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Associate Director, Geotechnical
Business Line Environment
ID # 13201
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



Toronto (2 International Blvd.)

The Opportunity:

At WSP our Geotechnical team is well on its way to achieving the strategic directive of becoming one of the country’s leading integrated geotechnical team of experts. As such, we have an opportunity to add an Associate Director to lead our business and further develop our team of geotechnical experts across the GTA. Reporting to the Regional Director you will be responsible for the financial and people performance of over 100+ staff with revenues over $14+ million CAD.

You will play a critical role in delivering on our WSP Canada strategic and operational plan, and as such requires significant demonstrable experience optimizing strategic services, value-add project delivery, enabling the growth of the business and ensuring client satisfaction above all else.

Based in our brand new Toronto office you will travel to Markham and across the GTA regularly to interact with teams in person. Our new office offers a brand-new facility with free parking, e-vehicle charging stations, easy access to the 401 and 427, an onsite cafeteria, free tea and coffee, and a large, bright, employee lounge to recharge. We have a clear mission, guiding principles and a future-focused mindset. Come join us.

Why WSP?

  • A Canadian success story - a company that grew from humble roots in Quebec to a global, multinational powerhouse with over 48,000 employees worldwide;
  • Enhance the world around you - from the environment to the highways, to the buildings and the terrain, WSP is the fabric of Canada;
  • Outstanding career opportunities - we're growing and pushing ourselves every day to be greater than we were yesterday, for our employees, future employees, and our fellow Canadians, we're open to your ideas and trying new things;
  • A phenomenal collaborative culture and a workforce filled with genuinely good people who are doing humbly important work. Come find out for yourself what it's like to be a part of our journey.

We offer competitive pay, a great corporate culture, comprehensive and employee-focused benefits including virtual healthcare and a wellness platform as well as great savings programs, and a clear vision for the future.


A day in the life:

  • Relying on your experience, you will provide leadership and operational expertise through clear communication of the vision, strategy, operating plan, budgets and targets. Working with your team leaders, you’ll engage all employees in achieving the regional objectives, and ensure our people understand what key performance indicators contribute to our success as a whole;
  • You will own the management of a large, robust team and support the Regional Director in optimizing the performance of the discipline’s people & operations including employee and project performance, operating margin, productivity and DSO;
  • Leveraging your demonstrated expertise in strategic growth and implementation, you will cascade regional and staff objectives, as well as the creation and implementation of local action plans in support of achieving goals related to optimizing financial performance, quality, safety, culture and engagement;
  • You’ll be fostering productive relationships with leaders in other regions to leverage collaboration, idea sharing, and resource distribution to optimize efficiency and provide opportunities to staff;
  • You will guide and direct project managers on measures to mitigate project performance issues and risks, ensuring successful delivery on the contractual commitments and financial targets for the project portfolio in order to meet client expectations and achieve or exceed profitability targets for the business unit;
  • You’ll maintain and nurture key client relationships, seek to understand evolving client needs, local industry trends and upcoming opportunities in the Region to anticipate and plan for maximizing growth opportunities;
  • You will act as a change leader, taking responsibility to understand the various national programs and practices which are being rolled out and providing support and training to staff to implement these locally;
  • As part of effective talent planning, you’ll understand the short and long-term workforce requirements for Ontario, including identifying future skill sets aligned with the strategic vision, conducting a gap analysis, and proactively building a deep talent pool;  
  • Living our values every day, you’ll put nothing above the safety of our employees.

We'd love to hear from you if you have...

  • An undergraduate in Engineering, Geoscience or other related technical discipline, with a Master’s degree in a related field, or MBA
  • Senior level (10+) years of consulting expertise where you’ve previously managed or led operational teams in a matrix structure;
  • Solid understanding of the local geotechnical markets; including relationships with clients and potential business partners;
  • Established advanced people and leadership skills to effectively lead diverse teams and nurture relationships across a matrix structure to achieve consensus, provide direction and drive achievement of results;
  • A history of delivering quality financial performance and results and a proven track record demonstrating good judgement, balanced with informed risk-taking;
  • You'll have established yourself as a thought leader and brand ambassador, and positioned yourself within the market segment as an expert;
  • The confidence to influence a high-caliber team, to drive a business to reach higher performance targets and seize opportunities presented internally.
  • A true belief in WSP’s mission and our Strategic Plan for 2021, what we do and the communities we serve creating a better future for the next generation




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.


Toronto, ON

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