Maritime Structures Lead

WSP   •  

Thornhill, ON

11 - 15 years

Posted 242 days ago

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WSP is currently seeking to fill the position of Maritime Structures Lead within our Port, Marine and Coastal Engineering (PMC) Group based in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

Our global team of specialists in diverse areas of port, maritime and coastal engineering is focused on the planning, design and construction of port facilities, maritime infrastructure and coastal developments. We offer innovative, value-engineered solutions that draw on decades of experience and a thorough understanding of the challenges and risks of this multifaceted domain. We are committed to integrating the principles of environmental assessment and sustainable development into each and every stage of our projects. Our task as strategic partners is to help our clients make their vision a reality.

Reporting to the Regional Director for Ports, Marine & Coastal Engineering the Maritime Structures Lead will be responsible for expanding the maritime structures team in Ontario, assisting in project delivery and in the development of strategic plans that lead the business development efforts for existing and new customers. This role emphasizes growing relationships with current customers, generating additional revenues and the technical execution of projects. Your primary role will be to further grow the Company’s capabilities in this sector, assist or lead project teams to manage and deliver marine infrastructure projects for our Clients. Projects range from smaller local inspections & marine structures rehabilitation to delivering maritime infrastructure for major transportation (ports, shipyards), energy and mining projects.


  • Planning, designing, developing and assisting with the management of projects for the construction or repair of port and other maritime structures;
  • Analyzing and designing of steel, concrete and rock marine structures including: suspended deck structures, gravity walls, retaining walls, berthing and mooring dolphins, access trestles and platforms, jetties, breakwaters and revetments;
  • Preparation of technical specifications and tender documents for marine work packages;
  • Development of conceptual options, preliminary designs and engineering sketches to support various level of studies;
  • Condition assessment and load rating analysis of existing maritime structures;
  • Preparation of written deliverables such as reports and technical notes;
  • Coordinating drawing development with other technical staff and completing drawing reviews;
  • Assisting in the development of a center of expertise in maritime structure design and maritime project management, in particular through developing technical expertise and mentorship within the team;
  • Managing interdisciplinary coordination on projects with the various business units (port planning & operations, coastal engineering, onshore infrastructure engineering, environmental consultancy, etc.);
  • Coordinating business development efforts in Ontario around marine facilities such as bulk, cruise, ferry, containers and general cargo terminals, small craft harbors and marinas and waterfront development, by meeting with Clients in the context of projects to be realized or the development of potential markets;
  • Determining project needs and participating in inter-office, inter-provincial and inter-regional (worldwide) coordination;
  • Assisting project manager(s) in the business unit in establishing the scope of work, managing the implementation calendar, tracking project timetables in relation to objectives and specifications from the client’s specification document, and inspecting the quality of work carried out by third parties (Contractors);
  • Acting as a resource person for the work team and tracking quality on the technical component of certain projects;
  • Ensuring the development of the team through project work allocation while respecting the budget framework allotted to the project;
  • Applying the strategic plan and ensuring that it is kept up to date;
  • For complex projects, supervising or implementing technical revisions of engineering drawings, expert reports and technical studies;
  • Other duties as required.


  • Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering or any other training deemed equivalent in the maritime domain;
  • Fifteen years or more of relevant experience in leading a technically focused delivery team in the maritime structures area;
  • A functional understanding of typical marine design considerations for steel and concrete structures including seismic and constructability considerations, soil/structure interaction and marine environmental loading;
  • Possess project management skills and have experience in successfully delivering marine infrastructure projects;
  • Familiar with structural analysis software such as STAAD Pro, SAP2000 or similar;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and a positive, collaborative approach;
  • Familiarity with (international) marine design codes and standards.
  • Fluent in English with excellent written and oral communication; and,
  • Experience in engineering consultancy in Ontario and/or elsewhere in Canada;
  • Licensed by the PEO  in Ontario is considered an asset 

Offers of employment for safety-sensitive positions involving fieldwork are contingent upon candidates being able to perform key physical tasks of the job as described in the job posting and interview.  This may include the ability to work in a variety of environmental conditions, such as remote or isolated areas, working alone, and in inclement weather (within safe and reasonable limits).