Construction Director

Country/Region:  CA
Field:  Construction management

Toronto, CA

Type of Contract:  Permanent
Level of experience:  15-20 years
Job number: 

Construction Director  


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

The GO Expansion program is the largest transit infrastructure program in Canadian history. The GO Expansion Program will transform rail services in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA), providing two-way all-day GO train service and improved passenger experience with quieter and faster electric locomotives. The GO Expansion program includes Early Works, Off-corridor station, and infrastructure upgrades, as well as an On-Corridor program to deliver new tracks, platforms, facilities, grade separations and electrification.

The MCS team has been appointed as Program Delivery Partner (PDP) to Metrolinx to help deliver the GO Expansion program and transform Metrolinx capability to deliver large programs in the future. 

The Construction Director (CM) will work closely with senior Metrolinx Directors to lead a Construction Management Division within the Metrolinx organization. The Division will lead on construction oversight of over 50 live rail projects across the GTA.   


The Construction Director will drive a culture of health, safety and wellbeing excellence and lead transformation of best-practice construction delivery.  They will be required to proactively engage with Delivery Directors and Vice Presidents to review work plans, and work with the teams to develop resolutions that are best for program. Further tasks include:

  • Providing strategic leadership and technical construction leadership across a multi-billion-dollar rail portfolio.
  • Further develops the design and operating model of the Construction Management Office to enable it to effectively oversee GO Expansion construction activities.
  • Ensuring that the construction-aspects of the program are technically sound, evidence-based, and consistent with client and stakeholders’ priorities, requirements and expectations.
  • Providing oversight of all activities, outputs, and outcomes related to construction management and administration.
  • Provides a broad range of high quality and reliable construction expertise in a proactive manner, through advice, direction, and direct leadership with the project teams on the management of issues and considerations that are likely to influence definition and achievement of the program scope and objectives. 
  • Organizes, directs and manages field representation at all major work sites and remote production facilities. 
  • Identifying any opportunities to help develop the Project Delivery Teams’s delivery experience, through coaching and mentoring of the on-site teams.
  • Helping to develop the Constructors & PDT’s approach to proactive Health and Safety.
  • Manages creation of a secure online daily field logs including photo documentation addressing daily progress, significant events and milestones, safety. 
  • Supports the development of mitigation and/or incentives to reduce risks associated with the utility and construction interfaces. 
  • Supports and develop the safety culture of the team and ensure core values are met. 


Technical Management Expertise:

The key technical competencies required to perform the role well are outlined below:

  • Significant experience leading and providing direction to Construction & Project Delivery teams on high-profile and high value projects.
  • The ability to lead, engage, motivate, and coach others. To act as a role model and inspire and empower others. Competent to mentor and coach at levels within MCS and the wider Metrolinx organization.
  • Leading negotiations with third parties 
  • Create and deliver persuasive and engaging presentations to wide range of audiences in our industry. 
  • Lead and strategize collaboration models, both internally and externally.
  • Manage client relationships effectively.
  • Respectfully listen to others and considers all views presented. 
  • Puts team success above own interests. 

Technical Competencies Required:

  • Experienced (15+ years) Construction Director in the rail sector i.e., Stations, Track, Bridges, Overhead Catenary Systems, Signalling and Communications.
  • Experience leading large, multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Detailed understanding of construction methodology, innovative methods of delivery, technology, planning, delivery, site logistics.
  • Commercial and detailed understanding of construction contract law and an understanding of multiple contract types.
  • Good oral, written communication, and presentation skills 
  • Stays up to date with key industry/professional trends through networking and Continued Professional Development (CPD) and ability to update colleagues & clients on industry trends. 
  • Proficient in office technology, software, and applications. 
  • Well-developed decision-making skills 
  • The individual will take ownership to identify, solve and overcome challenges, whilst keeping other abreast of developments 
  • This individual is expected to deliver results, striving to exceeds the clients’ expectations.


Employment terms and conditions

Contract nature: Permanent

Location: Toronto – Ontario - Canada

Division: Transit

Remuneration: According to the 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.