Senior Manager Regulatory Affairs - Operations

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Posting titleSenior Manager Regulatory Affairs - Operations

Position profileTitle: Senior Manager Regulatory Affairs - Operations Location: Across Canada ROLE: To act as system authority, managing regulated works and activities for CN's Operations department, providing direction, procedures and guidance. To represent CN Operations in development, modification and implementation of Federal legislation, regulations, rules and standards, ensuring that the railway's interests are protected. To ensure accuracy of accident and incident reporting to the Transportation Safety Board of Canada MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • To act as system authority, advising CN departments on legislation, rules and regulations affecting Operations and how best to manage compliance to protecting company's financial and operating interests. Ensure HQ departments and field regulatory officers are kept informed of latest regulatory requirements and how they will impact upon operations. Assess the related corporate impacts of proposed initiatives or activities.

  • Within the framework of Canadian and US Federal regulatory acts, represent CN in discussions and working groups with regulators and railway industry to develop and advance new regulations or carry out modifications to existing regulations which best ensure that CN's interests are protected. Lobby regulatory agencies for change that benefits the railway. Develop and file applications for exemptions to rules and standards.

  • Oversee response to requests for data or information from various regulatory agencies including CN comments on TSB draft accident reports and Transport Canada system safety audits.

  • Manage CN's handling of Transport Canada Rail Safety S31 Notices and Orders and HRSDC Directions including ensuring response by deadlines.

  • Ensure accuracy of reporting of accidents and incidents to the Transportation Safety Board including monthly and annual reconciliation of CN and TSB numbers.

  • Work with CN Law department to develop CN strategy for negotiated cost sharing negotiations involving grade separations, road and utility crossings and fencing. Prepare technical and legal arguments to support CN's position in legal cost apportionment disputes administered by Canadian Transportation Agency

SCOPE OF INTERACTION: Internal: Must regularly interact with Operations VPs, GMs, Functional Heads and their staff External: Must regularly represent CN in meetings with Director General level representatives from regulatory agencies such as Transport Canada, Transportation Safety of Canada and Canadian Transportation Agency. Must regularly represent CN in meetings and strategy sessions with representatives from industry organisations such as the Railway Association of Canada and the Association of American Railroads. QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS :

  • University degree in fields such as business management, public affairs, and government affairs is preferred. (terminology maybe different in the US)

  • 3 to 5 years Railroading experience

  • Strong writing and documentation skills

  • Excellent Microsoft tools knowledge (ex. Excel, Word)

  • Thorough knowledge of CN network and operations as well as Canadian and US regulatory acts, general orders, regulations, rules, guidelines, internal policies and processes concerning CN network and operations.

  • The ability to juggle multiple projects and meet deadlines, as well as strong analytical, organizational and process management skills and problem solving abilities needed.

  • Good interpersonal and communication skills.

  • Sound negotiating skills and proficiency in risk analysis.

  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with both internal clients and regulatory agencies, to organize and conduct effective meetings and make presentations to a variety of audiences.

  • Initiative, sound judgement and willingness to accept responsibility with a minimum of direction.


  • Bilingualism with high proficiency in English (spoken and written)


  • Moderate travel and irregular hours associated with meetings and conferences.

  • Considerable deadline pressure due to statutory time limitations.

  • On call 24 hours a day / 7 days a week.

  • Occasional work in the field required

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