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Project Lead, Construction

Date: Aug 24, 2019

Location: Toronto, ON, CA

Company: LifeLabs

About Us


At LifeLabs, we are focused on our vision of building a healthier Canada!  We are the largest community diagnostics laboratory in Canada with over 350 collection centres, 16 laboratories and service over 20 million patients each year.  


Caring, Agile, Customer Driven, One Team - We live our values every day in what we do to help our patients and healthcare providers.  With over 5,700 employees, we all make a difference and that’s why our people are so important to us.  


This is an exciting time to join our LifeLabs team, grow your career with us and support numerous business initiatives, innovations, best practice and business development opportunities.


The Construction Project Lead will report to the Construction Manager and will be responsible for all aspects of the construction process throughout LifeLabs’ Patient Service Centre (PSC), Logistics and/or Labs network including refreshes, renovations, relocations and new builds, relocation and/or expansion projects. The role will also be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the PSC refresh program as required.


The Project Lead will ensure that projects and programs are completed on time, within budget and within scope and are in accordance with company design standards, signage standards and procurement guidelines. In addition, the role will ensure that projects are compliant with all company and government or industry regulatory environmental, health and safety standards.


This individual will provide strong leadership, partnership, participation, direction and project management on special projects, including the revisions of the  PSC design standards taking into consideration corporate branding, workflow, cost engineering, and life-cycle analysis as required.


Key Accountabilities:

  • Accountable for the design and construction of all new builds, renovation, and refresh projects in the PSC network throughout Ontario and possibly other provinces as assigned.
  • Responsible for the cost management of construction projects and to recommend revisions to standards which are cost effective without diminishing quality of the end product.
  • Responsible for implementing established standards and ensure that they are adhered to by project partners, consultants and suppliers.
  • Responsible for implementation of national project management, policies, and procedures to ensure consistency and efficiency of project delivery throughout the PSC network.
  • Ensure that terms, conditions, and pricing of service agreements and contracts with project partners, consultants, general contractors and suppliers are respected and adhered to by all parties.
  • Monitor and challenge project budget estimates and analyze actual costs to ensure proper control of expenditures within approved budgets and ensure compliance with LifeLabs’ accounting procedures.
  • Assist Supply Chain in the coordination of construction documents for tender including detailed scope of work, drawings and scheduling to general contractors in bundling projects
  • Assist Procurement (Supply Chain) in the review and selection of submitted construction bids which will be approved by the Construction Manager.
  • Liaise with consultants, architects, and government agencies regarding insurance, permits and approvals.
  • Develop and manage internal relationships with key business unit contacts/stakeholders  (including Operations, IT, Facilities Management, and Procurement / Finance counterparts) with a particular focus on managing internal customer expectations regarding service quality and cost effectiveness.
  • Track and report on all projects in addition to leading regular status update meetings with regional Operations and other stakeholders.
  • Accountable for benchmarking of project costs to ensure best value for LifeLabs.
  • Keep apprised of industry best practices, developments, and trends.
  • Present and obtain all necessary approvals for all construction projects and programs.
  • Assist in the development of annual capital plans and PSC refresh programs.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned by management such as monthly reports, project completion and cost savings reports.


Key Requirements:

  • Minimum of 4 to 5 years professional experience in Construction Management, Design, Project Management, Architecture, Engineering or Facilities and Real Estate Development
  • Diploma or University Degree in Architecture, Interior Design, and/or Project Management, Architecture or Engineering with membership in Provincial or National Professional Association.
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification an asset.
  • Corporate real estate, construction and facilities experience, preferably in a large and matrix organization.
  • Previous experience in developing corporate design standards an asset.
  • Strong background and knowledge of financial controls, project development planning and costing, scope and detailed budgeting, as well as interior, architectural and structural design.
  • Highly creative and innovative.
  • Ability to manage relationships with internal and external business partners and stakeholders.
  • Proven track record of successfully managing simultaneous projects of varying scope and complexity
  • Able to meet challenging deadlines.
  • Results driven, organized and flexible.
  • Travel to domestic markets and on-site evaluations – (40% to 60% or as necessary)
  • Strong computer skills – Knowledge of Auto-Cad, MS Excel, MS Word, MS PowerPoint and MS Project. 


LifeLabs is committed to building an inclusive environment and will provide accommodations in accordance with the AODA – Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. Please indicate in your application any accommodations you will require throughout the recruitment process.  Alternatively please contact our corporate offices main line to be directed to a member of the Talent Acquisition team at  (416) 675-4530


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