Black & McDonald’s Western Utilities team is growing! If you are an independent, enthusiastic, and driven professional searching for an opportunity to build a solid foundation for your career, this position is for you. The Project Manager is located in Edmonton or Calgary and typically reports directly to the Division Manager.

Project Managers plan, organize, direct, control and evaluate assigned project(s) from start to finish and in accordance with schedule, specifications and budget. Their primary focus is safety, planning, monitoring progress, scheduling, quality, costs management, estimating, reporting, and managing project change under the direction of senior leadership.

  • Provide leadership for assigned project in regards to cost, schedule, quality, safety, and contract performance
  • Establish project objectives, policies, procedures and performance standards as per company policy and contract specifications
  • Establish and maintain excellent relationships with all stakeholders including Black & McDonald team members, clients, consultants, joint venture partners, trades, subcontractors, vendors, suppliers, and the community, while keeping them informed of relevant information
  • Plan, prepare, monitor, and manage construction schedule and milestones
  • Ensure work is performed in compliance with applicable standards – ie. HSE regulations, company policies and procedures, and contract requirements
  • Monitor and report on progress, labour productivity, work outcomes, budget, cost, and forecast
  • Prepare and submit project estimates and price/negotiate all changes in scope as required
  • Prepare contracts and negotiate revisions, changes and additions to contractual agreements with clients, suppliers, subcontractors, and consultants
  • Review work/contracts/WIP for areas of risk and correct deficiencies
  • Ensure material and equipment are available to tradespersons
  • Ensure monthly cost forecasting and checklists are completed accurately and on time
  • Ensure accurate productivity reports are completed weekly.


  • Communicates Effectively
  • Customer Focus
  • Holds Self and Others Accountable
  • Problem Solving and Innovation
  • Values and Respects Others
  • Coaches and Develops
  • Maximizes Business Performance and Team Effectiveness
  • Red Seal Journeyman or Electrical Technologist Degree


Degree or Diploma in

  • Construction Management
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering

The following certifications/designations are considered an asset

  • PMP designation
  • Gold Seal Certification
  • Construction safety certifications

Experience as a tradesperson in the electrical trade may substitute for education requirements.


  • 5+ years as an Electrical or Civil Project Manager in the construction industry
  • 10+ years working in the Electrical or Civil industry
  • 8+ years’ of project management experience shallow utilities and/or civil industry
  • Experience managing underground utilities and traffic intersection projects
  • Construction scheduling, planning, and execution


Proficient knowledge and understanding of:

  • Contract management
  • 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 nonunion staff
  • Business operations processes
  • Organization and time management

Proficient user of:

  • MS Office (Word, Excel)
  • Microsoft Project (Must)
  • JD Edwards or an Oracle-based ERP system
  • Bid2Win
  • Willing and able to travel in Alberta
  • Valid Alberta Driver’s License required

Black & McDonald welcomes and encourages applications from persons with accessibility accommodation requirements. Accessibility accommodations are available upon request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the recruitment and selection process.