Black & McDonald’s Utilities (Substations) team is growing! If you are committed and collaborative professional looking to contribute to a hard-working, innovative team, this opportunity is for you.

The Operations Manager is responsible for ensuring the delivery of high quality facility services to the client site(s) and typically reports directly to the Division Manager. This position is responsible for managing and delivering full management solutions including safety compliance, people and resources, project execution, profit/loss outcomes, and ultimately the performance in the budget, schedule, general performance, and profitability.


  • Serve as relationship manager to our key customers; engage them on both operational and strategic levels
  • Plan, organize, manage, and evaluate operations contracts and capital projects from conception to completion according to schedule, specifications, and budget
  • Oversee project financial performance, i.e., accounts receivables, work in progress, and budget
  • Develop, review, and publish various project reports
  • Hire, supervise, and coach the activities of subordinate unionized and non-unionized staff
  • Prepare contracts and negotiate revisions, changes and additions to contractual agreements with architects, consultants, clients, suppliers, and subcontractors
  • Adherence to and implementation of health, safety, quality control, and environment policies and programs
  • Direct the purchase of supplies and materials
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Change Orientation
  • Communicates Effectively
  • Continuous Learning
  • Customer Focus
  • Holds Self and Others Accountable
  • Problem Solving and Innovation
  • Teamwork and Collaboration
  • Values and Respects Others
  • Coaches and Develops
  • Maximizes Business Performance and Team Effectiveness
  • Strategic Perspective


Degree or Diploma in

  • Estimating
  • Project Management
  • Construction Engineering Technology
  • Construction Management
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Building Automation Systems
  • HVAC Systems

The following certifications/designations are considered an asset

  • PMP designation
  • Gold Seal Certification
  • Construction safety certifications
  • MBA
  • 10 years of experience as a tradesperson in the electrical trade may substitute for education requirements.


  • 5+ years’ experience with a multi-trade contractor in the construction sector, ideally in Utilities/Substations
  • Experience managing substation projects


  • Due to many mandatory vaccination requirements at client projects / facilities, in order to provide substantial employment by ensuring compliance with our clients mandates, the successful candidate may be required to validate full vaccination prior to hire.

Proficient knowledge and understanding of:

  • Contract management
  • Construction scheduling, planning, and execution
  • Blue print reading
  • Project structural design interpretation
  • Financial statements – read and comprehend
  • Established utilities practices, procedures and techniques
  • Applicable local and provincial labour codes
  • Managing / leading union and non-union staff
  • Business operations processes
  • Organization and time management

Proficient user of:

  • MS Office (Word, Excel, Project)
  • JD Edwards or an Oracle-based ERP system
  • Bid2Win
  • Accubid
  • Primavera
  • DSI platform
  • Willing and able to travel to project sites within Canada and sometimes the United States as necessary
  • Maintain a valid driver’s license
  • Must obtain and maintain necessary security clearances based on project requirements

Black & McDonald welcomes and encourages applications from persons with disabilities.
Accommodations are available upon request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the recruitment and selection process.