Manager, Bridges and Structures – Prairie – CN – Winnipeg, MB

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Job Summary
The Manager, Bridges and Structures – Prairie is responsible for the management of all bridges and structures within Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario in compliance with CN’s Bridge Management Program. The Manager, Bridges & Structures is also responsible for overseeing the Capital and Maintenance programming in this territory for the Western Region’s Bridges and Structures group to ensure safe and reliable rail traffic operation. Additional responsibilities include developing, revising and maintaining the short-term and long-term capital and operating bridge and culvert maintenance programs. The incumbent is also accountable for reviewing, approving and auditing bridge and culvert inspection reports, assessing the load carrying capacities of timber bridges and overseeing the development of maintenance drawings. The role requires working closely with the Bridge Design, Bridge Assessment and Bridge Quality groups at the system and senior management levels.

Main Responsibilities
Plan Management

  • Review and sign-off Bridges and Structures inspection reports

  • Develop and maintain a dynamic short- and long-term (5-year) Capital and Operating Maintenance Program

  • Prioritize upcoming and future years’ repairs, retrofits, strengthening and replacement of bridges and culverts

  • Manage the development of maintenance drawings in support of the Capital and Operating Programs

  • Manage projects and contracts undertaken in support of Bridges and Structures within assigned territory

  • Perform field audits of bridge inspection reports for accuracy and compliance with CN bridge inspection guidelines

  • Perform capacity rating of timber bridges and maintain up-to-date timber bridge capacity rating list

  • Assess and approve occasional Heavy Axle Loads over timber bridge spans providing guidelines and operating restrictions

  • Inspect bridges for short- and long-term Capital and Operating Program planning

  • Manage Capital, Operating, Special and Strategic Bridge budgets within assigned territory

  • Support and ensure compliance with CN’s procurement and supply management policies and procedures

Collaboration and Support

  • Safety is a core value at CN. Support CN in developing and maintaining a Strong Safety Culture, providing a Safe Work Environment and promoting and adhering to Safe Work Practices and Training

  • Provide detailed direction to consultants engaged by CN to assist with bridge maintenance, strengthening or replacement

  • Review engineering reports and designs that are submitted by consultants

  • Assist with the preparation of bridge design solutions that reflect the most cost-effective methods while minimizing disruptions to operations

  • Provide engineering support to supervisors and field personnel during construction and maintenance activities

  • Ensure Bridges and Structures Supervisors are trained and qualified to become designated as Railroad Bridge Supervisors, and where qualified, as Railroad Bridge Inspectors

  • Participate in work safety audits of unionized employees

  • Act as a structural resource for Bridges and Structures and other departments

  • Ensure appropriate response to all Bridges and Structures activities within the assigned territory

  • Support Senior Manager, Bridges and Structures, other Managers, Bridges and Structures or Supervisors, Bridges and Structures as required during emergency situations throughout the territory

  • Ensure that safe working loads and/or speeds during construction/repair activities on Bridges and Structures are specified

  • Support and adhere to CN’s Code of Business Conduct

  • Participate in reviews and prepare responses to requests for information by Transport Canada (TC)

  • Manage direct and indirect staff ensuring appropriate supervision, training and qualifications are maintained by the group

Working Conditions

The role is performed indoors and outdoors in various types of weather and environmental conditions as well as remote locations. Work shifts may vary and will include weekdays, weekends, and holidays. The role requires being available on-call 24/7 to respond to critical incidences such as reported critical deficiencies, flooding, fires, earthquakes, derailments, etc. Due to the nature of the role, the incumbent must be able to meet tight deadlines, handle pressure and manage stress. The role requires frequent travel (25% to 40%) which will include overnight stays away from home.

Bridges and Structures

o Minimum 5 years of experience in bridge design, management, assessment, construction or inspection

oExperience in estimation and cost control of bridge construction and maintenance projects*

oExperience in interpretation, preparation and enforcement of construction or procurement contracts*

  • Any experience for these above would be considered as an asset


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Structural Engineering*

  • Professional Engineer Certification (P.Eng)

  • Fall Protection Certification

  • Any designation for these above would be considered as an asset


  • Follows safety procedures, information security instructions and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) principles to lead by example

  • Addresses risks in a timely manner to eliminate them

  • Shares timely information within and across functions to get things done effectively

  • Collaborates with key internal stakeholders to enable higher productivity

  • Inspires others with impactful communications and adapts to the audience

  • Leverages feedback and coaching to improve performance

  • Tracks metrics and is accountable

  • Applies analytical thinking to make recommendations that pursue sustainable performance

  • Continuously innovates to create value, without compromising on safety and quality

  • Deals with pressure and change by staying calm to quickly adapt to changes

  • Ability to visually identify defects in structural steel, reinforced and pre- and post-tensioned concrete and timber structures

  • Ability to work at heights

  • Project and Time Management

Technical Skills/Knowledge

  • Knowledge of railroad structures and structural behaviour

  • Understanding of bridge and the maintenance of railway structures

  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office and PDF

  • Knowledge of railway bridge design*

  • Any knowledge for any of the above would be considered as an asset

CN is a world-class transportation leader and trade-enabler. Essential to the economy, to the customers, and to the communities it serves, CN safely transports more than 300 million tons of natural resources, manufactured products, and finished goods throughout North America every year. As the only railroad connecting Canada’s Eastern and Western coasts with the Southern tip of the U.S. through a 19,500 mile rail network, CN and its affiliates have been contributing to community prosperity and sustainable trade since 1919. CN is committed to programs supporting social responsibility and environmental stewardship. At CN, we work as ONE TEAM, focused on safety, sustainability and our customers, providing operational and supply chain excellence to deliver results.

CN is an employment equity employer and we encourage all qualified candidates to apply. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only candidates under consideration will be contacted. Please monitor your email on a regular basis, as communication is primarily made through email.

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