Construction Manager

Country/Region:  CA
Field:  Construction management

Toronto, CA

Type of Contract:  Permanent
Level of experience:  10-15 years
Job number: 

Construction Manager  


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 Manager (CM) will work closely with Metrolinx PDT’s (Project Delivery Teams), Principal Contractors, Project Managers and Corridor Leads on the GO Expansion Program.


The Construction Manager will use their experience to drive a culture of best practice construction management on GO Expansion. This includes excellent in HSW, work-planning, quality and site supervision.

They will be required to proactively engage with the Project  Delivery Teams (PDTs) to understand the work scope a provide comments to work plans, and work with the teams to develop a best-for-program construction approach. Other tasks will include:


  • Acting as a safety leader across a program of delivery works. 
  • Identifying and mitigating construction resource, interface and other constraints.
  • Recommending changes to project delivery plans, identify areas of improvement to put forward to relevant area in business and operating processes. 
  • Walking the sites and evaluating design information, reviewing drawings and specifications.
  • Reviewing and confirming the Construction Methodology Work Plans, risk assessments and excavation permits to an approved standard prior to works activities commencing.
  • Identifying any opportunities to help develop the PDT’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.
  • Issue daily shift reports in a timely manner on site progress and recording all safety, quality, environmental, staffing, access and program issues that arise.      
  • Interact with clients and other stakeholders to ensure that objectives are being met. 
  • Build and maintains networks with peer project teams and other disciplines. 
  • Work rotated shift patterns Days, Nights & Weekend.  


Technical Management Expertise:

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

  • Support leadership and direction in the Construction & Project Delivery team, delivers timely feedback to ensure a cohesive operational unit and the optimum use of team skills.  
  • Lead by example with the purpose to inspire the team within the program team. 
  • Monitor work assignments for adherence to timelines and compliance with policies and processes.
  • Help develop action plans to address performance gaps.  
  • 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 the MCS team 
  • Support negotiations with third parties.
  • Good problem-solving skills  
  • Create the environment for successful implementation of processes. 
  • 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. 
  • Teamwork – balances team and individual responsibilities; gives and welcomes feedback. 
  • Puts team success above own interests. 

Technical Competencies Required:

  • Experienced construction manager in the rail sector i.e., Stations, Track, Bridges, Overhead Catenary Systems, Signalling and Communications.
  • Solid understanding of construction methodology, innovative methods of delivery, technology, planning, delivery, site logistics.
  • Commercial and basic 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.