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Design Management Lead

Country/Region:  CA
Field:  Engineering

Toronto, CA

Type of Contract:  Permanent
Level of experience:  15-20 years
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About SYSTRA Canada

SYSTRA Canada is part of the SYSTRA group, an international consulting and engineering group and world leader in the design of transport infrastructures. SYSTRA's ambition is to be the benchmark for transport solutions and an opinion leader in mobility. SYSTRA Canada is dedicated to transportation solutions for both passengers and goods.

Imagining and implementing the safest, most efficient, and economical tailor-made transport solutions is what guides us daily. With 7500 experts globally, we specialize in all phases of transport projects: preliminary and design studies, construction phases, test and commissioning, operation, and maintenance.

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


Role summary

The Design Management Lead will be responsible at program-level for managing and leading design progress, schedules, scoping, change and issue resolution:

  • Initially investigate design processes and procedures used by various projects within the Program.
  • Adopt a cost effective, high quality, safe and environmentally responsible approach to design, construction, commissioning with GO Expansion technical requirements.
  • Liaise with technical experts to ensure designs are buildable and represent value for money.
  • Liaise with the wider program team to ensure consistency and quality of deliverables across all projects and help establishing a ‘right first time’ culture across the PDT to ensure the most efficient delivery of the Program.
  • Oversee the implementation of effective, value for money and innovative design solutions to meet technical and project requirements.
  • Delivery of work to schedule, budget and specification.
  • Training and development, mentoring of junior staff.
  • Contributing to long term technical development of the PDT by application of new techniques, procedures and practices.
  • Integrate designs spread across the full life-cycle and covering all disciplines involved in railway infrastructure and systems.
  • Ensure compliance of the designs in accordance with the project requirements and the design contracts.
  • Develop and implement safe by design processes and procedures, ensuring robust identification, mitigation and communication of hazards.
  • Work with the rest of the design team to ensure designs are coordinated and interfaced across projects and disciplines.
  • Ensure sustainability is at the heart of Program process and decision making to ensure the right decisions are made now and for the future.
  • Develop processes and identify value engineering savings within the project designs.
  • Facilitate a project environment which is inclusive, diverse and celebrates our differences.
  • Create a high performing culture open to constructive challenge, seeking continual improvement and implementing lessons learnt.



Education: Degree qualified within a relevant engineering discipline

Technical Competencies:

  • Demonstrates leadership and core competencies at a high level of development and is an exemplary model of living the corporate Values and Code of Ethics.
  • Provides senior leadership and direction over an integrated team, oversight and indirect supervision of staff in a matrix environment; delivers timely feedback to ensure a cohesive operational unit and the optimum use of team skills; monitors work assignments for adherence to timelines and compliance with policies and processes; develops and implements action plans to address performance gaps.
  • Provides senior leadership in the area of assurance management to program management leads that are dedicated to each of the program delivery units.
  • Experience of managing the coordination of multidisciplinary teams on major infrastructure projects.
  • Experience managing design delivery programme.
  • Broad Rail Engineering experience gained on brownfield infrastructure projects.
  • Working experience with Common Data Environments and BIM software


Behavioural Skills:          

  • Leads and supervises : Leads others effectively, gives clear direction, coaches and supports others to reach their full potential.
  • Persuades and influences : Persuades and influences others successfully towards a desired course of action.
  • Creates and innovates : Demonstrates a better perspective and explores innovative approaches in pursuit of a better way. Utilises new technology and helps others to adapt.
  • Presents and communicates : Presents clearly and communicates effectively, in a confident manner, with their audience in mind. Excellent communications skills.
  • Personal effectiveness : Takes responsibility for their actions, leads by example and acts in an ethical, legal and responsible way. Is self aware and makes the most of their talents, skills and resourcefulness.
  • Plans and organizes : Sets SMART objectives and efficiently manages resources and tasks.
  • Collaborates and networks : Collaborates well with internal and external stakeholders, building trusting and respectful relationships.
  • Solves problems : Takes ownership to identify, solve and overcome challenges.
  • Adapts and responds to change : Adapts and reacts well to changing priorities and requirements.
  • Delivers results and exceeds clients’ expectations : Focuses on client satisfaction and delivers service excellence for external and internal clients.
  • Values sustainability and social responsibility : Makes responsible choices that have a positive environmental impact.
  • Acts inclusively : Treats all people with respect in a fair and consistent manner.


Employment terms and conditions

Contract nature: Permanent      

Location: Toronto

Division: Transit

Reports to: PDP Head of Design and Systems Integration

Remuneration: TBD



This job description is intended to provide an indication of the nature and levels of work effort, knowledge, skills, and abilities to be carried out as part of fulfilling the role. Various other responsibilities 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.