Position Title: Program Director, JV
Reports To: JV Management Committee (internally to the VP, Projects, BWXT Canada)
Location: Bruce Nuclear Generating Station, Kincardine, Ontario, Canada

Role description

  • BWXT is seeking a Program Director for the management of a joint venture team in the delivery of multiple unit projects valued in excess of $1B at Bruce Power. The successful candidate will possess senior leadership skills and the ability to establish a high degree of credibility with the client, partners, executive management, and onsite personnel. This position requires demonstrable experience in the management of large EPC projects and large refurbishment/modification projects within a nuclear operating plant environment.
  • BWXT Canada Ltd. has supplied over 305 CANDU and PWR steam generators worldwide. Located in Cambridge, Ontario, the Company has the knowledge and expertise to develop innovative solutions for all areas of plant operations from the nuclear reactor itself to conventional systems, including fuel channels, feeders, fuel handling, pressurizers, primary piping, critical heat exchangers, spent fuel storage, replacement reactor pressure vessel heads, valves and steam generators. When commercially available systems are not adequate to meet current challenges for the nuclear industry, BWXT develops the services, techniques and equipment needed to address or correct the problem.
  • BWXT Canada is teaming with Fluor and ES Fox in a joint venture bid for major refurbishment work at Bruce Power supporting their Life Extension Program and Major Component Replacement. This position will serve as the senior executive and Program Director of the joint venture. The MCR Project will begin in Unit 6 in 2020 and extend the life of Units 3 – 8 over a period of 16 years. The major projects will include CANDU feeder replacements, detube/retube, and other major fabrication and construction projects.


  • Overall accountability for various Projects to ensure they achieve strategic objectives in bottom-line performance, technical quality, technological innovation and team building
  • Control the activities of multiple technically based groups including both union and non-union personnel
  • Provide leadership, strategic direction and oversight of Quality Assurance, Safety, Project Controls, Construction Management, Engineering and Procurement
  • Monitor and report on performance with regard to quality, cost, schedule and client satisfaction
  • Establish and maintain a high degree of credibility and communications among all stakeholders including BWXT executive management, joint venture partners, site wide integration team, subcontractors and unions
  • Provide leadership and direction for planning all phases of Projects including implementation of detailed project schedules and milestones
  • Review/analyze/control proposed changes to project plans and cost estimates
  • Coordinate all contractual matters with Bruce Power
  • Manage budget and financial reporting, interpret and analyze reports to insure adherence to project budgets
  • Establish clear Safety priorities and proactively manage Safety activities; emphasize line management accountability and positive relationships with unions to effectively integrate a safety culture
  • Consistently demonstrate high ethical standards with a “lead-by-example” attitude

Essential skills

  • A proven track record in nuclear project management and leadership, with demonstrated experience in establishing and maintaining a culture of uncompromised industrial and nuclear safety.
  • Proven experience managing major projects within nuclear operating environments, preferably in the $500M to $1B+ range.
  • Experience managing multi-disciplined project teams involving 50-100 direct staff and labor force of at least 300 personnel
  • Experience working in a Commercial Nuclear environment with competence in P&L responsibility, cost control, scheduling, QA & QC, human performance programs, field engineering and construction
  • Knowledge of collective bargaining agreements with the ability to be successful in a highly unionized environment
  • Possess a strong, recognizable skill set successfully replacing major components in a nuclear facility.
  • Broad technical, manufacturing and construction experience overseeing trade personnel involved in electrical, millwrighting, boilermaking, pipefitting, involving welding, non-destructive testing, engineering and highly specialized tooling
  • Experience in training simulations and working in a radiological environment
  • Must be an excellent communicator both verbal and written; comfortable with internal and external groups at all levels of the organization
  • Able to participate as a member of the site wide project council managing interfaces with the client and other contractors – focused on the success of the whole at all times

Desired skills

  • Education and Certifications: B.S. in a technical field is preferred,
  • M.S. in a technical field, MBA and/or Project Management Certification are considered a definite plus.


  • The successful candidate will be offered an attractive salary, excellent benefits, and relocation assistance.
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