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WSP USA Senior Project Manager, Rail & Transit (Freight Rail) in Winnipeg, Manitoba

The Opportunity:

Senior Project Manager, Rail & Transit (Freight Rail) for our team in Western Canada, residing in Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg or our Toronto office. Reporting to the Director, Rail & Transit, you will be responsible for managing multi-disciplinary teams 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. Projects may include policy reviews, research, operational reviews, network planning, design, and construction administration. WSP is specifically looking for those with focus on Freight Rail project leadership experience.

Why choose WSP?

  • We value and are committed to upholding a culture of inclusion and belonging

  • Our Flexible Work Policy – we recognize the importance of balance in our lives and encourage you to prioritize the balance in yours. We will support you on and off the job so you can be fully present in both your work and home lives.

  • A Canadian success story - we're proud to wear the red and white of this beautiful country and show the world what Canada has to offer.

  • 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 yesterday - 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 attractive pay, flexible work options, 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.

# WeAreWSP

What you can expect to do here:

  • Manage multi-disciplinary project teams of, Engineers, Planners, Designers, Inspectors, and other staff as required to deliver high-quality project management results, meeting client requirements;

  • Lead concurrent projects consisting of small, medium and/ or large multi-disciplinary projects, with available resourcing while prioritizing project deliverables;

  • Prepare project work plans and schedules, and obtain management/client approval;

  • Maintain regular communication with clients regarding project status and project quality, and proactively resolve issues and mitigating risks;

  • 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;

  • 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;

  • Prepare and Lead Project Proposals; with input from others, to compile a comprehensive and realistic scope of work and fees, that meet project customer requirements and seek internal management approvals to submit the proposal.

  • Participate in Business Development opportunities, such as trade shows, client presentations, and webinars that highlight WSP’s service offerings and increase WSP’s profile

  • Lead project teams in a proactive and positive manner that meet WSP’s guiding principles to mentor, assist, encourage, and motivate teams fostering an environment focused on achievement, and empowerment.

  • Collaborate with accountants and billing and collection, to ensure client invoicing is on time, and is collected as per Terms and Conditions. Proactively resolve any disputes with clients to ensure mutually beneficial results, while maintaining positive client relationships.

What you’ll bring to WSP:


  • A University Degree in Engineering or Technical Diploma or an equivalent combination of education and experience;

  • 10+ years of experience in Project or Program Management for design or construction of linear transportation infrastructure. Experience on large, complex Freight Rail Engineering and Construction Projects is preferred;

  • Experience with CN, CPKC, VIA Rail, Short LIne Railways, Industrial, Agricultural and Mining clients would be an asset;

  • Is a licensed Professional Engineer in Canada, is an asset;

  • Project Management Professional certification (i.e. PMP) is an asset.


  • 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 within an engineering consulting environment is preferred;

  • Experience with freight railway infrastructure, including facilities, and associated infrastructure.

  • Familiarity with 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; and

  • Proficiency with computer office productivity (i.e. MS Office) and project management software tools.


  • 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;

  • Networking skills including the ability to establish a network within WSP;

  • Strategic, conceptual analytical thinking and decision-making skills;

  • Negotiating skills within a context of political sensitivity and conflicting interests;

  • Adaptability and flexibility including the ability to manage deadline pressure, ambiguity, and change.

WSP is one of the world's leading professional services firms. Our purpose is to future proof our cities and environments.

We have over 65,000 team members across the globe. In Canada, our 12,000+ 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.

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

Please Note:

Health and Safety is a core paramount value of WSP. Given the importance of keeping one another safe it is expected that you comply with our Health, Safety & Environment (HSE) policy at all times as well as client HSE policies when working at client locations.

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.

WSP does not accept unsolicited resumes from agencies. For more information please READ THE FULL POLICY. (https://www.wsp.com/en-CA/careers/notice-to-staffing-agencies)