Program Manager - Portfolio

Country/Region:  CA
Field:  Project Management

Toronto, CA

Type of Contract:  Permanent
Level of experience:  05-10 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

  • Support several Project and Program teams through multiple delivery Life Cycle stages.
  • Manage the monitoring and reporting of Program-level progress.
  • Responsible for managing, fostering, and maintaining senior level client relationships.
  • Identification and escalation of Program level risks and issues that impact on delivery.
  • Evaluate and establish best practice Program policies, processes, and procedures that are in keeping with the agreed Program delivery approach.
  • Review of existing conditions and establishment of industry best practice processes.
  • Promoting collaboration and building relationships.



Education: Bachelor’s degree in construction, engineering or related field

Years of experience: Min 5 years of experience in construction project delivery or project management. Railway construction experience preferred



Technical competencies:

  • Ability to identify & analyze Project, Program and Business risks.
  • Mastery in setting up effective project controls systems & procedures.
  • Detailed understanding of construction technology, planning, delivery, and site logistics.
  • Adept at monitoring and reporting Program-level progress and assure efficient and effective use of resources across the program.
  • Understanding of various Contract, Commercial and Governance procedures.
  • Excellent attention to detail and organizational skills to ensure the maintenance and upkeep of accurate data and reporting both internal and external.
  • Recognizes opportunities for innovation or improvements on existing working practices.


Personal & soft skills:   

  • Demonstrate senior leadership and core competencies at a high level of development.
  • The ability to engage and motivate others. To act as a role model and inspire others.
  • Ability to anticipate and forecast the key risks and opportunities available to the Program to ensure the core vision is achieved.
  • Respectfully listens to others and considers all views presented.
  • Puts team success above own interests.
  • Recognizes and understands the Clients priorities and holds the ability to adapt to requirements.
  • Coordinates workstreams and establishes actions plans with key stakeholders for implementation.

Key Experience/Other Mandatory Attainments

  • Strong program manager level leadership skills to manage and motivate program delivery teams delivering high risk, complex projects/programs.
  • High level of knowledge and understanding relating to planning and project management tools and techniques.
  • Deep awareness of safety issues in an operational / project delivery environment.
  • High level of knowledge and understanding relating to contractual issues in a project environment.
  • Degree or equivalent with professional work experience in one or more specific disciplines in the Program, Project, or Commercial Management disciplines.




Employment terms and conditions

Contract nature: Permanent

Location: Toronto – Ontario - Canada

Division: Transit

Reports to: Head of Portfolio

Remuneration: According to 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.

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.

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