Principal Construction Manager

Vantage Data Centers
Montréal, QC / Remote
30+ days ago
Vantage Data Centers
Vantage Data Centers

Job Description

About Vantage Data Centers

Vantage is committed to being a workplace of inclusion, equity, respect and acceptance. We celebrate diversity and intentionally seek out opportunities to learn from one another’s experience.

Vantage Data Centers powers, cools, protects and connects the technology of the world’s well-known hyperscalers, cloud providers and large enterprises. Developing and operating across six markets in North America and five markets in Europe, Vantage has evolved data center design in innovative ways to deliver dramatic gains in reliability, efficiency and sustainability in flexible environments that can scale as quickly as the market demands.

Construction Department

The Construction team is responsible for the entire process flow of delivering the physical data centers from shovel ready state through commissioning, working with Sales, Operations, and management along the way. Construction implements and executes upon the work product developed by the Development & Engineering (D&E) team. The team also manages Vantage’s build partners to success through technical feedback and review, and actively participating in review of schedule and budget. Many times, a role like this at other companies is purely oversight. One thing that distinguishes Vantage is that our construction teams are given the responsibility and authority to directly drive the process. When compared to external resources, our internal team can ensure the key stakeholders are engaged in the decision-making process to align long-term operational sustainability with value engineering and cost metrics to deliver products aligned with corporate goals. This approach empowers each member of the team to drive high- impact decisions and even more impactful results.

Position Description

Vantage is looking for a self-motivated Principal Construction Manager to provide overall leadership and drive success of large-scale new development construction projects. The position covers all aspects of construction. Areas of expertise require autonomy and independent discretion in the following areas:

  • RFP development and budgeting
  • Pre-bid oversight and coordination
  • Managing all design phases and documents
  • Customer engagement for sales and fulfillment of requirements
  • Coordination and supervision of design-build contractors
  • Coordination with internal stakeholders and subject matter experts
  • Oversight of physical construction activities
  • Participation in commissioning
  • Hand-off of physical data center and project documents to operations

Essential Job Functions

  • Drive thought leadership with a focus on lean principles of construction and cost optimization
  • Promote a health and safety culture
  • Development of capital improvement projects to and through internal project approval
  • Management of project scope, schedule and budget
  • Drive all aspects of construction including pre-construction, design development, permitting and entitlements, competitive bid process, team selection, construction oversight, commissioning, and project closeout


  • Lead discussions with design teams, operations and clients
  • Ensure that appropriate health and safety measures are in place.
  • Submit monthly project financial reporting including forecasting, cash-flow, etc.
  • Review monthly contractor billing and perform job walks to substantiate progress
  • Develop, manage, maintain, and assist with contract negotiation of new and existing vendors
  • Manage input and delivery of work products from internal team members to ensure that new data center spaces comply with the project requirements, customer requirements, all engineering standards, applicable codes, and specifications
  • Develop, document, and drive lessons learned, process improvements, cost and schedule savings initiatives throughout the project lifecycle process
  • Work closely with the Operations to coordinate design criteria with budgetary issues and ongoing maintenance and operation of existing facilities
  • Awareness of the importance of mission-critical facility operation
  • Additional duties as assigned from time to time by Management

Job Requirements

  • Bachelor of Science in Construction Management, or similar field, or equivalent experience
  • 15+ years of experience in managing construction projects required,
  • Data center experience is a strongly preferred
  • Experience in CSA (civil, structural, architectural) and MEP (mechanical, electrical, plumbing) construction management is a requirement
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and project management tools like MS Project or P6
  • Expected travel is less than 5%, but may grow and evolve over time

We operate with No Ego and No Arrogance. We work to build each other up and support one another, appreciating each other’s strengths and respecting each other’s weaknesses. We find joy in our work and each other, actively seeking opportunities to inject fun into what we do. Our hard and efficient work is rewarded with an above market total compensation package. We offer a comprehensive suite of health and welfare, retirement, and paid leave benefits exceeding local expectations.

Safety and security always matter. During COVID, all positions that can work remotely have been, and appropriate steps have been taken to ensure the safety of employees in any position essential to be on site. Regardless of where you are working, technology to work effectively is provided on or in advance of your first day of employment.

Throughout the year, the advantage of being part of the Vantage team is evident with an array of benefits, recognition, training and development, and the knowledge that your contribution adds value to the company and our community.

Don't meet all the requirements? Please still apply if you think you are the right person for the position. We are always keen to speak to people who connect with our mission and values.

Vantage Data Centers is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent


  • Dental care
  • Disability insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Extended health care
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • RRSP match
  • Vision care
  • Wellness program


  • Day shift


  • project management: 10 years (preferred)


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