Manager, Facility Optimization - Hybrid

Building Automation / Automatisation du bâtiment Surrey, British Columbia


Position at Ainsworth

If you thrive in a team-oriented workplace that challenges your skills, to drive your career development, embraces diversity and rewards innovation, with competitive pay and great employee programs, join the Ainsworth, a subsidiary of GDI, team today. 

Job Summary: 

Ainsworth’s Facility Optimization team is dedicated towards making our clients buildings perform optimally, whether it be in terms of energy, comfort, or operationally. Our main scope of work is to analyze, design, and implement Facility Improvement Measures (FIMs) – primarily for large and complex buildings. The Optimization Team is unique in the industry for bringing together both professional engineers (P.Eng.’s) from the energy management consulting world, and senior BAS designers and technicians. Together, we are bridging the gaps between design, construction, and O&M, to solve some of the industry’s most technically challenging problems. Utilizing advanced data analysis tools (e.g. CopperTree Kaizen) and armed with expert knowledge of the latest industry standards and guidelines, our projects are living laboratories for the ongoing development and refinement industry-leading energy monitoring and management techniques. 

The Manager will lead the BC Facility Optimization team, with 5 highly capable direct reports initially (P.Eng.’s, EITs, and BAS technicians) and with opportunity to further grow the team. In addition to leading and developing the team and managing the team’s financial performance, the Manager will provide consulting, design and project management services to Ainsworth’s clients on key projects. The Manager will be the face of the team in BC, and maintain key Optimization client relationships, engage prospective clients on Optimization solutions and programs, and prepare proposals and construction estimates. As a technical expert, the Manager will also help define and evolve the optimization best practices and participate in or lead R&D projects. There will be opportunity to grow in the role and take on responsibilities at a national level over time.  

This is a flexible hybrid role based out of Ainsworth’s Surrey, BC office. Regular travel within the Lower Mainland to client sites will be required. 


    • Monitor and maintain the team’s financial performance and provide monthly results reporting. Proactively flag and address projects tracking behind or going over budget, and take corrective actions for future projects by identifying and resolving inefficiencies. Conduct project invoicing and team revenue forecasting. 
    • Monitor the team’s overall workload, assign resources to projects, and review and approve weekly timesheets. Hold monthly team meetings and technical development workshops. Build strong relationships with individual team members, inspire them to be the best they can be, resolve any team issues, and conduct annual performance reviews and goal settings. 
    • Actively maintain and build key client relationships. Monitor and manage the BC opportunity pipeline and business development plan. Meet with clients regularly (particularly prospective clients) to recommend solutions or optimization programs that meet their specific needs. 
    • Prepare proposals and estimates (including construction estimates) for optimization opportunities. Refine cost models and metrics based on actual job performance, and develop new cost mechanisms for new services as they arise. 
    • Lead large and/or complex projects including building retrofits, and multi-building studies and analytics software deployments. Oversee various project tasks including schedules, safety policies and procedures, parts and equipment ordering, labour coordination, engineering, programming and commissioning. 
    • Lead the ongoing commissioning (OCx) process for key or large multi-building clients, acting as the technical expert to deliver findings, discuss current issues, and coach facility operations teams. 
    • Participate in local industry networking events, and present at conferences and workshops. Actively build awareness and recognition of Ainsworth’s Facility Optimization expertise. 
    • Network with internal stakeholders and other Ainsworth departments. Provide remote support, coaching and project management to other Ainsworth branches to help the development of Optimization resources in other regions. 
    • Refine team member roles and tasking, and recruit and hire other team members as the Optimization business grows, with a focus on filling expertise or capability gaps. 
    • Participate in or lead parent company GDI’s emissions and environmental reporting as part of its annual ESG report. 


  • 10+ years of technical, relevant engineering experience
  • 2+ years of team management experience
  • P.Eng. designation
  • Strong expertise in any of BAS design & configuration, HVAC design, energy management through HVAC system operating strategies and sequences and/or construction project management
  • Demonstrated ability to lead projects, oversee subordinate staff, and coordinate effectively with multiple stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain and strengthen client relationships
  • Conference or workshop presentation experience
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to both befriend and inspire subordinates
  • A ‘lead from the front’ mentality 

The annual gross base salary range is $100,000 - $140,000. This range represents the anticipated low and high end of the salary for this position. This role is also eligible to receive an annual bonus that aligns with individual and company performance. Actual salaries will vary and are based on factors such as a candidate’s qualifications, skills, and competencies. Salary is one component of the Ainsworth total compensation package, which includes short-term incentives, multiple health insurance options, and life insurance, to name a few!


Why work at Ainsworth?

Ainsworth is growing at an unprecedented rate and to help attract and retain top talent, we provide benefits on your first day with us. We offer a wide variety of benefits including the following:

Benefits: Comprehensive health, dental and medical benefits, including wellness supports, RRSP matching and generous vacation

Growth: In-house training and development, access to LinkedIn Learning and other professional development opportunities, Employee performance-based bonus program, where applicable

Rewards: Service milestones and peer recognition plus Employee Discounts and Incentives

Flexibility: Hybrid working models, where applicable

Diversity: An inclusive organization that embraces diversity and belonging; work in a great team atmosphere with future potential for promotion within company

While we appreciate all applications we receive, we advise that only candidates under consideration will be contacted.

Ainsworth, a subsidiary of GDI, is committed to building a diverse and inclusive workplace. Qualified designated group members are encouraged to apply as any reasonable accommodation of qualifications will be considered as per our Accommodation Policy, available upon request.

Ainsworth, a subsidiary of GDI, is an integrated multi-trade company, offering end-to-end services and solutions for all asset maintenance and refurbishment requirements of our customers. We are continually striving to create better and more advanced products as well as provide the highest quality service. We are rapidly growing and need talented professionals to help drive our vision at becoming the best multi-trade company in the country! Join us…. Make a difference.