President and Chief Executive Officer, Canada Post Corporation

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Public Services and Procurement
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President and Chief Executive Officer
Ottawa, Ontario
Application Review Date:
March 9, 2018
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Canada Post is a federal Crown corporation that is mandated to provide quality postal services that meet the needs of all Canadians including individuals and businesses, in a secure and financially self-sustaining manner. The Canada Post Corporation has three subsidiaries: Purolator Holdings Ltd. SCI Group Inc. and Innovapost Inc. The Canada Post segment is evolving quickly with more than 50% of revenues coming from competitive products. In many rural and remote communities throughout the country, the post office remains as the single point of physical connection to the rest of Canada and beyond. The Minister responsible for the Canada Post Corporation has announced a new vision for Canada Post to ensure it provides high-quality innovative public services that Canadians expect at a reasonable cost. This new vision provides an opportunity to adapt to demographic changes, employ new technologies, and respond to the evolving expectations of its customers and the communities it serves.

The President and Chief Executive Officer of Canada Post is one of Canada’s most complex leadership positions. This position reports to the board of directors, which in turn reports to Parliament through the Minister of Public Services and Procurement, and works with the board and the Government of Canada in setting the corporation’s objectives and broad policies. The President and Chief Executive Officer will play a primary leadership role in operationalizing the new vision for Canada Post. The President and Chief Executive Officer has general oversight of the business and is accountable for the profitability and growth of Canada Post and its subsidiaries. The responsibilities include the development of operating and capital plans and budgets seeking acquisitions and alliances creating a commercial culture and values that are dynamic and entrepreneurial in order to adapt to the rapidly changing digital environment and global competitors and disrupters and recommending changes in rates and other regulatory matters to the board. The President and Chief Executive Officer is also responsible for developing and implementing progressive human resources strategies, ensuring a solid labour management relationship, establishing measures of corporate performance, leading a highly competent team, and ensuring the Corporation’s compliance with the Canada Post Corporation Act, the Financial Administration Act and other applicable legislation, as well as the Canadian Postal Service Charter.

Further details about the organization and its activities can be found on the Canada Post Corporation's website.

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 business or a relevant field of study or a combination of equivalent education, job-related training and experience;

  • Significant leadership experience at the CEO or senior executive level in a major, multi-faceted, labour-intensive organization operating in a competitive commercial environment that has undergone substantial business transformation. Examples include multi-site businesses involved in manufacturing, processing, logistics, physical distribution, or large scale services delivery, preferably to the public;

  • Experience in human resources and talent management, preferably in a unionized environment;

  • Experience working collaboratively with stakeholders including a board of directors and senior government officials; and

  • Experience at a senior executive level working in a complex unionized environment and dealing with labour relations issues, including collective agreements, engagement, and negotiations.

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

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge and understanding of the impact of changes in technology in general and eCommerce in particular and on the trends, practices and policies of a wide array of businesses, including the postal industry;

  • Knowledge of corporate governance and the processes for establishing and implementing effective overall corporate plans, strategies, financial planning and reporting;

  • Knowledge of public policy and of the federal government’s policies and priorities that relate to Canada Post;

  • Knowledge of the mandate and objectives of Canada Post, as well as its legislative framework, federal laws, regulations, policies and priorities affecting Canada Post;

  • Ability to provide corporate leadership in all its dimensions, including setting the vision and creating and executing strategy while providing inspirational leadership, sound management of human resources and financial assets, and transparent reporting to the Board of Directors, government, and other stakeholders;

  • Ability to develop effective working relationships with a Board of Directors, senior management, senior government officials, labour organizations and Canada Post’s partners, stakeholders and the public;

  • Ability to exercise sound, innovative business judgment and acumen and function well in an environment that may simultaneously present many complex issues;

  • Ability to facilitate consensus, manage conflicts and reconcile divergent positions; and

  • Superior communication skills, both written and oral, and the ability to act as a spokesperson when interacting with the public, 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.

  • Able to obtain the appropriate level of security clearance required for this role.

  • You are willing to travel across Canada and internationally.

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 March 9, 2018, via the Governor in Council Appointments website. 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.

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