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Talent Acquisition Specialist

Country/Region:  CA
Field:  Support & transversal

Montréal, CA

Type of Contract:  Permanent
Level of experience:  02-05 years
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About SYSTRA Canada

SYSTRA Canada is part of the SYSTRA group, an international consulting and engineering group, a world leader in the design of transport infrastructures. SYSTRA Canada is an engineering and consulting firm who is dedicated to transportation solutions, whether for passengers or goods.

Imagining and implementing the safest, most efficient, and economical tailor-made transport solutions: this is what guides us daily. Thanks to the know-how of our 7500 experts, we are involved in all phases of transport projects: Preliminary and design studies, construction phases, test and commissioning, operation, and maintenance.

Our engineers work with passion to provide people around the world with the opportunity to move freely every day. They are men and women who put all their business expertise and human qualities to work to transform the world through innovative means of transport. Join them and let's invent tomorrow's public transport together.

SYSTRA's ambition is to be the benchmark for transport solutions and an opinion leader in mobility.


Role and responsibilities

Reporting to the Human Resources Director, the Talent Acquisition Specialist will be responsible for the full cycle of recruitment for SYSTRA Canada.

 Main responsibilities

  • Lead the planning of the divisions’ recruitment needs;
  • Participate in weekly meetings with management to ensure adequate follow-up on the needs of various teams;
  • Obtain information from internal clients (managers) to outline the profiles of desired candidates (requirements and crucial skills, etc.)
  • Compose/modify job descriptions and postings (internal and external) in French and English;
  • Independently manage and own the full recruitment life cycle of multiple positions under multiple divisions and various locations, starting from pre-selection, interviews, integration and pre-employment coordination.
  • Able to source technically hard skill sets through a variety of methods: Headhunting, social media, referral centric sourcing strategies, professional networking, search & selection, behavioral interviewing. In addition to this continuously provide new solutions and ideas for sourcing new methods to attract talent, this can be through new job boards, seeking and attending relevant conferences, building up talent pools
  • Take the initiative to address corrective actions.
  • Regularly work with their line manager/Business Unit HR partner to discuss improvements across the BU being managed.
  • Keep a close eye on internal talents’ availability within the international business and coordinate their transfer to Systra Canada.
  • Work closely with Senior Level Internal Hiring managers across the business; This will involve asking seeking questions and challenging management on key decisions to ensure this adheres to the recruitment process. In addition to this driving forward new ideas which can help to streamline processes which help speed up the recruitment.
  • Maintain records and dashboard on statistics related to staffing activities;
  • Support HR team in their daily administrative tasks.
  • Reporting



Education: A graduate degree in Human Resources or related field

Years of experience: Have a minimum of 3 years’ Recruitment experience of which at least 1 working in the Railway industry

Must have experience recruiting within the Construction/ Engineering/Project Management Railway industry

Technical competencies:

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Work, Powerpoint, Excel)
  • Market knowledge – Ability to understand the construction/Project Management Railway industry, identify competitors, pay rates and to keep abreast of recruitment trends.
  • Have the ability to measure the caliber and competence of candidates against strict requirements and briefs provided.
  • At all stages of the recruitment process ensures credibility is maintained through effective feedback.
  • Negotiate and present offers and close selected candidate.
  • Successfully liaise with mobilisation and HR teams/specialists to ensure the successful onboarding of the candidate
  • The ability to simultaneously manage a multitude of roles of up to 20 positions at any one time.


Personal & soft skills:   

  • Confidence – In your ability and knowledge as a recruiter, if you feel the recruitment process in not being followed then challenge it, to all levels within the business. Demonstrate strong verbal communication skills, influencing, negotiating and collaborating with all decision makers within the business.
  • Inquisitiveness – Being able to ask seeking questions to all levels of the business both internally to hiring managers and externally to candidates.
  • Strong communication – This is imperative, having the ability to develop relationships with both Internal and External stakeholders. Having the intuition to know the difference between a committed and a passive candidate. Also, the ability to articulate conversations with senior level/ VP management and learn to work in partnership with them rather than having a directive relationship.
  • Fluent in English & French
  • A passionate and driven professional who enjoys working in a challenging environment.


Employment terms and conditions

Contract nature: Permanent – Full Time

Location: Montreal - Canada

Division: Support

Reports to: HR Director

Remuneration: Based on profile



This job description is intended to provide an indication of the nature and levels of work, knowledge, skills, abilities, and other essential functions to be carried out as part of fulfilling the role mentioned in the job title. Various other duties will apply as required.

In this description, the masculine gender is used for easy reading purposes and includes the feminine.

SYSTRA Canada is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer that values applications from all and offers employment equity based on the merits and abilities of candidates and personnel.