Program Manager - Standards Development, Petroleum & Natural Gas in Calgary, Canada

at CSA Group
Location Calgary, Canada
Date Posted October 2, 2018
Category Petroleum Engineer
Job Type Permanent


CSA Group has an opportunity for a Program Manager, Standards in the Petroleum & Natural Gas sector. This role is responsible for providing strategic and execution leadership in the development of standards-based solutions for the Oil and Gas program; addressing the needs of industry, government and the public, primarily through the management of a team of Project Managers.

A leader, motivator, and builder, you thrive on developing and executing plans and strategies for expanding CSA’s presence in safety standards. An outstanding relationship builder, you have a track record of developing and maintaining strategic relationships with senior leaders within industry, government and academia.

Facilitative and customer-driven, you have a knack for developing the solutions that pragmatically address CSA clients’ needs. You also understand the importance of effective people and process management, utilizing CSA’s recently introduced metrics to augment your team’s decision-making.

You have proven, well-developed decision-making and communication skills, along with exceptional organizational and people development abilities. You show initiative, ensuring that all financial targets are met (revenue, cost and margin), as well as being someone who is motivated, resilient and flexible. Detail and process orientation is important, as is the ability to work well with people at all levels and with divergent interests.
Hires, continually assesses, trains and develops Project Managers, to ensure program objectives are achieved.Meets regularly with staff to ensure standards projects are achieving their objectives (e.g. timelines), within prescribed budgets, planning and executing corrective actions as required.Develops annual business plan for the program, including the execution plan and budget.Works with the Director, Manager-Standards and Product Manager, to drive business development opportunities within the scope of the program, including advisory services, to ensure continual growth of the full portfolio of products and services, interfacing with other groups as required (e.g. Learning Services, Sales & Marketing, CSA International).Interfaces with external parties to advance the work of the program, facilitates knowledge transfer, and manages program specific stakeholder issues. This includes working with organizations such as ISO, NGOs, industry associations, strategic partners, government agencies, etc.Committee management, as applicable (e.g., Strategic Steering Committees), including establishing the scope of work to be completed, preparation of meeting agendas/minutes/documents, managing required resources, maintaining current and balanced membership, and providing ongoing project management and strategic leadership in conjunction with the Chair and Vice-Chair.Manages key program funding contracts, as applicable, and relationships with key funders and related stakeholders.Provides support to Standards Manager in development and sustaining of Communities of Interest (COI) for their program area; including developing social media strategy, membership models, participation, funding, and communication with members.Responsible to continuously improve Customer Loyalty and employee engagement in the program area.Decisions making:Overall project plans submitted by Project Managers, including timelines and budgets.Assignment of responsibility for new projects and product initiatives.Portfolio mix (e.g. standards areas to be withdrawn, new subject areas to be added).Personnel training and development plans.Performance assessment and development planning for personnel.All business travel requests, including attendance of staff at conferences.Recommendations:Annual strategic and business plans, including budgets, operational execution plans, headcount, etc.Contracting of outside parties (e.g. training organizations, business partners).Disciplinary actions contemplated dealing with committee members, Chairs or Vice-Chairs.Disciplinary actions contemplated dealing with staff.Additional comments:The role will require a sound understanding of the various processes and procedures of the company, many of which are mandated under the accreditation of CSA Standards by the Standards Council of Canada, which in turn reports to Industry Canada. A key element of the position is to ensure that these processes and procedures are adhered to, and that the timelines of projects are achieved within defined budgets.This requires supporting the activities of Project Managers, and the many members of standards development committees, as well as their Chairs and Vice-Chairs, which can be very demanding, as these people are all volunteers, with no formal reporting relationship to the company. This volunteer membership includes industry executives, academia, and senior government officials. The role requires a capacity to engage and manage a diverse stakeholder community, and an ability to manage conflict. It is the ultimate form of working with, and getting things done through others.
The role emphasizes management, leadership and soft skills over technical know-how, and requires the ability to speak on a range of complex subjects as a credible professional, both to internal and external audiences.
An undergraduate degree in Engineering, Science or Applied Science.A post graduate degree in Management is a definite asset.
Minimum of 5 years’ experience in strategic planning, operational management, and Program or Project management in the Oil & Gas sector, coupled with a solid knowledge of related sector issues and trends.Experience with managing people, knowledge of standards development processes and, dealing with teams of high profile experts would also be definite assets.
Knowledge of national and international standards industry.Knowledge of the standards industry, government policy, industry landscape, and funding programs/models.Research and analytical skills.High degree of self-motivation.Strong leadership skills.Strong organizational and planning skills.Strong oral and written communication, facilitation and interpersonal skills.Ability to work within a politically sensitive environment.Competency with major Microsoft and Project Management software.Bilingualism would be a definite asset.
25% domestic travel is required.


At the heart of CSA Group is a vision: making the world a better, safer, more sustainable place. It’s been part of our mission for nearly one hundred years: from the first engineering standard for railway bridges developed in 1919, to more than 3,500 standards, codes & related products today.

Headquartered in Canada, with a global footprint of more than 30 labs and offices across Europe, Asia and North America, CSA Group tests, inspects and certifies a wide range of products—from every day household items to leading edge technology-to meet exacting requirements for safety, performance and environmental impact.

Our employees take pride in making a difference in people’s lives through the work that we do. We’re looking for people like you to help make it happen.

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