Director, Project Management and Business Optimization

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority (the “port authority”) is a shared steward of the federal port lands and waters that make up the Port of Vancouver (the “port”) in support of national trade objectives for the benefit of all Canadians. As a Canada Port Authority, its, mandate is to enable Canada’s trade through the Port of Vancouver, while protecting the environment and considering local communities.

The port authority is governed by an independent board of directors and is accountable to the federal minister of transport under the Canada Marine Act.

Employing almost 500 people, the port authority operates in an environment that has a much more complex strategic agenda than its headcount alone would indicate.

As one of the world’s most diversified ports and a significant part of British Columbia’s and Canada’s dynamic gateway for trade and tourism, the Port of Vancouver generates an estimated $11.9 billion in GDP and represents a major economic force that underpins the strength of the Canadian economy through international trade.  Canada’s trade through the port has been increasing steadily for a decade and is forecasted to keep growing at about 3.5% annually, so the port authority is planning for sustainable port growth to ensure Canada remains competitive on the global stage.

Due to an upcoming retirement, the port authority is seeking a director of project management and business optimization (“the director”) to identify, assess, implement, and monitor organization-wide processes leading to greater efficiency and streamlined procedures that continuously improve the port authority’s performance. By applying proven continuous improvement strategies including Kaizen and LEAN methodologies, the director will ensure that internal projects under the Department’s mandate are finished on time and within budget. With over 40 different core processes between corporate and operations, the new director will be tasked to evaluate and prioritize which projects take precedent to meet both short term and long-term goals set by the leadership team. As the port authority continues to evolve, this leader will play a critical role in getting buy-in from department heads and managers to embrace a culture of continuous improvement in order to scale growth efficiently.

The ideal candidate is a critical thought leader committed to operational excellence and process improvement coming from a large, complex organization. Both bold and collaborative, this individual is a change agent skilled at gaining consensus with stakeholders across the organization and possesses demonstrated project management skills. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, emotional maturity, strong relationship skills, and high ethical standards are fundamental to success in this role. 

This is an exciting opportunity to join a high-performing team and world-class organization that promotes positive and lasting change within the communities it serves and across Canada.

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is dedicated to employment equity and a workplace reflective of the diversity of its community.