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Area Manager Construction

Ministry of Transportation
Transportation Infrastructure Management Division – Northeast Region
North Bay, Sault Ste Marie, Sudbury
Language of Position(s):
Job Term:
1 Permanent
Job Code:
PME09 - Management Engineering PM-09
$82,569.00 - $130,681.00 Per Year
Posting Status:
Job ID:

Are you a self-driven leader who possesses highway design, construction, maintenance and contract management expertise? Do you enjoy working and thrive in a fast-paced environment?

The Ministry of Transportation is seeking a motivated leader with strong civil engineering background to lead and direct the activities of consultants, contractors and technical supervisory staff engaged in the construction and maintenance of transportation corridors, structures and related services within the boundaries of the Northeast Region.

Transportation Infrastructure Management Division is responsible for the delivery of the design and construction program of the provincial highway system including the administration of construction contracts as well as providing quality assurance while supporting our maintenance and operations office.

For more information, visit us at: Ministry of Transportation

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What can I expect to do in this role?

In this role, you will:

• Direct activities of consultants, contractors and technical supervisory staff engaged in construction and maintenance of highways structures and services.
• Provide technical and managerial guidance and advice to resolve engineering, construction and maintenance issues.
• Manage a number of construction contracts and projects.
• Ensure material and staff resources are utilized efficiently.
• Represent the ministry at committee meetings, contractor meetings, consultant meetings and meetings involving maintenance providers.
• Carry out special projects and assignments related to Capital Program Delivery Office activities.

How do I qualify?


• You are a Professional Engineer, licensed with the Association of Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO).
• You hold a valid class G Driver's License or equivalent recognized in Ontario.
• You are able and willing to travel frequently across the North region.

Strategic Leadership Skills:

• You have proven leadership and managerial skills to effectively supervise and develop professional, technical and support staff and resolve personnel problems and staff relations issues.
• You have demonstrated negotiation skills and can provide contracts engineering guidance to resolve disputes with consultants and contractors.
• You have demonstrated ability to identify and provide direction in the resolution of complex and contentious issues.
• You have a passion for developing, building and leading organizational capacity through inclusive, positive, and values-based leadership in areas of organizational design, recruitment, talent and performance management and labour relations matters.
• You have the ability to be responsible for the overall compliance with legislative statutes, collective agreements, government and ministry policies, directives, guidelines and commitments related services.
• You have sound judgement and political acuity skills to provide authoritative advice and guidance to senior management.
• You demonstrate the leadership behaviors, attributes and mindsets to lead the OPS into the future.

Technical Knowledge:

• You have advanced knowledge of civil engineering theories, principles and practices related to construction, and maintenance of highway facilities.
• You have experience in the design, maintenance and construction of transportation corridors and structures.
• You have knowledge of administrative and engineering policies, procedures and standards governing construction, maintenance, and contract administration.
• You have strong analytical skills to assess recommendations for technical adequacy and consistency with government policies.
• You have initiative, problem solving skills, and sound judgement to assess and solve complex engineering problems.

Financial and Project Management Skills:

• You have a thorough knowledge of Ministry policies, directives and standards governing administrative and financial procedures and processes, specifically related to monitoring construction and maintenance contracts and operations expenditures and invoicing and to negotiate payments.
• You are able to work under pressure to meet deadlines and to make decisions independently with minimal supervision.
• You can negotiate financial commitments with consultants and contractors.
• You have well-developed organizational, management and interpersonal skills to supervise a diverse construction and maintenance staff and represent the Ministry in a geographic area with respect to construction and maintenance matters.

Communication Skills and Stakeholder Relations:

• You have superior communication skills to deal with ministry staff, contractors, utility companies, consultants, municipal officials, other agencies and the public and maintain sound effective stakeholder relationships.
• You can provide contract engineering guidance and resolve disputes with consultants and contractors.
• You have demonstrated ability to identify and provide direction in the resolution of complex and contentious issues with tact and diplomacy.
• You have strong written communication skills to oversee the preparation of project reports and recommendations, briefing documents, and executive correspondence on operational issues, and leads presentations and briefs to senior management.

Be sure to check out the Manager Recruitment Unit's Application Preparation Guide for Aspiring Managers for tips on creating an impactful application!

Additional Information:

  • 1 English Permanent, 70 Foster Dr, Sault Ste Marie, North Region or 437 Mckeown Ave, North Bay, North Region or 3767 Hwy 69 S, Sudbury, North Region
Compensation Group:
Management Compensation Plan
Management and General
Posted on:
Wednesday, December 7, 2022
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Remember: The deadline to apply is Wednesday, January 4, 2023 11:59 pm EST. Late applications will not be accepted.

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