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Director, Alternative Delivery
Business Line Transportation
ID # 12099
Job Type Permanent - Full Time
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WSP is one of the world's leading professional services firms. Our purpose is to future proof our cities and environments.

We have over 48,000 team members across the globe.  In Canada, our 8,000+ people are involved in everything from environmental remediation to urban planning, from engineering iconic buildings to designing sustainable transportation networks, from finding new ways to extract essential resources to developing renewable power sources for the future.

The excellence we bring to our work and to our workplace has been recognized far and wide. We’re among the LinkedIn Top 25 Companies two years in a row, one of the Top 100 Sustainable Companies in the World (and among the Top 10 in Canada), and we earned Platinum Elite Recognition through our participation in more than half of Canada's Top 100 Infrastructure Projects.

At WSP :

  • We value our people and our reputation
  • We are locally dedicated with international scale
  • We are future focused and challenge the status quo
  • We foster collaboration in everything we do
  • We have an empowering culture and hold ourselves accountable





WSP  is currently seeking a Director, Alternative Delivery to join our Transportation team. This role can be located within Western Canada in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary or Winnipeg. Reporting to the Vice President, Western Canada, this role ensures the coordination of efforts across offices and other business lines, developing plans, programs, and organizational objectives to enhance margins, workforce utilization, and cash generation, enabling the growth of the business and ensuring client satisfaction. All activities are undertaken in support of the WSP Canada strategic plan.



  • Provides effective leadership by inspiring and engaging all managers, project managers, and professional employees towards achieving the short-term and long-term objectives of the business line, as reflected in the WSP Canada strategic plan, business line’s strategic plan, and the division’s operating plan and targets
  • Senior responsibility for managing and developing employees in accordance with WSP’s guiding principles
  • Provides leadership to sustain a culture of continuous improvement and client satisfaction.
  • Upholds the company’s Guiding Principles and HSE Culture at the highest level.
  • Manage a team of 25+ staff located in 3 different locations across Western Canada.
  • Accountability and responsibility for the overall performance of the Alternative Delivery team in Western Canada, including meeting established revenue and profitability targets including, project margin, staff utilization, DSO, and general administration costs;
  • Collaborates closely with the finance, quality, legal/risk, and project delivery shared services to advance project management tools such as project status reports, ensuring the design meets business line requirements and proper deployment and utilization within the business line
  • Manages the implementation of the operating plan and its objectives for the Alternative Delivery division in Western Canada, with primary efforts focused on project delivery excellence, financial performance, and adherence to the business line’s strategic plan;
  • Works and collaborates with Managers as part of the Discipline management team, to establish discipline-specific strategies, budgets, goals, training requirements and objectives consistent with, and supportive of, broader Business Line and Corporate strategies.
  • Help define contracting strategies, commercial terms, and measures to manage and mitigate risk during key pursuit processes including interacting directly with customers during negotiations;
  • Guides and directs project management employees on measures to mitigate project performance issues and risks, ensuring successful delivery on the contractual commitments and financial targets for the project portfolio to meet client expectations and achieve or exceed profitability targets for the business line;
  • Promotes collaboration within the business line and across offices to ensure effective resource sharing, workload/resource balancing and to bring the best the business line has to bear to meet the needs of clients;
  • Monitors business development investments to deliver acceptable returns on the investments, aligned with the business line strategy and its backlog and sales targets;
  • Other duties as assigned/required.


  • Undergraduate Degree in Engineering (Civil Engineering preferred) from an accredited university;
  • Registered Professional Engineer in Canada;
  • Minimum 15 years of related experience;
  • Advanced leadership and communication abilities, notably capable of inspiring, engaging, and influencing a high caliber team to drive a business to higher performance levels and seize the opportunities presented internally and in the market, to the benefit of a wide body of stakeholders (including, but not limited to: clients, employees, shareholders, partners, suppliers, and society at large)
  • Strong engineering professional services business acumen, likely demonstrated through prior successful experience in a large scope engineering management role
  • Liaison with clients and the project team to build on WSP’s brand and reputation as being a leader within the industry
  • Experience with major transportation infrastructure including highways, bridges, transit (LRT, BRT and subway), airports, etc.;
  • Experience with DB and P3 projects and / or other alternative project delivery models;
  • Strong understanding of the commercial relationships of DB, P3 and/or Alternative Delivery assignment model;
  • Experience with Risk Registers in Alternative Delivery context;
  • Strategic, conceptual analytical thinking and critical thinking skills;
  • Advanced ability to communicate effectively (verbal, written, and executive presentations) with the internal and external clients and stakeholders, and build well-developed teams and positive relationships;
  • Strong negotiation, communication and customer relationship skills are essential;
  • Availability to travel to work with the team and/or projects within the West or Canada.




Offers of employment for safety-sensitive positions involving fieldwork are contingent upon candidates being able to perform key physical tasks of the job as described in the job posting and interview. This may include the ability to work in a variety of environmental conditions, such as remote or isolated areas, working alone, and in inclement weather (within safe and reasonable limits).

WSP welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

WSP is committed to the principles of employment equity. Only the candidates selected will be contacted.

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WSP Canada Inc.


Calgary, AB

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