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Managing Principal

Vancouver, BC

About Us

At HDR, we specialize in engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services. While we are most well-known for adding beauty and structure to communities through high-performance buildings and smart infrastructure, we provide much more than that. We create an unshakable foundation for progress because our multidisciplinary teams also include scientists, economists, builders, analysts and artists. That's why we believe diversity is our greatest strength. HDR is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and an affirmative action employer.

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We are currently searching for a Managing Principal to lead our Vancouver architecture practice. This is an exciting opportunity for someone who desires to lead an established architectural practice for an internationally recognized firm. The primary responsibility of the Managing Principal is for strategic vision, leadership, inspiration, quality assurance, and profitability of the office to ensure the annual plan is implemented. This individual will increase the awareness of HDR’s architectural practice in British Columbia while contributing to the reputation of the firm domestically and internationally.

To achieve success, the Managing Principal will work directly with the business development group to develop relationships with target clients and pursue new projects in British Columbia. The pursuit of new work will be in a collaborative manner with local designers, technical leaders, and national and global experts as required. This individual will oversee and direct the activities of personnel within the operation including implementing annual plans, marketing strategies, public relations, project planning, financial planning and management, staff planning and oversight and other related matters. This position will be responsible for establishing local office policies / procedures and adherence to corporate policies, project contract financial fee and budget information in conjunction with Marketing and Project Management, and establishment and/or maintenance of quality control processes and procedures. The Managing Principal may be required to lead and manage teams on projects.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in architecture.
  • Professional registration.
  • 15+ years experience working in an architectural practice; previous management experience preferred.
  • Strong leadership, project management and organizational skills.
  • Capacity to lead teams and making client presentations.
  • Service and client related personality.
  • Strong communication and listening skills.
  • Ability to handle multiple assignments.
  • Ability to travel.
  • An attitude and commitment to being an active participant of our employee-owned culture is a must.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Preference will be given to individuals with strong ties and connections in the local market.
  • Stronger consideration will be given to candidates with Healthcare, Higher Education, Science + Technology and/or Civic project experience.


At HDR, we know work isn't only about who you work for it's also about what you do and how you do it. Led by the strength of our values and a culture shaped by employee ownership, we network with each other, build on each other's contributions, and collaborate together to make great things possible. When you join HDR, we give you license to do the same. We help you take charge of your career, giving you multiple growth opportunities along the way.

We provide a comprehensive benefits package that promotes employee ownership, employee health, performance, and success, which includes medical, dental, vision, short and long-term disability, life insurance, an employee assistance program, paid vacation and sick time, paid holidays, a retirement savings plan with employer match, employee referral bonus and tuition assistance. (Stated benefits are for full-time regular positions. Temporary and part-time roles eligible for limited benefits.) The expected compensation range for this position is: $167,359.50 - $239,085.00.

Primary Location

Canada-British Columbia-Vancouver





Employee Status



Marketing and Admin

Job Posting

Oct 10, 2023

At HDR, we are committed to the principles of employment equity in all of our offices. USA: We are an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider all qualified candidates regardless of minority, veteran, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or any other status protected by law. CANADA: We welcome applications from all qualified individuals. AUSTRALIA: We consider all qualified candidates regardless of gender, ethnicity, country of birth, political or religious affiliation, health status, or any other status protected by law.

Health and safety is also our priority. For some positions, you may be required to provide drug and alcohol testing, before or during employment, based on our Drug Testing and Drug Free Workplace Policy. If you are required to drive for us, we require a valid driver's license and compliance with our vehicle policy.

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