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Assistant HR Business Partner - Western Canada District


Burnaby, British Columbia, CA

Requisition ID: 166199 

Job Level: Mid Level 

Home District/Group: DHO HR Operations 

Department: Human Resources 

Market: Transportation 

Employment Type: Full Time 

Position Overview

At Kiewit, the scale of our operations is huge. Our construction and engineering projects span across the United States, Canada, and Mexico, improving and connecting communities with every initiative.  We depend on our high-performing operations support professionals — they’re the glue that holds multiple areas of the business together and the catalysts that make things happen. We hire only the most driven people, and we offer them diverse career opportunities, strong leadership and mentorship, rewarding, collaborative work, and responsibility they won’t find just anywhere. We’re always pushing new limits. You can too. 

Kiewit's Western Canada District is looking for an Assistant HR Business Partner (AHRBP). This position supports and works closely with the HR Business Partner to support all people related initiatives and functions for the business, leveraging 1HR Shared Services (Centers of Excellences) to ensure the delivery of support to the district, while leading various projects and initiatives as part of the annual business plan cycle. The AHRBP is process and results driven, people oriented, and will go the extra mile to ensure HR exceeds the expectations of operations in its supporting role. Your success is determined by your ability to establish strong partnerships and execute initiatives to develop and retain an engaged workforce. 

District Overview

Kiewit’s Western Canada District primarily performs heavy civil projects specializing in earth moving, transportation, roadways, bridges, water resources, and underground utilities. We are looking for hard working individuals with a passion for construction who aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty! 

HR Operations is an integral partner and service provider at Kiewit.  In recent years, we have gone from decentralized HR groups to a unified, shared service team, with various HR Centers of Excellence.  Our vision is to be a best-in-class international HR organization. 


This position is based in our Burnaby office. Travel to construction sites, training centers, and partner districts is required; the successful candidate has an unrestricted driver’s license and ability to travel within Canada and the US.


  • Support the development of HR strategies and ensure implementation and execution. 
  • Maintain knowledge of progressive HR practices, trends, and data points to drive alignment with the business plan.
  • Serve as a change agent by influencing key stakeholders in support of organizational effectiveness.
  • Serve as liaison for high-risk terminations or separations of employees.
  • Ensure coaching, feedback and performance systems are in place to maximize workforce productivity.
  • Lead implementation of programs to drive development, engagement, and retention, while monitoring workforce productivity for trends and changes that require intervention. 
  • Act as advisor to leadership teams by providing insights, consultation, and support, and as a liaison with HR Shared Services to ensure the delivery of support to exceed internal client needs.
  • Consult with managers on effective staff assignments and strategy.
  • Lead District succession planning process by providing insight, support and identify additional learning and development opportunities based on future workforce needs.
  • Utilize employee dashboards, reports, and data to drive business decisions and strategy. 
  • Support implementation of standard communications, processes, and reporting for HR annual cycle activities. 
  • Execute employee performance programs, leadership development programs, and support improvement plans to maximize workforce productivity. Approve and ensure execution of District training plans and processes.
  • Monitor workforce productivity, retention and engagement for trends and changes that require intervention.
  • Plan and organize events related to employee landmark recognition programs, retirements, and career development.
  • Provide needed insight and analysis to annual wage and bonus planning process. Manage interim wage adjustments as needed – adjustments, title change, hourly to salary conversion, etc.
  • Lead efforts to ensure effective utilization of Kiewit Job Architecture and make recommendations as needed.
  • Ensure utilization of employee feedback surveys and monitor workforce from Onboarding through Exit Interviews.
  • Provide HR support for District Management Teams (DOR, HR Business Plans, Mid-Year Reviews, etc.).
  • Maintain employee visibility through job-site visits and employee interaction. Manage regular internal communications and memos to staff within the district. 


  • 6+ years of progressive HR experience, with knowledge of multiple human resource disciplines, with a bachelor’s degree in HR (or related), or a combination of experience and/or professional development commensurate with the seniority of the role. CPHR designation is an asset. 
  • Previous experience as an HR Business Partner, HR Manager, and/or HR Generalist.
  • Experience using a range of software tools including Microsoft products (Outlook, Excel, Visio, Power BI) 
  • Strong business acumen, analytical skills, and high attention to detail.
  • Ability to travel overnight throughout the US and Canada up to 25% of the time and relocate for future growth opportunities in HR for career trajectory over time.
  • Comfortable in industrial setting; able to conform to safety and risk tolerances of construction sites. Understand and follow oral and written instructions, including warning signs, equipment use, and other policies. 


Other Requirements:
•    Absent an approved exemption, due to federal, state, local, provincial and/or client-requirements, this position requires an individual to be fully vaccinated by a Health Canada-approved or authorized COVID-19 vaccine upon hire and as a condition of continued employment.

We believe in equal opportunity in employment practices without discrimination and comply with all laws regarding human rights in the provinces where we operate.

There’s no limit to what you’ll do at Kiewit. Whether you’re building or supporting projects that provide communities with dependable energy, safe transportation, clean water, or access to health care, the work you do will positively impact people’s lives for generations to come. 

Here you’ll have endless opportunities to expand your expertise through on-the-job experience and internal and external training and development opportunities. 

We offer our full-time staff employees a comprehensive benefits package that’s among the best in our industry. From top-tier health care programs to employee assistance programs and retirement planning, we aim to provide you with the tools you need to be successful in the areas of life that matter most to you.

Kiewit is an equal-opportunity employer, and we believe a diverse workforce is vital to the success of our business. We continue our efforts to attract, develop and retain employees from all backgrounds who are passionate about our industry.  

We are committed to veteran and military hiring and will consider relevant military experience as equivalent to qualification requirements.

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