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Business Advisor

Req ID: 16581
Vacancy Type: Permanent 
Number of Positions: 1  
Closing Date: 05/18/2021

Job Summary


Are you a dynamic person looking for a job that combines your creativity and enthusiasm with the opportunity to be part of growing and changing environment?  Can you learn quickly while continuing to recognize and adapt to changing conditions?  Would you like to be part of a team that challenges the status quo and continually offers new and innovative ideas?  Would you like to implement positive change and see the results of your work?  If this is you, then the City of Mississauga Transportation and Works Department has the ideal job for you.

Reporting to the Director, Works Operations and Maintenance (WOM), you will be instrumental in providing business services to the WOM Division within the Transportation and Works Department: 

Duties and Responsibilities


  • Reporting to the Director, WOM, the Business Advisor  will lead the Division’s continuous improvement and strategic organizational change initiatives.
  • Develops strategic plans to eliminate barriers, optimize opportunities and seek partners if necessary.  
  • Formalizes business plans for inclusion in capital and current budgets.  
  • Identifies and develops master plans and feasibility studies required to meet statutory and corporate requirements within the City of Mississauga.  
  • Reviews and seeks out viable private-sector proposals and develops strategic alliances and partnerships with compatible interest with the City of Mississauga.  
  • Develops an understanding of all divisional operations and business centers to assist in determining what business concepts can be further developed to benefit the City.  
  • Leads projects in business analysis; financial planning, continuous improvement and business process reviews.
  • Prepares reports for the Director, Commissioner and Council as required.
  • Assist the WOM Director and/or WOM Leadership Team in areas related to business analysis, operational efficiency analysis, complex negotiations, and lease versus buy analysis. 
  • Responsible for the management, review and preparation of feasibility studies; business cases; concept papers; briefing notes; and, position papers relating to key business initiatives in the WOM Division.
  • Lead or assist in the management of long-term strategy projects or special projects, including developing RFP’s, project charters and project plans, and related public engagement.
  • Manage the development of innovative proposals for continuous improvement initiatives or new business ideas.
  • Co-ordinate and oversee the WOM Division’s Lean and continuous improvement programs.
  • Oversee market research, and the development of benchmarks and performance measures.
  • Co-ordinate and conduct operational assessments\reviews of lines of business including financial analysis.
  • Provide strategic advice to Director, WOM, and WOM Leadership Team. 
  • Manage the development of business plans for WOM, and provide direction, guidance and support on multiple lines of business within WOM.
  • Provide similar support, as required, to the other Divisions in the Roads Service Area, namely Traffic Management and Municipal Parking, and Infrastructure Planning and Environment, as required.
  • Other duties as assigned

Skills and Qualifications


  • University degree in Business, Commerce, Public Administration, Political Science or Economics, along with a minimum of three years experience in the development and analysis of business plans/cases, and strategic plans is required. 
  • Post-graduate Masters of Business Administration or Masters in Public Administration\Policy or Professional Engineer is an asset.
  • Lean Six Sigma Black Belt is preferred.
  • Five years Business Advisor experience or equivalent is preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish, maintain and build productive professional working relationships at all levels of the organization and across diverse lines of business.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively plan and manage projects, handle multiple tasks under pressure, prioritize issues and to produce results in tight timeframes.  
  • Creativity and an ability to generate innovative solutions to business issues is required.
  • Solid knowledge and work experience in the field of financial operations, and/or budget preparation, financial reporting.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead projects with excellent project management skills and demonstrated presentation skills.
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, negotiation and leadership skills are required, as are excellent organizational and problem-solving abilities. 
  • Self-starter with an ability to both work independently, as well as the ability to effectively function in a team environment is a must.
  • Exceptional analytical skills, including the ability to synthesize complex and voluminous information into written reports.
  • Knowledge and understanding of Lean concepts, principles, processes and tools, and extensive experience in conducting Lean reviews and implementing Lean recommendations.
  • Understanding of financial analysis with experience carrying out primary and secondary research and data collection.  
  • Excellent computer skills including superior abilities in Microsoft Office.
  • Working knowledge of different types of databases, their applications and database programs (Oracle Database, MS Access, SQL server or MySQL) is an asset.
  • An understanding of at least one programming language like Java, C++, Visual Basic, PHP is an asset
  • Thinks strategically about business issues with a strong bias for action and business solutions. 
  • Demonstrated competency with re-engineering of business processes, benchmarking and performance metrics is required.
  • Experience managing strategic or operational projects with demonstrated ability to deliver on-time quality results.
  • Knowledge of business practices and procedures of municipal public works operations is an asset.
  • Ability to determine business success factors, and align with municipal benchmarks and key performance measures.


Hourly Rate/Salary: $ 89,250.00 - $ 119,002.00 
Hours of Work: 35 
Work Location: Mavis Yard: Common Building 
Department/Division/Section: T&W/Transportation&Works Dept , T&W/Works Operations & Mntce Division , Works Operations & Mntce Division 
Non-Union/Union: Non Union 


A Criminal Record and Judicial Matters Check (Level 2) or Vulnerable Sector Check (Level 3) will be required of the successful candidate, at their own expense, to verify the absence of a criminal record for which a pardon has not been granted.

We thank all who apply, however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. You can also check your application status in your candidate profile online. 

All personal information is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act. 

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. In accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and the Ontario Human Rights Code, the City of Mississauga will provide accommodations throughout the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process to applicants with disabilities. If selected to participate in the recruitment, selection and/or assessment process, please inform Human Resources of the nature of any accommodation(s) that you may require in respect of any materials or processes used to ensure your equal participation.     




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