Senior Engineer, Solid Waste Programs

Requisition ID: 10804 


The City of Vancouver is striving to become the greenest city in the world, and a city powered entirely by renewable energy before 2050. We are proud to be one of BC's Top Employers, Canada's Best Diversity Employers, and one of Canada's Greenest Employers. With employees that have helped Vancouver consistently rank as one of the world's most livable cities, the City values a diverse workforce which represents the vibrant community we so proudly serve.

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


Main Purpose and Function

This is a key leadership position within the Solid Waste Programs branch, and is responsible for overseeing a variety of programs and projects to help achieve the City’s Zero Waste and Public Realm Cleanliness goals.  Key example areas of work include: working closely with the City’s Sanitation Services Branch (collection and street cleaning operations) on system analysis, optimization, performance monitoring, strategic planning, and budgeting; developing and managing consulting projects, contracts, and procurement processes; and leading or liaising with stakeholders on initiatives that relate to solid waste systems, processes or programs. 

The ideal candidate will be a strong collaborator, communicator, innovator, leader, and have a passion for helping make our City an even better place.


Specific Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead/support a variety of new and existing programs/processes, such as an improved dumpster strategy, Zero Waste 2040 implementation, waste processing contracts and composting initiatives, City facilities collection, and innovative leading-edge technologies to support operations
  • Technical analysis of public works services, focused on solid waste collection programs, including but not limited to: development of solutions, performance metrics, monitoring systems and recommendations for efficiency improvements involving labour, equipment, cart inventory, and capital and operating budgets
  • Provide leadership, supervision and guidance to staff (junior engineers, engineering assistants, and clerks), including hiring, workplanning, performance evaluation and management, attendance management, coaching, and mentoring
  • Collaborate on cross-departmental projects/initiatives and strengthening relationships with various internal and external stakeholders including operations, businesses and BIA’s, waste haulers, non-profits, Metro Vancouver and regional municipalities, and representing the City on external working groups
  • Provide solid waste guidance and advice on policies, community plans, development applications and solid waste systems
  • Prepare reports, memos, presentations and present to Council, committees and senior management
  • Respond to inquiries internally from other City departments and externally from businesses, media, and the general public
  • Manage various capital/operating projects/programs and associated budgets, including coordinating the work of consultants
  • Develop technical specifications, and evaluate proposals, tenders, and businesses cases for technologies, labour, materials, and professional services
  • Oversee and assess metrics/trends/recommendations brought forward by junior staff for reasonableness and completeness and provide direction/support to implement changes or new systems
  • Ensure EGBC’s Organizational Quality Management processes or other quality management frameworks are applied on projects/programs as required
  • Provide coverage for the Branch Manager and other senior staff as needed



Education and Experience:

  • Registration as a Professional Engineer in BC
  • Post-secondary Degree in Applied Science or Engineering (Civil or Environmental preferred)
  • A minimum of 8 years’ experience, preferably within or related to the public sector, or an equivalent combination of education and work experience
  • Previous education and/or experience in the field of municipal solid waste management, public works programs, project management and/or program and policy development
  • Previous experience working with and implementing IT-based systems and solutions commonly utilized in the solid waste industry, such as GPS, GIS, routing, dispatching, scheduling, inventory management, and weighscale systems would be an asset
  • Previous experience in supervising technical and support staff in a union environment preferred


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated ability to successfully manage projects and programs, including all aspect of budgeting
  • Skills in leading, managing and supervising technical support staff including: hiring, mentoring, training, motivating, conflict resolution, performance management, discipline and grievance management
  • Technical and financial analytical knowledge and skilled in assessing/defining needs and objectives, complex/multi-variable problem solving, critical analysis and strategic thinking.
  • Build and maintain effective working relationships with the public, outside agencies and staff including operations
  • Project initiation, scoping, development and management relating to consulting, contracting, capital and operating projects
  • Demonstrated ability to apply Project Management methodologies and working knowledge of EGBC’s Organizational Quality Management processes or other quality management frameworks
  • Ability to independently manage large workloads, set priorities, and multitask effectively
  • Strong interpersonal, written, communication and organizational skills, including excellent written and verbal communication, report writing and presentation skills


Business Unit/Department: Engineering Services (1300) 

Affiliation: Exempt 

Employment Type: Regular Full Time 

Position Start Date: May 2018 


Application Close: April 22, 2018

We thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion.  

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