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Human Resources Project Manager

Canadian National Railway

This is a Contract position in Montreal, QC posted May 4, 2022.

At CN, everyday brings new and exciting challenges. You can expect an interesting environment where you are part of making sure our business is running optimally and safely―helping keep the economy on track. We provide the kind of paid training and opportunities that long-term careers are built on and we recognize hard workers who strive to make a difference. You will be able to thrive in our close-knit, safety-focused culture working together as ONE TEAM. The careers we offer are meaningful because the work we do matters. 

Join us!

Job Summary

The Human Resources Project Manager is responsible for coordinating and delivering projects within CN’s Human Resources (HR) function. The incumbent sets deadlines, assigns responsibilities, ensures accurate allocation of resources, leads multidisciplinary teams and monitors the progress of various projects. The position requires building and maintaining relationships with team members, vendors, and other departments involved in projects. 

Main Responsibilities Project Management – 60%

·       Coordinate and complete small- to medium-scale projects and programs

·       Identify project and program milestones, critical success factors, risks and resource requirements

·       Manage budgets and align project deliverables to expected business case benefits

·       Collaborate with HR clients, partners and vendors to deliver projects according to plan

·       Ensure all project management best practices are applied

·       Ensure project transparency with timely and clear progress updates

·       Negotiate changes in scope, budget and schedule with sponsor

·       Ensure adherence to change management process

·       Facilitate workshops throughout the project


Leading business improvement initiatives – 40%

·       Take an unstructured business problem, discover and validate the current state of the selected processes

·       Work with the business owner to build an optimized “to be” model that is specific on approach (e.g. technology, people, process) and outcomes

·       Lead “Kaizen type” event or discovery sessions around Business Processes with internal HR stakeholders to clarify the issues and underlying causes

  • Create and validate the current and future state business processes with HR stakeholders
  • Analyze processes to identify optimization and automation opportunities
  • Document, evaluate and conduct cost-benefits analysis for opportunities
  • Perform benchmarks and best practices reviews
  • Develop business optimization recommendations based on thorough quantitative analysis and present them to HR stakeholders
  • Provide implementation support in defining implementation strategy and plan as well as solution roll out

Working Conditions

The role has standard working conditions in an office environment with a regular workweek from Monday to Friday. Due to the nature of the role, the incumbent must be able to meet tight deadlines, handle pressure and manage stress.

Requirements Experience

Human Resources and Information Technology

·       Minimum 5 years of Human Resources and I&T experience

o   Minimum 5 years of experience in a leadership role and overseeing deliverables

o   Minimum 5 years of experience in project management

o   Minimum 5 years as a Business Process Analyst


·       Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources, Business Administration, Information System, Computer Science, or equivalent

·       Project Management Professional (PMP) or Program Management Professional (PgMP) certification, or equivalent

·       Lean Six Sigma Green belt, or equivalent program credentials


·       Collaborates with others and shares information

·       Applies critical thinking

·       Makes informed and timely decisions to get things done

·       Innovates

·       Solves problems to create value

·       Sets direction and inspires others

·       Communicates with impact

·       Seeks and values all perspectives

·       Demonstrates   agility and drives change

·       Knows the business and stays current on industry needs

·       Time and project management

·       Fluently bilingual both written and verbal (English, French)

Technical Skills/Knowledge

·       Knowledge of corporate functions in HR

·       Comfortable implementing business tools

·       Knowledge of Microsoft Suite (Project and Excel)

·       Knowledge of Agile and Waterfall methodologies and tools

·       Knowledge of Lean Six Sigma methodology and tools

Organizational Impact Decision Making & Impacts

The Human Resources Project Manager is responsible for ensuring coordination and completion of projects. Although the role does not have direct high-level decision-making authority, the work itself has impact on the organization. The incumbent is authorized to make day-to-day decisions related to the ongoing projects. The incumbent must request approval for spending or for changes in project scope.

Level of Interaction/Influence

The Human Resources Project Manager interacts with individuals internal and external to CN. Within the organization, the incumbent liaises with various HR stakeholders on a regular basis to execute projects. Outside of CN, the position liaises with solutions vendors and partners assisting in the realization of projects.

Employees Supervised/Organizational Structure

The Project Manager reports to the Senior Human Resources Information System Manager. The role has no supervisory responsibility. 

About CN

CN is a world-class transportation leader and trade-enabler. Essential to the economy, to the customers, and to the communities it serves, CN safely transports more than 300 million tons of natural resources, manufactured products, and finished goods throughout North America every year. As the only railroad connecting Canada’s Eastern and Western coasts with the Southern tip of the U.S. through a 19,500 mile rail network, CN and its affiliates have been contributing to community prosperity and sustainable trade since 1919. CN is committed to programs supporting social responsibility and environmental stewardship. At CN, we work as ONE TEAM, focused on safety, sustainability and our customers, providing operational and supply chain excellence to deliver results.

CN requires that all employees be fully vaccinatedagainst COVID-19 and provide proof thereof as a condition of employment. TheCompany’s vaccination mandate extends to employees of our wholly ownedsubsidiaries as well as CN’s contractors, consultants, agents and suppliers andanyone who accesses CN properties in Canada.

CN is an employment equity employer and we encourage all qualified candidates to apply. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only candidates under consideration will be contacted. Please monitor your email on a regular basis, as communication is primarily made through email.