Risk Lead

Country/Region:  CA
Field:  Project Management

Toronto, CA

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


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!



Core Responsibilities

Risk Lead will be responsible for daily project schedule duties including the following:

  • Day-to-day Risk Register ownership
  • Proactively analyse KPI forecasts, leading indicators and predictors and risks of missing KPIs, and impact for applicable KRAs (Key Responsibility Areas)
  • Overall Project Schedule Analysis – the project schedules for Yonge North and/or Scarborough East Subway extensions supplied by the Construction Contractor (Dev Co) and other relevant Stakeholders and Third Parties, and evaluating risk factors
  • Project baseline risk reviews
  • Supporting project planning strategy and execution
  • Analyse planned targets (set-up by various Parties) whether they are realistic and can be realistically met without compromising the quality of the project
  • Proactively analyse risks vs. threats, and clearly eliminate noise, such as fears and internal quality concerns from risks
  • Work closely with the Risk Manager to provide complete Risk picture for the Project and ensure that as a Delivery Partner, we’re providing value added risk services to the Client
  • Works closes with the whole project team to come up with meaningful, cost-efficient and effective mitigation strategies
  • Ensure sustainability is at the heart of Program process and decision making to ensure the right decisions are made now and for the future.  
  • Facilitate a project environment which is collaborative, inclusive, diverse and celebrates our differences. 
  • Create a high performing culture open to constructive challenge, seeking continual improvement and implementing lessons identified and original ideas from past experience, skill level, analytical abilities
  • Training and development, mentoring of junior staff



Technical Management Expertise

  • 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 
  • Has a keen understanding of design and construction schedules, their typical dependencies, baselines, sensitivity analysis, critical paths, schedule risk analysis
  • Understands Construction and Transit project risks, including technical, social, procurement, political, interface, organizational, and local (Toronto) specific risks
  • Understands Organizational Structures and value of correct schedules/baselines and resource loading and their impact upon KPIs
  • Leads by example
  • Provides key support to the team engaged in evaluating project KPIs and risks to them, challenging and adding to the KRA definitions




Education: Degree in engineering, construction management, project management, applied sciences or equivalent, with a mathematical background

Years of experience: Minimum twelve (12) years of relevant experience in large infrastructure and / or rail transit projects, culminating in Project Engineer capacity or equivalent

Technical Competencies:

  • Experience with developing risk registers, baselines and associated analyses (sensitivity, risk, float, critical path)
  • Knowledge of tools such as P6 – including resource loading, Primavaera – earlier versions, MS-Project, SQL databases, MS-Office project suite, TILOS, Risk Radar, DOORs, Relatics
  • Has sufficient experience to be able to provide meaningful input into developing risk mitigation strategies (has to have practical operations knowledge to make substantial impact)
  • Experience setting and analysing KPIs and relevant KRAs
  • Experience with change management and implementation within a production environment
  • Dynamic engagement skills, ability to clearly articulate information, excellent communications ability
  • Able to work in large, collaborative teams with multiple partners


Behavioural Skills:          

  • Leads Leaders through consistently demonstrating entrepreneurial and commercial thinking: Understands how the business operates and proactively searches for opportunities.  

Leads Others through consistently delivering the following behaviours: 

  • 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. 

Leads Self to consistently deliver the following behaviours: 

  •  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 team mates, 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 and social 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: Risk Director

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.