The University of Ottawa—A crossroads of cultures and ideas
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About the faculty/service: Facilities
Facilities services are characterized by a dynamic and creative growing team where the winds of change are blowing, offering people like you opportunities to use your leadership and innovation skills to contribute to the achievement of their inspiring mission: to deliver best in class research infrastructure, reshape campus life and student experience, and provide a sustainable environment for students, researchers, teachers and community.
Reporting to the Senior Manager, Operations, the Unit Head develops, manages and monitors infrastructure-related activities, operations and staff for own section. Ensures maintenance, sound operation and reliability of this infrastructure at all times and assists in renewal planning of capital assets according to established priorities.
This position is for an 8-month contract.
In this role, your responsibilities will include:
Organizes, manages and monitors section front-line operations, as well as maintenance and upkeep, using internal staff or hiring external staff, depending on the nature and scope of the required work.
Administers the operations and collection budget envelopes for own section. Conducts daily oversight and assists the manager with term-based forecasts and annual planning.
Supervises and manages performance of section human resources and ensures necessary training (health and safety, technical). Assists with drafting of collective agreements.
Working with the Procurement service, assists with purchase of specialized services and ensures rigorous oversight of contracts with regard to technical and financial matters. Regularly inspects work, checking quality and compliance with University standards and conditions, as well as with applicable regulations, including on health and safety.
Plans and coordinates both visual and destructive building inspections. Develops and manages a preventive maintenance program to maximize building use and reduce repair costs.
Coordinates work in accordance with client requirements, provides necessary explanations and clarifications, and reports delays or problems experienced before and during work.
What you will bring:
Relevant theoretical and practical knowledge of the sector normally acquired through college education or equivalent experience
In-depth knowledge of infrastructure types under own responsibility
Ten years’ proven experience in construction or building management (professional certification may be required by the section)
Knowledge and experience related to financial, technical and material resource management
Experience in team management, human resources and collective agreements, as well as conflict resolution
Knowledge and experience regarding contract management, estimate preparation, and performance-focused contractor and worksite supervision
Knowledge and experience regarding reading and interpreting site plans and dealing with consultants (architects and engineers)
Experience in prioritizing and planning work in terms of emergencies, budgets, etc.
Experience using Microsoft 365 applications (experience using Maximo or similar maintenance management software an asset)
Critical thinking and autonomy, with ability to operate under strict deadlines and properly assess situations, respond appropriately and make informed decisions
Excellent communication, interpersonal and customer service skills
Bilingualism — English/French (spoken and written)
Key Competencies at uOttawa:
Here are the required competencies for all or our employees at uOttawa:
Planning: Organize in time a series of actions or events in order to realise an objective or a project. Plan and organize own work and priorities in regular daily activities.
Initiative: Demonstrate creativity and initiative to suggest improvements and encourage positive results. Is proactive and self-starting. Show availability and willingness to go above and beyond whenever it is possible.
Client Service Orientation: Help or serve others to meet their needs. This implies anticipating and identifying the needs of internal and external clients and finding solutions on how to meet them.
Teamwork and Cooperation: Cooperate and work well with other members of the team to reach common goal(s). Accept and give constructive feedback. Able to adjust own behaviour to reach the goals of the team.