Supervisor, Civil Maintenance and Construction

Company: Metro Vancouver
Location: Delta, British Columbia

Position Status: Full-Time Regular
Department: Liquid Waste Services
Employee Group: Exempt
Location: Annacis Island Corrosion and Construction Yard, Delta

Our Liquid Waste Services Department is seeking an Exempt Supervisor of Civil Maintenance and Construction who will lead a team responsible for the construction and maintenance of sewer and drainage infrastructure throughout the Metro Vancouver region.

You Are:

A progressive leader who is comfortable interacting with staff, customers, and contractors in both field and office environments. You embrace change, are self-motivated, and have demonstrated experience in a large underground utility maintenance and construction environment.

The Supervisor, Civil Maintenance and Construction, reports to the Superintendent, Civil Maintenance, and falls within our Management/Leadership, Level 1 job family.

This Role:

  • Supervises the repair, maintenance, and construction of wastewater collections/treatment, drainage infrastructure, and related facilities. Plans, coordinates, and supervises work such as construction of new piping and other civil works, repair of leaks, and maintenance of roads, maintenance holes/chambers, civil construction projects, right of way maintenance, corrosion control, etc.
  • Monitors and controls spending to ensure the effective and efficient expenditure of allocated funds within the approved budget. Contributes to budget preparation and planning. Prepares accurate cost estimates and schedules for internal work requests. Proposes strategies to effectively use resources and prepares business cases for improvements, equipment replacements or issues outside of budget requiring immediate attention.
  • Makes decisions or recommendations regarding specific construction and maintenance methods or approaches, equipment requirements, and staffing levels. Manages the work activities of multiple crews in diverse locations and ensures jobs are appropriately staffed and completed safely. Works with the foreman and support resources to coordinate and assign work. Reviews drawings to identify equipment, tool, and material requirements and to evaluate hindrances to completing work.
  • Consults with the Superintendent and engineers on the methods of construction and maintenance for challenges encountered on site. Requests additional information or clarification on plans and coordinates the involvement of external utilities, consulting engineers, contractors, and other municipal staff. Liaises with stakeholders regarding sensitive issues surrounding job sites, and provides information to and answers questions from the public.
  • Communicates regularly with staff to review work plans; explain requirements; receive status updates; and to provide professional advice and support.
  • Reviews and approves requests for materials and contractors.
  • Ensures all safety aspects of work including preconstruction approvals, utility locates, traffic management, etc., have been organized and completed. Coordinates with external utilities, engineering, and environmental contractors to mitigate conflicts and avoid the disturbance of underground utilities as needed. Liaises with managers and the public regarding sensitive issues or concerns surrounding job sites.
  • Manages work activities related to the sewer corrosion control program.
  • Hires, supervises, directs, and develops staff, monitoring performance towards division, department, and corporate objectives; ensures staff adhere to corporate workplace conduct and purchasing policies. Leads, coaches, and develops staff recognizing the importance of technical and safety training.
  • Ensures safe work procedures are integrated in the work routines of staff and conducts monthly safety meetings and inspections. Continuously monitors work practices in the field noting and addressing recurring issues; prepares written safe work and emergency procedures. Visits job sites prior to commencing work to assess safety, logistics, vehicle access, and environmental concerns. Ensures lock out and confined space entry procedures are implemented as required.
  • Coordinates the efficient and effective construction and maintenance and repair of Metro Vancouver’s sewer and drainage infrastructure. Encourages employee involvement in decision making and provides constructive and motivating feedback to staff.
  • Keeps current with new construction and maintenance methodologies, equipment, and ensures work is performed in accordance with current best practices.
  • Shares on-call stand-by duties and responds to emergencies and call-out as required.
  • Performs other related duties as required.

To be successful, you have:

  • 5 years recent, related experience supplemented by a university degree or diploma in a relevant field such, civil technology or engineering and certifications in wastewater collections and/or water distribution; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • Sound knowledge of large underground utility maintenance and construction. Working knowledge of water and wastewater systems operations including the ability to coordinate construction and maintenance activities in and around the utilities. Demonstrated ability to lead, organize, and coordinate the work of others in accordance with best practices, corporate policy, and safe work procedures.
  • Civil aptitude and ability to lead staff in the use of a wide variety of equipment and technologies related to water transmission/treatment or wastewater collection/treatment systems maintenance and repair. Ability to train staff in safe work procedures and work outside in all weather conditions.
  • Ability to work within established budgetary and financial objectives and possesses sound basic budgeting and accounting skills. Ability to monitor budgets ensuring the effective and efficient expenditure of allocated funds within the approved budget; ability to assist with budget planning and preparation and estimate costs and time required for internal work requests.
  • Demonstrated leadership and supervisory skills including the ability to understand and consistently apply and explain collective agreements and corporate policies; ability to organize, direct, and supervise the work of others in a team environment; skill in training and coaching staff to achieve goals and objectives.
  • Ability to use judgment to resolve problems by adapting or applying procedures to address issues and problem situations. Demonstrates persistence in overcoming obstacles.
  • Sound written and oral communication skills. Ability to provide clear direction to crews and bystanders in emergency situations; tactfully responds to inquiries and complaints. Ability to write standard business correspondence such as letters and memos.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external contacts. Demonstrated initiative and proven ability to work cooperatively with others; ability to effectively deal with disagreements to prevent the escalation of conflict.
  • Proficiency using Microsoft office programs, including Word, Excel, and Outlook.
  • Valid BC Class 5 Driver’s Licence.

Our Vision:

Metro Vancouver embraces collaboration and innovation in providing sustainable regional services that contribute to a livable and resilient region and a healthy natural environment for current and future generations.

Please follow this link to our Careers page where you can submit your application by August 11, 2020.

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