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Program Manager, Alternative Energy Vehicles Full Time

at CSA Group in London (Published at 13-02-2020)

Employment Status:


Time Type:

Full time


At the heart of CSA Group is a vision: making the world a better, safer, more sustainable place. It's been part of our mission for nearly one hundred years: from the first engineering standard for railway bridges developed in 1919, to more than 3,500 standards, codes & related products today.

Headquartered in Canada, with a global footprint of more than 30 labs and offices across Europe, Asia and North America, CSA Group tests, inspects and certifies a wide range of products - from every day househould items to leading edge technology-to meet exacting requirements for safety, performance and environmental impact.

Our employees take pride in making a difference in people's lives through the work that we do. We're looking for people like you to help make it happen.

Job Summary:

CSA Group Standards Division has an immediate opportunity for a Program Manager, Alternative Energy Vehicles r eporting to the Director, Standards ? Gas Sector. The preferred location for the position is at the CSA offices in Cleveland or Toronto. The Program Manager (PGM) is responsible for providing strategic and execution leadership in the development of standards-based solutions for the area of alternative energy vehicles and related infrastructure, including hydrogen, fuel cells, compressed natural gas (CNG), liquefied natural gas (LNG), propane autogas (LPG), electric vehicles, and connected and automated vehicles. The PGM addresses the needs of industry, government and the public, primarily through the management of a team of Project Managers.

A leader, motivator, and builder, you thrive on developing and executing plans and strategies for expanding CSA?s presence in safety standards. An outstanding relationship builder, you have a track record of developing and maintaining strategic relationships with senior leaders within industry, government and academia.

Facilitative and customer-driven, you have a knack for developing the solutions that pragmatically address CSA clients? needs. You also understand the importance of effective people and process management, utilizing CSA?s key metrics to augment your team?s decision-making.

You have proven, well-developed decision-making and communication skills, along with exceptional organizational and people development abilities. You show initiative, ensuring that all financial targets are met (revenue, cost and margin), as well as being someone who is motivated, resilient and flexible. Detail and process orientation is important, as is the ability to work well with people at all levels and with divergent interests.


The role emphasizes management, leadership and soft skills over technical know-how, and requires the ability to speak on a range of complex subjects as a credible professional, both to internal and external audiences.

  • Meets regularly with staff to ensure standards projects are achieving their objectives (e.g. timelines), within prescribed budgets, planning and executing corrective actions as required, while meeting policy and procedures from Standards Council of Canada and American National Standards Institute.
  • Hires, continually assesses, trains and develops Project Managers, to ensure program objectives are achieved.
  • Develops annual business plan for the program, including the execution plan, budget, and responsibility for financial targets (revenue, expense, and margin).
  • Works with the Director, Strategic Initiatives Manager, and Commercial Manager, to drive business development opportunities within the scope of the program to ensure continual growth of the full portfolio of products and services, interfacing with other internal groups as required (e.g. Commercial, Marketing, Government Relations, and TIC division).
  • Interfaces with external parties to advance the work of the program, facilitates knowledge transfer, and manages program specific stakeholder issues. This includes working with organizations such as ISO, NGOs, industry associations, strategic partners, government agencies, etc.
  • Committee management, as applicable (e.g., Strategic Steering Committees), including establishing the scope of work to be completed, preparation of meeting agendas/minutes/documents, managing required resources, maintaining current and balanced membership, and providing ongoing project management and strategic leadership in conjunction with the Chair and Vice-Chair.
  • Manages key program funding contracts, as applicable, and relationships with key funders and related stakeholders to secure funding for standards development activities.
  • Provides support to Strategic Initiatives Manager in development and sustaining of Communities of Interest (COI) for their program area; including developing social media strategy, membership models, participation, funding, and communication with members.
  • Responsible to continuously improve Customer Loyalty by engaging and managing a diverse stakeholder community and employee engagement in the program area.
  • Decision-making:
    • Overall project plans submitted by Project Managers, including timelines and budgets.
    • Assignment of responsibility for new projects and product initiatives.
    • Portfolio mix (e.g. standards areas to be withdrawn, new subject areas to be added).
    • Personnel training and development plans.
    • Performance assessment and development planning for personnel.
    • All business travel requests, including attendance of staff at conferences.
  • Develop recommendations:
    • Annual strategic and business plans, including budgets, operational execution plans, headcount, etc.
    • Contracting of outside parties (e.g. training organizations, business partners).
    • Disciplinary actions contemplated dealing with committee members, Chairs or Vice-Chairs.
    • Disciplinary actions contemplated dealing with staff.


  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in Standards Development, or business-related Project or Program Management.
  • Knowledge of the national and international standards industry, government policy, industry landscape, and funding programs/models.
  • Knowledge of federal and provincial government funding programs is a definite asset.
  • Managing resources and stakeholders; strong leadership skills; strong oral and written communication, facilitation and interpersonal skills; strong organization and planning skills; and ability to work in a politically sensitive environment
  • Identifying business development opportunities
  • Basic computer literacy (MS Excel, Word, Outlook, Project and keyboarding skills) is necessary.


  • Post Secondary education or an equivalent combination relevant education and experience. An advanced degree is highly desirable.


  • 25% travel (primarily Canada and the U.S.) may be required

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