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Director of Maintenance

Location: Saskatoon, SK
Company: Rise Air
Posted on June 29, 2023

Already one of Canada’s largest regional airlines, Saskatoon-based Rise Air is in an exciting period of transformation and growth. We are searching for a dynamic and experienced leader to join us in the role of Director of Maintenance.

Reporting to the President and CEO and working closely with senior management and an experienced maintenance team, the Director of Maintenance will spearhead the integration of maintenance operations, reinforce our focus on safety, increase aircraft reliability, and support our transition to new aircraft types. You will drive maintenance productivity, efficiency and cost effectiveness.

The ideal candidate will be a seasoned technical operations manager with a successful track record within the regional airline industry. You have strong technical qualifications, but you are also a fluent and open communicator who can connect quickly and positively with others and who can naturally build relationships. Promoting a safe, engaging and productive working environment for all is one of your key strengths. You are a business-minded and customer-focused problem solver who can effectively implement strategic initiatives while maximizing productivity.

Applications, including a cover letter addressing the selection criteria and resume, should be sent to the attention of Tracy Young-McLean, Vice President Human Resources and Corporate Services, at

Applicants must be eligible to live and work in Canada. ___________________________________________________________________________________________

Selection Criteria

Completion of a Transport Canada-approved maintenance and technology program, or an international equivalent, and be qualified in accordance with CAR 573.04.

Minimum six years’ progressive experience in the performance and direct supervision of maintenance activities at a regional airline, at least six months of which have been obtained within the preceding two years.

Proven track record of managing change and implementing strategic, business, and management principles and practices.

Familiarity with safety management systems, project management, and reliability management. A post-graduate qualification in business administration, commerce, or aviation management is an asset. A combination of education and experience may be considered.

Culturally sensitive. Knowledge of northern Saskatchewan First Nation culture and First Nation cultural diversity an asset. ___________________________________________________________________________________________

Our Offer

Remuneration will be negotiated with the successful candidate and will be dependent on experience, skills, and ability. A full range of employee benefits is also provided.



Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Saskatoon is Canada’s fastest growing major city. It is uncongested, diverse and family friendly. Housing is affordable and the cost of living is low compared to other major cities. The city features great outdoor recreation facilities and borders some of Canada’s most pristine northern wilderness.


Company Background

Rise Air is a fast-growing regional airline providing essential transportation links for a vast region of isolated communities and work sites in northern Saskatchewan and Alberta. We provide scheduled passenger and cargo services, workforce transportation, medevac and charter flights, serving residents, resource companies and the tourism sector.

We operate a diverse fleet primarily focused on the ATR, Beech 1900D, Twin Otter and King Air. Our primary maintenance base is in Saskatoon, support by heavy maintenance and line maintenance bases in Prince Albert, La Ronge and Stony Rapids.

Our team includes almost 300 employees in Saskatoon and communities throughout our north, including more than 60 maintenance professionals, living and working along side our valued customers and partners. Rise Air is a Certified Aboriginal Business through the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business and is 100 per cent Indigenous owned. ___________________________________________________________________________________________

Working at Rise Air

Our employees come from diverse social, cultural, and educational backgrounds. It is our goal to embrace those differences and to encourage everyone to develop their own individual style and apply it into the workplace. We are people centred. We live and breathe aviation and value those who share that passion. We are obsessed with safety and quality and seek to recruit those who lead in their respective fields.

For the right people, Rise Air provides opportunities to develop, grow and achieve. In short, we will help you RISE.


Overview and Key Objectives of the Position

The Director of Maintenance is responsible to ensure aircraft availability and reliability in accordance with the Company’s Approved Maintenance Organization (AMO) approval. The Director of Maintenance will ensure that all maintenance activities are accomplished in accordance with regulations, rules and policies established by the Company, Transport Canada, and equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

We will look to the Director of Maintenance to develop and implement departmental goals and strategies that will support the Company’s business plans, including reinforcing quality assurance and safety management systems; developing aging aircraft and reliability management programs; implementing strategies for outsourced and in-house aircraft, engine and component maintenance and associated logistics; increasing personnel training opportunities; and developing robust succession planning.

The Director of Maintenance is a key member of the company’s senior leadership team, providing advice and guidance for long-term and short-term planning, risk management and financial control. ___________________________________________________________________________________________

Key Relationships • Senior leadership team. • Maintenance employees. • Transport Canada and other regulators. • Community leaders and other external stakeholders.

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