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Project HR Specialist - Western Canada District


Burnaby, British Columbia, CA

Requisition ID: 141909 

Job Level: Mid Level 

Department: Human Resources 

Market: Transportation 

Employment Type: Full Time 

Position Overview

Do you want to put your entrepreneurial spirit to work and help a business evolve its Human Resources function? Do you have a passion around driving continuous improvement to your companies’ people programs?  If so, our team is looking for you. We’re looking for someone that’s wired to drive people attraction, retention and development programs. We value employees who are willing to roll up their sleeves and jump into action. 


This position will work closely with project teams on an iconic construction project that offers long term sustainability for the Canadian economy. The primary responsibility will be to support the project in execution and performance as well as delivering a high-level, front-line HR service.


It will be key to establish a strong partnership with operational leaders and you must enjoy working in the fast-paced world of construction.  

District Overview

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 role will support our Western Canada District projects. Kiewit’s Western Canada District is headquartered in Burnaby, British Columbia.  We primarily perform 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! Our current opportunities are spread across the entire west coast of Canada. 


We have opportunities available on various project sites within BC. 


  • Support a project work force planning program ensuring the project is staffed with the most qualified personnel.
  • Provide expert guidance to management in the areas of performance management, employee relations and career development.
  • Support on-boarding process to ensure consistent messaging across the project.
  • Leverage HR dashboards, reports and data to drive business decisions and tactics.
  • Support execution of employee performance programs and expectations to maximize workforce productivity.
  • Monitor workforce engagement for trends that require action to ensure high employee morale and retention.
  • Lead the development of HR related strategies and ensure implementation and execution.
  • Serve as a change agent by influencing key stakeholders in support of organizational needs.
  • Act as a liaison with HR Shared Services to ensure the delivery of support exceeds internal client needs.
  • Utilize and implement various human resource information systems (HRIS) and provide support to employees and managers.
  • Support labour relations meetings with the appropriate project unionized provider.
  • Support the management of craft employee issues such as grievances, terminations and disciplinary actions.
  • Ensure implementation of all LR programs, policies and procedures.
  • Communicate and support any district related LR initiatives for craft employees.
  • Have working knowledge of PLA’s, union Collective Agreements and Pre-Jobs.


  • This position requires a HR/LR professional who can strike the balance between strategy and execution.
  • 7 + years’ experience in multiple human resources functions, ideally with 2+ years' experience in management roles.
  • Labour Relations experience is strongly desired and ideally experience with CLAC.
  • Ability to influence individuals and groups.
  • Proven ability to take initiative and build strong and productive personal relationships.
  • Sound business acumen and analytical skills.
  • Highly motivated, with a demonstrated passion for excellence and taking initiative.
  • Strong work ethic, willing to roll up your sleeves and do what it takes to get the job done right the first time.
  • Demonstrated commitment to ethics and integrity.
  • Passion for safety, with the ability to help us ensure that nobody gets hurt.
  • Strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills.
  • Team player with the ability to work independently to meet deadlines, goals and objectives.
  • Strong organization, time management, and attention to detail.



Additional 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 work on at Kiewit. With contracts in different markets and geographic areas, you’ll tackle new challenges all the time. Whether you’re building a facility that can turn water into power or engineering safer infrastructure networks, you’re bound to push the limits of innovation in new and exciting ways.

With Kiewit, you’ll have the potential to work on a variety of projects in seven major markets. From railroads to tunnels, renewable energy to biofuels, you’ll be part of a mission that’s bigger than you can imagine. 

Here, you’ll team up with market experts and gain cross-functional experience — all while helping people across the globe live better.

We offer our fulltime staff employees a comprehensive benefits package that’s among the best in our industry, including top-tier medical, dental and vision plans covering eligible employees and dependents, voluntary wellness and employee assistance programs, life insurance, disability, retirement plans with matching, and generous paid time off.

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