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Senior Project Manager, Rail Yard Design
Business Line Transportation
ID # 15554
Job Type Permanent - Full Time
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WSP is one of the world's leading professional services firms. Our purpose is to future proof our cities and environments.

We have over 48,000 team members across the globe.  In Canada, our 8,000+ people are involved in everything from environmental remediation to urban planning, from engineering iconic buildings to designing sustainable transportation networks, from finding new ways to extract essential resources to developing renewable power sources for the future.

The excellence we bring to our work and to our workplace has been recognized far and wide. We are among the LinkedIn Top 25 Companies two years in a row, one of the Top 100 Sustainable Companies in the World (and among the Top 10 in Canada), and we earned Platinum Elite Recognition through our participation in more than half of Canada's Top 100 Infrastructure Projects.

At WSP :

  • We value our people and our reputation
  • We are locally dedicated with international scale
  • We are future focused and challenge the status quo
  • We foster collaboration in everything we do
  • We have an empowering culture and hold ourselves accountable




WSP is currently seeking a Senior Project Manager, Railway Yards Design to join our Rail & Transit Group, located at our Thornhill office, Toronto.  Reporting to the Program Manager, this position will be responsible for leading Project Management activities, including but not limited to; Yard Design, Maintenance Facilities, Train storage and other related tasks including project controls, stakeholder management, change orders, project progress reporting and other related duties associated with a Senior Project Management role


  • Project Management of Rail Yard Design, including Maintenance Storage Facilities (MSF) projects;
  • Lead development of MSF designs to ensure that all required Operating and Maintenance (O&M) functions are properly accounted for and included in the design process. These functions may include:
    • Train operations (Transportation) staff areas
    • Revenue and non-revenue fleet storage
    • Revenue and non-revenue fleet inspection/servicing/maintenance
    • Revenue and non-revenue fleet overhaul
    • Component storage and overhaul
    • Track maintenance facility
    • Systems maintenance facility
    • Training facility
    • Service build-up/build-down capacity analysis between MSF and mainline
    • Safe and efficient internal roadways and walkways, to facilitate circulation of autos, trucks and pedestrians
    • Security needs
    • Safety needs
    • Seasonal issues (snow clearing, de-icing etc)
  • Project controls support including Schedule Development and Management;
  • Lead the technical design and engineering team, construction administration staff and other resources for engineering services during design, tendering, construction and post construction phases;
  • Resourcing and Budget Management;
  • Owner and Stakeholder Reporting; including representing WSP at meetings, presentations and addressing issues raised by Owners/Clients;
  • Manage resolution of Technical and/or administration issues, in support of and in partnership with other project Stakeholders;
  • Review and make recommendations regarding design work, the contractor’s quality of work, construction progress, schedule, payment application, requests for supplemental instruction, change orders, change directives, substantial performance and total performance of the work and claims.
  • Apply consistent and comprehensive methodology/approach to design deliverables and quality of design submissions to ensure submissions are prepared and verified in accordance with professional practice guidelines of industry and respective client design standards.
  • Accountable for the completeness and conformance of deliverables to specific project submission requirements and checklists.
  • Manage the day to day activities of the dedicated project team(s) and any subconsultants that may be assigned to the Project.
  • Respond in reasonable and a timely manner in matters relating to the scope of work under their remit.
  • Ensure that all lessons learned from previous projects and those from the respective phases of the projects under their control are captured and reported upon.


  • Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) licensed to practice in the Province of Ontario or Member of the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA);
  • PMP (Project Management Professional) considered an asset.
  • Additional Post Graduation education such as MEng, MASc, PHD considered an asset.
  • A minimum of 10 Years’ Experience working directly in management of multi discipline design for transit yard operational and maintenance activities, infrastructure and/or railway maintenance facilities and shall be responsible for overseeing all phases of the assignment lifecycle;
  • Professional experience on projects in multiple phases of delivery; new build design/commissioning/operations and experience related to the full range of infrastructure delivery methods including Design-Bid-Build (“DBB”), Design-Build ("DB"), Advanced Public Private Partnerships (“P3”) and Alternative Finance and Procurement (“AFP”) models;
  • Professional and educational experience related to the project management, design and construction of transit, commercial and municipal infrastructure, including but not limited to yard design operational and maintenance requirements, Maintenance Facilities, Mainline operational requirements, signals, bridges, grade separations and rehabilitation of transit facility building projects;
  • Experience and working knowledge of all related O&M processes which occur within an MSF, specific client practices and policies which relate to MSF design considerations, staffing practices, collective agreements and train control and communications for both MSF operations and mainline/MSF interface;
  • Experience in maintenance planning of rail transit projects including fleet and infrastructure maintenance practices and methods;
  • Experience in development of rail system documentation such as Maintenance Plans, Concept of Operations and Maintenance, System Performance and Failure Mode Analysis, Service Plans, etc;
  • Experience with business planning and strategy development of a rail service, including the development, negotiation, and management of Operating Agreements;
  • Understanding of the principles and practices associated with rail vehicle and infrastructure maintenance and of asset management practices;
  • Understanding of applicable regulations and policies impacting the rail and transit industries;
  • Understanding of typical MSF signaling/train control practices throughout all areas of MSFs including connection/isolation to mainline;
  • Knowledge of all systems, infrastructure, assets, facilities, and customer facing interfaces that comprise a transit system, and an understanding of the operational characteristics of yards, maintenance facilities, corridor, operation control centers, and all other elements associated with operating a safe and reliable railway;
  • Detailed understanding of railway technologies such as CBTC and conventional wayside signalling;
  • Knowledge of Safety and Security certification processes;
  • Proven experience implementing maintenance improvement initiatives, and technology / asset improvements;
  • Proven experience in the rail or transport sector, including: local rail transport, including tramways, light rail, rapid transit, mixed-traffic metropolitan passenger;
  • Project management experience, focusing on design, schedule development, constructability and staging plans during construction;
  • Experience dealing with construction activities relating to design changes and controlling verification/validation of the design process;
  • Experience managing contractor claims and project budget/cost control;
  • Experience in assisting in permit applications, property requirements and other approvals for the design process to proceed;
  • Experience in providing risk profiles and understanding of risk notification to support the design growth prior to construction activities commencing;
  • Professional experience in projects where there are different levels of government and where government agencies are the stakeholders;
  • Demonstrated experience in projects where there are different levels of government and where government agencies are the stakeholders;
  • Knowledge of Safety and Security certification processes;
  • Primary experience in urban rail and transit including demonstrated experience in the constraints of the rail right-of-way considered an asset;
  • Strong computer skills, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Visio;
  • Possess excellent communication skills, that offer a collaborative and interactive approach to clients needs and driving stakeholder needs to final resolution.
  • Strong presentation and report writing skills


Offers of employment for safety-sensitive positions involving fieldwork are contingent upon candidates being able to perform key physical tasks of the job as described in the job posting and interview. This may include the ability to work in a variety of environmental conditions, such as remote or isolated areas, working alone, and in inclement weather (within safe and reasonable limits).

WSP welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

WSP is committed to the principles of employment equity. Only the candidates selected will be contacted.

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WSP Canada Inc.


Thornhill, ON

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