Design Manager

Country/Region:  CA
Field:  Engineering

Toronto, CA

Type of Contract:  Permanent
Level of experience:  05-10 years
Job number: 

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 9200 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.



At the heart of the OnCorr Project is the Design Management (DM) function, entrusted with the vital responsibility of overseeing the design deliverables, which is derived from the construction methodology, and integration of the railway infrastructure. The DM teams shall consist of project managers, commercial managers, planners, and other dedicated professionals to ensure that the design development is aligned to the OnCorr infrastructure scope, bundling strategy and is delivered to the proposed schedule and budget within the Development Phase. The proposed structure has been strategically organized geographically to match the OnX organisation structure and is formed of four entities:

  • Lakeshore East and West
  • Kitchener, Barrie, Richmond, and Stouffville Lines
  • Union Station Rail Corridor (USRC)
  • Systems

The Project Manager will be responsible for managing specific projects within their designated corridor(s). They will work closely with the Corridor Design Lead/Manager and other team members to ensure the successful execution of the projects. Their responsibilities include developing project plans, coordinating design activities, monitoring project progress, managing project risks and issues, and ensuring timely and cost-effective delivery of the design scope. The Corridor Project Managers serve as the main point of contact for project-related communication and coordination with internal and external stakeholders.


Role and responsibilities

  • Delivers project technical strategies while providing administrative and discipline specific support and oversight to the OnCorr project Technical Management Office activities to ensure coordination of efforts and successful completion
  • Executes objectives and controls activities during the development and implementation phases of the OnCorr project in conjunction with Managers and project teams
  • Manages and contributes technical recommendations to the pre-construction process by reviewing all plans, and associated documents to ensure optimal coordination of projects throughout the RER network; develops recommendations for proposed projects consistent with strategic plan and business objectives
  • Implements standards and manages critical paths/milestones, by monitoring mechanisms for projects; regularly reports to Director on project status
  • Manages conflicts effectively to ensure resolution is reached with minimum disruption to workflow; tracks issues and manages the investigation of potentially serious situations that could impede the overall quality and management of projects and implements corrective measures; makes contingency recommendations to minimize negative cost impacts


Education: Completion of a degree in applied science, engineering, or a related discipline – or a combination of education, training and experience deemed equivalent

Years of experience: Minimum eight (8) years’ project management experience related to the design, and construction and assurance of heavy passenger rail transit systems in a brown field environment and related works


Technical competencies:

  • Valid Professional Engineering (P.Eng.) license recognized by the Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO) or equivalent qualification is preferred
  • Knowledge of railway corridor infrastructure and related construction projects


Personal & soft skills:   

  • Knowledge of access improvement initiatives and an understanding of how to drive these through to bring the desired benefits.
  • Have experience of planning complex, multidisciplinary construction works within operational corridors.


Employment terms and conditions

Contract nature: Permanent

Location: Toronto – Ontario – Canada

Division: Transit

Reports to: Deputy Director, Design Assurance

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