The University of Toronto is a trailblazer not only in academia and research but also in ensuring operational excellence. U of T’s Capital Projects Group works diligently to execute projects within a framework of fairness and ethical practices. On an annual basis we deliver over $1B in total project costs comprised of projects of varying values, scope, types and complexities.
Under the general direction of the Associate Director and working with the client, the Project Manager II (PM II) is the primary point of contact assigned to independently manage and oversee major construction and renovation projects on all three campuses at the University of Toronto.
The Project Manager II is typically assigned to complex projects with a construction value ranging from $5 million to $25 million. These projects typically are completed within 6 months to 2 years. Typical projects include, but are not limited to: research labs that are scientific and technical in nature with more than one level of focus (e.g. large scientific research equipment with more complex servicing requirements), stand-alone new build projects attached to renovation of an existing building usually with a heritage component requiring Site Plan application, projects requiring multiple levels of City approval, permits and/or involve different municipal approvals and single or dual client occupancy.
The incumbent consults with other unit staff, but is ultimately responsible for the overall implementation of projects from concept to completion and for all aspects during the different phases of the project. This may include planning, consultant selection, design, tender and contractor selection, construction, commissioning and occupancy. The incumbent prepares, reviews, and manages correspondence, reviews and provides feedback on drawings, ensures appropriate reviews are undertaken, and provides assistance to the client to ensure understanding and agreement on decisions. The PM II manages changes in project scope, identifies potential risks and devises contingency plans. They may also be assigned to do complex components of larger projects assigned to a Senior Project Manager (with a construction value of over $25 million). Overarching goals of keeping the project on time and budget within the agreed upon scope are also the responsibility of the PM II.
The PM II will have a breath of knowledge gained by their extensive experience and their degree in Engineering or Architecture that provides them with strong technical knowledge and understanding of architectural structures, building systems, mechanical, electrical, combined with an ability to review design drawings. Because the incumbent must review design drawings prepared by professional licensed engineers and architects, they must understand the legislative boundaries and ethical requirements that govern these professions.
This position may require travel between University Campuses and/or to consultant/supplier offices.
Bachelor’s degree in engineering or architecture tracking towards professional licensure through the OAA or PEO.
Experience: Eight (8) years’ related experience managing large and complex building construction/renovation projects in the construction industry, including related experience in design. Demonstrated experience managing construction project budgets and timeline forecasts.
Computer-based project scheduling/management experience (e.g. MS Project) is required. Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Word and Excel, and working knowledge of AutoCADD.
Must have strong technical knowledge and understanding of architectural structures, building systems, mechanical and electrical drawings. Demonstrated organizational, project management and leadership skills. Superior oral and written communication skills; superior interpersonal skills and ability to influence. Ability to exercise patience, tact, diplomacy and discretion. Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a consultative team environment. Highly developed creativity to deal with unique problems and initiative. Proven ability to respond to frequently changing priorities. Budget management skills. Proven ability to manage multiple projects within strict budget and timeline constraints. Minute-taking skills. Knowledge of Health & Safety regulations and legislature, including OHSA, WHMIS. Reviews design drawings prepared by professional licensed engineers and architects, whereby the incumbent must have thorough understanding of the legislative boundaries and ethical requirements that govern these professions.
Valid Ontario Class ‘G’ driver’s license and access to a vehicle is required.