Position Description

Operations Project Specialist - Water Treatment Experience
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The PHAI is a federal initiative to clean up low-level radioactive wastes situated in the Municipality of Port Hope and the Municipality of Clarington. The project involves remediating several contaminated sites to established clean-up criteria and consolidating the wastes in a new engineered mound (one in each community). The remediation and construction aspects of the project are subject to CNSC licence and environmental approvals. In addition, the Port Hope portion of the PHAI is executed in close coordination with the Cameco Corporation’s Vision in Motion project and the Municipality of Port Hope’s public works projects. The PHAI has a very high public profile and is a top priority for the Government of Canada and the Port Hope area communities.


The Operations Project Specialist reports to the Manager, Waste Water Operations and is responsible for:

  • Actively assist with the definition, coordination and implementation of the various engineering work packages (i.e., developing strategies, developing schedules, etc.).

  • Review technical studies and detailed reports prepared by original designers and consultants and other contributing parties to ensure high quality (accuracy and appropriateness) and consistency with formats/requirements to CNL technical documentation standards.

  • Complete research leading to the development of practical and economical solutions to specific problems encountered by the project.

  • Monitor progress on engineering and design work activities, contracts, against standards, objectives and specifications.

  • Monitor deliverables for accuracy and adequacy, check calculations and assess needs for potential changes in scope, cost, schedule or quality.

  • Provide input and research information to assist the Manager in contractual matters and assists in the identification and scoping of project deliverables and associated cost projections.

  • Prepare/review various project documents including Technical Scope of Work, Statement of work, project schedules and project budgets.

  • Assist in preparation of contract documents, coordinate tendering of contracts with Procurement, assist in evaluation of tenders and selection of contractors, as well as coordinate award of contract with procurement.

  • Review contractor submittals (schedules, Standard Operating Procedure, reports, costs/invoices, etc.), and ensure scope requirements are met.

  • Interface with the site characterization team to ensure that schedule and budget are met, as well as to ensure that issues are addressed. Operations Project Specialist will also interface with the operations team to coordinate the commissioning, and handover of documentation.

  • Work closely with the programs and compliance group in other to assure alignment and resolve problems.

  • Maintain a high level of creative thinking and keep abreast of developments and technologies in the field, including applicable codes and standards related to plant operations.

  • Play an active role in the change order process, ensuring that CNL processes are followed, ensuring application of all contractual terms, ensuring that changes are properly approved and that all those with a need to know are aware of and approving (if applicable) such changes.

  • Assist in monitoring, documenting, and reporting on supplier performance, as well as reviewing supplier performance improvement plans for the work.

  • Assist in the development of the contract administration plan in conjunction with procurement personnel.

  • Verify contract completion.

  • Administer and track job progress and monitor the work activities to verify contract compliance.

  • Document decisions and events.

  • Ensure that all work has been completed and that all deficiencies and administrative matters have been resolved.

  • Assist in completing contract closeout reports for contractor's performance.

  • Provide support in resolving contract disputes

  • Planning and controlling work, carrying out assignments based on broad direction with minimal supervision.

  • Act as the “Contract Sponsor” and ensure safety provisions are in place prior to the start of work.

  • Participating in public meetings, hearings and other forums convened to review or discuss the WMF/LTWMF operations and leading tours of the facilities for stakeholders and approved visitors.

  • Implementing the Corporate CNL initiatives that apply to the WMF/LTWMF operations.


  • The Operations Project Specialist should hold a university degree in engineering (mechanical, chemical, electrical) or applied science or have equivalent experience resulting in sound knowledge of some engineering specialty and significant related engineering working experience.  Registration or eligible for membership in a provincial engineering association, or equivalent, is desirable.

  • Experience in completing projects and administering contracts related to waste water treatment, or industrial process within an industrial setting. More specifically, experience in mechanical, electrical or chemical process, especially those involving waste water treatment are a definite asset.

  • Experience and capability in managing and supporting project teams, providing input to investigation and design teams and the development and implementation of contracts related to environmental projects.

  • Must have knowledge of engineering procedures and practices, organization and quality processes. A good understanding of compliance program requirements (e.g. radiation protection) and knowledgeable of procurement practices.

  • Must have knowledge of project management principles (scope, schedule, time, quality, risk) and hands-on experience in the management of environmental and engineering activities.

  • Technical background or demonstrated understanding of engineering and/or construction contracts.

  • Technical background or demonstrated understanding of waste water treatment processes are a key asset.

  • Sound knowledge of ethical project management and business practices. Ability to apply sound judgment to identify and resolve disputes according to contractual requirements.

  • Strong analytical, business and negotiation skills to manage adherence to contractual requirements.

  • Must be able to work independently, establishing priorities in meeting conflicting requirement deadlines.

  • Willingness to devote additional/extended hours and work under pressure.

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate both orally and in writing in a large complex matrix organization.

  • Must have the ability to reconcile the disparate objectives of buyer and seller as contracting parties, and to manage both internal clients and external suppliers.

  • Must have a proven capability to lead others through influence rather than authority.

  • Formal training and experience in managing projects and administering contracts, as well as experience with low-level radioactive waste is an asset.

  • Must be a team player with superior verbal communication and technical writing skills as well as the ability to work effectively with personnel of varying disciplines.

  • Must be proficient in MS Office applications (e.g., WORD, EXCEL, ACCESS, MS PROJECT, etc).

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