National Smart Vehicle Project Manager

Technology Commercialization – Full Time

Position Overview

The Canadian Urban Transit Research & Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC) is currently seeking to hire a National Smart Vehicle Project Manager to work with our dynamic national team involved in the pursuit of low-carbon smart mobility technologies with Members across Canada and the United States.

About CUTRIC’s Culture

CUTRIC is a highly dynamic and fast-paced innovation consortium focusing on technology championship. Despite being a not-for-profit, the team culture operates along the lines of a fast-paced (frequently high-pressure) start-up technology company.

CUTRIC team members are interdisciplinary, widely knowledgeable, science- and technology-driven, and passionate about the environment and mobility innovation.

CUTRIC welcomes and supports diversity in the workplace because we believe it makes us stronger and smarter. Candidates with diverse experiences and backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Role Summary

The National Smart Vehicle Project Manager will grow to be an integral team member of CUTRIC’s commercialization team.

The National Smart Vehicle Project Manager will need to become familiar with all of CUTRIC’s technology projects and governance structures, and will liaise with CUTRIC’s team members and clients across Canada, in English and/or French, to undertake coordination activities as required.

The National Smart Vehicle Project Manager will be expected to communicate openly, regularly, professionally, and transparently with colleagues and external stakeholders on a regular basis to develop positive member and stakeholder relations over the long-term.


CUTRIC actively pursues diversity within its employment framework. Women, people who identify as women, transgendered people, and people who identify as a non-binary gender are strongly encouraged to apply.

Role & Responsibilities

The National Smart Vehicle Project Manager will be expected to carry out the following tasks in a highly independent, accountable, professional and responsible manner:

  • Establish a project management plan for the National Smart Vehicle Project that incorporates a 12-month timeline from June 2021 to June 2022 with the target of a full-funding submission for a deployment project completed with project partners no later than September 2021.
  • Prepare a full submission to the federal Strategic Innovation Fund, Stream 5, for submission with project partners by Q3 2021, and support the ongoing lobby efforts by CUTRIC to secure funding for that initiative.
  • Establish regular and clear communications with CUTRIC Members and project stakeholders that are engaged in the technical areas of autonomous and connected smart vehicles.
  • Establish a technical guidance document for smart vehicles that support common technical procurement specifications for the integration of autonomous and connected shuttles that support first-kilometre/last-kilometre deployments.
  • Establish a project budget based on Membership revenues allied to the National Smart Vehicle Project and maintain project spending within that budget.
  • Support the design of content for CUTRIC’s 3rd Annual Low-Carbon Smart Mobility Technology Conference, 2021 vis-à-vis smart vehicles, i.e., autonomous and connected vehicle technologies.

Critical Skills, Competencies and Educational Requirements

The National Smart Vehicle Project Manager will be expected to have the following skills, competencies, and educational achievements:


  • Fluent English language skills required in written and spoken form.
  • Fluency in French is considered a highly valuable asset.
  • Minimum Master’s degree from a recognized university in a relevant field.
  • Project management certification from a recognized project management accrediting body and/or institute.
  • At least three years of experience in project management.
  • High-level competency with audio-visual technologies and technical as well as communications software (e.g., Zoom communications tools, HubSpot sales software) with an ability to troubleshoot in real-time during multi-stakeholder meetings.
  • Advanced level of attention to detail and precision.
  • Commitment to confidentiality and non-disclosure respect for the concept of privacy within a corporation.
  • Professionalism in written, verbal and in-person contexts.
  • Strong teamwork ethic and commitment to working with team members locally and digitally across the country.
  • High degree of adaptability to work under pressure in a dynamic work environment.
  • Positive attitude and willingness to think creatively and innovatively to resolve problems and overcome challenges.
  • Leadership mindset and proactive dynamism in problem-solving.
  • Strong focus on time efficiency and waste reduction (in time and resources) to achieve deliverables.
  • Commitment to climate change action and an interest in sustainability in transportation.
  • Expressed interest in working in a small company with a highly diverse workplace, including gender, racial and religious diversity.
  • Evidence of an interest in lifelong learning.
  • Demonstrated interest in acquiring project management knowledge.


  • Experience working within a small to mid-sized business/enterprise environment.
  • Ability to juggle several files at once in a highly organized and competent fashion.
  • Commitment to documenting actions and documenting follow through commitments and deliverable completion.
  • Strong work ethic and the pursuit of excellence in professional or personal life.


CUTRIC’s team has always been highly digital in nature.

Due to COVID19, CUTRIC has made the decision to work remotely and support work-from-home arrangements with all employees until December 2022, at least. The only exception to this rule may be bi-annual CUTRIC staff professional development “retreats”, which may require travel to Toronto, Montreal, or Vancouver when it is safe to do so.

Therefore, the National Smart Vehicle Project Manager may be located anywhere in Canada as long as the candidate has continual or reasonably frequent access to high fidelity internet as 100 per cent of CUTRIC’s daily business activities are carried out digitally – including video-based digital meetings, which require high fidelity Wi-Fi.

Salary Range

$76,000-$82,000 depending on education, experience and aptitude.


April 19th (11:55PM EST)