Project Manager, ONC Innovation Centre

Ocean Networks Canada

January 23, 2014

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Job Category: 
Management and Operations
Job Specialization: 
Project Management
Company Overview: 

Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) enables transformative ocean research and technology development through an innovative cabled infrastructure that supplies continuous power and Internet connectivity to a broad suite of subsea instrumentation in coastal and deep-ocean environments. ONC supports a new generation of coastal and deep ocean research through the management of cabled ocean observatories consisting of the NEPTUNE Canada and VENUS systems off the coast of British Columbia, as well as the arctic installation in Cambridge Bay, on behalf of the University of Victoria. More details can be obtained on the ONC web site at

Ocean Networks Canada was created in 2007 to manage the cabled observatory being constructed on the sea floor off the B.C. coast. A total of approximately $200M has been invested to date to build and operate the Observatory, primarily with funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) and the Province of British Columbia. It is the first, largest and most advanced regional-scaled cabled observatory in the world. The Ocean Networks Canada Innovation Centre is a business division within Ocean Networks Canada that has leveraged this observatory to develop a suite of products and services called Smart Ocean Systems™.

The Ocean Networks Canada Innovation Centre was established as a Centre for Excellence in Commercialization and Research (CECR) in 2009 under the Canadian Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) program to leverage this investment, accelerate the development of new technology, grow industry, and help our international clients build their own ocean observatories.

Job Summary: 

The Innovation Centre is looking for a Project Manager to join our growing and dynamic team. Our ideal candidate is highly organized, excels at project management, and is eager to work with a leading oceanographic organization.

We are currently pursuing an exciting array of projects both within Canada and abroad, ranging from implementing deep sea environmental monitoring/data analysis projects in Asia and South America, to scientific monitoring systems in the Arctic. In addition, we have ongoing internal projects related to the operational support and enhancement of the Neptune and Venus observatories, as well as continual process improvement initiatives we’re committed to undertaking.

Proactive, self-motivated and detail-oriented, the Innovation Centre Project Manager ensures the overall success of assigned projects, delivering outcomes on time, on budget, and with a high degree of quality. The Project Manager is responsible for the execution of all assigned project activities, ensuring consistently high standards of delivery are maintained while adhering to established priorities, constraints or other specifications. Reporting to the Innovation Centre Director, the Project Manager is an intermediary between the customer and the matrixed project core team. The Project Manager may manage several concurrent projects of varying sizes and complexity.

To qualify for this position, applicants should have the following training and experience: 

  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification (strongly desirable but not mandatory)
  • Bachelor Degree in Engineering, Computer Science, Marine Sciences or related fields preferred
  • Expert knowledge of Project Management principles and methodology
  • Experience with IT related project delivery strongly desirable but not mandatory
  • Minimum four (4) to six (6) years Project Manager experience, preferably managing multiple concurrent, complex projects
  • Experience with projects related to equipment and infrastructure deployment and installation strongly desirable
How To Apply: 

Additional information about the position responsibilities and qualifications can be found in the job posting on the ONC website in the position description PDF.

Suitable individuals meeting or exceeding all of the above criteria are encouraged to apply by submitting a cover letter and resume to Morag Mochan at:

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