Regional Vice President – Prairies South

March 27, 2024

Job Post Details

Role: Regional Vice President – Prairies South (Calgary)

Company: McElhanney

The Opportunity:

At McElhanney, we care; about each other, our clients, and our communities. We are driven by our grit, passion, and perseverance and we rally behind safety, respect, and inclusion for all. With our core values acting as our guiding principles in every decision that we make, our executive leaders show up each day to lead our firm with purpose driven direction, and our people with support and care.

Who we are, and how we act matters to us. We know that women are under-represented in the engineering profession, in Canada and elsewhere, and we are committed to ensuring McElhanney recognizes the contribution women can make in leadership roles.

McElhanney is pleased to announce that we have an opportunity for a Regional Vice President – Prairies South to join our executive team. As the Regional Vice President, you will play an instrumental role in shaping the future of our organization, while leading the ongoing development and success of four thriving branches: Calgary Engineering, Canmore, Geomatics Major Projects, and Calgary Geomatics. You will be focused on leading the strategic direction for business across Southern Alberta with a strong preference for candidates with significant experience in Transportation, Transit, and Municipal Engineering services for major clients across Alberta. You will engage in active collaboration with our Regional Vice President – Prairies North, and the McElhanney Market Sector VPs, aligning on collective objectives and KPIs emphasizing the expansion and prosperity of engineering and geomatics teams across Alberta fostering growth and success across all McElhanney cornerstones, including People & Communities, Clients & Partners, Processes & Technology, and Financial.

The successful candidate would be based out of Calgary with the ability for frequent travel across Western Canada.

What You’ll Be Doing:

Working closely with our President & CEO, Vice Presidents, and other Executive Committee Members, you will contribute to the planning and execution of McElhanney’s strategic direction by bringing market awareness and insights to the executive table. As a leader who prioritizes communication, you find ways to bring back relevant information that energizes, inspires, and guides the direction of your regional teams. At every level, you are known as the inspirational leader who encourages collaborative relationships, growth, and development. The results of your efforts leave a lasting positive reputation with our clients, communities, and partners. 

Who You Are: A Leader, a Strategic Partner, and an Achiever.

As a Leader, you prioritize a people-centered approach which results in a responsive workforce and the culmination of an environment where staff show up to work feeling empowered every day. Your instinctive ability to lead with empathy is powerful – you hear the unvoiced questions, you anticipate the need, and you find the right words and the right tone. Your words leave a lasting impression, and they are critical to our success as you find ways to continually motivate, engage, and strengthen your people. Your teams need your leadership, they believe in it, and they are confident that you will lead with the vision to get there.

  • You foster relationships and keep your finger on the pulse by spending time with each regional office on a regular basis.
  • You regularly communicate with managers and promote a sense of united participation in, and commitment to, the organization.
  • You participate in the recruitment, performance management, and succession planning of personnel. You provide direction, mentoring, and coaching to a very capable team of professionals.
  • You champion professional development by rallying teams to engage with professional associations, internal committees, and external community involvement.
  • You foster an environment that values diversity, equity, and inclusion for all.

As a Strategic Partner, you see opportunities where others see complexity. You envision the future, and you inspire your team to see it with you. You actively participate in Executive Committee meetings where you contribute to shaping the future of our company. You bridge the connection between the Executive Committee, our Business Support Services Team, and the branches you oversee. You know that two-way communication is key to making transformations happen, which is why you find ways to connect key insights to different layers of your team.

  • You work with market sector, technical service group, and branch leaders to develop, execute, and continually adjust a multiyear strategy that is aligned with strategic objectives which meet Key Performance Indicators across McElhanney’s four cornerstones of People & Communities, Clients
  • & Partners, Processes & Technology, and Financial.
  • You work closely with managers of regional branches in an advisory capacity to set clear goals, create plans to achieve milestones, and improve branch performance.
  • You work with other Executive Committee members to identify and pursue strategic hires and acquisition opportunities that are aligned with the company purpose, values and goals.
  • You meet with branch managers regularly to review, track, adjust, and report regional progress.
  • You embrace technology to meet current and future client, industry, and McElhanney needs to help transform the infrastructure industry with unrivaled innovation and data insights. You lead the way in identifying how these data insights integrate with key services in your region.

As an Achiever, you are exceptionally talented at motivating your teams to reach their targets. Your level of enthusiasm is the jolt they can always count on. When others start to wander down other avenues, you bring them back to the main road. Your focus is powerful, as it gets you and those around you closer to achieving your collective goals.

  • You manage regional financials such as revenue, profitability, lock-up and revenue factor rates.
  • You oversee annual budgets, KPIs, quarterly forecasting, and accounting oversight (invoicing
  • and collections).
  • You collaborate with leaders and conduct key client check-ins on a regular basis which results in winning business, building our reputation, and contributing to sustainable company growth.
  • You actively champion safety to ensure staff think safe, work safe, and get home safe, and you ensure quality management standards are achieved.

What You’ll Bring:

  • A track record of building and fostering strong relationships within an organization, while
  • delivering performance objectives.
  • Ability to prioritize, delegate responsibilities and motivate others to produce high-level results.
  • Ability to interact, work with, and advise senior leadership across a complex firm, often working on highly confidential, time-sensitive matters.
  • High degree of leadership, decision-making, and problem-solving skills.
  • A proven willingness to embrace technology to meet future client, industry, and McElhanney needs.
  • Strong organizational and communication (written & verbal) skills.
  • A track record of business development and fostering long-term client and partner relationships including entering new markets, gaining new clients, and/or providing new services.
  • Preferably a Professional accreditation in Engineering with a track record of developing junior talent
  • A minimum of 5 years progressive work experience at the equivalent of manager level or above managing a team of at least 25 people.

What Can We Offer You?

  • Flexible work hours to accommodate your busy lifestyle including remote working options
  • Maternity leave and parental leave top-up
  • Extended health and dental coverage, healthcare spending account, and RRSP matching
  • Employee & Family assistance program, which offers 24/7 support online or over the phone
  • A workplace culture that is characterized by respect and inclusion for all
  • Competitive salary, participation in our generous performance bonus plan, and shareholding options
  • Financial assistance to support your relocation if applicable

Our Commitment to Diversity

As our Leadership team grows, we continue to recognize the importance of building high-performing teams that are diverse and inclusive. At McElhanney, diversity means engaging the best minds of the profession, which includes women, Indigenous people, and people of colour. We strive to foster and sustain a culture where all staff have an equal opportunity to belong and build a meaningful career. This position welcomes all qualified candidates to apply, and we specifically encourage all ethnicities, religions, colour, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, aboriginal status, age, disability, or persons who may require an accommodation to apply.

Application Instructions

Please include the following in your instruction:

  1. An updated curriculum vitae that is relevant to the position
  2. A cover letter that includes your interest in this position and a description of the qualities and experience you have which will make you excel in this position.

Email your application to For a confidential conversation about this role call Simon McDonald at Korn Ferry on 778-903-1249.

Deadline to apply: Friday 26 April, by 9:59 PM MST


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