with the Project Team and regularly meets with the Project Team for updates on deliverables against plan.
  • Motivates team members to meet quality, scope and cost constraints.
  • Secures seconded resources through resource/functional managers to execute the project.
  • Establishes and controls the project scope and manages the risks. This includes proper management of deliverables within estimated timeframe and notifying management of issues, which could potentially impact the cost, and timing of the project.
  • Establishes and administers project budgets and schedules and approves changes to scope of work within project management guidelines.
  • Manages and reports on project performance to clients, management and other stakeholders.
  • Authorizes project expenditures; e.g. purchase orders, invoices and expense claims; within limits of delegated authority.
  • Approves procurement requisitions within span of financial authorization as delegated.
  • Participates in the interviewing of project staff in conjunction with functional managers; and
  • Leads the ongoing delivery of project objectives including setting project related performance objectives, providing regular feedback and guidance to project staff and potentially making recommendations concerning the training, appraisal (performance evaluation) and discipline of staff assigned to the project.


  • The Project Leader has a Honours Bachelor in Engineering or Science from a university of recognized standing
  • Or membership in an engineering or scientific professional organization authorized by statute to establish qualification for membership in that organization
  • Or an alternative qualification is a certificate from the Project Management Institute
  • 7 years progressively responsible project experience, related to plant or facility operations, engineering or large construction or decommissioning projects.
  • The Level 2 Project Leader has experience and resulting knowledge of applying 9 project management areas including (Scope, Cost, Time, QA, Communications, Human Resources, Risk, Procurement, Integration) to medium-risk projects.
  • Knowledge gained through experience in three or more of the typical phases of a project lifecycle (e.g., Project Definition, Concept Development, Detailed Design, and Construction, Commissioning, and Decommissioning phases) is required. Within each phase, knowledge and experience in applying the processes for initiation, planning, executing, controlling and closing is necessary.
  • A Good knowledge of project safety/design/risk review and approval processes (Safety Review Committee, Office of the Chief Engineer Design Review, Risk Review Panel) in relation to their application on medium-risk projects is required.
  • Typically, has achieved (or is maintaining) PMP or AACE certification, or is within 12-18 months of achieving certification.

Additional Knowledge of Compliance and Nuclear Programs and their application to medium-risk projects including:

  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Environmental Protection
  • Fire Protection
  • Nuclear Criticality Safety
  • Nuclear Materials and Safeguards Management
  • Occupational Health & Safety
  • Operating Experience (OPEX)
  • Radiation Protection
  • Radioactive Material Transportation
  • Corporate Security
  • Physical Security
  • Waste Management
  • The Project Leader has a general knowledge and awareness of federal licensing requirements, nuclear codes and standards and environmental regulations and standards and their application to the medium-risk projects that they are leading.

Skills/Competencies include:

  • Developing/leading the execution of Project Plans;
  • Defining scope of activities, setting priorities, evaluating and managing risks and monitoring performance
  • Organizing the work and activities of a moderate number of resources to accomplish project deliverables in accordance with project expectations;
  • Nurturing and maintaining constructive and cooperative working relationships with a moderate number of internal and some external contacts;
  • Building and sustaining moderately-sized teams; typically between 6 and 12 contracted, seconded, or CNL employees.
  • A more thorough knowledge of business and management principles involved in project planning, budgeting and resource allocation, leadership techniques, and coordination of resources.
  • A more thorough knowledge of procurement and financial processes. Approves procurement requisitions within span of financial authorization
  • Good knowledge and demonstrated experience in application of negotiation skills;
  • Good knowledge and demonstrated experience in application of contract administration and construction oversight to effectively manage the output of external suppliers.
  • Strong communication skills are essential, both verbal and written
  • Good presentation skills
  • Works with minimal supervision and direction. Must be self-motivated to achieving desired objectives through deliberate planning and execution of work tasks.
  • Advanced knowledge of MS Office software and experience with the project management software, tools and practices used to plan, execute and control projects.

CNL has an Employment Equity Program and encourages applications from women, Aboriginal Peoples, visible minorities and persons with disabilities.


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