Commissioning Lead (VBME)

St John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
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The Opportunity:

We are seeking highly qualified and experienced personnel to work as part of the Project team in a range of areas including services to the Project Commissioning team to facilitate execution of the projects commissioning plan. Knowing what to do, and equally important, not what to do, is critical when confronted with daily unplanned events or circumstances during commissioning. Inherently by its nature and type of work, including first energization of equipment, Commissioning is a higher risk activity, and there is no room for improvisation.

The Commissioning group is responsible for: pre-commissioning (S2) tasks required to verify equipment / component integrity; and, cold commissioning (S3) tasks required to verify logic and controls will function as designed. The newly constructed process systems have been divided into commissionable sub-systems consisting on mechanical equipment, piping and electrical power & controls.  The Commissioning Group will primarily consist of Lead(s), Commissioning Technicians, and Commissioning Technical Support. Each group is supplemented with a construction team, a controls team and an electrical team dedicated to the Commissioning group.

The position of Commissioning Lead provides the leadership to the commissioning groups responsible for commissioning tasks. The position will be a direct report to the Commissioning Manager who is responsible for overall commissioning plan.

The successful candidate will be responsible for Day to day duties and deliverables as follows: 

  • Responsible for implementation on a day to day basis of a strong health and safety culture in line with Safety and Health and Environment management system.
  • Responsible for the management of an assigned commissioning group work on site.
  • Ensures the commissioning set-up, including of pre-testing and vendor assistance, and process commissioning is efficiently executed to satisfy of commissioning objectives.
  • Provide direction and support to the Commissioning Technicians so they can plan for the execution of Commissioning activities week(s) in advance.
  • Ensure completion of check sheets and related paperwork that facilitates turnover of a sub-system to the operating group is completed.
  • Report weekly into database program to report on commissioning progress and bottlenecks on a sub-system level.
  • Assist in mitigation plans to overcome any schedule slippages resulting in identified commissioning shortfalls.
  • Participate in weekly schedule meetings to modify the Primavera schedule so it accurately reflects the planned turnover date and tracks commissioning progress.
  • Monitor completion of outstanding construction and commissioning punches and turnover readiness.
  • Communicate and work collaboratively with various project disciplines – including other commissioning groups, Commissioning support groups, project engineering, QA and construction disciplines.


Essential Skills / Qualifications & Assets:

  • 5 or more years of experience as a Commissioning & Start up Lead. Experience in roles operational and/or maintenance superintendent/manager or QA inspector will be considered when evaluating the candidates experience.
  • Electrical or Mechanical trades designation with working experience in heavy industry is considered an asset.
  • Previous field level experience in directing a multi skilled team to support the Commissioning and Start-up of equipment on large capital projects.  
  • Previous field level leadership for field execution and testing experience on large projects.
  • Previous experience with led Commissioning/Start-up efforts is seen as an asset.
  • Comfortable working in a team-based environment while possessing the ability to manage and prioritize day to day duties and deliverables.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use MS Excel & Outlook.
  • Strong Organization Skills
  • Strong Communication Skills, both Written & Oral


Work Site and Schedule

  • Position is based in Voisey’s Bay, the shift schedule is 2 weeks in 2weeks out, working 12hr days, for the 14days on site. The rotation / shift / schedule may change to meet the needs of the project execution effort. You may be expected to work from the St. John’s office from time to time.


  • The place of work will be Voisey’s Bay Site in Labradour, as a fly in / fly out operation, all employees will be flown to/from designated pick up / drop off points in Newfoundland and Labrador on a chartered service to site at no cost.


On behalf of our client, Ian Martin recognizes the Impact & Benefits Agreements with the Innu Nation & the Nunatsiavut Government in which Innu & Innuit workers have first preference for employment at the Voisey’s Bay Site.


The Ian Martin Group is an equal opportunity employer.