The purpose of this position is to ensure the CNL Project Risk Management (PRM) framework is consistently applied across all CNL Missions/Programs. The Manager, Project Risk reports to the Executive Director, Central Program Management Office and will provide essential leadership in applying PRM techniques and will be accountable for the PRM processes and tools associated with carrying out the PRM framework, including defining requirements, training materials and delivery, and initiating, planning, executing, and monitoring PRM for all projects in the Life Cycle Baseline, gate reviews, summary reporting to CNL management, and continual improvement in the PRM framework. This position will play a critical role in demonstrating CNL’s approach to proactive risk stewardship.
Leads a small team of Project Risk Specialists to assist project teams in following the PRM framework;
Provide leadership and direction to the Canadian Nuclear Laboratories as the centre for excellence in Project Management as an expert in PRM practices and theory;
Lead the development, preparation, review, and delivery of monthly reports on the state and status of PRM across the Missions using KPIs; liaison with line organizations to obtain PRM status updates;
Providing guidance, direction, recommendations, and specialized assistance to project managers for the resolution of complex PRM issues;
Providing comprehensive, reliable data analysis, and identify trends and provide summary analysis and risk evaluation for Mission project management and PMO leadership;
Developing, implementing, and maintaining PRM methodologies, procedures, forms, and tools, including proactive identification, evaluation, and monitoring of risk and opportunity in the project environment;
Participate in Gate Reviews and ensures the PRM process supports the Gating and Sanctioning process in all stages;
Support developing, implementing, and maintaining a database system to initiate and carry out all PRM functions;
Support developing, implementing, and maintaining in the database a function for archiving and retaining past project risk data as lessons learned to assist future project teams in developing robust risk management plans and risk registers;
Conducting Risk Register reviews and facilitating risk review meetings with project teams, as needed;
Promoting effective quality assurance and integration of project risk with budgets and schedules to perform comprehensive risk analysis, including SME interviews, range estimating, parametric modelling, and Monte Carlo analysis using Primavera Risk Analysis software;
Builds and sustains relationships with line management, project delivery staff, clients and stakeholders;
Sets the standard on assumptions and attendant risks;
Providing support, education and training to staff to build risk awareness within the organization;
With senior management, establishing and quantifying the organization’s 'risk appetite', i.e. the level of risk they are prepared to accept;
Proactively works with program team members and functional counterparts to identify and prioritize project risks based on potential impact and likelihood;
Leads the team in developing creative/alternative solutions to mitigate risks and satisfactorily address issues in a timely and cost-effective manner;
Facilitating the risk assessment process, including: communicating risk assessment timelines, tracking and escalating completion status, providing status reporting, providing guidance on how assessments should be completed;
Additional responsibilities may include leading process improvement activities, participating in risk assessment special projects and other risk related activities;
Provide leadership, direction, and guidance to employees working on assigned project. Effectively communicate project expectations to team members and stakeholders in a timely fashion;
Works with contractors to assess contractor held risks and their views on CNL held risks that impact upon them;
Leads the assessment of PRM performance across CNL and benchmarking of CNL PRM practices against the latest practices across industry. Leads improvement initiatives to close identified gaps in work practices, PRM competency, or the CNL PRM process.Recommends levels of Management Reserves (MR) for each project and operations activity.
Effective data analysis of complex information from multiple stakeholders and data sources (including Primavera P6 schedules, Fuse, budgets, narrative plans, WBS Dictionaries, and monthly reports) in order to identify and resolve interdependencies and inconsistencies in data provided by contributors to the PRM process.
Work with the project teams to define recommendations to more efficiently mitigate risk elements and to improve quality of schedules for suitability for running Monte Carlo simulations.Able to quickly discern arising issues and demonstrates tact in effectively implementing resolutions;
Manages the activities and performance of the Project Risk Specialists
Functional responsibility, with regard to PRM, for Project Risk Coordinators in the Missions/Programs to influence the work of Mission/Program area leads as well as the Project Risk Coordinators across CNL;
Reviews the work of others in the Mission/Program areas who are involved in the development of PRM deliverable;
Accountable for staffing decisions, performance evaluations, and salary reviews;
Performs other duties as required.
Solid knowledge of all project controls functions and the role PRM plays in the context of tracking, forecasting, analysing, and reporting of project costs, schedules, and key performance indicators, along with demonstrated supervisory and leadership experience;
University degree in an engineering or business, project, or risk management related discipline with a minimum 10 years of project experience or equivalent combination of formal training, education and experience;
PMP/ PMI-RMP certification with PMI and/or DRMP certification with AACE International considered a benefit;
Specific experience with Project Risk Management, compliance management, project lifecycle stage gating, and/or quality assurance and control;
Plan and deliver PRM guidelines, training, presentations, and workshops and arrange one-on-one training to project team members responsible for stewarding risk management to ensure the PRM process is of high quality and adds value to the organization;
Good theoretical and practical understanding of statistical methods, probability, and risk analysis processes and tools;
Must have knowledge of and experience using Primavera P6 scheduling software; ability to provide guidance, coaching on Risk and Project Schedule development;
Knowledge and experience using Primavera Risk Analysis software a definite benefit;
Knowledge and experience using Acumen Fuse software is a benefit;
Good knowledge of MS Excel software, MS Word and PowerPoint software;
Demonstrated ability to effectively manage human performance, lead and motivate teams, plan and organize work, monitor and report business performance, work with minimal direction, and make timely decisions;
Proven planning and organizational skills and is competent in leading others to deliver the expected results on a diverse set of objectives, on time, and on budget;
Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in written form in mediums from email to procedures and presentations. This includes the ability to effectively interact with management, peers, and internal and external stakeholders;
Strong interpersonal and oral / written communication skills, judgment, initiative, strong drive, and positive attitude with the ability to build relationships at all levels;
Strong business and technical analysis, logic and program management skills;
Negotiation skills and the ability to influence people;
Numerical skills and the ability to evaluate costs;
The ability to understand broad business issues with commercial awareness.
Employer will assist with relocation costs.
Internal Number: 21164
About Canadian Nuclear Laboratories
CNL is Canada’s premier nuclear science and technology organization. CNL is a world leader in developing peaceful and innovative applications from nuclear technology through its expertise in physics, metallurgy, chemistry, biology and engineering.Highly skilled employees enthusiastically deliver a range of nuclear services – ranging from research and development, design and engineering to specialized technology, waste management and decommissioning. Today, CNL continues its commitment to ensure that Canadians and the world receive energy, health, and environmental benefits from nuclear science and technology with confidence that nuclear safety and security are assured.