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Vice President, Infrastructure Advisory

Location:  Vancouver
Other locations:  Primary Location Only
Salary: Competitive
Date:  Jan 16, 2022

Job description

Requisition ID:  138725

At EY, you’ll have the chance to build a career as unique as you are, with the global scale, support, inclusive culture and technology to become the best version of you. And we’re counting on your unique voice and perspective to help EY become even better, too. Join us and build an exceptional experience for yourself, and a better working world for all.


Running a business is all about making intelligent decisions, powered by accurate information. As an Infrastructure Advisory Vice President, you’ll help make that happen. You will be an important part of our diversely talented, highly experienced team and work at the forefront of high-profile infrastructure projects. When you join our industry-leading team, you’ll be right at the heart of that challenge, working with leading business tools and methodologies to provide to some of the most sophisticated clients around.


The opportunity
Infrastructure Advisory is a specialty practice within EY's Strategy and Transactions service line. The team advises through the full lifecycle of infrastructure projects across Canada and globally and is recognized in the market as a leading advisor, recognized through local and international awards for innovation. 


We advise across sectors including transportation (e.g., transit, highways, airports), healthcare, environmental, energy and utilities, resources, schools and municipal facilities, among others. Recent innovative, progressive projects include the Tłı̨chǫ All Season Road in the Northwest Territories, the Iona Island Wastewater Treatment Plant in Vancouver to name a few. We work across the spectrum of procurement methods including P3’s, Design-Builds, as well as progressive and collaborative procurement approaches for large scale complex projects. The practice is recognized as a trusted source by public sector departments, ministries and agencies, as well as by private sector market participants, for its expertise throughout a project’s lifecycle.


Key team service offerings include:

  • Early stage project development support including development of business cases, feasibility studies and cost-benefit analyses
  • Undertaking market assessments and market sounding processes
  • Smart / future cities planning, regulatory and policy advisory
  • Project bundling/packaging and procurement options analyses
  • Risk assessments and development of commercial principles 
  • Planning and implementation of procurement processes
  • Project and financial structuring for projects, capital raising
  • Independent oversight and operational performance reviews
  • Support with contractual and commercial claims and disputes
  • Contract management optimization and automation
  • Sales and divestitures, re-financings and valuations. 


We are a growing practice that has more than doubled in scale nationally over recent years and continues on a strong growth trajectory. With so many offerings, you will have the opportunity to develop your career in a friendly, collaborative environment through a broad scope of engagements, mentoring and formal learning. We develop outstanding leaders who team to deliver on our promises to all of our stakeholders, and in so doing, play a critical role in building a better working world for our people, for our clients and for our communities. 

You will also have access to EY’s global team of over 500 Infrastructure Advisory professionals in dozens of countries, at the forefront of delivery on many of the worlds biggest, most complex and most interesting projects and programs, to harness their insights and apply them locally.


Your key responsibilities


We are looking for an experienced candidate to join our team in Western Canada. This position is anticipated to be based in Vancouver and will fill an integral role to lead and deliver a variety of engagements related to the planning, development, delivery and operations of major infrastructure projects, with a focus on British Columbia, Alberta and the Territories.


Skills and attributes for success

  • Project managing EY teams advising both governments and private sector clients on major infrastructure projects including a lead role in client relationship management.
  • A combination of qualitative work activities harnessing your strong written skills, such as development of business cases, feasibility studies or analyses of alternative options and a drafting of range of other deliverables in an infrastructure project planning or execution context, with your analytical skills involving financial models, risk assessments and other numerical analysis
  • Managing engagement teams of 3-5 professionals and assuming developmental responsibility for junior staff. 
  • Collaborating with other team members in identifying and exploring potential new business opportunities; contributing to development and maintenance a healthy funnel of opportunities; contributing to growth of the practice through proactive introductions of the firm's capabilities to target clients and by expansion of service to existing clients.


To qualify for the role you must have

  • 8+ years' professional services or consulting experience in a relevant field involving infrastructure projects, with a preference to experience in a management role involving a high degree of accountability for key outcomes
  • Strong aptitude in interpreting and working with financial models in Microsoft Excel, particularly project finance models for infrastructure projects
  • Developed understanding of key commercial principles and risk allocation applied on infrastructure delivery contracts including Public Private Partnerships, with a preference to prior experience drafting or reviewing relevant contracts and procurement documentation
  • Strong written and verbal communication/presentation skills with a preference for experience in drafting business cases, feasibility studies or other key documents relating to infrastructure project planning
  • Strong project management skills and ability to organize work as the leader of multidisciplinary teams of professional advisors
  • Preference for established experience in one or more of the following sectors: healthcare, roads and bridges, public transit, ports, airports, power and utilities, water and wastewater, urban development, higher education
  • Knowledge of Canadian infrastructure and project financing markets; working knowledge of the Canadian Accounting concepts and principles - CPA not required
  • Undergraduate degree necessary (business or engineering), Master's degree (e.g. MBA, MSc Economics or MSc Finance) or related designation (e.g. CFA/CBV) an asset
  • MBA/Master’s degree/CFA/CBV or related designation (e.g. CFA/CBV) would be an asset


What we look for


We are looking for candidates who are highly motivated, analytical, logical thinkers with a passion for being a strategic advisor in the infrastructure space; and have a very strong attention to detail. This position will also require strong written and verbal communication and presentation skills, superior analytical skills, and proven project and people management skills. Bringing a “roll up the sleeves” attitude with high levels of creativity, enthusiasm and team-work is critical in this role.


What we offer


At EY, our Total Rewards package supports our commitment to creating a leading people culture - built on high-performance teaming - where everyone can achieve their potential and contribute to building a better working world for our people, our clients and our communities. It's one of the many reasons we repeatedly win awards for being a great place to work.


We offer a competitive compensation package where you’ll be rewarded based on your performance and recognized for the value you bring to our business. In addition, our Total Rewards package allows you decide which benefits are right for you and which ones help you create a solid foundation for your future. Our Total Rewards package includes a comprehensive medical, prescription drug and dental coverage, a defined contribution pension plan, a great vacation policy plus firm paid days that allow you to enjoy longer long weekends throughout the year, statutory holidays and paid personal days (based on province of residence), and a range of exciting programs and benefits designed to support your physical, financial and social well-being. Plus, we offer:

  • Support and coaching from some of the most engaging colleagues in the industry
  • Learning opportunities to develop new skills and progress your career
  • The freedom and flexibility to handle your role in a way that’s right for you

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