Project Manager (MT0473, LOG2E, GR05)

Job Category: 
Term positions for management and excludeds

Position Context:

Reporting to the Principal Investigator, the Project Manager will oversee and manage the implementation of the Adaptable Earth Observing System infrastructure. Under general direction, develop and implement the assigned project and provide a single point of contact for the project. Develop detailed work plans, schedules, project estimates, resource plans, and status reports. Liaise with various stakeholders in a matrix organization comprised of Facilities, Research Office, Procurement and Principal Users (Academics from Physical and Life Sciences). Conduct project meetings and follow up on project issues, schedule and risks. Ensure adherence to granting agencies and McGill Policies and Procedures as well as review project deliverables. Provide technical and analytical guidance to project team. Recommend and take action to direct the analysis and resolution of problems.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Lead and manage the equipment procurement process including the call for tender. Collaborate with vendors and Principal Users to arrange for quotations, contracts, installation, maintenance, and ensure that all project deadlines are met.
  • Liaise and communicate with the Principal Users to establish and finalize the appropriate technical specifications.
  • Act as a liaison between CFI offices, vendors, building directors at McGill University (e.g., Gault Nature Reserve, Burnside Hall, McGill Radar Observatory, Redpath Museum) and at Université du Québec à Montréal as well as other facilities personnel to manage the implementation and maintenance of the infrastructure, including renovations.
  • Execute project utilizing established standard project management methodology including planning, scheduling, monitoring and managing project from conceptualization through implementation, and to ensure time, cost and scope meet the Principal Users requirements.
  • Identify all resources and support (human, physical, financial) with the input of the PI and Principal Users required to achieve the project objective and deliverables;
  • In collaboration with Finance and Research Offices, manage and exercise control over financial, time and resource aspects of the project against a set budget and project plan to ensure the successful maintenance and operations of the equipment.
  • Develop and implement an effective project communications plan, including planning, monitoring and adapting to address any communications needs throughout the project
  • Ensures timely input and decision making by the PI and Principal Users. Advises and make recommendations on any issues that could impede the completion of the deliverables within the project schedule and budget
  • Managing and request IOF Funds


Undergraduate degree

Three (3) years’ related experience

Other Qualifying Skills and/or Abilities:

An Undergraduate degree in Physical or Life Sciences is preferred.  A Graduate degree in Physical or Life Sciences is an asset.  Project Management experience including demonstrated ability to execute projects from the initial requirements gathering phase to deployment. Experience managing equipment procurement processes including the Call for Tender process (CFTs). Excellent organizational and time-management skills, including experience working with interdisciplinary research teams. Excellent communication and consultative skills in English and French (written and spoken). Strong interpersonal skills with a proven track-record of building strong relationships with scientific users, vendors and support staff (administrative and technical). Strong analytical background and project planning skills. Proven problem solving and negotiation skills. Demonstrated ability to take initiative, work independently and within a team. Knowledge of project management methodologies with experience managing and exercising control over financial, time and resource aspects of the project against a set budget and project plan. PMP certification is an asset.

How to Apply:

Please submit your cover letter and curriculum vitae, clearly indicating the reference number, to the Faculty of Science:


McGill University, Faculty of Science, HR Services

853 Sherbrooke Street West (Dawson Hall), room 314

Montreal, Quebec

H3A 0G5

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The deadline to apply for this position is April 20, 2018 at 5:00 PM.

*Current employees: please indicate your McGill ID number in your application.*

We thank all applicants for their interest in McGill University. However, the Faculty of Science will only contact applicants selected for an interview.

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Faculty of Science
Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
Salary Range: 
$55,400 - $70,000
Two (2) Years
Reporting to: 
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