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14 Nov
Junior Consultant – Canada Division
Montreal, Canada

50 Years of Global Infrastructure Leadership

Is CPCS for you?

Are you looking to leverage your expertise to advance projects that have a significant and measurable impact on people's lives? Are you bilingual in English and French with an interest in working on unique files with a variety of engaging and interesting clients? Do you want to be a part of a team made up of intelligent, driven people with diverse cultural and technical backgrounds? If you are seeking a rewarding career with a growing company where you can make a difference at any level, CPCS could be the company for you.

Company Background

CPCS is a global management consulting firm providing strategic advisory services specific to transportation and power infrastructure, operations, investment, policy and regulation.  We also specialize in mobilizing private investment for public infrastructure, specifically through public-private partnerships (PPP) and transaction advisory services more broadly. To date, CPCS has completed over 1,400 projects in 120 countries. Clients include all levels of government, private sector investors and infrastructure owners, bilateral and multi-lateral agencies, as well as international financial institutions, such as the World Bank.

The Canadian Division of CPCS focuses on providing economic, policy and strategy consulting services to public and private clients in the transportation and energy sectors, as well as at the intersection of these sectors. Within these sectors, we advise our clients by assessing policy options, regulatory frameworks, and governance approaches; analyzing potential markets, supply chain competitiveness, and forecasting traffic; developing feasibility studies and business cases for infrastructure; performing economic and financial analysis; and advising on transactions.

We are headquartered in Ottawa, and have offices elsewhere in Canada (Toronto, Montreal, and Calgary), the United States (Washington D.C.) and several emerging markets, with a particularly strong presence in Africa. We have over 100 employees worldwide, including economists, financial analysts, engineers, transaction advisors, operations experts, institutional specialists and more. Consulting at CPCS is more than just a position with a leading consulting firm; it is a pathway for personal and professional growth and an opportunity to see the results of your work change lives.

Position Details

We are seeking a Junior Consultant to support the company's Canadian division. Reporting to Vice President, Canada, this will be a full time, permanent position to be based in Montreal, with travel to support projects and business development activities as required.

Summary of Role

The Junior Consultant is responsible for assisting with project management and implementation, as well as supporting business development activities, under guidance from the Vice President and other senior CPCS staff. On a day to day basis, the Junior Consultant will help prepare complex proposals for consulting assignments, gather and analyze transportation or economic data, perform reviews of international best practices, and organize findings into compelling, accessible reports. The Junior Consultant will be encouraged to take on additional project management responsibilities as they develop and gain experience.

Specific Responsibilities

Under the guidance of a project director and other senior consultants, contribute to the stages of the project lifecycle in adherence with CPCS Business Processes and in line with the project work plan, including the following:

  • Support consulting projects based on specific expertise, including qualitative and quantitative research and analysis.
  • Assist in the coordination of various project activities.  
  • Provide support in writing project reports and other assignments and deliverables.
  • Play a key supporting role in business development activities, including the preparation of proposals and expressions of interest.
  • Liaise with project teams, and when required, partner firms, and clients.
  • Contribute to the CPCS environment of knowledge generation, sharing and thought leadership.
  • As directed, engage in activities aimed at growing CPCS business in Canada, including, but not limited to: attending/speaking at conferences, tracking market developments, building and maintaining relationships with clients and partners, and supporting various administrative requirements.
  • Contribute to CPCS Culture by fostering an efficient, innovative, and team oriented environment while also identifying opportunities for continuous improvement in CPCS policies, processes, systems, templates, etc.  

Requirements and Experience

  • Exceptional academic achievement, with a degree in engineering, business, economics, planning or another quantitative discipline.
  • Experience in or desire to learn about issues in the transportation sector or energy sector (electricity generation, transmission, and distribution; the transportation of energy; and alternative vehicle fuels/electrification).
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and French.
  • Strong organizational skills with a proven ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks in order to prepare deliverables under tight timelines.
  • An interest in learning about management consulting and business research, and an openness to feedback and coaching.
  • Excellent strategic and critical thinking skills with a demonstrated record of creative problem solving.
  • Ability to operate in large, multicultural environment with geographically dispersed teams.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
  • The legal right to work in Canada, and the ability/willingness to travel within Canada and internationally as required.  

Other desired attributes

  • A graduate degree in engineering, business, economics, planning or another quantitative discipline.
  • Experience and training in economics and/or finance.
  • Relevant work experience in the transportation or energy sectors.
  • A strong record of achievement and leadership in extra-curricular activities.
  • Proficiency in ArcGIS, econometrics packages such as R, or other databases.

Compensation and benefits

In addition to a competitive base salary, the Junior Consultant will be eligible to receive a performance-based bonus. With proven performance, the selected candidate may eventually be invited to become a company shareholder and benefit from corporate dividends and profit sharing. CPCS is open to flexible work arrangements and four weeks of vacation per year. Also provided are health benefits, wellness programs, RRSP matching, and parental leave top up.

Applicants wishing to apply

Interested applicants will be required to submit a detailed resume and cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications for the position. Click "Apply" below to submit your application. We thank all those who apply, but only those selected for an initial phone interview will be contacted. Applications will be accepted until 6 December, 2019.

How CPCS recruits

During every recruitment process, we use a variety of methods to identify the best talent available. We will look internally at our own employees, as well, we will explore our personal networks, looking for those we already know are well aligned and perhaps interested in working for our company. We interface with applicants, and we proactively seek to make new connections and relationships with those we don't yet know, but who are nevertheless deemed to be right for the role.

Regardless of how they are identified, all candidates will experience a thorough and rigorous recruitment process. Being transparent with candidates regarding our process is important to us, and clear, honest communication is paramount – we treat every candidate as though they may be a future colleague, whether for this role, or a future role.

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