Operations Management Trainee (OMT) - Sudbury

Greater Sudbury Garson, ONTARIO | 7 months
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Job Description

  • Req ID: 71204
  • Department: Operations - Train & Engine
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Position Type: Non-Union
  • Location: Sudbury, Ontario
  • Country: Canada
  • % of Travel: 30-40%
  • Job Available to: Internal & External
  • Deadline to apply: 06/05/2018


Canadian Pacific is a transcontinental railway in Canada and the United States with direct links to major ports on the west and east coasts, providing North American customers a competitive rail service with access to key markets in every corner of the globe. CP is growing with its customers, offering a suite of freight transportation services, logistics solutions and supply chain expertise. Visit cpr.ca to see the rail advantages of CP. 

Are you looking for an exciting career change or ready to apply your railroad experience and education with an opportunity to showcase your excellent interpersonal skills and drive for results? The CP Operations Management Trainee Program may be perfect for you!


The CP Operations Management Trainee Program may be a great next step for you and your career. We are looking for highly motivated individuals willing to learn and develop their leadership skills; to develop and lead highly effective teams to consistently deliver expected operation results.


This is a front-line leadership role at Canadian Pacific; aligned with CP’s foundations, company goals and vision. The successful management trainee will lead a diverse workgroup to safely and efficiently accomplish work assignments, drive continuous improvement and balance the operational requirements with team and employee development.



The purpose of the CP Operations Management Trainee program is to find the right individual with the right leadership mindset and experience to take on leadership roles.  We will expose the trainee to various operational and support groups to learn various aspects of the business by moving through the organization, and taking on progressively more responsibility. Your career will start with a 6 month, fully paid training program.  Upon completion the individual will be prepared for their initial challenging and exciting front-line management position in the Operations - Train & Engine (T&E) function.


The program begins with a two to three week introduction to CP and Program Overview.  During this time, the Management Trainees will receive an in-depth company overview, begin working with a chosen mentor, begin leadership training and interact with key company leaders and executives. Following this period, the Trainee will complete four to six weeks of Operations Immersion; completing Manager Conductor Training and spending time in the field with various leaders across the network. The management trainee will then begin field placement in Operations, to develop understanding and linkages to other key areas of the business. Prior to graduation in the program, the trainee will work with peers and managers from other departments on continuous improvement projects both as a participant and as a leader. As well, reinforcement of leadership skills and CP’s leadership training will be completed prior to the final step and presentation of an offer for a supervisory position.


The overall objective is to have the trainee, using the experiences and education they bring to the trainee position, learn best practices in leadership, railroading, management of railroad terminal operations; work on specific continuous improvement projects; manage both union and non-union employees and prepare for a successful career in management starting with a supervisory position in Operations.



  • Exposure to hands on field operations experience across CP’s Operations;
  • Undertake training in orientation into safety, leadership, railroad operating systems and applications;
  • Completion of the Conductor Qualification Program



  • Completion of post-secondary education is preferred;
  • Previous supervisory experience in heavy industry (transportation, logistics, supply chain management, military, airlines, mining, manufacturing, etc.) considered an asset;
  • Proven interpersonal skills and motivation to lead others is required;
  • Must possess a valid Driver’s License and be mobile and flexible to travel;
  • Express ideas and information in a clear and concise manner;
  • Recognize and respond effectively to unexpected situations and tight deadlines;
  • Demonstrate flexibility and adaptability to changing task priorities and work situations;
  • Proven leadership experience and excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Ability to work nights, weekends, and holidays;
  • Ability to relocate within the CP network to start and/or upon career progression and/or business need. 



  • Flexible and competitive benefits package
  • Competitive company pension plan
  • Employee Share Purchase Plan
  • Performance Incentive Program
  • Annual Fitness Subsidy 



As an employer with national presence, the possibility does exist that the location of your position may be changed based on organizational requirements.


Program Location:

Program location will take place throughout Eastern Canada (Ontario), specific locations include: Sudbury



RELOCATION MAY BE REQUIRED for final placement in a managerial position for the successful management trainee. The candidate can be relocated to any location across the CP system.


Medical Requirements:

CP is committed to the safety and health of its employees and the general public.  This position is considered a safety critical position; all new hires will be required to complete a pre-employment medical evaluation that includes a vision, hearing, drug screening and pre-employment physical.

The successful candidate will need to successfully complete the following clearances:   

  • Criminal history check
  • Reference check 


Management Conductor Program:

Becoming a qualified conductor or locomotive engineer is the single best way for a management employee to learn the business at CP. You will be required to obtain a certification or to maintain your current certification/qualification as a conductor or locomotive engineer.


CP 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").  


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