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Senior Project Manager

Posting Number: 3501
Company Description: Nova Scotia Power Inc.
Department Description: Reg. Marketing Admin.
Number of Open Positions: 1
Location: CA - Halifax, Nova Scotia


  • Job Title: Senior Project Manager (AMI Project) 
  • Department: Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) Project
  • Reference #: 3501
  • Type of Employment: Regular, Full time
  • Location: Halifax, NS
  • Date Posted: December 5, 2017


Nova Scotia Power’s greatest source of energy is our people. In a culture focused on safety and our customers, we’re committed to providing exceptional electricity service to Nova Scotians and rewarding careers for our employees. We’re hiring solution-minded people excited to help us grow into the future. Therefore we are currently looking to fill the position of Senior Project Manager for our pending Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) Project.

Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) is a secure communication network system that involves installation of advanced new technology and new meters. The meters used in AMI systems are commonly referred to as “smart meters” as they allow for remote two-way communication capability which enables a wide variety of benefits including operational efficiencies that translate into customer savings; modernization of NS Power’s grid to become more responsive and improve reliability; and it provides customers with access to tools to better manage their electricity use and stay on budget.

As a member of the AMI Project Delivery team, you will join a dynamic group of responsive Project Management professionals leading Enterprise IT enabled projects. The Senior Project Manager is an integral member of the AMI project team and provides (technical) project leadership, supports the strategic direction and provides oversight for the activities related to the implementation of our AMI Solution.  If you excel in the areas of technical leadership, collaboration, problem solving, and you have the right experience such as experience in deployment of Enterprise class solutions, you are a strong candidate for this position.


In the role of Senior Project Manager, you will be responsible for managing the AMI project using Emera’s Solution Development Life Cycle (SDLC) framework and methodology (based on PMI’s PMBOK).  You will provide overall project management including accountably for all project control document deliverables, and are responsible for ensuring successful delivery of quality project deliverables on an approved budget and timeline.

Specific accountabilities include (but not limited to): 

  • Provide leadership throughout all project phases;
  • Develop and manage overall planning, budgeting, scope management, scheduling and resourcing of projects;
  • Monitor and control key indicators and milestones throughout the delivery of the project;
  • Manage project communications and business expectations;
  • Make recommendations and take corrective action to manage issues and risks throughout an assigned project;
  • Prepare status reports for project stakeholders;
  • Ensure all relevant commercial requirements are met including legal and procurement within scope of a project;
  • Provide overall administration and coordination of project team activities, including prioritizing work assignments, team development, coaching and performance evaluation; and,
  • Contribute to the knowledge and organizational learning through providing project mentoring to other members of the team.


You will be responsible for personal safety and that of co-workers by observing all Occupational Health and Safety Rules and Regulations.

Skills, Capabilities and Experience:  The successful candidate must have at least ten (10) years’ experience in a Project Manager role, preferably on IT enabled intensive projects with budgets > $50M. Preference will be given to those candidates with an undergraduate degree or diploma in Computer Science, Engineering, Management, or Accounting. PMP certification or comparable PM certification (or demonstrated intent), is required. You are well versed in project management practices, systems delivery methodologies, tools, techniques and trends.

You possess solid communication and interpersonal skills, conflict management skills, and negotiation skills. You have the ability to work under self-direction toward pre-determined long-term goals, and use considerable latitude in determining objectives of the assignment. The successful candidate will understand that diplomacy, effective listening and the ability to influence or persuade are essential for effective management of projects.  Knowledge of NSPI business processes and utility practices are an asset.

The successful Senior Project Manager will have the demonstrated capabilities above, but being a comfortable leader and contributor will be just as important.  The successful candidate will have a positive attitude, high personal standards and be a good communicator.  In addition, they should be at home in a technical environment where success is based on establishing face-to-face working relationships with stakeholders and subject matter experts.

The critical skills for this role include:

  • Demonstrated Project Management capabilities (leadership, influence, delegation, organization, facilitation, project planning & control, stakeholder management);
  • Experience in deployment of Enterprise class solutions;
  • Experience managing both the business and the technical aspects of a project;
  • Experience using MS Project to manage tasks, schedule and resources;
  • Working knowledge/certification of ITIL and/or Prosci would be considered an asset.

The successful candidate must be willing to complete a Criminal Background Check.

Reports To:  Director, Customer Solutions.

Salary: Commensurable with qualifications and experience.

Recruitment & Promotion Policy:  When filling vacant positions, we are determined to hire the best candidates available.  We're committed to providing employees with a fair and equal opportunity to compete for jobs.  Hiring and promotion of employees is based on skills, capabilities, knowledge and demonstrated abilities.

We value diversity in the workplace and strongly encourage applications from all qualified candidates including African Nova Scotians and other members of the visible minority community, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities, and women in non-traditional roles.  Applicants from these designated groups wishing to self-identify may do so through a series of questions in the on-line application process.
Normally, unless otherwise requested in advance, the supervisors of internal candidates selected for an interview will be contacted in order to facilitate scheduling of the interviews.  The supervisor will maintain the confidentiality of the employee's application.

To Apply: Please click on the 'Apply' button at the end of the online posting and complete all required fields.  Application deadline is December 19, 2017. Late applications may not receive consideration.



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