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Canada Infrastructure Leader
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At Arup, our innovative spirit compels us to express our ingenuity in unique ways —developing many of the world’s most innovative and sustainable buildings, transport and civil engineering projects. Arup is a global engineering and consulting firm of 12,000 creative minds. Our integrated approach to engineering and design brings together the best professionals to meet our clients’ needs.
Arup’s business in Canada is flourishing and is growing rapidly. We are delivering complex and exciting projects and poised to win and deliver more across a range of business areas in Quebec, Ontario and Alberta. We seek a dynamic and experienced practitioner-leader to take our Infrastructure group through the next stages of growth and to establish a long lasting impact for Arup in Canada.
Provide leadership and organize activities of the Infrastructure group in our offices in both Montreal and Toronto and a project office in Edmonton, to achieve:
High staff morale
Delivery of Operating Plan goals
Good progress toward longer term strategic goals
Excellent quality of project work
Strong commercial performance of projects and the group
Bench strength for the future to deliver and win new work
Progress on improving Diversity and Inclusion
Healthy pipeline of new work
A culture of quality and safety
The Infrastructure group leader (IGL) will participate at the most senior levels of leadership of the Group, working collaboratively and collegially with the Canada Group Leader as well as the leaders of our Buildings and Consulting groups, and other local Business Leaders, to achieve the high performance of the business in Canada as a whole. The IGL will also work in the framework of policies set by the Region Board and coordinate in a collegial and consultative manner with the entire Regional leadership team to set and execute the strategy and support and enable Arup’s growth and success in Canada and the Americas.
Business Planning and Operating Plans
Participate with other leaders and develop portions of the group strategy and business plans in alignment with the regional and global strategies.
Provide input to the annual operating plan on portions of the operating plan pertaining to the Infrastructure group and agree with the Canada Group Leader all key metrics that define the performance of the sub-group.
Provide oversight, and communicate within the Infrastructure group so that activities of the group align with and aim to achieve agreed strategies, plans, and operating plan targets for the overall business in Canada.
Provide input and attend meetings of the Americas Region Infrastructure Practice and other similar operational organizations as may be required from time-to-time.
Business Development and Bidding
Assist in evaluating and building a long term pipeline of work, and in monitoring opportunities and positioning Arup well for selected opportunities.
Lead efforts of self and other leaders in the group to seek new clients and build and deepen relationships with existing clients in support of the group business plan and strategies.
Collect and share as appropriate within Arup valuable information related to clients, competitors and projects.
Take a proactive role on bid strategy for key project opportunities, offering advice and views to bid teams and the Canada Group Leader.
Set, monitor and control bid costs.
Participate in and make recommendations to the Canada Group Leader for go-no go decisions in accordance with Arup’s bidding guidelines.
In conjunction with the Group Leader agree target fee and profit levels on projects.
Actively participate in bid reviews for all infrastructure opportunities that the group pursues.
Approve issue of bids (where delegated by Canada Group Leader).
Assume the role of a Canada business leader for one or more key businesses (rail, highways, water, energy, aviation) and work with regional and global business leaders to help achieve business growth in Canada.
Convene Arup client events and attend external events to promote Arup in the Canadian market.
Staff Recruitment, Development and Training
Develop and maintain plans to ensure staff resources and skills are aligned with immediate and longer term needs, that training is provided and that the careers of our staff continue to be developed.
Ensure staff obtain and maintain professional licensure and are fully qualified as required by clients and by the jurisdictions where services are being delivered.
Help devise and implement succession plans.
Oversee training, talent development and talent management within the infrastructure group.
Make recommendations to the Canada Group Leader regarding staffing levels and any performance related issues.
Make recommendations to the Canada Group Leader for Project Director and Project Manager nominations.
Devise, implement and monitor staff supervisory structures appropriate to the Sub-group.
Directly supervise discipline leads within the infrastructure group and other staff as appropriate.
As appropriate, appoint local skills leaders and help ensure all staff in the infrastructure group are appropriately engaged and participating in Arup’s skills networks.
Provide leadership for Diversity and Inclusion efforts in conjunction with others.
Make recommendations to the Canada Group Leader regarding promotions and readiness for appointed roles.
Provide oversight and act as a champion of the annual staff review process to achieve valuable feedback to staff that supports their development and serves the best interests of Arup.
Convene and chair regular infrastructure group meetings to appraise staff of strategies and plans and seek feedback on current issues affecting performance
Manage, balance and oversee resourcing of projects and utilization of staff within the infrastructure group, working with colleagues to meet or exceed billability targets and ensure appropriate staff are assigned to achieve effective, high quality and timely project delivery.
Oversee financial performance of projects within the infrastructure group and the Group overall to meet or exceed operating plan targets.
As appointed by the Canada Group Leader, serve as Bid Director and Project Director on key projects and oversee and lead projects accordingly.
Work with Project Managers and other Project Directors to achieve effective commercial management of projects including negotiating good contracts, timely change management, resolution of disputes, timely invoicing and collection of fees owing.
Provide reports as requested and participate in monthly commercial reviews with the Canada Group Leader and ensure any actions arising are executed.
Set and control expenditure of overhead budgets.
Set and monitor Sub-group and project forecasts and ensure at least monthly updates
Technical Excellence and Management Systems
Champion an environment that promotes quality and excellence.
Lead adoption of the Arup Management System (AMS) and ensure its effectiveness on projects.
Ensure lessons learned are collected and widely shared
Monitor project team performance and instigate any action or improvements necessary to achieve quality technical delivery.
Ensure Arup’s Health and Safety policy is implemented.
Support auditing as required to monitor compliance with the AMS and ensure corrective actions are implemented.
The Canada Infrastructure Leader report to the Canada Group Leader, who is ultimately responsible for the health and success of our overall business in Canada.
Bachelor degree (or higher) in engineering.
Local professional licensure or ability and commitment to expeditiously obtain the same.
Successful delivery over several years in a similar role or in a role that provides adequate preparation for the role as described.
Demonstrated ability to lead people and teams and inspire high levels of performance.
Experience building successful long term client relationships.
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively, consensually and successfully as part of a larger leadership team to set and achieve strategic objectives and manage operational matters.
Experience winning and leading delivery of large projects, particularly PPP transportation projects.
Share your passion and experience in a global culture that believes your potential to achieve is endless. This is your opportunity to shine.
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Category: Civil Engineering
Date Posted: April 12, 2016