Associate Director (North Vancouver, BC)

COWI is accepting applications for an Associate Director in North Vancouver, BC. Application deadline: 09 December 2022 - Canada - Location: North Vancouver, BC - Management

Associate Director
North Vancouver
Hybrid Role 

COWI is a pacesetter in sustainability as we move away from all fossil fuel projects. Our vision is ‘Together, we shape a sustainable and livable world’. Join us on the journey and be part of making a positive difference to communities for generations to come.
Join us in designing the future!


Reporting to the Vice President of Operations, you will be part of a team responsible for leadership within Canada.

This  role comprises the management and development of staff in an assigned section focusing on large infrastructure projects and work working with other people managers to appropriately staff projects, projects and distribute work between offices as needed.

This position includes a secondary role contributing specialized technical or project management capabilities to the team. As an Associate Director, you will  provide high levelhigh-level, senior expertise to projects and develop strategic initiatives to improve the Company's practices. You contribute to the identification, recruitment, and development of talent for the COWI.

Responsibilities include:
People Management

  • Provides leadership and guidance to assigned staff, including:
    • Providing feedback, coaching, conducting annual performance evaluations
    • Supporting the professional development of staff and help staff find opportunities for development
    • Ensuring assigned staff are effectively engaged on projects, defining and following up on staff performance targets.
  • Contributes to the development, improvement, and implementation of the corporate policies
  • Work with senior leadership to develop a clear vision and strategy for the section and effectively communicate that vision/strategy to the section
  • Participates in periodic strategy meetings and contributes to development and achievement of the COWI Group’s strategic priorities
  • Provides leadership in business development and developing relationships with key clients
  • Is an ambassador of COWI Values

Associate Technical Director

  • Performs tasks on projects requiring a broad and deep knowledge in a field of expertise related to large infrastructure engineering
  • Develops and implements design best practices in areas of expertise, including the development and implementation of Action Plans
  • Develops technical networks outside of COWI, including participation in technical conferences, publishing and presenting technical papers
  • Delivers  projects (or an equivalent portfolio of projects) with fees typically up to $5M, requiring 10-25 staff, complex multi-disciplinary projects and framework agreements
  • Carries out project management responsibilities in accordance with the Company Quality Management System including, but not be limited to project scheduling, resource management, project budget controls, and client sub-contractor management and interfacing
  • Leads project teams and manages the contract and client to ensure profitability and other targets are met


To do well in this position, we believe that you are a demonstrated and recognized technical leader in the industry who actively participates in the National and International professional societies and has strong organizational and time management skills together with excellent interpersonal and relationship-building skills. You'll also pursue new insights and constantly explore new ways to improve while respecting our clients, your colleagues, the local community, and the planet we live on.

  • Degree in structural engineering or civil engineering and P.Eng. designation in BC. Licenses in other provinces or US states an asset
  • 10+ years previous direct people management experience related to engineering, project management and business development experience with an emphasis on design, construction, maintenance and rehabilitation of bridge or tunnel structures
  • Demonstrated and recognized technical leader in the industry, participation in National and International professional societies
  • Experience and reputation with local clients such as various government organizations, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, local municipalities, and Design-Build partners


Being part of the COWI community offers more than just a competitive salary. We take care of our people both professionally and personally.

Some of our benefits include:

Flexible working arrangement | Top-up parental and childbirth recovery leave | Fantastic close-knit team with a wealth of knowledge to share! | Full-time hires get a minimum of 3 weeks vacation to start | Floating holiday to celebrate employee diversity | Paid sick leave | Annual Fitness spending account. Yes, you can use this for a ski pass, yoga or gym membership | Group RRSP program with company matching | Personal and professional development fund | Parking or public transit allowance | Extended Health coverage with 100% of premiums paid by us | Employee Assistance Program (EAP) | STD, LTD, AD&D, and Life Insurance | Referral incentive program| Frequent social events

Together with customers, partners, and colleagues, we shape a future where people and societies grow and flourish. We do that by co-creating sustainable and beautiful solutions that improve the quality of life for people today and many generations ahead.

With over 93 offices worldwide, COWI is a growing international consulting group. As a member of the North American team, you'll join our skilled experts and support projects across the transportation and energy sectors, including bridge, marine, offshore wind and tunnels. We pride ourselves on delivering for our clients and the communities we serve. Our portfolio includes some of the world's most prestigious and challenging bridge, tunnel, and marine structure projects and program management and construction management. We have hundreds of skilled experts working on projects in North America and worldwide, covering the entire lifecycle of a project from idea, concept, and design to operation and maintenance.

Living up to our core values is a priority in the way we work. We collaborate with our customers, partners, and colleagues to connect people and places to create better solutions. We respect our environment and focus on assisting local communities to thrive by creating opportunities. We are curious and forward-thinking as we pursue new knowledge and insights. Most importantly, We Care.

For further details please visit our website

All we need is for you to upload your CV in the link below. The application deadline is stated at the top of the page.

COWI provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, sex, gender, national origin, age, disability, or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, COWI complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

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