President and Chief Executive Officer, Defence Construction (1951) Limited

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Public Services and Procurement
Position title:
President and Chief Executive Officer
Salary range:
$188,500.00 - $221,700.00/Year
Ottawa, Ontario
Application Review Date:
November 6, 2018
Opportunity number:

Defence Construction Canada (Defence Construction (1951) Limited) is a federal Crown corporation that carries out a wide range of procurement, construction, operational, maintenance, environmental and full lifecycle support activities required to fulfill the defence infrastructure needs of Canada. Defence Construction Canada's clients include the Department of National Defence, the Canadian Armed Forces, and the Communications Security Establishment of Canada.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the President and Chief Executive Officer is primarily responsible for the overall management and performance of the Corporation. This includes;

  • meeting with the Executive Management Team on a regular basis to review strategic, operational, financial, and human resources matters;

  • leading annual strategic planning processes, including a risk management analysis and the protection of the assets of DCC;

  • maintaining a productive and collaborative relationship with the Chairperson of the Board of Directors;

  • maintaining a productive and professional relationship with representatives of Defence Construction Canada’s clients and the construction industry as a whole;

  • ensuring that the appropriate organizational structures, systems, staff resources, compensation programs and infrastructure are made available to achieve corporate plan objectives and DCC’s mandate; and

  • monitoring performance goals against objectives to ensure that the operations and governance of DCC fulfill the mandate, vision and business strategies approved by the Board of Directors.

Diversity and Official Languages

The Government of Canada will consider bilingual proficiency and diversity in assessing applicants. You are therefore encouraged to include in your online profile your ability to speak and understand your second official language. Preference may be given to applicants who are members of one or more of the following groups: women, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and members of a visible minority group.

To be considered, please ensure that the information provided in your curriculum vitae and cover letter clearly demonstrate how you meet the following requirements:

Education and Experience

  • A degree from a recognized university in a relevant field of study or an acceptable combination of education, job-related training and/or experience;

  • Significant management experience at the senior executive level, including managing human and financial resources and working with a board of directors;

  • Experience in strategic management, organizational change and implementing modern corporate governance principles and best practices;

  • Experience working directly or indirectly in the construction industry, including but not limited to experience managing and delivering retrofit projects;

  • Experience in managing diverse and complex stakeholder relations;

  • Experience working with various levels of government; and

  • Experience in risk-management which includes past experience developing risk management frameworks and reporting on mitigation strategies.

If you move on to the next stage of the selection process, the following criteria will be assessed:

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the mandate of DCC, its business activities and public policy issues, as well as its governing legislation including the Canada Business Corporations Act, the Defence Production Act and the Financial Administration Act;

  • Knowledge of the federal government’s policies and priorities and how they relate to DCC;

  • Knowledge of corporate governance principles and best practices;

  • Knowledge of financial planning and reporting processes;

  • Knowledge of public-private partnerships (PPP) and alternative project delivery methods, such as design-build and joint ventures;

  • Knowledge of the construction industry and the specific challenges that may arise within the sector;

  • Knowledge of procurement practices, including those of the Government of Canada;

  • Ability to manage, provide corporate vision, leadership and the strategic direction needed for DCC to fulfill its mandate and attain its objectives effectively and efficiently;

  • Ability to develop effective relationships with a board of directors, stakeholders, clients, and DCC’s partners;

  • Ability to implement decisions made by the Board of Directors and report back to the Board on progress, as well the ability to facilitate consensus and to manage conflicts, should they arise; and

  • Superior communication skills, both written and oral, and the ability to act as a spokesperson in dealing with stakeholders, media, public institutions, governments and other organizations.

Language Requirements

Proficiency in both official languages would be preferred.

If you move on the the next stage of the selection process, we will contact your references to confirm that you meet the above selection criteria and that you possess the following Personal Attributes:

  • Leadership and influence

  • Superior interpersonal and communications skills

  • Sound judgment

  • Integrity and high ethical standards

  • Conceptual/innovative thinking

  • Tact and diplomacy

Eligibility Factors and Conditions of Employment

• Appointees must comply with the Ethical and Political Activity Guidelines for Public Office Holders throughout their appointment as a term and condition of employment. The guidelines are available on the Governor in Council Appointments website under Forms and reference material.

• All appointees are subject to the Conflicts of Interest Act. Public office holders appointed on a full-time basis must also submit to the Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics within 60 days of appointment, a confidential report in which they disclose all of their assets, liabilities and outside activities. For more information, please visit the Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner's website.

  • Appointees must uphold the highest standards of probity and are expected to demonstrate behaviours in the workplace that afford respect, equality and dignity, to everyone they interact with at work at all times. The Values and Ethics Code for the Public Sector outlines the values and expected behaviours for public servants, including valuing diversity and creating workplaces free from harassment and discrimination. Governor in Council appointees are expected to uphold and respect these values and principles in a positive and active manner.

  • If you are appointed to this position, you must reside in or be willing to relocate to the National Capital Region, or to a location within a reasonable commuting distance.

  • If you are appointed to this position, you must willing to travel across Canada.

A link to this notice will be placed in the Canada Gazette to assist the Governor in Council in identifying qualified candidates for this positions. It is not, however, intended to be the sole means of recruitment. A roster of qualified candidates may be established and may be used for similar opportunities.

How to Apply

Review of applications will begin on November 6, 2018. Candidates must apply online via the Governor in Council Appointments website. Candidates are strongly encouraged to submit their applications by this date. After this date, your application will be retained and may be considered up until an appointment to the position is made. Your cover letter should be addressed to the Deputy Director of Selection Processes, Senior Personnel Secretariat, Privy Council Office, and should be sent only through the online application.

Instructions on how to apply for an appointment opportunity can be found on the Governor in Council Appointments website.

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