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Vice President of Operations – Earth & Environment, Ontario

WSP Group

This is a Full-time position in Hamilton, on posted October 21, 2021.

Reporting to the Senior Vice President, Earth & Environment Ontario, the VP Operations will have influence and input into the daily activities of Ontario’s 1100-person environmental team.

The role partners with and leverages shared services such as finance, human resources, legal, quality and safety to promote and ensure operational effectiveness and strategic success.

• Develops the Regional business line operating plan and financial forecasts in collaboration with the three business unit VPs, the business line finance leader and the individual managers and directors;
• Provides leadership by communicating the operating plan and targets, engaging all business line directors and project management employees in achieving the objectives of the business line;
• Supports the implementation of the operating plan and its objectives for the business line in Ontario, with primary efforts focused on project delivery excellence, financial performance, and adherence to the business line’s strategic plan;
• Responsible for optimizing the performance of the business line’s operations in Ontario, including, project margin, staff utilization, DSO, and general administration costs;
• With key support by the business line finance leader, works with the regional VP and business unit VPs to forecast the business line’s financial performance, ensuring accurate revenue recognition and preparation of monthly/ quarterly/annual forecasts;
• Defines contracting strategies, commercial terms and measures to manage and mitigate risk during key pursuit processes including interacting directly with customers during negotiations;
• Conducts regular project reviews to ensure budget, schedule, risk, and cost to complete estimates are in order;
• 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 in order to meet client expectations and achieve or exceed profitability targets for the business line;
• Works 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;
• Collaborates with peers nationally and in other regions to leverage and implement project delivery and other best practices;
• 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;
• Responsible for managing and developing employees in accordance with WSP guiding principles, the performance management program and the job architecture and job family structure, including supporting the identification and retention of and investment in top talent;
• Visibly champions the WSP programs of safety and ethics & compliance to ensure they are an overriding part of the organizational culture;
• Other duties as assigned