Project Manager III - Senior Project Manager

Requisition ID: 36726 


Located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Peoples, Vancouver has a commitment to becoming a City of Reconciliation. Vancouver consistently ranks as one of the world’s most liveable cities and is working towards being the greenest city in the world. Named among Canada's Top 100 Employers, BC's Top Employers, and Canada's Greenest Employers, the City of Vancouver seeks colleagues who can help shape and embody our core commitments to sustainability, decolonization, equity and outstanding quality of life for all residents.

Consider joining our committed team of staff and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.


Main Purpose & Function
Required to work on two enterprise wide initiatives with senior executive level oversight. Initial focus will be on leading a high priority project to enhance capital project delivery across all City departments. Role will work closely with stakeholders from across the organization to identify, prioritize and then implement improvements enabling quicker, more efficient and more cost effective project delivery. Facilitation, consensus building and process improvement skills will be critical to the success of this initiative.


Role will also lead the support of an existing C-Suite committee in overseeing capital programs and projects in the City’s 2019-2022 and 2023-2026 Capital Plans. Using portfolio management techniques role will ensure sufficient oversight and guidance of initiatives, appropriate escalation management, meeting management and ensuring that material is succinct and focuses on the key information needed for executive direction or decision making. Role will also be expected to identify on-going opportunities to improve associated processes and reporting and potentially extending approach to other committees.


In general as a senior project manager, the role manages all aspects of major, corporate projects from initiation, through planning, delivery and closeout. Such initiatives are complex, multi-year, multi-million dollar initiatives involving many service groups within the City of Vancouver. They require management of substantial project teams and coordination with upper-management steering committees, departmental subject matter experts as well as external consultants, contractors & vendors. The implementation of the projects often involve substantial changes to business processes, with potential job impacts, which need to be addressed and mitigated.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

  • Scope and manage complex project plans and budgets, including the management of consultants and staff teams
  • Organize and lead meetings & workshops with internal & external stakeholders, from all levels of the organization. Facilitate stakeholder inputs to arrive at optimum decisions and solutions. Communicate resultant actions and decisions to all stakeholders.
  • Plan and track deliverables, clearly identifying project scope, work breakdown structure, budget and schedule as well as project risks, project organization and project management approach.
  • Develop requisite business cases and implementation and monitoring plans
  • Identify and proactively manage project issues and risks. Manage project costs to approved budget. Ensure that project performance meets expectations in terms of timelines and scope completion. 
  • Draft recommendations, reports and presentations for staff, stakeholders and council


Education and Experience:

  • Degree or Diploma in Computer Science, Engineering, Business Administration or related discipline. 
  • Certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP), with a minimum of five years of experience as a Project Manager, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.  
  • Lean certification, with experience implementing lean process improvements an asset
  • Portfolio management experience highly desirable
  • Demonstrated capability of managing similar initiatives in a similar business context and working with C-Suite stakeholders
  • Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) with a minimum of two years experience managing Agile projects preferred but not required


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated project management skills and ability to manage complex, multi-stakeholder initiatives that cross multiple stakeholder groups and business processes
  • Excellent facilitation, negotiation and communication skills, ability to translate complex concepts for non-expert audiences, reconcile differing perspectives, develop consensus and ensure effective working relationships and support from stakeholders
  • Ability to effectively lead a project team
  • Ability to monitor and control project costs against budget, make financial decisions or recommendations.
  • Ability to thrive under pressure and handle multiple tasks and changing priorities within tight time frames.
  • Exceptional organizational skills, and ability to prioritize work, handle multiple assignments, and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to communicate (both orally and in written form) effectively at all levels within the organization
  • Ability to analyze, solve problems and take decisions or make recommendations based upon thorough analysis of facts.
  • Ability to focus on details, while maintaining a balanced high-level view of an assignment.
  • Ability to manage change and assist others with adapting to change.


Where operationally appropriate and subject to change, the City of Vancouver has a Flexible Work Program. This program allows staff to work remotely 1 – 4 days a week from locations that are a daily commutable distance from their work at a City worksite.  At this time this position is eligible to be part of the Flexible Work Program.


The City of Vancouver has a COVID-19 Mandatory Vaccination Policy.  All external applicants applying to the City of Vancouver are required to be fully vaccinated as a condition of hire and subject to this policy as a condition of ongoing employment.  Candidates may only be exempted from this requirement if they request and are approved for an accommodation based on a reason related to a Human Rights Code ground (such as disability). Such a request must be made during, not after, the recruitment process.


Business Unit/Department: Finance, Risk & Supply Chain Management (1150) 

Affiliation: Exempt 

Employment Type: Regular Full Time 

Position Start Date: October, 2022 


Application Close: August 14, 2022

At the City of Vancouver, we are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we so proudly serve. Indigenous applicants, people of colour, all genders, 2SLGBTQ+ and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  Accommodations will be provided upon request during the selection process. Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion


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