Colas

At Colas, our people are our wealth, our future, the cornerstones that pave the way to a successful business.

The story of Colas is written by our people, working as a team, boosted by a strong culture of managerial excellence and engaged by shared values: Caring, Sharing, Daring. From different backgrounds, cultures, geographies, business environments, our people’s diversity is inseparable from who we are at Colas. We are stronger for it and I am proud to be part of it. We realize at Colas that people are what grow a company. Investing in people’s development is why our businesses thrive and why we are confident about our future. We focus on nurturing talent and helping people to reach their full potential along their career path.

When you join us for a job, we hope you will stay with us for a career. At Colas, we are open to the world, pioneers of a clever alchemy combining global strength and local roots. Our footprint and network allow us to offer career opportunities locally, regionally, and internationally. We open the way for every person in the Group to be their very best.

Career opportunities

These are just an example of the types of job opportunity the company offers. More information on available positions will be available at the Summit.

About

Colas, a subsidiary of the Bouygues Group, has one mission: to imagine, build and maintain sustainable transport infrastructure. Backed by a network of 800 construction business units and 3,000 material production units in more than 50 countries on five continents, the Group’s 57,000 employees act locally to connect communities and foster exchanges for today and tomorrow. Colas’ ambition is to be the world leader in innovative sustainable mobility solutions

Colas Rail takes up the challenges of tomorrow and contributes to setting up sustainable mobility solutions. Our 12 areas of expertise enable us to cover the entire life cycle of railway infrastructures, from design to construction and maintenance. The international leader in our field, we are presents in over 20 countries and employ 5,600 people throughout the world.

Colas Projects: Our subsidiary dedicated to major project

Colas created Colas Projects to expand the Group’s operations connected with more complex, larger-scale projects in sectors further outside the scope of its core business. To complete these major projects, Colas’ subsidiary uses multidisciplinary and often multicultural teams, which include specialists in a variety of technical fields, engineering, project financing and more. These teams work together at every stage of a project, from preparing the overall bid to executing the contract.

For each project, Colas Projects assembles a team of key resources with specific profiles, such as project managers, contract officers, financial controllers, planners, process managers and QHSE managers. The Group’s subsidiaries provide a local presence and offer additional support to project teams in planning and executing work.

Project Contract Manager

 

The goal behind this specific function is to ensure optimization of contractual rights and financial return for the project.

More specifically, its task is to identify, implement and coordinate the measures necessary to protect and optimize Colas’ rights under a contract, and also the Project’s rights under a contract where Colas is in a Joint-Venture with a partner.

 

Principle responsibilities

  • To manage and safeguard Colas/Contractor’s contractual rights and interests,
  • To anticipate, control and reduce Colas/ Contractor’s exposure to contractual liabilities and risks,
  • To secure and optimize Colas/ Contractor’s financial returns.

These principal responsibilities apply from all angles: upstream, downstream or sideways- i.e. towards clients/consultants, subcontractors/suppliers, JV/ Consortium Partners respectively and even external parties (statutory bodies, insurances, third parties, etc.)

Project Contract Managers are key collaborators of Project Directors or Site Managers as applicable (or any person acting as Project Director) and provide a focus on the holistic contractual administration of contracts.

Whilst Project Contract Managers are mainly involved at post-contract stage, their input is highly beneficial as from tender stage to identify and propose contractual strategies.

 

Advisable reporting lines

The reporting lines vary depending on seniority, nature of projects and structure of area.

In general, the Project Contract Manager reports to the Project Director. Reporting to a Commercial Director also happens.

Project Contract Managers appointed on Major Projects are also member of the Community of Contract Managers for Major Projects. They will then functionally report to the Director Contract Management & Subcontracting.

 

Required skills (Functional / technical / soft )

  • Post-secondary degree in the fields of construction, engineering, legal, quantity surveying, or business administration
  • Prior experience in PPP, Design-Build-Finance, or EPC Contracts
  • Contractor-side experience
  • Infrastructure design and construction experience
  • Capability to work well within a team environment.
  • Ability to create collaborative working relationships and effective partnerships.
  • Ability to share schedule priorities in line with contractual risks (time management)
  • Excellent numeric and computer literacy skills and effective communication both verbally and in writing.
  • Thoroughness and ability to synthetize.
  • Diplomacy, persuasion to gain agreement and acceptance of ideas.
  • Systematic and timely approach to decision making, problem solving and change management.
  • Ability to analyze information to identify the key elements of an issue.
  • Take responsibility and accountability for the health and safety of themselves and those they work with. Maintain familiarity with all relevant safe working procedures and instructions

 

Core duties

The core duty of Project Contract Managers is to fully grasp and administer all the contractual obligations, rights and liabilities of Colas on awarded Contracts, and major or critical subcontracts.

It is important to point out that this is not limited to administering the provisions of the Form of Contract only (FIDIC/CCAG, etc.) but also being fully involved in technical and other risks which all have contractual implications.

Project Contract Managers are the prime support to Project Director and must liaise with other departments regarding contractual matters, e.g. execution team/ procurement/ subcontracting/ engineering / cost control/ finance / surveying (topo), HR, QSHE, GM, etc. Project Contract Managers require adequate understanding of the discipline concerned and matter at stake such that no contractual implications are jeopardized.

From the above Project Contract Managers’ core tasks include:

  • To attend Contract Hand Over Meeting to ensure early involvement and grasp of all contract conditions prior to commencement of works,
  • To undertake a full contract analysis ensuring that all contract documents are in order and in line with tender outcome (including post-bid negotiations, agreements, prices, conditions of contract, etc.),
  • To discuss contract administration of the project (contract + subcontracts if any) with the Project Team to ensure proper site set-up,
  • To provide regular advice to Project Team on contractual matters and whenever matters relating to execution of the Works diverge from contract requirements,
  • To be involved in the timely submission of bonds and timely return thereof in collaboration with project and finance department,
  • To be involved in the issuance of adequate insurance policies prior to start of contract and kept updated thereafter in collaboration with finance department,
  • To ensure that all documents are kept up to date, recorded, safeguarded at all times, including all correspondences and e-mails,
  • To ensure that all records, be it those specifically required to be submitted under the contract or otherwise that may have a contractual implication at a later stage is maintained (e.g. photos, site diaries, rainfall data from approved sources, resource returns to client, reports, minutes of meetings),
  • To draft the necessary contractual letters,
  • To master the cut-off dates and contractual deadlines, thus ensuring timely submission of all contractual notices and claims (delay/cost events, etc.),
  • To be involved in all contractual aspects relating to JV Partners, Subcontractors/Suppliers/Service providers, Third Parties, etc, in the same manner as towards the Client (time, costs, contractual rights and obligations…)
  • To draft subcontracts and critical purchase order with the support of the Legal and Project teams;
  • To administer change interfaces with key designers and subcontractors;
  • To be regularly present on site and to meetings, to ensure proper follow-up of contractual matters,
  • To liaise with cost/ planning / procurement / design/ technical team as needed, to proactively increase the contractual awareness of the project team,
  • To regularly attend discussions with Client’s Representative and Consultants relating to contractual matters with a view to addressing and resolving any matters progressively, whilst always agreeing way forward in advance with Project Director,
  • To prepare, submit and negotiate claims,
  • To prepare and assess insurance claims in conjunction with Project Team and Insurance Department
  • To manage disputes and dispute resolution up to litigation stage in conjunction with legal team including preparation of documents and negotiations
  • To report internally to both hierarchical and functional lines of reporting, including KPIs
  • As a member of the Community of Contract Managers for Major Projects, to participate to meetings, exchange and flow information.

 

Other duties

In addition to the above-mentioned core duties, Project Contract Managers may be called upon to undertake the following duties depending on the project:

  • To manage the Quantity Surveying function of the project, where implemented (On smaller projects this function is kept under execution team responsibility but on larger projects this is often set up separately) : This includes monthly measurement of works and variations, preparation of interim and final applications for payment, discussion with Engineer up to issue of payment certificate, securing of payment, Final Account, subcontractor/supplier/service provider accounts (with Client and/or subcontractors)
  • To assist Legal Department in cases of litigation including attendance in court as witness where necessary.

 

Procedure and Standards:

Use and follow Colas’ governance, policies and procedures

Track Field Engineer/Coordinator

 

Purpose

The Track field engineer/coordinator will join the Edmonton Valley Line West project and report directly to the Track package manager.

He will be responsible for all Track installation on EVLW project installation:

  • Mainline
  • Gerry Wright Operation & Maintenance Facilities (OMF)
  • Lewis Farm OMF

 

Key responsabilities:

  • Ensure adherence to Project Safety
  • Review and understand project
  • Serves as a liaison with project management reporting on inspections, subcontracting, progress, and delays.
  • Participates in project meetings and facilitates regularly scheduled meetings related to execution and deliverables for the project.
  • Proactively identifies and works to resolve any site issues that may impede the project
  • Responsible for implementing and monitoring all Track related works on site as per the defined scope of work.
  • Review and check all work performed is in accordance with the approved drawings and project
  • Initiate and monitor Field Change Directive in close relation with site team and package
  • Advance planning of material requisitions and other resources as
  • Monitor closely the stored material with the yard manager to avoid material
  • Prepare schedule for the installation
  • Plans and coordinates site activities with Safety and Quality departments to ensure applicable procedure enforcement.
  • Plan and coordinate site activities with other sub-systems construction representatives to avoid/minimize installation conflicts (clashes).
  • Support site team for all design and technical related
  • Initiate Non-Conformity Report through Aconex when
  • Monitor Non-Conformity and is responsible for closing it within the allowed
  • Perform site quantity take
  • Establish the daily progress report and other related reports, inspect documents which relate to site activities.
  • Report any close call, incident or accident to the safety department and the line
  • Actively represent the company in a professional manner at all times by providing clear on-site communication / clear understandable work reports / regular communication with the concerned parties responsible for timely escalation of any issues or occurrences.
  • Other duties assigned by Package Manager

 

Qualifications / Experienced required

  • Demonstrated understanding of basic engineering and concrete construction concepts, practices, and procedures.
  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Construction Management or similar field from an Accredited
  • 3-5 years of proven experience with a well-known construction
  • Good command of all Microsoft Office tools &
  • Good communication skills, ability to plan and organize daily activities, action-oriented, high ability to analyze and resolve problems, ability to perform under pressure and able to be flexible and adapt to dynamic environments.

Overhead Catenary System (OCS) Field Engineer/Coordinator

 

Purpose

The Overhead Catenary System field engineer/coordinator will join the Edmonton Valley Line West project and report directly to the OCS package manager.

He will be responsible for all OCS installation on EVLW project installation:

  • Mainline
  • Gerry Wright Operation & Maintenance Facilities (OMF)
  • Lewis Farm OMF

 

Key responsabilities:

  • Establish the daily progress report and other related reports, inspect documents which relate to site activities.
  • Report any close call, incident or accident to the safety department and the line
  • Be actively represent the company in a professional manner at all times by providing clear on-site communication / clear understandable works reports / regular communication with the concerned parties responsible for timely escalation of any issues or occurrences.
  • Responsible for implementing and monitoring all OCS related works at site as per the defined scope of work.
  • Review and check all work performed is in accordance with the approved drawings and project
  • Initiate and monitor Field Change Directive in close relation with site team and package
  • Plans ahead material requisitions and other resources
  • Monitor closely the stock balance with the store manager to avoid stock
  • Prepare time plan for the installation
  • Plans and coordinates site activities with Safety and Quality departments to guarantee applicable procedure enforcement.
  • Plans and coordinates site activities with other sub-systems construction representatives to avoid/minimize installation conflicts (clashes).
  • Support site team for all design and technical related
  • Initiate and monitor Field Change Directive in close relation with site team and package
  • Initiate Non-Conformity through Aconex when
  • Monitor Non-Conformity and is responsible for closing it within the allowed
  • Ensure site quantities measurement,
  • Other duties assigned by Line Manager

 

Qualifications / Experienced required

  • Bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering from reputable
  • 3-5 years of proven experience with a well-known construction
  • Good user of all Microsoft Office tools &
  • Good communication skills, ability to plan and organize daily activities, action-oriented, high ability to analyze and resolve problems, ability to perform under pressure and able to be flexible and adapt to dynamic environments.

LRT Signalling Project Manager

 

Summary:

The LRT Signalling Project Manager acts as an orchestra conductor for the discipline and reports to the Rail and Systems Manager.

The role is responsible for execution of the Signalling scope within allocated Time and Budget, with due level of Quality and Safety and in compliance with the contract and any applicable requirements.

The role manages in a transverse manner all the Signalling scope-related activities for the project and their interfaces through the project steps from concept and detailed design to handover. This includes coordination of the design with the construction requirements, procurement of the supply and installation subcontract(s), manage, coordinate and follow-up of all activities including manufacturing, factory testing, transport, delivery, storage, installation and testing & commissioning for the discipline, ensure proper integration with the interfacing and overarching systems, handover activities as well as follow-up of the Safety Certification (safety case approval) and the post construction activities such as performance demonstration during the defect notification period, until the final handover of the work package.

 

Main responsabilities:

    • Manage the delivery of all Signalling-related activities for all stages of the Project:
      • Follow-up Design and Integration progress,
      • coordinate the design with the construction requirements
      • Prepare the Procurement RFQ packages for the subcontracting of supply and installation, (inc. scope of works, schedule), assess bids until award.
      • Follow-up design, manufacturing including FAT, transport, delivery and storage by the supplier(s)
      • Manage Installation, Testing & Commissioning by the subcontractor(s),
      • Coordinate the works with all interfacing parties, managers and systems
      • Ensure integration with the interfacing and overarching LRT systems, including migration and adaptation to/of those installed on the previous phase of work (“Stage 1”)
      • Lead handover activities
      • follow-up of the Safety Certification and post construction activities (performance demonstration during defect notification period).
    • Manage and be accountable for the budget related to Signalling packages including direct subcontracting costs and indirect staffing costs.
    • Administer subcontracts with the help from Contracts department (correspondence, claims, changes, invoicing)
    • Review progress, forecast costs, monitor quantities, report on costs to completion, re-forecast etc.
    • Manage Risks and Opportunities linked to Signalling scope and report on them
    • Follow applicable safety policies and procedures and enforce their application by subcontractor(s) and direct reports.
    • Prepare schedule of Signalling activities and propose mitigation actions in case of delay,
    • Follow-up compliance of the subcontractor detailed schedules to the master schedule main milestones
    • Follow-up progress and report on the Key performance Indicators
    • Ensure conformance of Signalling activities with the contract and quality requirements,

 

Requirements:

  • Excellent written, verbal, communication and organizational skills
  • Postgraduate degree in engineering, with a preference for electrical or control systems engineering.
  • Project Management Professional (PMP), a must
  • Candidate must have at least 10 years work experience with evidence of leadership on at least 2 large projects for Signalling work in design and construction
  • Experienced in managing major subcontracts (Design, Supply, and Installation) is a must
  • Broad technical knowledge of Signalling in LRT or Tramway and Interface with Train/LRVs is necessary (YCS, TCS, TRPS)
  • Good understanding of Communication and SCADA Systems and their interfaces, a plus
  • English proficiency is mandatory (reading/writing/speaking) – French is a plus

Project Manager CRIT

 

Responsaibilty:

This role act as main interface and is accountable for the management of the contracts in place with most important Italian client (RFI – Rete Ferroviaria Italiana) for maintenance and renewal of electrical traction systems and transformation systems.

 

Main tasks:

The role has the following responsibility and tasks:

  • according to the company management directives, he/she must be able to autonomously manage a contract, coordinating with other team members and interfacing with other company functions for all activities related the project: planning, purchasing and logistics of materials, coordination of site resources and equipment, liaise with engineering disegn team, SHEQ for all activities related to safety at work and quality control and finally administration for accounting management;
  • he/she have to constantly interface with Construction Manager for the operational management of the construction site and contract administration activities: work delivery, issue of the work progress reports, management of variants, up to the final testing of the work and issue of the work completion certificate;
  • for each project he/she is responsible to comply with the issuance of all documents contractually due as per the approved project planning;
  • in coordination with site management he/she is responsible to coordinate resources, equipment and machines on site;
  • he/she acts as the main interface between the company and the Project Managers of the Client/Joint Venture;
  • he/she acts as the main interface with the Project Engineers for the design activities progress according to the contractual terms and conditions and for any other technical variation and change;
  • he/she supports the Bid & Proposal team in the financial and contractual definition of technical changes and variants;
  • he/she is in charge of organizing and coordinating the project review meetings.

 

Qualifications / Experiences required:

  • Postgraduate degree in engineering, with a preference for electrical or control systems engineering;
  • Candidate must have at least 5 years work experience preferably in the railway sector or for plant engineering companies;
  • It’s strongly required to know the main terms and conditions on the maintenance/renewal railway service contracts and rates used for the calculation and settlement of the works;
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) is a plus;
  • Excellent written, verbal, communication and organizational skills;
  • Italian and English proficiency is mandatory (reading/writing/speaking);
  • Availability to work in Italy (Milan offices) with frequent business trips on site (Italy).