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The Digital Technology Supercluster is in search of an exceptional Project Director. As a tech start-up that is an industry-led innovation consortium, centered in Vancouver, BC they bring together small and medium-sized companies, post-secondary institutions, research, and non-profit organizations, enabling them to collaborate in ambitious technology projects, while co-investing and supporting them. 

The Opportunity

As a Project Director, you will guide project teams to successfully deliver on the expected outcomes of approved projects and help lead the project-related operations of the consortium. Reporting to the Vice President, Project Management and Implementation, the Director is responsible for the achievement of outcomes from a portfolio of complex projects across the company programs – Precision Health, Data Commons, Digital Twins and Capacity Building.

What You Will Be Doing

  • Building and maintaining strong, positive relationships for the consortium across a broad base of organizations participating in projects;
  • Providing oversight and guidance to project teams to successfully deliver on expected outcomes;
  • Finalizing contracts for selected projects which establish the baseline project plan for co-investment by the company;
  • Representing the company on project Steering Committees;
  • Monitoring progress (financial and non-financial) of multi-year large scale projects including issue resolution, risk mitigation and change management;
  • Facilitating resolution of issues and disputes with escalation as required;
  • Ensuring project teams adopt and comply with the company policies and processes as required;
  • Supporting the company’s efforts in cross-project collaboration and platform opportunities;
  • Creating avenues for new/prospective organizations to participate in existing projects;
  • Participating in the company´s internal and external events as required;
  • Supporting the project selection process;
  • Providing input into strategy for the program areas;
  • Sharing learnings from project success and failure with the team;
  • Supporting or evaluating Expressions of Interest and Full Project Proposals;

Working collaboratively with the company colleagues to: 

  • Coach, mentor and act as an escalation point for fellow project team members;
  • Provide strategic perspectives on the overall health of each program portfolio;
  • Manage member expectations, celebrate successes, resolve issues, mitigate risks and manage changes as they arise on projects;
  • Support the development and delivery of the company’s business plan including regular reporting on project progress and outcomes, the health of the program portfolios and financial forecasting and resource planning;
  • Develop and continuously improve the foundational portfolio management and project-related operational policies, processes and procedures while ensuring compliance with various agreements and adherence to corporate risk management, control and audit requirements;
  • Other duties as required from time to time.

What you bring to the role:

As a proven leader with a passion for excellence and innovation, who is not afraid of doing both ground-level tactical work and as well as providing strategic support to project teams and the consortium´s leadership, the Project Director will personify the company’s culture and values that are the cornerstone of this collaborative initiative. 

The Project Director must be a strong communicator, responsive to Members and Associates, operationally effective and well-organized, while exuding credibility and integrity that earns the ongoing trust of Member firms. To be successful you will have demonstrated the following:

  • 10+ years of successful leadership and tactical experience in complex, fast-paced project-oriented environments preferably having worked in the private sector in a role that required a hands-on and collaborative approach;
  • Post-secondary degree/diploma in a business and/or technology discipline is required;
  • Strong experience working with a broad set of stakeholders across multiple domains and complex environments;
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills; the ability to build and maintain effective working relationships with a complex array of stakeholders. Garners trust and is “authentic” in who he/she is;
  • Exceptional communication skills and a proven ability to manage difficult situations while preserving important relationships;
  • Proven experience designing, deploying and using project portfolio management and related operational systems and processes (business analytics and dashboard reporting, customer portals, collaboration tools and other technology platforms);
  • Project Management certification is desired (e.g. PMP, PgMP, PfMP);
  • Change management certification is a strong asset.

Please apply early to be sure you are considered for this role. If you would like more information, please email us at info@arbutussearch.com


Posted: June 14, 2019
Closes: August 13, 2019