Safety Project Manager

Safety Project Manager

Employer: BC Hydro

Location: Burnaby (Central Park Place), British Columbia

Expires: May 31, 2016

We’re BC Hydro and we have a big job to do.

Keeping the lights on for over 4 million people across the province takes a lot of talented people doing many different jobs. From working deep in a generating station, atop a power pole, or behind a desk, whatever it is that makes you tick we offer challenging careers to help you reach your potential.

We’re investing more than $2 billion per year in major capital infrastructure projects to help meet the growing demand for safe, reliable power. We’re upgrading transmission lines, building new substations, and investing in our hydroelectric generation facilities. We aim to provide meaningful and challenging work, opportunities for growth and a healthy work/life balance. We’ve been recognized for excellence and been named one of B.C.’s Top

Employers and one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers for four years in a row. 

It's our vision to be the most trusted, innovative utility company in North America by being smart about power in all we do.



As a project manager in the Safety Project Management Office, the successful candidate will be responsible for successfully completing safety projects related to improving BC Hydro’s Safety Management System (SMS). The projects will have considerable cross company impacts and benefits and will improve how we manage safety risk. The role includes managing projects and project teams as well as overseeing the delivery of work by contracted consultants, which may include subject matter experts, project managers, business analysts, IT technical experts and others. The project manager will work closely with project initiators, business group representatives and Safety Leadership to develop strategies for the delivery of projects or programs. The project manager will oversee the entire project life-cycle (identification, definition and implementation) and will be accountable for budget, progress reporting, outcomes, and implementing sustainable solutions.

The successful candidate:

  • Manages projects of varying size, diversity, complexity and risk and assumes responsibility for their successful completion within the Safety portfolio.

  • Has demonstrated experience managing projects related to safety risk management and/or projects that involve considerable process change and people impacts.

  • Develops project plans, including scope, budget, schedule and project team responsibilities in order to accomplish project objectives in the most cost effective manner using project management principles; delivers safety projects using accepted project and change management practices to ensure effective transition of project work into sustainment in the business.

  • Demonstrates exceptional stakeholder relationship management to work with project initiators, Business Group representatives, Safety team representatives, and stakeholders from across BC Hydro to ensure project objectives align with BC Hydro’s safety plan and annual work plan priorities.

  • Develops and executes strategies to maximize coordination opportunities across safety projects.

  • Ensures that internal and external resources with appropriate skill sets are provided, assigns work and provides instructions, advice and leadership and guidance to project staff; reviews work in progress and assesses completed work for accuracy, required results and quality assurance.

  • Approves procurement commitments and payments within assigned program/portfolio of projects.

  • Actively manages the risks associated with the project, in collaboration with and supported by various risk owners throughout the business including Generation, Transmission and Distribution, Capital  Infrastructure and Project Delivery, Properties and other Corporate Groups.

  • Works effectively with BC Hydro Change Management and Communications teams to develop and deliver project change management plans, stakeholder engagement plans, training plans, and to communicate regarding projects.

  • Leads engagement with internal and external stakeholders to seek input related to project direction, deliverables and outcomes.

  • Investigates and analyses unusual problems, evaluates risks and applies innovative solutions.

  • Seeks new technology, processes and products that will benefit the project and on-going sustainment.

  • Leads strategic initiatives to facilitate the delivery of work or improve processes and procedures related to the delivery of project work.



  • Bachelor degree or a combination of education and experience in a relevant discipline such as engineering, occupational health & safety, business or operations, preferably in a utility industry.

  • A minimum of 8-10 years experience managing complex projects or leading improvements in the field of safety.

  • Understanding of complex, technical matters related to the management of safety at the site level.

  • Understanding of safety risk analysis and management, with emphasis on hazard identification, barriers and controls, and associated work processes to minimize and manage hazards at site.

  • Maturity and good judgment in analyzing and resolving challenging and unusual issues with considerable independence.

  • Ability to develop and maintain good working relationships with internal clients and stakeholders, external stakeholders, contractors and other parties.

  • Proven experience in negotiations and conflict resolution dealing with issues involving multiple stakeholders with diverse interests and needs.

  • Strong ability to anticipate, assess, monitor and proactively address risks. Investigates and analyses challenging problems, evaluates risks and applies innovative solutions to resolve conflicts.

  • Excellent oral, written and presentation communication skills.

  • Knowledge of management systems, behavioral safety, and WorkSafe BC regulations is a strong asset.



  • A condition of employment for this job is that you maintain your Class 5 Driver's License in good standing.

  • Please note some travel may be required within BC.

  • The Central Park location is located in Burnaby.We're always looking for exceptional people to bring new  ideas, fresh thinking and the motivation to help shape the electricity system in B.C. It's an exciting time to  be a part of our team as we invest in our system and prepare to meet the challenges of tomorrow.


Our values guide our work. Want to join us? 

We are safe.

We are here for our customers.

We are one team.

We act with integrity.

We respect our province.

We are forward thinking.


BC Hydro is an equal opportunity employer.


How to Apply

Don't forget to update your Candidate Profile with your current resume and copies of your certifications. If applicable, include your Trades Qualification. This will ensure we have all the necessary information to assess your application without any delays.  

Interested candidates should submit their applications online at by May 31st, 2016.