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Area Manager - HVDC Installations and Switchyards

  • Sector: Power & Energy
  • Location: St. John's
  • Job type: Contract
  • Date posted: 17/08/2011
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The Company:
Our client, a diverse Canadian Energy Company, plans new developments estimated at $12+ Billion over the next 5 years.

This position is open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents only. Residents of Newfoundland & Labrador will be given first consideration for this position.

The Role:

Strategic only, reporting directly to the Project Manager


Under the authority of the Project Manager, the incumbent will have the authority to interface directly with, and assign deliverable requirements to, the senior members of Company’s project team. The incumbent will have Company’s authority for interfacing with and directing the EPCM Consultant to fulfill Company’s overall Project Management role. The Area Manager - HVDC Specialty Installations & Switchyards will not initially have direct reports.


With accountability residing with the Project Manager, the incumbent is responsible for the overall delivery, including scope, cost and schedule management, of the HVDC Specialty Installations and Switchyards required for the project. Installations include:
• AC switchyard at New Site;
• Existing Site switchyard extension;
• New Site HVDC converter station;
• New Site HVDC converter station;
• HVDC Transition Compounds;
• Shoreline pond electrodes.

The responsibility extends throughout all Phases of the Project. With accountability residing with the Project Manager, the incumbent will also be the budget holder for the HVDC Specialty Installations & Switchyards scope.

The incumbent will provide Project execution leadership and direction throughout the development and execution phases (engineering, procurement and construction) of the project. The incumbent will be a key member of the project team and will interface extensively with the Project Manager, as well as with the team's senior personnel.

The Area Manager - HVDC Specialty Installations & Switchyards provides oversight and surveillance of the counterparty team employed by the EPCM Consultant, and will interface directly with the EPCM Consultant's Project and Area Managers, in accordance with project procedures.


The Area Manager-HVdc Specialty Installations & Switchyards is responsible for the following:

• Management and control of HVDC Specialty Installations & Switchyards associated scope, costs and schedules.
• Identification of cost and schedule drivers, and implementation of associated optimization opportunities.
• Identification of Changes and subsequent management of approved Changes, in accordance with Company's protocols.
• Ensuring all relevant team members are engaged and executing their tasks as required.
• Communication with and provision of relevant information to Company team members.
• Progress measurement and achievement of milestones.
• Ensuring Company's Management System requirements, methods / tools are being employed, are effective and opportunities for improvement are identified and implemented.
• Ensuring deliverables from the ECPM Consultant meet all requirements, including all engineering, procurement, commercial and environmental deliverables required to be able to place purchase orders, award contracts and commence the construction works in accordance with the project schedule.
• Ensuring all associated interfaces are identified and managed.
• Facilitating problem resolution and has responsibility to ensure closure.  
• Area Reporting - establishment of protocols and champion delivery.
• Ensures opportunities for improvement (safety, environment, cost, schedule, quality) are items of focus and vigorously championed.
• Ensuring related EPCM Consultant's related Plan(s) meet Company’s requirements.
• Ensuring compliance with commitments made in the Impact and Benefits Agreement during the planning/preparation phase and during construction.

Essential Skills / Qualifications:

• Bachelor of Engineering or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.


The successful Area Manager-HVDC Specialty Installations & Switchyards shall possess a project management background with 15 to 20 years of project management in a senior position on major


• Must be able to work effectively as a key member of the Owner's team within a multi-functional team environment (matrix style organization structure).
• Excellent leadership and communication skills.
• Solution oriented.
• Must be able to work in a collaborative / supportive manner with stakeholders.
• Previous experience on a major project as an Owner's representative using an EPCM contracting strategy preferred.
• Must be willing to travel as necessary.
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