Project Manager, Solid Waste

The City of Guelph is a vibrant community with over 120,000 people located in the heart of Southern Ontario, just one hours driving distance from Toronto.  Set in a picturesque natural setting, Guelph is known for its rich architectural heritage, growing economy and excellent quality of life – all good reasons to consider a career in this beautiful city.

Job summary

The Project Manager is a dedicated resource for Solid Waste Resources and is responsible for developing and managing implementation plans to execute capital plan deliverables. This position is required to liaise within the division and throughout the organization, including Procurement, Facilities, Engineering and Capital Infrastructure Services, Finance, Fleet, as well as external Consultants and Contractors to effectively coordinate and deliver capital projects.  Reporting to the Manager of Business and Technical Services, and guided by the goals and objectives of the City of Guelph Corporate Administrative Plan and committed to the Corporate Values of integrity, excellence and wellness, the candidate will aid in the achievement of the Community Vision – to be the city that makes a difference.


  • Oversee development, management and integration of capital projects specialized areas of municipal engineering involving waste collection and processing infrastructure.
  • Serve as capital program project manager directing project teams by providing technical direction based on sound professional engineering practices to ensure desired project performance objectives are met.
  • Oversee review of detail designs for engineering equipment and construction projects for solid waste and other related work, including review of design calculations as required.
  • Ensure development of formal project documents including Project Charters, Schedules, Risk Registers, and Business Cases, amongst others, and ensures project management vigour consistent with protocols of the City’s Project Management Office and PMI.
  • Ensure facility equipment and asset inventory and condition assessments are maintained, including review for accuracy and data integrity, as well as, managing corrective actions such as on-going inspections and performance evaluation strategies.
  • Review and maintain levels of service framework and key performance indicators related to asset management.
  • Identify, assess and control risks and failure modes, and perform cost benefit analysis management strategies as part of the asset management program to identify capital planning needs and priorities.
  • Review and update life costing models and lifecycle analysis
  • Assist in development of long term capital planning and 10-year capital budgets, identifying future demands and capacity, potential funding sources and contingency plans.
  • Act as a resource to the site’s maintenance group on best practices and industry standards related to preventative maintenance programs, planning and procedures, scheduling and part inventory, as well as, integration of computerized maintenance management softwares
  • Attend meetings with City staff, internal departments and external stakeholders as a representative of Guelph Solid Waste
  • Ensure consultants, contractor and suppliers compliance with contract and corporate and MOL health and safety requirements.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Considerable experience related to the duties listed above, normally acquired through a post-secondary degree in Civil Engineering or a related discipline and considerable experience in managing projects in a Solid Waste operational environment i.e. Solid WasteCollections, Materials Recovery Facility, Transfer Station, Organics Waste Processing Facility, Public Drop-off and Closed Landfill Operations preferably in a municipal environment. Candidates with an equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.
  • Thorough understanding of the principles of asset assessment and strong work experience related to capital planning and execution of capital deliverables
  • Knowledge of all Solid Waste related project phases (including conceptual design, pre-design, detailed design, and construction administration).
  • Excellent understanding of municipal waste infrastructure and process design.
  • Ability to manage scope, budget and meet tight deadlines as well as properly coordinate the efforts of multi-disciplinary project teams.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Knowledge of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and other applicable legislation.
  • Knowledge of waste industry, municipal and provincial regulations related to waste collection and processing, operation, maintenance, and environmental compliance.
  • Excellent project management skills and the ability to manage multiple priorities.
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to communicate with all levels of staff, stakeholders, the media and the general public.
  • Good interpersonal, leadership and team building skills.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and Outlook).
  • Experience with project management software tools.
  • Experience with GIS and AutoCAD would be an asset.
  • PMP, PgMP or CAPM designation is an asset.
  • A valid Class G drivers licence with a good driving record. Successful candidates will be required to provide a current driver’s abstract prior to their start date to confirm their licence is held in good standing and that it has not been suspended or revoked under the Highway Traffic Act (HTA) or Criminal Code of Canada in the last 5 years. The City of Guelph will take into consideration the number of demerit points and/or nature of the infractions to determine if it meets our requirement.



How to apply

Qualified applicants are invited to apply using our online application system by Sunday September 22, 2019. Please note all applicants must complete the online questionnaire specific to this position at the time they submit their resume and cover letter in order to be considered. Proof of qualifications will be requested at the interview stage.

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