Expert Program and Project Management, Smart Network
Edmonton, ALBERTA, Canada
2d ago

Job Summary

The main responsibility of this role is to lead and manage end-to-end planning & delivery of the Smart Network project to meet stakeholder expectations, while remaining within the approved scope, time and budget.

This role will also drive the quality and adoption of an operations research solution that creates and captures value for CN.

This role is responsible for building, monitoring, and controlling an integrated project plan to ensure that it is delivered according to CN PMO standards.

They will ensure the plan is appropriately detailed, structured with all the right dependencies, and tailored to meet milestones while managing resource capacity & budget, by using MS Project and accompanying internal tools.

As the delivery of Smart Network is reliant on both internal CN I&T and Operations resources, as well as external development vendors, the Expert Program / Project Management will manage a multi-lateral delivery plan in an agile approach.

The Expert Program / Project Management will regularly communicate and review the integrated plan to all relevant stakeholders, including the Project Lead and Product Owners, so they are aware of the delivery dates and can act accordingly to meet them.

The person will also be responsible for escalating issues and presenting status updates to CN executive sponsors.

Main Responsibilities

Creation of Detailed Integrated Project Plan

  • Develop the integrated project plan, which includes aggregating the individual timeline, budget and resource plans from two primary delivery partners to the internal CN resources required to support delivery
  • Align stakeholders to the proposed plan to ensure buy-in and present delivery plan to CN executive during Steering Committee meetings
  • Request and acquire internal I&T resources to build out the internal project team
  • Oversee and guide the creation of statements of work (SOW) for each vendor’s scope and champion internally for approval
  • Perform risk management planning, identification and analysis to define a risk response plan
  • Manage & Execute Project Plan

  • Own, execute and oversee project plan by : monitoring progress of key milestones / deliverables against project planensuring project remains on scope, on time and on budgetensuring deliverables are complete and of high-quality to foster adoption and drive strategic decision-makingensuring the integrated schedule is continuously maintained and optimised
  • Manage key delivery vendor partners by ensuring they work in a way that is consistent with the global integrated project plan
  • Analyze impacts of projects interdependencies, issues and risks to proactively find and implement risk mitigation strategies
  • Publish regular updates and reports as per the PMO standards & Governance frameworks
  • Manage and ensure team collaboration, even in a remote work environment setting (through COVID-19 restrictions and beyond)
  • Apply, and ensure compliance with all appropriate CN IT standards (eg. Security, Architecture, Project Delivery Methodology, SOX, etc.)
  • Stakeholder Management

  • Articulate and communicate objectives, requirements, expectations, concepts, issues and progress to the team, senior management and executives, as well as other internal stakeholders
  • Establish and lead project governance cadence at both a tactical (day-to-day) and strategic (steering committee) level
  • Lead the preparation of executive steering committee meeting agenda and materials
  • Prepare weekly project status reports and monthly financial reports, including YEO for internal communication
  • Value Realization

  • Lead business case development (and subsequent revisions) through required internal approval processes
  • Work with the Sr Expert, Portfolio Management to drive the adoption and value realization strategy by ensuring deliverables are used for consistent analysis that inform and drive decision-making
  • Ensure successful completion of the project deliverables and transition to core support
  • Working Conditions

    Located in Edmonton, AB (preferred) other permanent locations (ex. Montreal HQ) are acceptable if combined with ability to travel regularly to Edmonton


  • More than 7-10 years of IT project management experience leading large I&T projects (>
  • 5M$) with demonstrated experience leading distributed agile teams

  • Solid experience and knowledge of complex IT solutions
  • Demonstrated delivery results in multi-vendor programs and projects
  • Experience managing strategic cross-functional programs
  • Experience in projects leveraging Operations Research, statistical or mathematical models
  • Education / Certification / Designation

  • Bachelor degree in Business Administration, Computer Science, Information Systems, or equivalent area requirement
  • PMP certification requirement
  • Masters degree in Business Administration, Computer Science, Information Systems or equivalent area asset
  • PMP certification (Agile) asset
  • Competencies

  • Demonstrated ability to successfully plan and manage complex, large-scale projects throughout their entire lifecycle
  • Proven ability to address problems associated with bottlenecks & constraints and prioritize items given conflicting requests and limited resources
  • Ability to organize and prioritize coordination of multiple assignments
  • Able to adapt communications / messaging to the right audience, from core project execution team to executive level
  • Able to be action-oriented, self-motivated and proactive
  • Technical Skills / Knowledge

  • Advanced knowledge of planning techniques (work breakdown structure, product breakdown structure, earn value analysis, etc.
  • and project management tools (MS-Project, Excel)

    CN is an employment equity employer and we encourage all qualified candidates to apply. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only candidates under consideration will be contacted.

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