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Senior Project Manager / Design Manager, Rail & Transit
Business Line Transportation
ID # 15772
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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 are 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 Senior Project Manager to join our Rail & Transit Team, leading multi-disciplinary Rail projects as a Design Manager, located in our Calgary, AB, office. This position will be responsible for managing multi-disciplinary design teams and delivering complex projects on time, within budget and with quality results. The Senior Project Manager will plan, organize, monitor, and oversee one or more projects, with fees ranging from $500,000 to over $50,000,000. Types of projects include light rail, commuter rail or subway infrastructure, new or expanded stations and mobility hubs, operations and maintenance facilities, and other associated transit works. The Senior Project Manager will also act as a Team Leader, providing overall guidance and mentorship to staff, and assisting with business development activities.



  • Lead multi-disciplinary teams of Project Managers, Engineers, Project Controls Analysts, Designers, Inspectors, and other staff as required;
  • Lead the teams through the successful completion of large complex rail and transit projects;
  • Proactively track, analyze and report on actual performance against the plan, and prepare cost and schedule reporting, both for clients and as part of internal reporting processes. Address change management matters promptly and professionally with clients and internal departments;
  • Analyze project management and project delivery risks, establish contingency plans and identify trigger events and responsibility for initiating mitigating action;
  • Maintain regular communication with clients regarding project status and project quality, and proactively resolve issues;
  • Manage relationships with project stakeholders, including internal and external clients and vendors, regulatory authorities and technical agencies, and the public. This involves keeping the stakeholders informed of progress and issues in order to manage expectations on all project requirements and deliverables, and meet the project schedule;
  • Work with Team Leads/Project Managers to monitor the overall performance of projects being undertaken by the department, ensuring effective and proactive management of project finances, scope, schedule, quality and effective client service;
  • Prepare project work plans and schedules, and obtain management/client approval;
  • Prepare and review proposals, and provide written comments for design and technical proposal submissions by consultants and/or design-build or PPP consortium;
  • Review technical documents for tender; working cooperatively with counterparts in other departments in order to meet client requirements;
  • Provide leadership and support to ensure consistent and effective use of corporate project management tools. e.g. Project Status Reports (PSR);
  • As Team Leader, provide mentoring, assistance, encouragement and motivation to team members, including assisting the Department Manager with the establishment of development and performance goals, fostering an environment focused on achievement, and formal and informal performance review; and
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • A University Degree in Engineering, Planning or equivalent, with 15+ years in Project or Design Management experience on large, complex rail and transit engineering and construction projects. Experience of complex LRT projects and within an engineering consulting environment is preferred;
  • Registered Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) in Alberta (APEGA), or eligible to register through a reciprocal agreement;
  • Experience leading multi-disciplinary teams of project professionals; concurrently managing issues, scope and quality while bringing projects to successful completion within the cost and time requirements;
  • Experience with complex transit infrastructure, including light rail, commuter rail and subway technologies, facilities, stations and associated infrastructure;
  • Familiarity with all commonly used project delivery models;
  • Strong business development and client management skills, including sound understanding of contract law, scheduling techniques, and budget development;
  • Experience in project planning, risk management, cost management and schedule management, and methods of analyzing and reporting project performance on financial and other KPIs;
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills, including experience making presentations to senior management, elected officials and the public;
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills; the ability to work well with people from many different disciplines with varying degrees of technical experience; competence in clear, concise and tactful communication with senior management, clients, peers and staff;
  • Strategic, conceptual analytical thinking and decision-making skills;
  • Adaptability and flexibility including the ability to manage deadline pressure, ambiguity and change;
  • Negotiating skills within a context of political sensitivity and conflicting interests; and
  • Proficiency with project management software tools.




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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