Purpose of Job
The Director, Domestic Branch Construction is responsible for leading the management of construction projects for Scotiabank Group’s Domestic retail branch network.
The incumbent develops portfolio and network strategies and ensures that programs and projects are on time and budget and are consistent with the Bank’s corporate image and business objectives.
The Director assumes authority over and stewardship for the Domestic Branch Construction team when the Vice President, Corporate Premises & Construction is away from the office and not readily available for contact.
The incumbent must ensure that the delivery of service is consistent with the Scotia Service Standards and Complaint Resolution Standards and Procedures, both personally and to customers, branches, Regional/VP Offices, Executive Offices departments and subsidiaries as well as ensure the practice of the Bank’s guidelines for Business Conduct.
Key Job Accountabilities
- Support the Vice President, Corporate Premises & Construction, and Senior Management of the Real Estate Department to achieve overall departmental objectives by: contributing to the development of the CEF budgets; keeping abreast on industry trends through an effective network of contacts; analysing and providing accurate assessments of trends in the workplace design and construction industry and work as a team member on various teams to improve the overall effectiveness of the Real Estate Department in meeting the Bank’s objectives.
- Direct the full range of construction activity for the Domestic network’s branch premises. Manage the development and progress of all projects by creating, negotiating and monitoring performance schedules regarding Executive approval, cashflow, dependencies, and resources with business unit heads, architects and contractors; determine necessary alternatives and choices to maintain schedules and avoid cost overruns.
- Develop and direct the implementation of appropriate real estate policies/procedures to ensure effective project management strategies and methods are developed and practiced by staff. Lead benchmark reviews of market/industry activity and re-engineer Scotiabank real estate processes to enhance value effectiveness and service delivery.
- Direct the staff’s portfolio management and ensure effective administrative and reporting control of all real estate activity for accommodating the Bank’s branch user groups by motivating and coaching staff to be responsible and reliable real estate service providers, by organizing and developing databases, by annually forecasting and continually monitoring construction costs and capital budgets and by leading the preparation of bi-monthly progress reports to user groups.
- Direct and control the staff’s preparation of binding agreements/contracts for the full range of construction projects to protect and maximize the Bank’s rights in construction projects.
- Direct, lead and manage research support and special project reviews for department-wide real estate and Bank-wide, cross functional business initiatives.
Skills, Experiences and Functional Competencies
- This position requires a highly skilled real estate and business professional with vision, effective human resource management and leadership skills, and a high level of technical knowledge. The incumbent must be able to combine a strong sense of construction, design and the business needs of the Bank’s branch requirements with a comprehensive technical knowledge of architecture, engineering and the building industry.
- A thorough understanding of the leasing, construction, and financial markets in which the Bank operates, and of the competitors which the Bank will face, is critical. This must be aligned with an excellent understanding of the organization and mandate of the Bank’s departments and subsidiary operations, and what will be necessary to meet their requirements.
- A major complexity of the position is the necessity to solve complex problems for a high volume of construction projects within critical and usually inflexible deadlines in order to minimize expensive delays and cost increases during the course of projects. This must be accomplished by effective negotiation skills, tact, diplomacy, and persuasiveness to gain acceptance if changes in scope or design from officers and department over whom the incumbent has no formal line authority, and who are frequently senior to the incumbent. Exercising good judgement in stressful, high-risk situations is critical.
- A strong working knowledge of and experience in construction law is essential for the incumbent to deal with negotiations in areas of the Lien Act, union rights and agreements, as is in-depth knowledge of the process and procedures involved with the approval processes of municipal and provincial governments. Developing and maintaining an extensive network of contacts in the construction business and a current knowledge of construction and technical design is required in order to be able to adapt or incorporate construction methods and design concepts to meet unique requirements.
- The incumbent must have strong business acumen and good technical knowledge, and adapt readily to change. Flexibility and the ability to exercise a high level of initiative while working within a team environment are both important. The incumbent must have excellent verbal and written communication skills and strong interpersonal skills in order to manage effectively internal and external relationships. An excellent understanding of the Bank’s strategic direction of real estate matters is necessary in order to develop programs that will assist in achieving these goals. Developing and maintaining on an ongoing basis an up-to date knowledge of design and construction trends is essential.
- Teaching and training skills are necessary in order to develop staff and have them work at optimum efficiency. Highly developed negotiation skills are required in order to successfully resolve problems which occur during design and construction projects among architects, consultants and contractors. The incumbent must be able to work under significant time pressure while prudently managing design and constructionrisks.
Education and Other Requirements
- University degree in Architecture, Project Management, or Engineering.
Requisition ID: 21933