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Director, Special Projects

Apply Job ID JR-2441 Date posted 06/29/2022
Director, Special Projects

For Those Who Seek To Redefine

The greatest achievements in history are borne from the greatness within people – where human potential meets vision, and passion fuels evolution. Unlocking this potential is the most important thing we do at Bird.

As a leader in Canadian construction for over 100 years, the impact of our team is etched deeply within the core of our legacy. Beyond Bird, this impact is felt in the fundamental aspects of our everyday lives. From the critical infrastructure we depend on, to the energy and resources that keep us moving - we are powering our communities and shaping Canada’s skylines coast-to-coast. Entrenched in the foundation of a culture built more than a century ago is an enduring quest to reimagine what is possible. Our impact is greater than ever, and we are looking for those who seek to redefine their story.

We are a dynamic team of over 5,000 with a range of professions, backgrounds, and areas of expertise. This breadth of diversity in people and opportunities is one of greatest aspects of building your career with Bird. Every trajectory looks different. At Bird, you hold the pen and you write your story. As you unlock your potential, you are surrounded by a team that supports you every step of the way.

At Bird, we are focused on building a culture that brings together ideal team players who facilitate possibility every day. We are looking for those who have the courage and confidence to be humble; the self-motivated, ambitious professionals who are hungry; and those who never lose sight of their intuition, emotional intelligence, or the unequivocal impact of being people smart.

FOR THOSE WHO SEEK TO REDEFINE SPECIAL PROJECTS.

The greatest achievements in history are borne from the greatness within people – where human potential meets vision, and passion fuels evolution. Unlocking this potential is the most important thing we do at Bird.
As a leader in Canadian construction for over 100 years, the impact of our team is etched deeply within the core of our legacy. Beyond Bird, this impact is felt in the fundamental aspects of our everyday lives. From the critical infrastructure we depend on, to the energy and resources that keep us moving - we are powering our communities and shaping Canada’s skylines coast-to-coast. Entrenched in the foundation of a culture built more than a century ago is an enduring quest to reimagine what is possible. Our impact is greater than ever, and we are looking for those who seek to redefine their story.
We are a dynamic team of over 5,000 with a range of professions, backgrounds, and areas of expertise. This breadth of diversity in people and opportunities is one of greatest aspects of building your career with Bird. Every trajectory looks different. At Bird, you hold the pen, and you write your story. As you unlock your potential, you are surrounded by a team that supports you every step of the way.
At Bird, we are focused on building a culture that brings together ideal team players who facilitate possibility every day. We are looking for those who have the courage and confidence to be humble; the self-motivated, ambitious professionals who are hungry; and those who never lose sight of their intuition, emotional intelligence, or the unequivocal impact of being people smart.

Reporting to the Regional Vice President and District Manager, BC Buildings, the Director, Special Projects will be responsible for the overall quality, safety and execution of the Special Projects division.

This position is based in the Richmond, BC office, but will require travel to project sites.

Richmond, BC, Vancouver, BC

Responsibilities

Opportunity Management and Opportunity Response

  • Lead, manage and support the Special Projects team.
  • Support, and actively engage in, identifying business development opportunities.
  • Lead the development and execution of key account and market plans and identify opportunities for the continued growth of the Special Projects division. 
  • Collaborate on a national level with Special Projects Managers in other offices to extend client relationships Canada-wide.
  • Provide forecasting and business planning initiatives to the Regional Vice President.
  • As required, lead bid proposal responses to clients with the support of marketing and other team members.

Preconstruction

  • Develop, manage, and maintain new and existing client, consultants and trade relationships.
  • Ensure all contract negotiations are executed in accordance with process and in line with the master project schedule.
  • Support the estimating team during the cost plan and tender process.
  • Oversee all subcontracts and follow through to execution of the subcontract with the subcontractor.
  • Ensure that all preconstruction planning activities are executed by the project team to the satisfaction of the organization and the client.
  • Ensure the project strategy is always executed.
  • Ensure that the projects are properly resourced.
  • Ensure that all project budgets contain/exceed expectations for profit.
  • Ensure the project team is operating as a team.

Construction

  • Lead the development of a project strategy that secures the project, and meet or exceed the project’s required performance, schedule and profitability targets.
  • Confirm that estimate/cost plan incorporates value for the owner, accommodates the consultant’s design intent and the targeted profitability.
  • Conduct the negotiation and oversee the preparation and execution of the prime contract.
  • Exhibit the key values of leadership, innovation, relationships, and profitability and meet all stakeholder commitments (vs. safety, sustainability, collaboration and integrity)
  • Maintain OH&S standards for Special Projects, ensuring that HSE practices meet or exceed the requirements of Bird’s safety program, and client project-specific requirements.
  • Ensure project health, safety and environmental standards meet or exceed legislated requirements and company policy.
  • Awareness of project critical issues at all times and ensure the project team has followed up to address issues to satisfaction of all stakeholders.
  • Understand and oversee that site process, productivity, targets, KPI’s, dashboards, etc. are adhered to. 
  • Inform the Regional Vice President of significant developments.

Post Construction

  • Ensure that the project teams clear all deficiencies in a timely manner.
  • Ensure total completion is achieved as per the client’s expectation.
  • Ensure project close out and lessons learned meetings take place for continuous improvements to take place.

Employee and Talent Management

  • Provide resource allocation to execute projects effectively and efficiently.
  • Collaborate with People and Culture and Regional Vice President with staffing of new talent and support the development of personnel through on-going coaching and mentoring to ensure effective, safe project delivery and individual career development.
  • Develop high performance employees by providing continuous positive and constructive feedback, on-going assessment of non-performing employees and planning for succession.
  • Coach and mentor the entire project team members to ensure effective preconstruction delivery.
  • Assist with annual performance reviews of the Special Projects team and ensure annual reviews are conducted with all staff.

WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR:

  • Undergraduate degree engineering or construction management
  • 20 years’ experience in construction
  • 5 years’ experience in a management leadership role in a construction company
  • Track record of successfully leading concurrent commercial projects from preconstruction to close out
  • Experience with managing multiple project delivery contracts simultaneously
  • Possess a substantial network of clients, trades and consulting companies
  • Ability to use MS Word, Excel, Outlook, Microsoft Projects, Electronic Document Management and Viewpoint
  • Procore experience an asset
  • Deep expertise and proven track record with continuous improvement project delivery services and value-added constructability process and practice
  • Proven ability to ensure a successful completion of projects, their profitability, and for retaining owners as continuing clients of the company
  • Ability to lead, operate and define a developing division and manage change effectively
  • Commitment to hiring, mentoring, training, and retaining a focused team; the foresight and ability to delegate accordingly
  • Strong leadership capability as evidenced by demonstrable success in team / collaborative work environments
  • Ability to forge, grow and maintain positive relationships with multiple groups
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills and strong customer service orientation
  • Sense of urgency and strong commitment to achieving goals
  • Ability to forge, grow and maintain positive relationships with multiple groups
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Able to manage multiple priorities simultaneously and meet the time demands of unpredictable activities; capable of handling pressure and challenges in a dynamic business environment
  • Ability to work within tight deadlines and prioritization of work to achieve them

What We Believe In

Safety

Safety is a moral obligation. Our goal is zero harm.

People

Bird invests in its employees as partners in the success of the company. Together we will grow and create opportunities within a respectful, diverse, and healthy workplace.

Teamwork

We believe that the best results are achieved through the collaboration of our employees, customers, partners, communities, trade contractors, and suppliers.

Professionalism

We conduct ourselves in a manner of which we are proud, as individuals, and as representatives of our company, community, and industry.

Integrity

We are honest, truthful, and fair. We conduct ourselves with integrity.

Stewardship

We are committed to balancing the sustainability of the company, communities, and the environment.

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