Senior Vice President – Engineering & Construction


Openings 1
Location Name
North West Redwater Partnership
Calgary, Alberta, CA
Date PostedFeb 12, 2014
Experience Level(s)Senior
Job Type(s)Full Time
Salary Range$200,000 + - $200,000 +
Education Level(s)University - Bachelors
Job IDjob-612

Position Summary

Position Summary:

Reporting to the President, the Senior Vice President - Engineering & Construction (Sr VP – E&C) is accountable for the achievement of the project engineering and construction goals and execution objectives for effective execution of the North West Redwater Partnership (NWR or Partnership) Sturgeon Refinery Project (the Project) including the management of: safety, cost and reliability, quality, environment performance, and demonstrating social responsibility, subject to the approval of Executive Committee.

The Sr VP – E&C leads the Project Execution Team (PET) to ensure that the Project is delivered on-time and within the budget targets by directing, motivating, mentoring and guiding the PET to deliver to their full potential. The Sr VP – E&C is responsible for creating an environment of performance excellence, including safety, which is driven by continuous improvement and successful results.


  • Provide leadership and direction to the Project Execution, Construction and Quality functions;
  • Define, provide oversight and governance to ensure the NWR Project Execution Strategies including the Project Construction Execution Strategy, the NWR Modularization Philosophy and the NWR Labour Management Strategy are adhered to, implemented, monitored and adjusted as required by the Partnership employees and the Project Contractors for a focused and effective project delivery;
  • Aligned with the direction of the Executive Committee, provide the final authorization, approval of and direction for the Project scope, cost, quality and schedule;
  • Develop EPC contract objectives, validate scope, and assess and mitigate scope change requests in relation to contractual requirements or performance of the Contractors and the related agreements;
  • Ensure alignment across all E & C functions and disciplines; the Project facility areas/units; the Engineering, Procurement & Construction (EPC) Contractors; and licensors, with the approved Project Execution Strategies in a manner that focuses on achieving the strategic, capital and operational plans, as directed by Executive Committee, having regard for authorities, roles and responsibilities;
  • Ensure E & C and EPC organizations are well defined and appropriately staffed to facilitate effective project execution including detailed engineering, procurement, construction and pre-commissioning activities in conjunction with the Senior Vice President - Operations & Development;
  • Provide input into the areas of capital expenditures to lower operating costs, increase plant reliability, and smooth pre-commissioning & start-up activities to the Senior Vice President - Operations & Development in a manner that focuses on achieving the strategic, operational and capital plans of NWR;
  • Approve key E & C positions and key EPC Contractor personnel nominated to the project;
  • Identify and define significant opportunities and risks to the Project; establish and define procedures, practices or action plans to mitigate the impact of the risks and where appropriate ensure documentation in the Project’s Risk Management Plan;
  • Update and report regularly to Executive Committee and Management Committee on Project milestones and actual results compared to planned objectives;
  • Steward the expenditures of the Engineering & Construction team within approved operating and capital budgets;
  • Ensure all of NWR’s activities are aligned with the Partnership’s standards and Code of Conduct;
  • Ensure that the Mission statement of NWR is achieved by ensuring that work within the Partnership and particularly within the Engineering & Construction team is executed in a way that is aligned with NWR’s values of Integrity, Respect, Trust, and Results and that the supporting behaviours are demonstrated.
  • All other duties as reasonably assigned by the President.

The responsibilities listed are provided as an outline and are not intended to create limits to responsibility, but to provide guidance as to the scope of the position.


  • 20 to 30 years of total experience, which is a combination of technical, project management, engineering management, construction management and project leadership experience on mega-projects;
  • Engineering Degree or equivalent;
  • Must be a team player: willing to continuously and proactively collaborate, share, and seek information and guidance;
  • Must be a strategic thinker and planner with an ability recognize when detailed information is required and interpret that detail to evaluate project progress and issues;
  • Must have strong investigative skills and an ability to ask questions to draw out required information;
  • Must be able to draw on deep and broad experience of each of engineering, construction, project management, procurement, contracts and project control in order to prevent and solve project issues;
  • Must be willing to make decisions, in line with the project philosophy and execution plans;
  • Must utilize excellent communication and interpersonal skills to ensure:
  • the project builds and retains a culture of open sharing of both positive and negative information,
  • Colleagues and subordinates “feel helped” when an intervention is necessary;
  • Must possess strong leadership and support skills, looking at the big picture and empowering subordinates and service groups appropriately;
  • Must be self-confident enough to seek assistance with difficult or complex issues;
  • Must be project-driven, not ambition-driven, in order to ensure the success of the overall project.
  • Must be self-aware: able to recognize when stress or fatigue is impacting personal performance and to take steps to mitigate;
  • Must be able to travel extensively, and relocate on a temporary basis to the plant site as the project requires;


Corporate Address:

  • Suite 2800, 140-4th Ave S.W. Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2P 3N3


  • $300,000 to 375,000 Yearly
  • Bonus
  • Medical Benefits
  • Dental Benefits
  • Financial Savings Benefts
  • Vision Care Benefits

Other Information:

  • NOC0016 - Senior Managers
  • Permanent, Full time Position
Applications are being accepted until April 30, 2014

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