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Manager, Contracts & Business Strategy

Job IDF2-5D-6D-13-74-AC
CompanyAtomic Energy Of Canada Limited
Date Posted2023-03-07
Posted Until2023-09-03
Job TypeFixed-term
Job CategoryMiscellaneous
Canada's leader in nuclear science and technology, Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL), is searching for a Manager, Contracts & Business Strategy to join a dynamic and highly motivated management team. AECL is a federal Crown corporation that delivers innovative solutions to address urgent challenges posed by climate change, health care, environmental remediation, and security.

AECL is looking for a strategic thinker, who can lead and organize the business planning cycle, and who possesses excellent analytical and communications skills.

Reporting to the Lead Contracting Officer, the Manager will support AECL with planning and performance oversight, contract management, and the overall delivery of corporate goals and objectives.

The Manager will provide oversight of key performance and financial activities undertaken by AECL's contractor, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL), to ensure alignment with those of AECL and the Government of Canada. This position is also responsible for government reporting and other aspects of government funding.

The position will be for a three-year term and be based out of AECL's Ottawa or Chalk River, Ontario office locations.

Essential Responsibilities:

- Lead the monthly performance review of CNL. This includes review of cost and schedule performance as well progress against committed milestones and identification of over-arching organizational issues impacting performance.
- Lead annual corporate planning activities, quarterly and annual business reporting, project financial forecasting and all other reporting as required.
- Oversee CNL's corporate planning activities, including their annual budget and work plan, funding requirements and longer-term planning and manage AECL's review, challenge, and acceptance of these plans.
- Lead the review and negotiation of contract changes and variations.
- Lead processes required to adjust approved Government funding profiles
- Lead the development of business cases to support any new Government of Canada funding requests
- Understand the Federal Government planning and reporting structure to ensure AECL and Government requirements are met.
- Meet with senior level CNL personnel to discuss and resolve questions or issues associated with contract requirements, performance, and/or reporting.
- Advise the AECL leadership team on long-range contract strategies to assure they are compatible with overall mission, objectives, and projected program requirements.
- Resolve highly complex and unique contract management problems associated with specific projects.
- Identify trends that impact effectiveness in contracting practices across AECL, develop lessons learned and corrective action plans to address deficiencies, and strategically incorporate results into future oversight
- Oversee contractor performance against complex contractual pricing arrangements and incentives characterized by multiple incentives requiring sophisticated contracting techniques, i.e., sharing arrangements such as cost-plus-incentive/award fee.
- Analyze CNL business performance, trends, and their impact on organizational performance; make recommendations on alternative courses of action, including risk assessment, capital investment, and assisting in the development of procedures and processes to ensure compliance to company and federal government requirements.
- Lead the integration of strategic financial inputs, scope and schedule performance across the company's functional areas in order to prepare required strategic updates and plans (Board performance updates, corporate plans, funding requests, forecasts and Treasury Board submissions ( e.g. estimates.).
- Manage the monitoring, measuring, and reporting on AECL internal plans within agreed upon formats and timescales (eg. incentive program(s)).
- Lead the integration of the company's review and/or acceptance of the contractor's compliance with financial management requirements of the contract to include invoices, quarterly reconciliation reports, funds management and cost allowability.
- Manage the oversight of cost models related to the contractor's program costs (overhead, waste storage, disposal, labour).
- Manage ongoing updates of the estimate underlying the decommissioning liability, including the integration of input from across AECL for any changes to the estimate and in the preparation of the year-end update provided to OAG, NRCan and central agencies.

Required Skills, Experience and Qualifications:

- Bachelor's degree in economics, finance, business, or a related discipline.
- Candidates must have a minimum of seven (7) years demonstrated experience in working with multi-disciplinary subjects/topics involving integrating, organizing, planning, coordinating, assessing, analyzing, and presenting information and ideas.
- Demonstrated experience in corporate management, policy analysis and strong analytical skills in dealing with complex issues and bringing them to resolution
- Accounting designation (CGA, CMA, CA) is an asset.
- Project Management experience. PMP or ACCE certification is an asset.
- Contract Management is considered an asset.
- Sound understanding of financial reporting systems and planning processes.
- Strong general management skills, including planning, budgeting, resourcing, time management, negotiation skills, contract management and administration and progress reporting for an executive audience.
- Analytical thinking skills, problem solving and attention to detail is required.
- Has a sound understanding of the interaction of operations, projects and supporting groups.
- Able to assume a leadership role when integrating effort associated with assembling reports from multiple stakeholders.
- Experience in reviewing strategic issues/topics and developing and writing business plans, reports, presentation packages, briefing notes and annotated agendas.
- Working within a federal department or crown corporation dealing with business planning and administration would be an asset.
- Strong communication abilities complemented by excellent presentation skills and writing ability.
- Experience and judgment to assess, recommend and initiate changes or recommend mitigating action.
- Experience with target-cost and incentive fee contracts, as well as management and operating contracts is an asset.
- Demonstrated ability to use Excel and spreadsheets and other Microsoft office products (e.g. Word, PowerPoint).

Please note the selected candidate must successfully meet Government of Canada security clearance requirements.

About AECL:
As a federal Crown corporation, Atomic Energy of Canada Limited (AECL) has a mandate to enable nuclear science and technology and manage the Government of Canada's radioactive waste liabilities. Since 2015, AECL has been delivering its mandate through a Government-owned, Contractor-operated (GoCo) business model, whereby a private-sector organization, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL), is responsible for managing and operating AECL's sites on its behalf, pursuant to long term agreements. AECL's objectives under the GoCo model include accelerating Environmental Remediation Management, managing the Federal Nuclear Science and Technology Work Plan in support of government priorities and needs, and building a world-class nuclear laboratory that fulfils government priorities and grows commercial revenues, while reducing or containing costs and risks to Canada.
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While we sincerely appreciate all applications, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

AECL is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to promoting a culturally diverse workplace. Preference may be given to members of a designated group (i.e., a woman, an Indigenous person, a person with a disability or a visible minority) to address identified under-representation, if applicable. We encourage candidates to self-identify.

Preference may be given to individuals who are bilingual.