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Manager Public Works

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.


We invite candidates to apply from across the United States. The location will be determined by the successful candidate and can be based in Minneapolis, MN, Chicago, IL, Davenport, IA or Kansas City, MO.


•    Leadership accountability for inputs and outputs of safety, service, productivity and financial metrics
•    Represents CPKC in dealing with government and regulatory bodies relating to assessing, recommending and supporting safety improvements for public and private railway crossings and grade separations
•    Represents CPKC in response to inquiries or complaints from governmental agencies, municipalities, private citizens and other outside parties concerning right of way, grade crossing and signal issues
•    Coordinates with other departments and others in the Operations and Engineering Services Departments to resolve those issues


•    Coordinates and interfaces with all levels of governmental agencies, regulators, utility companies, outside parties and numerous internal Railway departments with respect to execution of construction and railway crossing and signal projects
•    Manages Public Works team, including 2-3 direct reports
•    Oversees the coordination of all flagging for 3rd party sponsored projects
•    Leads negotiations and drives the at-grade crossing closure program
•    Negotiates cost apportionment on joint projects where applicable and in accordance with normal practices
•    Initiates, prepares and processes Crossing and Signal Agreements for publicly and privately funded projects involving railway facilities
•    Maintains knowledge of outside funding sources and initiates projects on an annual basis to utilize such funding for railway facilities construction and upgrades
•    Ensures outside party adherence to company policies and compliance with applicable CPKC, AREMA and regulatory standards and practices, safety and insurance requirements when those parties are performing work on Railway property
•    Attends public meetings, legal hearings and diagnostic site inspections in support of CPKC projects
•    Pro-actively engages internal and external authorities and stakeholders to ensure all matters relating to road/rail crossing, signal and right-of-way safety matters are progressed in a timely manner and in accordance with regulatory requirements
•    Carries out field inspections and works with various sponsors, departments & groups within CPKC and our engineering and signal Preferred Service Providers, and other consultants, contractors, and external customers as required
•    Works with Municipal, State, Federal and other authorities as required to create the most cost-effective means of execution for Railway construction projects, including optimizing the use of available outside funds, coordinating design and construction as required
•    Prepares Capital and Special Maintenance appropriation submission for the annual and four-year plan for Public Projects
•    Acts as the primary contact person for outside parties to coordinate public projects and other matters related to public involvement in operating property and railway facilities
•    Acts as the primary contact person for governmental agencies to coordinate/implement FRA Quiet Zones
•    Acts as the primary contact person for AAR – Grade Crossing Safety and Trespass Prevention Committee
•    Areas of responsibility include advocacy for public funding of projects with public safety and benefit, design review and approval, agreement preparation/execution with public authorities on integrated public projects
•    Provide support and expertise to internal departments including Structures & Projects, Service Areas, Public Affairs, Regulatory Affairs, Real Estate, Commercial Development, Network Capacity, Legal Services, Signal department and CP Lease Line operators in       support of internal and external projects
•    Handling of public safety concerns arising from railway operations, public and private projects, as they relate to road/rail crossing interfaces and right-of-way property matters
•    Territory of responsibility covers all CPKC rail lines and rights-of-way in US Midwest states of Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota, Iowa, Missouri, South Dakota
•    Associates or Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering, or equivalent experience    
•    5 or more years of railroad experience
•    Ability to drill down, understand root cause and resolve complex issues
•    Must be highly motivated individual who is comfortable working independently in an unstructured, multi-disciplinary team atmosphere
•    Effective interpersonal and communication skills (verbal and written)
•    Ensures that safety is a priority in the design and construction of all projects
•    Travel requirement over the territory to inspect sites and meet with municipal and regulatory authorities, and internal stakeholders can be up to 50%
As an employer with national presence, the possibility does exist that the location of your position may be changed based on organizational requirements.
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.

Drug Test Elements: 

CPKC is committed to the safety and health of its employees and the general public.  All new hires are required to undergo a drug screen.  We appreciate your cooperation in keeping CPKC safe and drug free. 
Background Investigation:
The successful candidate will need to successfully complete the following clearances:     

  • Criminal history check
  • Reference check
  • Last 3 years of driving history
  • Last 7 years of employment history; includes military service
  • Social Secuity number verification 

CPKC is an equal opportunity employer committed to the principles of employment equity and inclusion. We welcome applications from all qualified individuals. All applicant information will be managed in accordance with the federal Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act ("PIPEDA"). 


•    Req ID: 101447 
•    Department: Engineering 
•    Job Type: Full-Time 
•    Position Type: Non-Union 
•    Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota 
•    Country: United States
•    % of Travel: 50-60%
•    # of Positions: 1 
•    Job Grade: 4 
•    Job Available to: Internal & External 


Nearest Major Market: Minneapolis

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