Project Manager

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Closing Date

2018-01-24 APPLY ON-LINE

Job Summary

  • Manage complex system development projects by planning, organizing, directing and controlling multi-disciplinary project teams.
  • Analyse project assignments and propose project management processes to successfully deliver approved project scope.
  • Prepare detailed project charters, project management plans based on Portfolio Management Office templates covering objectives, activities and resource requirements. Adhere to Branch’s project management methodology.
  • Develop plans/objectives/costs and time frames for projects by discussing operational and technical requirements with clients and other areas of the Service.
  • Manage all activities of the project by developing, organizing, maintaining and regularly updating project plans; controlling budgetary expenditures; directing/instructing human resources, managing change in scope and schedule.
  • Resolve problems by analysing and following IM/IT practices and standards; facilitating discussions and resolving conflicts internal and external to the Service; developing new approaches to resolve issues.
  • Participate to the Branch's annual and multi-year planning activities by contributing to the Project Review Committee and Investment Review Committee processes which evaluate initiatives against organizational priorities.
  • Assist with preapproval business case development by developing preliminary project plans and resource estimates.
  • Manage internal and contract project resource requirements by writing Statements of Work, contributing to Requests for Proposals, establishing evaluation criteria and weighing/reviewing responses against evaluation criteria.
  • Manage projects related to the piloting/prototyping of new technologies by directing/instructing engineers/technologists/contractors responsible for performing the design/modification.
  • Direct the research, analysis and testing of new systems/equipment/softwares for possible use in CSIS by evaluating new technologies for their potential to address business.


  • Undergraduate degree* and seven (7) years of experience**
  • Technologist diploma* or Professional technologist equivalency designation and eight (8) years of experience**

*in Computer Science, Software Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Network Security or telecommunications.

The educational program must be from an accredited learning institution recognized in Canada. If you completed a program outside of Canada you will be required to obtain proof of a Canadian equivalency at your expense from an accredited learning institution recognized in Canada.

NOTE: Any higher level of education (i.e.: Masters, Doctorate) in project management could be recognized as experience.


** Experience: In a role where the core function was to lead and/or manage IT projects using Project Management methodologies.

Candidates must also possess:

Three (3) years of experience in either one of the following:

  •  Managing projects related to the planning, development, and deployment of technical infrastructure for computing platform environment or
  • Managing Software application development/COTS integration projects.

In addition, candidates must also possess any one of the following certifications:

  • Project Management Institute (PMI) Project Management Professional (PMP) certification
  • Prince 2 Practitioner certification
  • A Master in Project Management


  • Knowledge of System development lifecycle (SDLC) models
  • Knowledge of Iterative development methodologies / frameworks
  • Familiarity with the use of Microsoft Project for project management

Other Requirements

A written exam will be administered. If successful, you will be invited to an interview. The exam will serve to evaluate your knowledge in project management.


Behavioural Flexibility, Collaboration, Communication, Risk Management, Focus Results (Result Oriented)

Who Can Apply

Canadian citizens eligible for a Top Secret security clearance.

Security Requirements

Candidates must be eligible to receive a Top Secret security clearance. The process involves a security interview, a polygraph, and a background investigation that includes credit and financial verifications. The use of illegal drugs is a criminal offense. Drug use is an important factor considered in your reliability and suitability assessment during the selection process. Therefore it is important that you adhere to a zero tolerance illegal drug use from the time you submit your application.

Language Requirements

Various language requirements:

  • English Essential (EE/AE)
  • Bilingual imperative (BBB/BBB)
  • Bilingual non-imperative (BBB/BBB).

NOTE: For bilingual imperative positions, offers will be made to qualified candidates who meet the linguistic requirements. For bilingual non-imperative positions, offers will be conditional upon meeting the linguistic requirements within two (2) years of appointment.

Salary Range

$85,470 to $104,030 per year (under review). Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

This position is designated CS; therefore, the employee may be eligible for a terminable allowance of 7% of the annual salary.

Some relocation expenses may be reimbursed by the Service.

We Also Offer

Organized and recreational sports activities, on-site fitness facility, full service cafeteria, and bus route service within proximity.


Ottawa (Ontario)

Employment Conditions

Indeterminate (permanent) position with one (1) year probation

How To Apply

Applicants must clearly demonstrate in their application how they meet each Education and Experience criteria. Failure to do so will result in the applicant being screened out of the career opportunity.

If you meet these requirements, you may submit your candidacy by clicking Apply Now and quote reference 17-968-09-071 in your cover letter.


CSIS is a separate employer and is not subject to the Public Service Employment Act (PSEA). CSIS has its own classification, compensation system, and a different staffing regime. As such, we use a different staffing process and terminology.

CSIS is committed to Employment Equity and encourages the equitable participation of all Canadians. If your application is retained and you require any special accommodation during the selection process, please advise us. The personal information provided in your application is protected under the Privacy Act and will be held in Personal Information Bank SIS/P-PU-025.

We thank all applicants for their interest in CSIS. However, only those who are selected for further consideration will be contacted.