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Director – Project Management


Director – Project Management


CNL – Whiteshell Laboratories

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A University Degree in Engineering or Science from a recognized educational institute.

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Full Job Description

The Director – Project Management is responsible for the management of the cost, schedule, scope and technical performance of a portfolio of Whiteshell Laboratories (WL) Closure Projects as defined in the project performance baseline and reports directly to the General Manager (GM), WL Restoration Project.

The Director – Project Management ensures that WL Restoration Project work is performed safely and in compliance with the requirements of the Site License, Quality Assurance (QA) Program and Facility Authority.

They will proactively manage the personnel performing the scope of work and implement project management, including the responsibility to plan, control and monitor the execution of all project work. They will provide detailed reporting and communication on project status, with emphasis on timely identification and resolution of issues and correcting variances to plans.

The Director – Project Management will hold budget responsibility for work ranging from $50M to $70M annually and may oversee 10 to 20 direct reporting staff. They will ensure the appropriate execution of the WL Restoration contract and oversee the management of contracts to deliver Projects.

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) employees perform all duties in accordance with established health and safety and regulations/guidelines, policies and procedures (i.e. utilizing personal protective equipment as per safe work procedures). Notifies management or supervisor of all occurrences, injuries, illnesses or safety and health concerns which are likely to harm themselves, their co-workers or any other on the premises in a timely manner and in accordance with established reporting requirements.

Skills & Experience

  • Minimum of 15 years’ experience in the nuclear field with a focus on waste management, and demonstrated program/project management, administration and/or leadership experience.
  • The incumbent must have a strong grounding in the technical and regulatory dimensions of nuclear and conventional operations and program planning, and demonstrated ability to apply regulations and standards appropriately.
  • Working knowledge of federal and provincial regulations that impact on waste management, including those of the Nuclear Safety Act is considered an asset.
  • Must have demonstrated strong leadership skills, to support and articulate the organization’s vision/mission at all levels, and have a proven ability to achieve results through others.
  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral, to communicate with a variety of organizations and at a variety of levels.
  • Demonstrated business sense and financial knowledge to adequately plan, manage and monitor Division budgets to meet financial objectives.
  • Demonstrated managerial responsibilities of major projects, facilities or large programs.
  • Manage life cycle projects from beginning to end and ability to check and adjust on performance of remaining project type work.
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize and deliver large, complex projects on-time and within budget.
  • Strong capability of developing and managing collaborative relationships at all levels while building, leading, organizing, and motivating a large team of diverse roles.
  • Ability to create and sustain a professional environment that fosters teamwork, continuous improvement, stakeholder satisfaction, and a high-level of personal accountability.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills with demonstrated ability to present highly complex, sensitive information and key messages to internal and external stakeholders at all levels.


  • Taking a lead role in the design and development of the organization that they will oversee, including developing and managing an organizational budget.
  • Leading the development of a training needs assessment for the organization and ensure all required training is completed in time to support the schedule of the WL site.
  • Proactively managing the personnel responsible for managing and supervising Project Managers and Planners, including responsibility to plan, control and monitor the execution of all the work. They will provide detailed reporting and communication on progress, with emphasis on resolving issues and correcting variances to plans.
  • Ensuring that work is performed safely and in compliance with Operating Procedures, requirements of the Site License, Quality Assurance Program and Facility Authority.
  • Enforcing management expectations regarding safe work practices, consequences of not following safe work practices and performance management issues.
  • Implementing project management including responsibility to plan, control and monitor the execution of all project work.
  • Initiating and maintaining productive relationships with other members of the WL Restoration Project (WLRP) organizations and stakeholders who contribute to the development of active WLRP plans.

  • Ensure the establishment, authorization and effective implementation of regulatory, legal, codes, and standards requirements applicable to D&D at all CNL Canadian sites considering specific work environment and activities.
  • Appropriate documents and related procedures are used, where applicable, to define how work will be done within the areas of responsibility.
  • Business processes and related procedures are used, where applicable, to define how work will be done within the areas of responsibility.
  • Recruits, trains, assigns and develops staff. In addition, the incumbent may also manage additional seconded and consulting staff attached as required. Leads succession planning, performance management and salary normalization processes. Interacts with functional resource managers and human resource professionals on policy, system, and process matters ranging from compensation to staffing and employee relations.
  • Responsibility to review and approve contract documents including iReq., procurement recommendations, Form of Contract, invoices, change orders, and other documents generated under contracts associated with the site work.
  • Ability to make key planning and execution decisions that are sound and reasonable to keep the project moving forward. Expectations is to interface with key subject matter experts and have the ability to facilitate the discussions to converge on the issue or concern and bring a solution.

About CNL

CNL serves the nation as an enabler of business innovation and technology transfer, and, by fostering the development of highly-qualified people for the knowledge economy to come.

We are proud to work with members in industry, in our supply chain, and in the research community to support the diverse innovation needs within Canada’s community of nuclear and radiation science and technology.


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Pinawa, Manitoba

Last Updated: May 30th, 2023Categories: Jobs in Lac du Bonnet

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