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Stantec Principal Water Resources Engineer and Business Center Lead International Development in Washington, District Of Columbia

At Stantec, we approach every water and natural resource project we undertake—whether at the local, regional, or watershed level— thoughtfully, and execute it with excellence across all project phases. We partner with our clients to design fit-for-purpose solutions that address their communities’ unique needs throughout the water infrastructure lifecycle. Our experts lead their fields and guide our work with scientific rigor, an innovative spirit, and a vision for growth. We’re a place where you can apply your passion and collaborate with top talent on work that’s critical to our clients, our communities, and the industry at large.

Your Opportunity

Backed by a $US3B company 22,000 employees strong, and a top-ranked global water practice consistently delivering iconic and cutting-edge projects and programs, Stantec’s International Development team provides technical and advisory services to international donors and financial institutions, helping to improve the design, implementation, and oversight of economic development and infrastructure projects and programs throughout the world. At Stantec, we understand the importance of integrated, multi-disciplinary approaches, whether advising on complex water or wastewater infrastructure engineering, large water sector reform programs, or small-scale rural WASH projects. Our focus is not only on physical outputs, but also on longer-term social, economic, and environmental outcomes. Stantec’s purpose and values, together with our culture of collaboration, innovation, and safety, set the tone for impactful development projects and programs that improve the quality of life of those in the global communities we serve.

An opportunity exists with Stantec’s International Development team in Washington, D.C. for a highly-motivated, people-minded, internationally-experienced, senior water and sanitation engineer with strong business acumen to take on a dually-focused technical and business development role. Reporting directly to the Vice President for International Development, this is a leadership role with autonomy and responsibility for sustaining and growing business net revenue related to the team’s water sector portfolio, comprised mostly of U.S. foreign assistance agency-funded projects and pursuits in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. There will also be an opportunity to apply technical expertise on key engineering projects with varying degrees of responsibility from advisory/oversight to project management/team lead capacities.

Your Key Responsibilities

  • Contribute to the development and execution of the International Development team’s overall business strategy and achievement of key operational and performance metrics

  • Establish and grow productive, collaborative relationships internally within the company, and externally with the team’s priority clients including the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

  • Lead and/or advise on business development, capture management, and proposal activities (contribution of high quality technical content expected during all stages)

  • Provide technical expertise and lead technical delivery on a variety of projects ensuring successful outcomes for our clients and beneficiaries

  • Participate in all phases of project management including program development, budgeting, planning & design, preconstruction, project implementation, project oversight and project closure

  • Lead, challenge, and inspire technical staff (including coaching/mentoring young professionals) through substantive engagement and communication

  • Support Stantec’s brand awareness through thought leadership and stakeholder engagement

Your Capabilities and Credentials

  • Possession of the following personal leadership qualities: integrity, creativity, patience, tenacity, commitment

  • Ability to multitask project management and business development

  • Entrepreneurially-minded with a core understanding of business and the challenges of an engineering consulting services provider

  • Experience in preparing comprehensive budget expenditures, overall project schedules, and in planning and managing revenue and expenses for a business unit

  • Strong technical background working as an engineer in progressively responsible design, construction, and/or oversight roles on water and sanitation infrastructure, water resource management, and/or water sector reform projects, programs or initiatives

  • Team player with experience building, leading, and managing a team of project managers and support staff

  • Strong business network of international development-sector relationships, ideally both in Washington D.C. and abroad

  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills with an ability to clearly convey and distill complex technical information to a variety of audiences

  • Fluency in English required; fluency in French is highly desired (Additional fluency in other languages such as Arabic or Portuguese a plus.)

  • Willingness and ability to travel internationally periodically for short-duration assignments (typically one to two weeks)

Education and Experience

A bachelor’s degree in a civil engineering field required though a master’s degree in either an engineering or business-related field is highly preferred

Professional Engineering licensure (US) or Chartered Engineer (UK) required

Minimum 20 years’ experience working on water infrastructure-related projects or programs, ideally those funded by or affiliated with U.S. or international bilateral donor agencies (MCC, USAID, DFID, etc.) and/or other international financing institutions (World Bank, African Development Bank, Asian Development Bank, United Nations, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, etc.). Demonstrated experience living/working abroad in developing countries in sub-Saharan Africa or Asia is highly desired.

This description is not a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that may be required of the employee and other duties, responsibilities and activities may be assigned or may be changed at any time with or without notice.

Stantec is a place where the best and brightest come to build on each other's talents, do exciting work, and make an impact on the world around us. Join us and redefine your personal best.

Job: Civil Engineer

Primary Location: United States-District Of Columbia-Washington

Employee Status: Regular

Job Level: Individual Contributor

Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time

Schedule: Full-time

Req ID: 1900032N