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Senior Program Manager, Systems Engineering

New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada
11 days ago


Senior Program Manager, Systems Engineering

About the job

Looking for an opportunity to be a part of something big? Make a difference in your community, join the Translink movement!

The largest investment in transit and transportation in Metro Vancouver's history was approved by the Mayors' Council on Regional Transportation and the TransLink Board of Directors has set the stage for unprecedented increases to transit service. With the investment, our Enterprise is tasked with creating greater efficiencies and building our technology to support the advancement in our transportation system.

As such, Translink is currently looking for a Senior Program Manager, Systems Engineering to join the systems engineering team to provide expert level strategic technical leadership on various systems' programs.

The Systems Engineering department is responsible for delivering projects for the British Columbia Rapid Transit Company (BCRTC, or SkyTrain), Coast Mountain Bus Company (CMBC) as well as other stakeholders within the TransLink Enterprise. The department exists to deliver a structured approach to the identification, design, realisation and cutover of complex system solutions.


  • Develops strategies, plans and tactics to support highly complex technical elements of transportation service systems.
  • Carries out the most complex technical elements of the work, involving expert level diagnostics to assess considerable challenges and issues; and breaks new ground in the development and implementation of innovative solutions.
  • Applies an expert level of judgement to balance risk, cost/benefit, and other technical, operational and business considerations in the development of innovative solutions.
  • Leads consultation and facilitates resolution with senior leaders and other key stakeholders, providing expert advice and information on the most complex challenges and issues.
  • Develops and implements the necessary controls to identify and mitigate risks, and minimize interruption of services. Alerts senior leaders to critical risks as they emerge, making recommendations for corrective action.
  • Develops reports and presentations on status of highly complex technical elements of transportation service systems, to ensure senior leaders and other stakeholders understand risks, options and potential solutions.
  • Develop technical standards and practices for highly complex elements of transportation service systems.


Experience with TransLink’s existing systems, particularly SkyTrain systems is preferred, although experience in automated train systems with other agencies would be beneficial as well.

Familiarity with Systems Engineering principles is required, specifically the Systems Engineering lifecycle such as requirements definition, concept of operations development, design, verification and validation, testing and commissioning, operations and maintenance, and decommissioning.

Successful candidate will be required to manage a team of technical staff and collaborate closely with project managers for capital project delivery.

The systems and project you will be working on include:

  • SkyTrain Train Control systems
  • Radio systems & Telephone systems
  • Optical Transport Network (OTN)
  • Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA)
  • Fire Life and Safety Systems (FLSS)
  • Power Supply and Distribution system
  • Closed-Circuit Television Systems (CCTV)
  • Broadway Subway Project (Systems components)
  • OMC4 Project (Systems Component)

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Education & Experience:

The competencies for this position would be acquired through completion of University degree in Engineering and/or Business, a Professional Engineering designation or eligible to register as a P.Eng. PMP certification is also required. Requires 8 years of previous experience in full cycle engineering project management for large and complex programs or projects.

Other requirements:

  • Expert knowledge of the principles, theories, concepts and practices of project and program management.
  • Advanced leadership skills to provide coaching, development and performance management to reporting staff.
  • Advanced interpersonal skills to build and maintain relationships with multiple internal and external stakeholders, including negotiation skills as they relate to contracts and resolution of contractual issues.
  • Advanced analytical thinking and problem-solving skills, to resolve critical and high impact issues.
  • Advanced financial acumen to allow for effective planning, management, and expenditure of operational and capital costs.
  • Advanced time management and organization skills to balance and coordinate effort across multiple, concurrent activities.
  • Advanced verbal and written communication skills.
  • Solid technical skills in business and project management computer applications and databases.


The salary range for this position starts at $116,681 per annum.

The Total Compensation Package includes Extended Health, Dental, Transit Pass and enrollment in the Public Service Pension Plan. Focus on your development through tuition reimbursement, training, and mentorship programs. Enjoy a variety of health and wellness programs, including access to gym facilities. Speak to us to know more about what we offer.


37.5 hours per week


Recruitment Process: An applicant will be required to demonstrate their suitability for this position by meeting the minimum level of qualifications and experience in order to be invited into the selection process. A standard interview format will be used including general, scenario and behavioural descriptive interview questions.

COVID-19 Safety Vaccination Policy

To support public health, and protect the health and safety of our employees, customers, and their families, TransLink employees will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and will need to provide proof of full vaccination status in compliance with the employer’s COVID-19 Safety Vaccination Policy.

Accommodations may be applicable under the BC Human Rights Code. Should an applicant be unable to provide proof of full vaccination and should an accommodation be requested, additional information will be required to determine whether the individual is entitled to be accommodated.


Please go to to apply for this position and view instructions on the process. Please note that only those short-listed will be contacted.

Please save your (1) cover letter, and your (2) resume as one pdf document prior to uploading your application on-line.

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Recruitment Process: An applicant will be required to demonstrate their suitability for this position by meeting the minimum level of qualifications and experience in order to be invited into the selection process. A standard interview format will be used including general, scenario, and behavioral descriptive interview questions.


We are an equal opportunity employer committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive workforce that is free of all forms of discrimination. We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations and will work with you to meet your needs. If you are a person with a disability and require assistance during the application process, please reach out! We celebrate our inclusive work environment and welcome members of all backgrounds, skills and perspectives.

Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.  For a confidential inquiry, simply email us at

Job Information

  • Job ID: 59992115
  • Location:
    New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada
  • Position Title: Senior Program Manager, Systems Engineering
  • Company Name: Translink
  • Job Function: Systems Engineering Manager
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
  • Min Experience: 7-10 Years
  • Salary: $116,681.00 (Yearly Salary)

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