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13370 - Project Manager (Aircraft Operations)

  • LocationCoquitlam, BC - Canada
  • Positions1 Position
  • Published At:12 days ago


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  • Categories: Operations

Our client, one of the largest electrical energy suppliers in Canada, has an immediate need for a Project Manager (Aircraft Operations). This is a contract position for nine (9) months located in Coquitlam, British Columbia


Candidates will need to be flexible as the work requires providing rotational coverage with 7 days on, and up to 14 days off. This involves supporting ‘Flight Desk’ on scheduled 7-day rotations (see below for details) and may also involve part-time support of other work, estimated at 4-15 hours per week, when not on the ‘Flight Desk’


  • Supports key Aircraft Operations Department (AOD) functions and provides aviation-related technical and safety advice to and external sources, supporting the Aircraft Operations Program mandate to direct and oversee management of aircraft-related risks across . 
  • Consults with and Contractor user groups on aviation-related job planning considerations, Aviation Work Procedure requirements and advises on Aircraft Operations processes.
  • Provides rotational coverage of the AOD ‘Flight Desk’ in direct support of ’s ‘Flight Approval Process’. ‘Flight Desk’ coverage requires the individual to be ready to receive and process incoming phone calls for flight approvals (from and Contractor user groups, province-wide) between sunrise and sunset. It also requires the individual to be able to respond to requests for emergency assistance, after-hours, whenever needed. Typical ‘Flight Desk’ rotation scheduling has the individual “on-duty” for 7 days (using standby coverage for periods outside of normal working hours) and then “off-duty” for up to 14 days while the ‘Flight Desk’ is staffed by another AOD Project Manager.
  • Administers the pre-approval of flight bookings and performs flight risk assessments, flight approvals and flight activity coordination for daily flight operations involving charter helicopters, fixed wing aircraft and drones.  
  • Exercises independent judgment in analysis and problem solving on highly complex and medium scope problems; uses defensible approach in resolving problems where guidelines may not exist. 
  • Coordinates work and provides instruction and technical guidance; reviews work in progress and assesses completed work for accuracy, required results and quality assurance.
  • Acts as a project manager for low risk, medium impact/ complexity projects or as a task manager for higher risk/ impact/ complexity projects to improve the effectiveness or efficiency of the department, or the Aircraft Operations Program and supporting documents.  
  • Teamwork, collaboration across business lines and delivering results are essential elements for success in the ‘Project Manager 1, Aircraft Operations’ role


  • A minimum five (5) years of project management experience or equivalent.
  • 5+ years experience in commercial helicopter operations required
  • Knowledge of the use of helicopters in the utility industry is an asset
  • Previous experience flying for a commercial helicopter service is an asset.
  • In-depth knowledge of commercial helicopter operations, specifically commercial helicopter operators certified under 702 ‘Aerial Work’ or 703 ‘Air Taxi’.
  • Experience as Operations Manager, Base Manager, Quality Assurance Manager, Chief Pilot, Training Pilot, Safety Management System (SMS) Manager or Safety officer will be considered an asset.
  • Commercial Rotary Wing Pilot’s License with 5 years’ general aviation experience flying for a commercial helicopter service provider certified under 702 ‘Aerial Work’ or 703 ‘Air Taxi’ will be considered an asset. Electric utility flight operations experience is strongly preferred. 
  • In-depth technical knowledge of rotary-wing aircraft, fixed-wing aircraft, Canadian Aviation Regulations, Aviation SMS, WorkSafeBC Occupational Health and Safety Regulations (related to aircraft operations), and Utility Aviation industry best practices. Knowledge of drones/remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) will be considered an asset.  
  • Bachelor’s degree, or greater in a related discipline will be considered an asset.
  • Proficient in using Nav Canada’s Aviation Weather Web Site (AWWS) and interpreting available meteorological products such as Graphical Forecast Area (GFA), METAR/TAF, and others.  
  • Knowledge of physical and electrical hazards associated with performing utility flight operations in and around the Power System and its associated infrastructure. This knowledge to include a basic understanding of the identification of circuit voltages and various system componentry. 
  • Demonstrated leadership ability. 
  • Proven project management knowledge, experience and skills. Project Management Professional (PMP®) designation and/or courses in project management will be considered an asset. 
  • Advanced English skills for professional environment, written and spoken, excellent interpersonal skills as well as good planning, organizational, analytical and problem-solving skills. 
  • Intermediate MS Office skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Project) and proficiency in Microsoft SharePoint is required.

Additional Information

  • This resource can start remotely, will need to come onsite to Coquitlam once COVID worksite restrictions are lifted.

If you're a technical professional, you know that it can be difficult to find fulfilling work that advances your career. At the Ian Martin Group, we exist to connect professionals like you with meaningful work at industry-leading companies in your field. And we walk the walk, too: as a Certified B Corporation, we believe in using business as a force for good for people, our communities, and the environment.

We value diversity and inclusion and encourage all qualified people to apply. If we can make this easier through accommodation in the recruitment process, please contact us at

We encourage all qualified candidates to apply; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


  • Published on 09 Jun 2021, 8:24 PM