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PMO Governance Practice Lead

Canadian Pacific (CP) and Kansas City Southern (KCS) are now CPKC. As the only truly North American railway, we are making big moves! Drawing on our strong foundations and heritage, CPKC moves essential goods across our 20,000-mile network to support economic growth throughout Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. Be a part of history as we connect a continent and create exciting career opportunities across our new transnational network. Visit to learn about the CPKC advantage, our purpose and culture.



The primary responsibility of the Information Services (IS) Project Management Office (PMO) Practice Lead is to ensure that all projects within the IS portfolio are completed within the specified time, budget, and quality standards per the PMO’s Key Performance measures. In addition to being responsible for developing and implementing effective project management processes and tools, ensuring that every project manager adheres to them. The Practice Lead also assists Project Managers in different knowledge areas of the project lifecycle.



Maintain a thorough understanding of project management best practices, with continuous improvement as a core value.


Project Management Standards & Processes

  • Continuously evaluate project management methodologies and improve on current frameworks and standards;
  • Develop and implement strategies for enhancing project quality and efficiency;
  • Develop project and portfolio Key Performance Indicators (KPI);
  • Provide and maintain a capacity planning and resource tracking service across the portfolio;

Project Governance

  • Ensure PMO standards are upheld throughout the entire process of each project’s development and execution.
  • Responsible for project/program health checks through active monitoring of KPI with corrective action follow-ups;
  • Ensure quality project data is maintained, project/program status reports are submitted on time and RAID items are actively managed;
  • Assesses project/program size and complexity, recommend appropriate Stage Gate schedule and perform PMO Stage Gate Gatekeeper role.

Project/Program Managers Support

  • Provide guidance and support regarding project deliverables, processes and PPM tools.
  • Provide guidance for project setup on financials, purchasing, project structure, schedules, and document management;
  • Develop and deliver training on IS PMO processes;

PMO Portfolio Support

  • Prepare periodic consolidated project, program, and portfolio status reports;
  • Prepare PMO artifacts to support controls compliance and quarterly audit reviews;
  • Participate in the development of the portfolio master plan.



  • University degree or equivalent in Commerce/Business Administration, Engineering, Computer Science, or equivalent experience.
  • Project Management Professional certificate (PMP), or equivalent, is an asset.
  • 10+ years’ experience working in a project management office;
  • 5+ years as a Senior Project Manager in an enterprise environment on large projects
  • Demonstrate capability in PMO planning and process improvement;
  • Experience in different IS Project methodologies including waterfall, agile, iterative, etc.;
  • Experience measuring and analyzing PMBOK key performance indicators;
  • Exceptional knowledge of Microsoft Project;
  • Strong skills in Microsoft Office and Visio is an asset;
  • Previous experience with PPM tools;
  • Previous experience with PowerBI ;
  • Previous experience with SAP or equivalent ERP system;



  • Flexible and competitive benefits package
  • Employer Funded Retirement Plan
  • Employee Share Purchase Plan
  • Performance Incentive Program
  • Annual Fitness Subsidy
  • Part-time Studies Program



As an employer with North American presence, the possibility does exist that the location of your position may be changed based on organizational requirements.


Background Investigation:

The successful candidate will need to successfully complete the following clearances:       


  • Criminal history check
  • Reference check


Management Conductor Program:

Becoming a qualified conductor or locomotive engineer is the single best way for a management employee to learn the business at CPKC. You may be required to obtain a certification or to maintain your current certification/qualification as a conductor or locomotive engineer.


CPKC is an employment equity employer committed to the principles of employment equity and inclusion. We encourage all qualified candidates to apply including women, Black, Indigenous, People of Colour (BIPOC), members of the LGBTQ+ community, and people with disabilities. Accommodations for the job application process can be provided, as appropriate, upon request. All applicant information will be managed in accordance with the federal Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA).  


  • Req ID: 101816
  • Department: Information Services
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Position Type: Non-Union
  • Location: Calgary, Alberta
  • Country: Canada
  • % of Travel:
  • # of Positions: 1
  • Job Grade: 3
  • Job Available to: Internal & External





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