Area Manager Construction

Ministry of Transportation


The Ministry of Transportation is seeking an individual who will lead the activities of consultants, contractors and technical supervisory staff engaged in the construction and maintenance of transportation corridors, structures, and related services within the boundaries of the West Region.

About the Ontario Public Service (OPS): We are one of the largest employers in the province, employing more than 60,000 people. Every day we are modernizing government operations and improving public services. We have a wide range of meaningful and rewarding career opportunities in communities across Ontario. We welcome new ideas and new people, encourage learning and development, and reward achievement. No matter the position, we live the core values of trust, fairness, diversity, excellence, creativity, collaboration, efficiency and responsiveness.

What a career in the OPS can offer: We are committed to be an employer of first choice, creating a positive and inclusive work environment. In addition to flexible work arrangements, collegial and professional work culture, career growth and development and on-the-job training to help you succeed, we offer a competitive total compensation package, which includes an attractive salary, defined benefit pension plan, comprehensive health and dental plan and much more.

Our team:Transportation Infrastructure Management Division is responsible for the delivery of the design and construction program of the provincial highway system including the administration of construction contracts as well as providing quality assurance while supporting our maintenance and operations office.

OPS Commitment to Diversity, Inclusion, Accessibility, and Anti-Racism:

The OPS is an innovative, responsive and accountable public service that works hard to be diverse, anti-racist, inclusive, merit-based, and equitable. Diversifying leadership is a top priority for the OPS. Our goal is to achieve parity with the Ontario labour force by 2025 for the most under-represented groups (Indigenous, racialized and persons with disabilities) on our leadership teams.

The OPS invites all interested individuals to apply. As an organization that promotes equity and diversity, the OPS encourages applications from Indigenous, Black, racialized individuals, and persons with disabilities.

The OPS is an accessible employer and we offer accommodation in all aspects of employment, including the recruitment process.

Visit the OPS Anti-Racism Policy, the OPS Diversity and Inclusion Blueprint, and the Multi-Year Accessibility Plan to learn more about the OPS commitment to advancing racial equity, accessibility, diversity and inclusion in the public service.

What can I expect to do in this role?

In this role, you will:

• Manage a number of construction contracts
• Lead activities of consultants, contractors and technical supervisory staff engaged in construction and maintenance of highways structures and services
• Ensure material and staff resources are utilized efficiently
• Provide technical and managerial guidance and advice to resolve engineering, construction and maintenance issues
• Represent the ministry at committee meetings, contractor meetings, and consultant meetings
• Carry out special projects and assignments related to Capital Program Delivery Office activities

How do I qualify?


• You are a Professional Engineer, licensed with the Association of Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO).
• You hold a valid class G Driver’s License or equivalent recognized in Ontario

Strategic Leadership

• You have proven leadership and managerial skills to effectively supervise and develop professional, technical and support staff and resolve personnel problems and staff relations issues.
• You have demonstrated negotiation skills and can provide contracts engineering guidance to resolve disputes with consultants and contractors.
• You have demonstrated ability to identify and provide direction in the resolution of complex and contentious issues.
• You have a passion for developing, building and leading organizational capacity through inclusive, positive, and values based leadership in areas of organizational design, recruitment, talent and performance management and labour relations matters.
• You can be responsible for the overall compliance with legislative statutes, collective agreements, government and ministry policies, directives, guidelines and commitments related services.
• You have sound judgement and political acuity skills to provide authoritative advice and guidance to senior management.

Technical Knowledge

• You have advanced knowledge of civil engineering theories, principles and practices related to construction, and maintenance of highway facilities.
• You have experience in the design, maintenance and construction of transportation corridors and structures.
• You have knowledge of administrative and engineering policies, procedures and standards governing construction, maintenance, and contract administration.
• You have strong analytical skills to assess recommendations for technical adequacy and consistency with government policies.
• You have initiative, problem solving skills, and sound judgement to assess and solve complex engineering problems.

Financial and Project Management Skills

• You have a thorough knowledge of Ministry policies, directives and standards governing administrative and financial procedures and processes, specifically related to monitoring construction contracts and operations expenditures and invoicing and to negotiate payments.
• You are able to work under pressure to meet deadlines and to make decisions independently with minimal supervision.
• You can negotiate financial commitments with consultants and contractors.
• You have well-developed organizational, management and interpersonal skills to supervise a diverse construction and maintenance staff, and represent the Ministry in a geographic area with respect to construction matters.

Communication Skills and Stakeholder Relations

• You have superior communication skills to deal with ministry staff, contractors, utility companies, consultants, municipal officials, other agencies and the public and maintain sound effective stakeholder relationships.
• You can provide contract engineering guidance and resolve disputes with consultants and contractors.
• You have demonstrated ability to identify and provide direction in the resolution of complex and contentious issues with tact and diplomacy.
• You have strong written communication skills to oversee the preparation of project reports and recommendations, briefing documents, and executive correspondence on operational issues, and lead presentations and briefs to senior management.

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