Senior Public Works Officer -Bilingual

Canadian National Railway

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Job Summary

The Senior Officer, Public Works is responsible for providing guidance to Public Works Officers (PWOs) as part of the escalation process for concerns.

The incumbent acts as railway liaison between municipalities, road authorities, industry and general applicants responding to applications, requests, and concerns. The role requires to actively negotiate and prepare agreements for construction and maintenance of associated projects.

Acting as a railway authority with governing authorities, the incumbent must be available for general meetings, inspections and respond to official notices and general concerns. Furthermore, the role acts as the lead CN contact for Public Works within the region.

The position provides support and direction on regulatory matters to internal and external parties and ensures crossing compliance by means of the survey, inspection, crossing program management, follow-up reporting and organize the mitigation efforts.

Main Responsibilities

Railway Liaison

· Draft, review and provide content for correspondence to both internal and external stakeholders (e.g., letter, notices, agreements, contracts) and implement changes

· Act as a resource to teams and provide guidance on responses

· Act as prime contact for Public Affairs and Transport Canada (TC) for regional issues

· Supervise approval process requests from external vendors for demands to install wire and pipe crossing on tracks

· Coordinate with Road Authorities to modify public crossings

· Work with the external parties as CN’s main point of contact to establish a plan

· Handle and supervise work permit applications from third parties or contractors working on CN property

· Handle and supervise all public and private crossing, anti-whistling and trespassing issues

· Collaborate with municipalities to implement a solution to cease trespassing issues

Public Works Regulatory Support

· Oversee PWOs, including responsibility of the TC funding program, recoverable crossing program and other tasks

· Provide quality control for team assignments, and act as PWOs’ prime resource

· Review and coordinate approvals of the Manager, Public Works (MPW)

· Lead coordination with other CN resources such as Track, Signals and Communication, Bridges and Structures as well as Flagging for regional items

· Monitor and compile overall work list for the region

· Work with Manager, Public Works to delegate internally, or retain services of consultants

· Coordinate accounting requirements for CN’s capital, operating or recoverable projects

· Support MPW in day-to-day operations and vacation relief

Safety Crossing Compliance

· Ensure compliance of new and modified level crossings, and grade separations for successful completion

· Train and support PWOs and support crossing compliance audits

· Keep track of field training time and crossings inspections

· Follow up with Track Supervisors and update files and records

· Carry out crossing safety assessments under the Grade Crossing Regulations to develop and implement upgrades ensuring CN compliance and improve railway and public safety

Working Conditions

The role has standard working conditions in an office environment with a regular workweek from Monday to Friday and is partially performed outdoors in various types of weather and environmental conditions. The role requires regular travel (up to 60%) to field and construction sites as well as attending third-party offices.

The role requires being available on-call 24/7 to respond to critical incidences.



Civil Engineering

· Minimum 5 years of experience in Civil Engineering

· Minimum 2 years in Public Works


· Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering, Diploma in Civil Engineering Technology, or equivalent*

*Any experience for these above would be considered as an asset


· Demonstrates agility and drives change

· Innovates

· Sets direction and inspires others

· Communicates with impact

· Collaborates with others and shares information

· Solves problems to create value

· Develops self and others

· Leads by example for the safety and security of all

· Considers ESG principles in all operations

· Fluently bilingual both written and verbal (English, French)

Technical Skills/Knowledge

· Knowledge of track design, material, and construction practises

· Knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint)

· Basic engineering knowledge including reading and reviewing plans

· Knowledge of railroads, their regulations and operating rules as well as an understanding of third party’s requirements within CN

· Knowledge of CN’s practices for internal approvals, accounting, and funding requirements

About CN

CN is a world-class transportation leader and trade-enabler. Essential to the economy, to the customers, and to the communities it serves, CN safely transports more than 300 million tons of natural resources, manufactured products, and finished goods throughout North America every year.

As the only railroad connecting Canada’s Eastern and Western coasts with the Southern tip of the U.S. through a 19,500 mile rail network, CN and its affiliates have been contributing to community prosperity and sustainable trade since 1919. CN is committed to programs supporting social responsibility and environmental stewardship.

At CN, we work as ONE TEAM, focused on safety, sustainability and our customers, providing operational and supply chain excellence to deliver results.

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