Technical Project Manager
The University of British Columbia
Vancouver, Canada
1d ago

The Faculty of Applied Science is looking for a Technical Project Manager to work on the execution of a significant Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) / British Columbia Knowledge Development Fund (BCKDF) funded project, the Clean Connected and Safe Transportation Testbed (Transportation Testbed).

The Technical Project Manager will be responsible for overseeing the planning, development, management, coordination and communication of the development of various aspects of the Transportation Testbed.

The future of transportation faces multiple challenges, not only with new methods of transportation and transportation infrastructure but also with ensuring improved economic efficiency, environmental impact, energy security, social equity, livability, and health.

In partnership with industry and government, the UBC Clean Energy Research Centre : Clean Connected and Safe Transportation Testbed (Transportation Testbed) will be a city-

scale, living laboratory that supports fundamental and translational research into all these issues while developing and deploying the next generation of clean, connected and safe transportation systems and technologies.

Given the scale of the infrastructure component of this project (1 MW solar installation with battery back-up and advanced EV chargers, and a hydrogen refueling station) this position is a critical link between the Faculty PIs (Principle Investigators) requirements and research objectives, and the campus groups responsible for infrastructure projects, external design teams and general contractors.

Clean, Connected and Safe Transportation Testbed is an $11.6M project funded by CFI / BCFKD. The project brings together the collaborative work of nine cross-

faculty Principle Investigators including those from Mechanical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Civil Engineering, School of Community & Regional Planning, and Sauder School of Business.

The successful candidate will have proven management skills, with exposure to complex technical project execution and multi-

institutional funding collaborations.

The position will also play a key role establishing external relationships with key suppliers and technical partners necessary in the execution of the Transportation Testbed

The position is responsible for the management of budgets, schedules and resources for existing funded projects. Utilizing leadership, strategic, technical, financial and operational expertise this position will hold day-

to-day responsibility for : ensuring that the project is implemented and completed in an effective and efficient manner. Organizational Status

This position reports to the Senior Research Project Manager and will interact with various project stakeholders including faculty and administrators (Campus and Community Planning, Energy and Water, Project Services, etc.

Additionally the position interacts with various personnel at UBC including financial services and procurement. Work Performed

The Technical Project Manager will :

  • Develop and implement strategic project objectives and timelines, working in collaboration with the PI to establish complex project requirements
  • Develop and establish policies, procedures, and operational systems to maintain work priorities and plans, consulting with the Senior Project Manager as required, to ensure projects are completed on time and on budget
  • Provide leadership, direction and complex project management and development by managing program delivery and milestone plans, problem solving, determining priorities, and tracking progress.
  • Facilitate collaboration between PIs and on-campus stakeholders including (Campus and Community Planning, Energy and Water, Project Services, etc.
  • as well as external suppliers, partners, consultants to ensure technical requirements are met throughout the design and build

  • Develop and manage project budget and resources to ensure compliance, transparency, and due diligence with project finances and effective execution of the project
  • Perform and analyze risk management assessments and implement processes to minimize project risk
  • Develop and execute effective communication protocols including :
  • o Communicating with industry partners and team members to determine group needs and address any


    o Assessing internal communication needs and developing strategies to encourage transparency,

    collaboration, and dialogue

    o Developing and maintaining communication materials on project status for internal and external use

    o Developing and maintaining strong working relationships with internal and external collaborators and

    acting as an ambassador for the Clean, Connected and Safe Transportation Testbed

    o Identifying opportunities for improvement and communicating suggestions for change constructively,

    managing the process of incorporating innovations effectively

    o Participating and presenting in project team meetings

  • Manage all the administrative components of collaborative projects and inform appropriate team members on action plans and project progress
  • Create and implement processes to ensure comprehensive project documentation
  • Perform other duties as required Supervision Received
  • The Technical Project Manager reports to the Senior Project Manager. The progress of the Technical Project Manager's work will be discussed at regularly scheduled meetings with the Senior Project Manager.

    Regular reporting will also be required to stakeholder groups as directed. Supervision Given

    The Technical Project Manager will work collaboratively with stakeholders (industry, academia, and government), staff, and faculty members to accomplish the tasks specified.

    Consequence of Error / Judgement

    The Technical Project Manager is expected to maintain a close working relationship with the Senior Project Manager, Principle Investigators and project stakeholders, in order to ensure the quality and timeliness of outcomes as well as adherence to resource allocations.

    Errors in judgment could impact funding levels and institutional reputation. The consequences of error could lead to delayed launch, interruption, or cancellation of projects. Qualifications

    Post-graduate degree or equivalent professional designation if responsible for a research project otherwise Undergraduate degree if not responsible for a research project.

    A degree in Engineering or Applied Science is required. Advanced training in field of specialization or the equivalent combination of education and experience.

    Degree in Engineering, Electrical engineering in particular considered an asset. 4 years or equivalent combination of education and experience if responsible for research project otherwise 6 years or equivalent combination of education and experience if not research work.

    Project management (PMP) an asset. Previous industry experience managing projects is required. Effective oral and written communication and organizational skills.

    Strong interpersonal, communication, and problem resolution skills required. Ability to effectively build and maintain strong working relationships with a variety of stakeholders (faculty, staff, and industry partners).

    Ability to work independently and as part of the team. Ability to gather, record, and organize information. Ability to analyze and interpret information, determine implications and provide recommendations.

    Must be self motivated and able to prioritize, take initiative in determining work priorities. Ability to work under pressure, meet deadlines and work in a team environment is required.

    Familiarity with working on provincially or federally funded programs considered an asset. Familiarity with Excel, Word, PowerPoint and MS Project required.

    Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged.

    We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and / or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

    All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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