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Survey and Works Professional (2591552460)





Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Survey and Works Professional

Location: Canada, Americas and Pacific Area Office, Ottawa

Contract Type: 1 Year Contract Position (Maternity Backfill)

Hours of work: 37.5 hours per week

Salary: From C$65,000 per annum, depending upon education and experience

About the Role:

We have an exciting opportunity for someone with the right skills and experience to join us as a Survey and Works Professional. In this role, you will assist in the delivery of the cyclical survey and works identification program, and the management of subsequent maintenance and repair works for assigned cemeteries, structures, memorials, and grave markers across the operational area of Canada and the Americas.

A typical week in this role involves planning for the inspection and the subsequent maintenance of assets across the area and the preparation of contracting documentation in support of this work, and/or the management of ongoing work towards successful delivery. This requires considerable planning and coordination with various staff and contractors scattered across 31 countries across North, Central and South America.

Significant business travel (up to 8 weeks per year) within the operational area is an integral part of the duties associated with this position (subject to national/international travel restrictions). The inspection cycle for the CWGC typically runs from May-October each calendar year which is when travel would normally occur.

To be successful in this position you will have a strong working knowledge of general construction and repair methodologies, asset management principles, contracting, project management, risk management, and health and safety legislation and practices.

You will have excellent communications skills in both written and spoken English with proven ability at developing good working relationships with colleagues, external stakeholders, suppliers and contractors.

About Us:

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission honours and cares for the men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died in the First and Second World Wars, ensuring they will never be forgotten. Funded by six Member Governments, our work began with building, and now maintaining, cemeteries at 23,000 locations all over the world. Today, over a century after we first began, our work continues through our staff, supporters and volunteers who preserve our unique cultural, horticultural and architectural heritage and ensure that the stories of those who died are told.

The Canada, Americas and Pacific Area (CAPA) of the CWGC covers all of Canada, United States, the Caribbean, Central America, South America and the Falkland Islands (31 countries) in the Canada and Americas Region and another 14 countries in the Pacific Region including China, Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Fiji, Thailand, Singapore, and Myanmar. We are responsible for caring and maintaining 72,000 war graves, over 66,000 commemorations, 89 CWGC owned cemeteries and other sites with memorials, stones of remembrance and crosses of sacrifice. 

About You:

  • You have a minimum of 1-3 years relevant work experience working in construction, project management and/or asset management related sectors.
  • You have a post-secondary degree or diploma in Engineering, Operations Management or a related field, and a Project Management Certification, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • You have permission to work in Canada immediately (valid work permit for the duration of the contract).
  • Proven experience and success managing contractors and suppliers to ensure delivery of agreed services within assigned budget.
  • Ability to work autonomously, organizing work to ensure deadlines met and high standards achieved.
  • High level of problem-solving skills with ability to propose appropriate solutions
  • Personable, upbeat, driven, with a ‘can do, will do’ approach
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft desktop applications and experience of, or aptitude and willingness to learn new software.
  • A clear criminal record check is required as part of pre-employment checks

What We Can Offer You:

  • Professional and collegial working environment, in a meaningful role that supports those veterans who gave their lives in service of their country
  • Competitive Salary
  • 15 days annual leave to start, increasing by 1 day each year up to max of 30 days per year
  • Sickness, Family Responsibility and Personal Leave allocations
  • Registered Pension Plan (after successful completion of probation period)
  • Professional development and training opportunities
  • Comprehensive employer paid benefits, including life insurance, AD&D, and medical/dental benefits.

How to Apply:

Please send your cover letter and CV [Register to View] (EST) Wednesday November 10, 2021.

A complete pre-employment check, including education and employment verification and a criminal record check, is required for all applicants being considered for an offer of employment.


Due to the ongoing COVID pandemic, initial interviews will be held by video conference call. Interviews will be scheduled as soon as possible after the competition closes.

  • The CWGC is a diverse and inclusive employer, and we welcome applications from all qualified candidates. 
  • Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.
  • We thank all applicants for their interest but advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy at any time once we receive sufficient applications and encourage all interested applicants to apply at their earliest convenience to avoid disappointment.