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Superintendent, Utilities / Water Treatment Maintenance

Job Type: 
Maintenance / Trades
Metro Vancouver
Competition Number: 
Job Description : 

Location: Lake City Operations Centre, Burnaby

Join us as we help shape the place people want to be – Metro Vancouver, one of the world’s most livable regions. The services and solutions we provide are the foundation of our region’s economic, ecological and social health.  This includes the areas of regional growth planning, air quality, water, liquid and solid waste management, regional parks, affordable housing and community engagement to over 2.5 million residents. We don’t stop, we don’t close and we do what is right, for now and for future generations. 

We invite you to bring your skills, passion, and expertise to help us in our commitment to sustain and enhance our region’s livability. We offer competitive salaries; exceptional benefit packages with valuable pension plan; employee wellness and recognition programs; and many diverse opportunities for professional growth and development.

We deliver the exceptional services and solutions that have helped make this one of the most special, livable communities in the world, and we want you to join us.  Help us shape the future of the Metro Vancouver region, and shape the place people want to be.   

We need leadership, dynamism, and expertise to guide and protect the livability of our region.  We need you. 

Our Liquid Waste Services Department is seeking a Superintendent, Utilities / Water Treatment Maintenance who will be responsible for the oversight of a team of over 60 employees including exempt, unionized trades and technical staff that provide a variety of field utility and plant maintenance services.  This position will have the opportunity to contribute to the advancement of maintenance initiatives, investment decisions and most importantly lead a team of dedicated maintenance professionals. 

You are: An energetic leader and strategic thinker with operations and maintenance management experience, and strong change and people management skills. If this sounds like you, you should join our team.

The Superintendent, Utilities/Water Treatment Maintenance reports to the Division Manager, Maintenance and falls within our Management / Leadership, Level 3B job family.

This role:

  • Leads the planning and delivery of maintenance services and strategies for all mechanical, electrical and instrumentation equipment used in Metro Vancouver’s water treatment and transmission and sewer collections infrastructure; and oversees flow monitoring activities within the region’s wastewater systems, combined sewer outfalls and creeks  Coordinates resources; prioritizes work to resolve problems; and is responsible for ensuring maintenance service requirements are addressed effectively and efficiently. Provides direction to address backlogged and emergency repairs and acts as a liaison with operating divisions.
  • Accountable for budget preparation, reporting and resource allocations; monitors and controls spending ensuring the effective and efficient expenditure of allocated funds.  Works closely with Division Manager and other staff determine overall priorities and prepare work plans.  Contributes to the preparation of long range strategic and financial plans of the division and department.
  • Provides strategic and ongoing tactical direction to Field Supervisors to improve equipment reliability and reduce breakdowns and cost intensive maintenance; and ensures flow monitoring activities and related reporting is conducted systematically and accurately.  Coordinates activities with other operating, planning and engineering groups to identify and resolve maintenance issues.  Reviews drawings, requests for proposals and vendor packages to ensure maintenance requirements are included.
  • Implements maintenance programs such as preventative and predictive maintenance, maintenance task analysis, standard work procedures and failure analysis. Works to improve equipment and infrastructure performance and reduce costs. Keeps current on new maintenance technologies and practices.  Inspects work and monitors progress providing direction and coaching to staff on installation and troubleshooting.  Plans work and sets priorities ensuring optimal staffing to complete work plans and assist with inspections. 
  • Ensures maintenance activities are documented in accordance with corporate practices and regulatory requirements. Monitors and prepares compliance report documentation.  Oversees the requisition process for equipment, materials, tools, and contractors to ensure corporate purchasing policies are adhered to. 
  • Hires, supervises, directs and develops staff monitoring performance in accordance with goals and objectives. Ensures staff adhere to corporate policies and works closely with staff to ensure the accurate and consistent application and understanding of the collective agreement.  Leads, coaches, mentors and develops staff recognizing the importance of leadership, supervisory and technical training.  Develops and sustains a flexible workforce encouraging staff to pursue opportunities that complement their skills and experience.  Supervises and directs the work of trades and engineering contractors and makes decision on allocations to projects. 
  • Works collaboratively to resolve complex technical or interpersonal issues staff encounter while doing their work.  Facilitates information sharing to transfer knowledge and experience and increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the team.  Establishes effective working relationships with various outside agencies as well as other internal departments.  Works collaboratively to deliver on strategic initiatives.
  • Ensures staff perform their work in accordance with safe work practices as defined by WorkSafe BC and corporate safe work practices.  Monitors the safety performance and training of staff and contractors and performs a lead role in conducting safety investigations, reporting on incidents and promoting a safety culture throughout the work group.  Oversee the emergency stand-by schedule and after hours coverage provided by the Utilities / Water Treatment maintenance group.  Coordinates the response to emergencies and participates in rotational on-call standby duties as required.
  • Upholds Metro Vancouver’s reputation through positive and forthright dealings with other organizations and members of the public.  Understands the organizational culture and the processes/mechanisms necessary to attain work objectives.

To be successful, you have:

  • 7 years of recent related experience supplemented by a university degree in engineering or a diploma in a relevant discipline and inter-provincial trades qualification in electrical, mechanical or instrumentation; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • Professional or technical designation in a relevant field is an asset. 
  • Considerable technical expertise and understanding of maintenance planning and scheduling for a complex multi-site utility. Considerable knowledge of preventative and predictive maintenance techniques, machining, fitting, welding, hydraulics, rigging, and drafting. Demonstrated knowledge of the region’s wastewater systems and ability to manage flow monitoring activities.
  • Sound budgeting and financial management skills. Ability to monitor budget, meet financial objectives and ensure the effective and efficient expenditure of allocated funds.
  • Considerable knowledge of WorkSafe BC regulations and corporate safe work practices.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills including well developed report writing and presentation skills; ability to communicate complex technical requirements and implications to diverse audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain effective working relationships. Skill in dealing openly, tactfully and sensitively in a variety of situations and responds effectively to emotional triggers in self and others.
  • Proven ability to use judgment to analyze resolve complex problems with diverse implications; ability to develop new procedures and plans to address problems and improve efficiencies considering the long-term implications of decisions and actions. Innovative thinker with the ability to influence and persuade others and build trust and common understanding required to implement change.
  • Proven ability to work cooperatively with others and skilled in resolving disagreements and preventing the escalation of conflict.
  • Ability to manage a complex portfolio of work while establishing ambitious and challenging goals; demonstrates persistence in overcoming obstacles.
  • Sound ability to supervise, coach and guide others while enhancing individual and team effectiveness. Ability to mentor and foster the development of direct reports.
  • Proficiency using Microsoft Office programs including Word, Excel and Outlook.
  • Valid BC Class 5 Driver’s License

Our Vision: 

Metro Vancouver seeks to achieve what humanity aspires to on a global basis – the highest quality of life embracing cultural vitality, economic prosperity, social justice and compassion, all nurtured in and by a beautiful and healthy natural environment. 

Closing Date: 
March 28, 2019
Application Return: 

Please follow this link http://www.metrovancouver.org/about/careers/ to our Careers page where you can submit your application by March 28, 2019.