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Solid Waste Project Manager

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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About You

HDR is seeking an experienced and motivated Solid Waste Project Manager for its Canadian Waste Sector who has an interest in expanding their career across all facets of the business and a broad range of services. This position is a key role for our Waste Sector growth, responsible for supporting business development activities, and providing project management and technical expertise for a diverse set of waste clients and services across Canada and the United States. The long-term vision for this role is to build a team that will support the circular economy, zero waste and implementation of alternative technologies for managing residual materials.

As part of the Waste team in Canada, the role will include promoting technical excellence, including coaching and career development of the team; maintenance and implementation of industry best practices; and building HDR's reputation for technical excellence and thought leadership.

The successful candidate will support the development and implementation of a growth strategy; build long term relationships with waste clients; prioritize and seek out specific project opportunities; manage proposal efforts with the support of HDR's Canada Marketing group; participate in professional associations, conferences, and social media to support the development of HDR's waste practice brand; and identify and recruit talent to build a team. For key clients or complex projects, the candidate will serve as Project Manager to ensure successful delivery of the project. Strong solid waste management facilities planning, strategic planning, and engineering experience, including but not limited to conceptual and detailed design development, permitting and approvals, operations and maintenance plans, closure and costing, is key for this role.

The candidate will work collaboratively with HDR’s US waste and cross-sector teams, teaming partners, and other business groups within HDR to provide solutions that meet regional regulatory requirements and to deliver world class services to our clients with complex waste facility or program development, permitting, sustainability or operational needs.


Specific Duties Include

Flexible, however, Vancouver, Calgary or Toronto preferred.

  • Assist with Waste Sector management for Canada, including participation in business planning, client development, resource management, and quality management.
  • Lead, direct, develop and market pursuits that deal with conceptualization without design.
  • Develop new clients, enhance our position with existing clients, and add to our long-term strategy in the market.
  • Assist regional and national leadership in growing the program.
  • Provide technical leadership/project management to ensure projects have appropriate staff and that a quality program is implemented as designed.
  • Oversee development, maintenance and delivery of technologies and services to clients.
  • Develop and apply processes and tools to ensure cost-effective application of technologies and services.
  • Identify emerging trends and technologies needed to be competitive in the future.
  • Work closely with the Sector Lead, marketing, and regional staff to identify needs to meet market drivers and/or create new markets.
  • Support the execution of business development activities including client service systems and relationships to achieve overall objectives.
  • Take responsibility for identified strategic clients and projects, long-term systems, and resource allocation.
  • Develop and promote strong client relationships and marketing of all services to meet client needs
  • Support client marketing, project pursuit teams and business practice groups in the marketing of new services and clients, all within established goals and objectives of the business group and HDR as a whole.
  • Help build and supervise a local team of engineers and designers and provide oversight of work, quality, and training.
  • Collaborate with HDR operations leaders, project managers, and project teams to leverage staff for engineering execution to deliver world class quality in design and construction support of waste projects.
  • Support HDR Business Groups to deliver complex waste solutions for clients, including decarbonization targets.
  • Develops relationships and agreements with regional teaming partners, as required, to support regulatory approvals and/or licensure requirements of projects.
  • Manage projects, including scope and/or proposal development, project team development and assignment, project execution, quality reviews, project closeout, and quality control, schedule, and budget management.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, or similar combination of relevant education and experience.
  • Professional Engineer designation in Canada. Equivalent professional designation in another country is acceptable, but candidate will be expected to obtain professional designation in Canada.
  • 5+ years of waste experience, preferably in consulting, including prior project and/or program management experience.
  • Technical skills and experience should be combined with familiarity of Canadian codes and environmental regulations applicable to waste management, including proposed new regulations and emerging trends such as health and safety.
  • Previous experience with project feasibility reports, procurement and construction document preparation, performance-based and prescriptive technical specifications, contractor selection and construction management will be an asset. This should include direct experience related to all types of solid waste management facilities, including transfer stations, public drop off, composting, material and energy recovery, and landfill facilities.
  • Strong leadership and staff management skills, and program management experience with multiple remote teams preferred.
  • Understands contractual risk and mitigation strategies in applicable delivery models.
  • Risk identification and management experience with regulatory approvals and design.
  • Proven experience managing projects, completing feasibility studies and alternatives analysis, design, performing site inspections, managing client relationships, proposal development, and business development.
  • Strong marketing and business development skills in addition to contacts/relationships in the Waste sector.
  • Ability to support multiple complex and time sensitive projects effectively.
  • Identify and resolve issues effectively and efficiently.
  • Ability to grasp big picture concepts while recognizing details that are important
  • Able to work under and meet tight deadlines.
  • Ability to interact with design and construction teams in a positive and proactive manner.
  • Self-starter with excellent writing and communication skills.
  • Strong conceptual, organizational, problem solving, and collaboration skills; ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • An attitude and commitment to be an active participant of our employee-owned culture is a must.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office and conferencing platforms (Zoom, WebEx, Teams, etc.).


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.

Primary Location: Canada-British Columbia-Vancouver

Other Locations: Canada-Ontario-Toronto, Canada-Alberta-Calgary

Industry: Waste

Schedule: Full-time

Employee Status: Regular

BusinessClass: Waste Services

Job Posting: May 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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