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Manager – Standpipes, Bunkers and Waste Retrieval Systems


Manager – Standpipes, Bunkers and Waste Retrieval Systems (SBWRS)


CNL – Whiteshell Laboratories

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Are you looking for a role that will challenge you?

Do you want to be a part of the commitment to restore and protect Canada’s environment?

If you answered yes, our Whiteshell Laboratories (WL) site located near Pinawa, Manitoba, is looking for a Manager, Standpipes, Bunkers and Waste Retrieval Systems (SBWRS) Manufacturing, Testing and Operations. The SBWRS Project is the first of its kind in Canada – a remote control waste retrieval system that will safely remove intermediate-level waste (ILW) from standpipes and bunkers at WL site. The SBWRS is being built and tested in Ontario and is in the final assembly and factory acceptance stage. Once complete, the equipment will be shipped to WL site for assembly and use. This will be a joint venture with the fabricator, construction firm and CNL – all working towards making this incredible project a reality! The Testing and Operations Manager will be the primary CNL Manager of the project management oversight (PMO) team. The Manager, in collaboration with the Director, will manage a budget ranging from $20M to $40M. The Manager will draw on their ability to identify issues, project details while utilizing a high-level analysis on strategic matters. The position requires self-discipline, a strong technical background, excellent organizational and time management skills, open-mindedness, diplomacy, and unwavering commitment to quality and customer satisfaction with a results-oriented focus. Does this pique your interest? If you answered yes, then this may be the job for you!

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). Notifying 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.

Working Conditions

  • The position will be based in Ontario, Canada for the first 6-9 months working Monday to Friday. After this period, the project will transition to Manitoba, Canada working Monday to Thursday (10 hour shifts).
  • The position will require in office and field work.
  • Some travel will be required of this role.
  • Work may include challenging near-term and long-term problems, non-compliance and conflict resolution. The work demands attention to issues, project details and high-level analysis of strategic matters. It requires self-discipline, strong technical background, excellent organizational and time management skills, open mindedness, diplomacy, unwavering commitment to quality and customer satisfaction and a results-oriented focus.
  • Possess normal physical agility necessary to perform all aspects of the work that involve bending, lifting and mobility.
  • Capable of wearing and working in personal protective clothing and using equipment as required.
  • Ability to walk down equipment in the field in temperatures ranging from +30 to -40C.
  • Ability to work at heights.
  • May be required to work overtime.

Skills & Experience

  • University degree in engineering from a university in recognized standing; or other related advanced degree may be considered.
  • A Project Management Professional or similar designation is considered an asset.
  • A minimum of ten years’ experience in nuclear decommissioning and/or project management including experience leading Project Management teams and /or Project Portfolios.
  • Experience in radioactive waste management, preferably in a decommissioning environment.
  • Experience and technical background sufficient to lead the planning and execution of nuclear waste retrievals and processing.
  • Demonstrated experience interpreting and understanding of complex project schedules.
  • Robotic and or remotely operated equipment experience is an asset.
  • Aptitude to interpret and analyze project data, clearly summarize the information and make recommendations to the client Lead, organize and coordinate the scoping, planning and execution of all work occurring on site.
  • Demonstrated strong communications and problem solving skills to provide solutions and coordinate project resources to maintain successful working relations at all levels within the organization and external stakeholders.
  • Authoritatively influences and leads resources assigned to the project with various backgrounds to achieve successful project outcomes.
  • Established strong leadership skills, to support and articulate the organizations vision/mission at all levels, and have a proven ability to achieve results through others; quality assurance built into the results.
  • Resolves highly complex, specialized and/or significant technical issues across the department, potentially the division.
  • Skilled to coordinate time with multiple issues and project.
  • Initiative and judgement to organize and maintain flow of work and accuracy of records.
  • Punctual, dependable and safety minded.
  • Detail oriented coupled with ability to meet deadlines.
  • Exceptional organizational skills to prioritize and time manage.
  • Ability to comprehend detailed information is essential.
  • Ability to adapt to a changing environment and respond with initiative.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills and proven ability to effectively communicate with a variety of stakeholders.
  • Highly motivated and able to work with minimal supervision.
  • Familiar with developing site waste management plans and directing the development of long-range forecasts for all waste activities, including characterization, packaging, survey, transport and disposal of radioactive waste, hazardous waste, mixed waste, recycle waste, on-site material management (e.g. soil stockpiling), waste water management and municipal waste management.
  • Excellent understanding of change management and contract management concepts.
  • Familiarity with various elements of project management systems and the tools used to plan, implement, track, and report on project performance.
  • Previous knowledge / experience with the workings and products of Primavera scheduling software, formal risk management frameworks and project scope breakdown and cost account structures would be beneficial.
  • Knowledge of remote operated equipment, robotic equipment, and other types of complex mechanical equipment operations and maintenance.


  • Implementing project management including responsibility to plan, control and monitor the execution of all project work.
  • Managing the cost, schedule, scope and technical performance of a portfolio as defined in the Performance Baseline.
  • Coordinating prompt resolution of field problems and issues regarding safety, non-conformance reports, condition reports, stop work orders, and correct action reports.
  • Defining and monitoring daily work packages and progress reports measuring progress against the plan.
  • Scheduling and monitoring subcontractors and suppliers to ensure they are delivering to schedule.
  • Coordinating and providing progress reporting of project management activities including financial, schedule, communications, procurement, risk and issues through duration of a project.
  • Maintaining reports including, site, production, time keeping, daily field work, work package sign offs.
  • Ensuring that work is performed safely and in compliance with requirements of the Site License and Facility Authorization.
  • Applying the WL Decommissioning Quality Assurance (QA) Program requirements, and its supporting procedures, in project activities.
  • Proactively managing the personnel performing the scope of work.
  • Providing exceptional reporting and communication on project status, with emphasis on resolving issues and correcting variances to plans.
  • Regularly communicating directly with representative of the CNL client (Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd), the regulator (Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission), various other external organizations and the public.
  • Initiating and maintaining productive relationships with internal service providers (e;g;, Skilled Trades, Engineering, Radiation Protection, Strategic Planning, Nuclear Facilities, Procurement, and compliance/regulatory programs).
  • Holding budget responsibility for work.
  • Maintaining confidentiality in all matters.
  • Performing other duties as assigned by manager.

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 31st, 2023Categories: Jobs in Lac du Bonnet

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