Role description

Project Director – Near Surface Disposal Facility

Headquartered in the upper Ottawa Valley of Ontario, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) is a world leader in nuclear science and technology offering unique capabilities and solutions across a wide range of industries. Highly skilled employees enthusiastically deliver a variety of nuclear services ranging from research and development, design and engineering to specialized technology, waste management and decommissioning. With the goal of advancing nuclear research and development for a clean and secure world, CNL serves the nation as an enabler of business innovation and technology transfer. As problem solvers, CNL combines their expertise and unique facilities to offer collaboration and commercialization opportunities to interested third parties in support of complex nuclear issues.

CNL’s Chalk River Laboratories represent the largest single complex within Canada’s science and technology infrastructure and Canada’s largest research and development complex. The site holds unique expertise and specialized facilities that support innovation in safety, security, health, environmental and clean energy technologies. With a 10-year transformation strategy and $1.2 billion government investment in CNLs infrastructure, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories is on a journey towards a new vision for the future. Over the next decade, CNL will be transforming its Chalk River Laboratories through the revitalization of essential site infrastructure, the decommissioning of aging infrastructure and a significant investment in new, world-class science facilities. The transformation will position CNL to remain a leader in developing peaceful and innovative applications from nuclear technology through its expertise in physics, metallurgy, chemistry, biology, and engineering.

The Opportunity: The Near Surface Disposal Facility (NSDF) is an exciting environmental remediation project which entails the construction of a low-level waste repository with an estimated capital cost of more than 500M and a duration of 4 years. The Project Director-NSDF will lead and be accountable for the complete delivery of this large-scale project which is of critical significance to the ongoing success of CNL and will be one of the largest projects ever undertaken by CNL.

The Government of Canada has made a commitment to clean up historical radioactive waste around the country, including waste from nuclear research facilities, shut-down nuclear reactor sites, uranium mines and even old radium watch factories. This project, providing a safe way to dispose of low-level radioactive waste, will go a long way to making this happen. The NSDF is key to improving the state of legacy waste that is already at the Chalk River Laboratories (CRL) site. The NSDF is a safe, engineered modern facility that ensures these materials do not pose and risk to the public or environment.

Working in a matrixed environment the candidate is a strong and supportive leader who is collaborative in nature. The candidate will provide leadership and expertise in evaluating and ensuring resources are used effectively and that plans are in place for to increase the quality and safety of the project along with reducing risk and delivering quality results on time and on budget.

This project involves substantial safety and licensing requirements with many internal and external regulatory interactions, contracts requiring a review of terms and conditions and having many work packages resources and interfaces to manage which require a significant financial commitment. The candidate will know how to manage stakeholders and what the drivers are and comes with broader business, sector, and contextual knowledge.

The candidate is able to work across teams and build alliances and relationships to effectively work together to deliver on ambitious strategic plans in support of this project and all of CNL’s mission outcomes.

Knowledge, Experience and Skills

Reports To: Vice President, Capital Projects
Location: Chalk River Laboratories, Chalk River, Ontario, Canada

* Using extensive knowledge of business and management principles, manages all aspects of project delivery including planning, budgeting, and resource allocation, through discussions with internal clients to define the scope of the project, deliverables, and timing.
* Builds, develops, and sustains a high-performance project team to deliver the project by securing external and internal resources and setting priorities and goals.
* Motivates, coaches and mentors project team staff to deliver quality results on time and on budget.
* Reviews and approves work breakdowns, cost estimates, baseline schedules and project changes requested by CNL or internal clients.
* Authorizes project expenditures and procurement requisitions, e.g., purchase orders, invoices and expense claims within higher limits of authority.
* Manages the collective and individual performance of project team members through the establishment of project-related performance objectives, and the provision of both formal and informal performance feedback (appraisal) mentoring and guidance to ensure project(s) success.
* Defines roles and responsibilities, and manages performance, including discipline, appraisals and merit allocations. Provides constructive feedback including disciplinary action if required or the termination/re-negotiation of external contracts.
* Establishes and controls the project scope and manages the risks and regulatory commitments within project scope.
* Approves project scopes of work and determines project priorities and the division of responsibilities.
* Establishes and administers project budgets and schedules and approves changes to them.
* Manages and reports on project performance to clients, senior management, and other stakeholders.
* Participates in management team meetings related to project performance, priorities, and staffing.
Knowledge, Skills, and Experience:
* An excellent track record for leading large projects to successful conclusion, preferably in the nuclear industry
* A minimum of twenty years of progressively responsible project experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience, in a senior leadership project capacity.
* S/he has demonstrated experience in applying all the ten project management knowledge areas (Scope; Cost; Time; QA; Communications; Human Resources; Risk; Procurement; Integration, Stakeholder Management), to large, high-risk projects.
* S/he has demonstrated experience in all the typical phases of a project lifecycle (i.e., Project Definition; Concept Development; Detailed Design; Construction; Commissioning; and Decommissioning phases).
* Within each phase, knowledge, and experience in applying the processes for initiation, planning, executing, controlling, and closing is required.

* S/he has an extensive understanding of federal licensing regulations, nuclear codes and standards, and environmental regulations and standards. S/he has extensive knowledge of the interrelationship of the outputs and interdependencies of those functions engaged to provide project activities of CNL’s project management and review process (SRC; OCE Review; IOB; Safety & Licensing).
* S/he has extensive knowledge of processes related to strategic planning, human resources, and the management of people. S/he has strong general management skills, including planning, budgeting, resourcing, time management, negotiation skills, contract management and administration, and progress reporting for an executive audience.

Education: Engineering degree from an accredited university (civil or structural engineering preferred) PMP or AACE certification would be an asset.

Travel: Work is primarily office based with visits to the CNL R&D facilities as part of providing management oversight to activities. Under normal conditions (non-COVID) there may be travel within Canada.

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

Contact Information: KeySource Global has been exclusively retained to conduct this search. Any information exchanged and related to this role is considered proprietary and will be managed through:

Priya Shah
Principal Consultant, Recruitment Team Lead
PH: 647-243-6233

Essential skills

Supportive Leadership/Large-Scale Infrastructure Project/Civil/Project Delivery

As a Principal Recruitment Consultant, I connect local and international professionals to our clients which include nuclear regulators, operators, engineering companies, equipment manufacturers and research organizations.

Priya Shah