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Company Name NXL Architects BPL
Industry Architecture
City North York
Province/State Ontario [ON]
Country Canada [CA]
Job ID NXLARCH1902-SPM
Title Senior Project Manager / Project Director for NXL Architects, Toronto
Company Overview / Background

NXL ARCHITECTS

Background

NXL is one of Canada's leading architectural firms for the design of complex process buildings for the sciences, technology and manufacturing. With thirty years of programming and design experience, the firm has completed more than four million square feet of teaching, research, vivaria, scale up, pilot plant and manufacturing facilities incorporating all types of specialty laboratories, clean rooms, and GMP production environments.

Serving clients in both the academic and clean industry sectors, NXL designs from the inside out. The firm understands that unique processes require designs developed to control critical flows of people and materials. Recognizing that some spaces need to be connected to support teaching and collaboration, while other spaces need to be segregated and even isolated to prevent cross contamination is what makes NXL unique in the design community.

NXL pursues the seamless integration of architectural and engineering considerations in developing solutions that are efficient, safe, and timeless. The firm creates working environments that help academic clients recruit and retain the best and brightest minds to pursue their research and teaching careers, and clean industry clients produce the highest quality and safest products.

The firm’s portfolio includes all types of laboratories for teaching, research, quality control and vivaria, at containment levels (CL) 1, 2 and 3, as well as controlled environment clean manufacturing facilities for pharmaceutical and biological products. Our clients range from high- profile universities and research institutions across Canada to multi-national private-sector research and manufacturing organizations, to local start-ups, colleges and small businesses in emerging clean industries.

 

History and Culture

The firm, originally founded as Allan Levin Architects in 1961, became NXL Architects in 2004. Other predecessor firms were known as Levine Architects (1987-1998) and Levine Lauzon Architects (1998-2004).

With a close knit team and inclusive workplace culture, NXL Architects has focused exclusively on Science & Technology projects for 30 years, recently delivering high- profile research projects for York University, Carleton University and Memorial University. The firm has experienced significant growth over the last three years, doubling the firm’s size to 25 employees.

For more information and for a list of their projects, please visit their website at www.nxl.ca

Position / Responsibilities Summary

Reporting directly to the Project Principal, you are a key member of the senior leadership team and a customer service ambassador for NXL Architects. Your purpose would be to build superior relationships by managing project teams efficiently and effectively with a sole objective of delivering projects that align with the project principles.

Your excellent communication, mentorship and team building skills coupled with a strong Project Management background, ideally in the Science and Technology sector, would play a critical role in taking the organization to the next level. This position is a springboard position with potential to progress through the ranks with an organization that is facing exponential growth.

Function

The key functions include leading the entire project team through extraordinary communication to deliver complete design resolutions that exceed client expectations and obtain client sign off at every step. The focus is on excellent quality project delivery.

Role

The Senior Project Manager / Director balances project scope, schedule, invoicing, and budget, and internally directs the project team resources. Working in conjunction with the Project Designer / Architect, you will coordinate the efforts of the whole consultant team to achieve the firm’s financial and quality objectives.

Mentorship

The Senior Project Manager plays an essential role in the firm’s learning culture and works with Project Architects, Job Captains, and Architectural Designers to provide insights gleaned from his or her experiences.

Duties

Reporting to the Project Principal, the following are the primary responsibilities of the Senior Project Manager (summarized):

  • Client Relationship Management
  • Project Team Leadership
  • Project Management

More detail is provided in our downloadable Position Profile (PDF) for this position.

Candidate Requirements

Technical Skills and Experience

The Successful Candidate should have:

  • Minimum 8-10 years’ experience in an Architectural environment with 10 years leading projects (end to end) valued between $ 10-30 million.
  • Experience in Science, and Technology sectors (including laboratories) and manufacturing or related industries is ideal.
  • Architectural degree/diploma and ideally an Intern or Registered Architect in Ontario or another Canadian Province.
  • Proven project execution skills within the architectural sector ‘on time and on budget’.
  • Experience working directly with the clients to determine goals and timelines and;
  • Experience building a successful strategy for delivering final project requirements.
  • Proven ability to visualize how the design and architectural parts relate to each other and how it will look like upon completion.
  • Excellent communication skills and a strong ability to deliver clear messages tohis/her team members, other architects, and his/her clients through oral and written presentations.
  • Proven ability to lead the group in achieving successful project delivery objectives and working with the Senior Leadership and Team members to ensure that the key performance indicators and financial targets are met and exceeded.
  • Proficient in CAD and BIM.

Personal Attributes

  • Unquestioned personal and professional integrity with the ability to communicate ina “direct and honest manner” at all times with both internal and externalstakeholders.
  • High energy, caring, passionate and enthusiastic Project Manager.
  • A self-motivated personality with a hands-on ‘roll up the sleeve’ attitude.
  • Sound sense of judgement, wisdom and professional values.
  • The ability to act with a strong ‘sense of urgency’.
  • The ability to lead concepts and initiatives across all levels in the organization.
  • The ability to work with multifaceted teams that apply their diverse skills and perspectivesto achieve common goals.
  • Strong work ethic, attention to detail and a high regard for product quality &safety.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to prioritize multiple tasks.
  • Proven problem-solving abilities.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • High curiosity, ability to question, respectfully challenge the status-quo andmake suggestions for improvements.
  • Ability to communicate complex concepts in simple terms to engage a varietyof stakeholders.
  • Ability to paint a compelling picture of the vision and strategy that motivates others to action.
  • Ability to apply knowledge of business and the marketplace to advance the organization's goals.
  • Ability to see ahead to future possibilities and translating them into breakthrough strategies.
  • Cultivates innovative thinking to create new and better ways for the organization to be successful.
  • Relates openly and comfortably with diverse groups of people
  • Ability to handle conflict situations effectively.

Download a full Position Profile (pdf) for this position.

Years Experience

8-10 Years Minimum

Search & Application Process

The total compensation for this role will include a competitive base salary, bonus and benefits. For further information, please contact Kartik Kumar at kartik.kumar@lesp.ca and forward a copy of your resume along with a cover letter for consideration.

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