Watershed & River Hydraulics Chief Engineer


Pasadena, CA, US

This position can be filled by an employee at any location

Our Water sector, which brings together many of the world’s top engineers and scientists, sees water a bit differently—as a single holistic system rather than as unconnected networks divided by jurisdictional boundaries. We use this perspective to help communities tap into water’s potential. Throughout the life cycle of capture, use, reuse, and discharge, our team optimizes every facet of a water system. Whether a project calls for planners, designers, construction managers, or facility operators, we have the right experts to provide creative, yet practical, water solutions.

Chief Engineers hold a unique position in our water group, their role is to guide our engineering disciplines in the advancement of skills, innovation and quality as it relates to the delivery of our work. They facilitate our communities of global and national level engineering discipline leads ensuring workflows leverage the right level of expertise and always mitigate risk. The management and governance of engineering technical data and standards is at the core of the role, always fostering a culture of quality.

Your Opportunity


The Watershed and River Hydraulics Discipline supports the Water Sector (practice and delivery) as well as other business lines by providing technical leadership and specialized project delivery services related to the planning and assessment of watershed hydrology and open-channel hydraulics (streams, rivers, canals, and reservoirs). Services include analysis, modelling, and development of solutions related to flood risk, dam and levee safety, water quality, sediment transport, aquatic habitats and water availability.

The market focus for the Watershed and Rivers Discipline include Federal programs (FEMA, USACE, USBR), State and Provincial Agencies (DNRs and EMAs) and large multi-jurisdiction watershed organizations (e.g. Conservancy Districts).

The Watershed and Rivers Discipline operates independently from, but collaborates closely with, the Urban Water Resources Discipline and Advanced Hydraulics specialty teams. The organizational chart below describes the collaboration network in further detail. Chief Engineers collaborate across technical disciplines to link our network of practitioners across water.

Your Key Responsibilities

The Chiefs set the vision for their engineering groups and work collaboratively with the BC and Regional Discipline Leads in identifying opportunities, allocating the right resources and mapping teams to appropriate skills and advancement.

The Chief’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to;

Quality & innovation:

  • Set and provide oversight of discipline-specific professional standards and quality assurance practices for deliverables management.

  • Monitor compliance with our independent and peer reviewer frameworks to ensure the discipline-specific resources are allocated early on in pursuit and project scoping and hold appropriate levels of expertise.

  • Control the suite of applications used by the discipline (e.g. design tools, software applications) and co-ordinate advancement and learning around the future-proofing of the engineering teams as they pursue Digital (BIM enabled) Delivery.

  • Reviews, approves and drives compliance with standard processes for delivering engineering design work. Expected to initiate development of direct discipline staff to produce standard processes.

  • Identify opportunities to differentiate the group through showcasing advancement.

  • Control the collation of Intellectual Property data and the implementation of a comprehensive knowledge sharing platform.

  • Facilitate the capture and communication of lessons learned at project close out or through project feedback.

  • Maintain best practice guides and has overall responsibility for development of centralized resources for standards (guide specifications and standard details) as they apply to the discipline-specific engineering group.

  • Coordinate software disciplines-specific software licensing across water and in collaboration with IT and with partner business lines (where applicable)

Project Management & Execution:

  • Execute projects as either a discipline lead, Project Technical Lead, Project Manager and/or in a senior technical capacity on significant projects in the region, or corporately

  • Collaborate with BCDLs from other Regions to promote work sharing and the import and export of personnel as required to successfully deliver projects throughout the business.

  • Ensure participation in project risk scoping and appropriate ownership of technical lessons learnt at project close out.

  • Delegate tasks under the Chief’s responsibility to staff qualified to assist completion of these efforts.

Health & Safety:

  • Organize technical learning as it relates to “Safety in Design” and instill a culture of delivery efficiency through the application of these practices.

People Management:

  • Maintain a culture of learning and collaboration across the discipline-specific group in a drive for quality and consistency across the engineering pool

  • Actively maintain internal and external networks to provide mentoring and coaching opportunities for team members.

  • Ensure career paths are managed and monitored to highlight progress of staff as we look at both succession planning and opportunities.

Business Development & Collaboration:

  • Map engineering groups to visual “heat maps” highlighting capacity, capability and skills as they relate to regional groups.

  • Coordinate the implementation of appropriate discipline-specific communities of practice and ensure the teams are engaged and planning around key platforms and areas of expertise.

  • Market discipline-specific design and technical capabilities.

  • Pursue and lead significant projects within the discipline and for the region

  • Maintain and enhance our reputation with clients, approval agencies and industry professionals as an outstanding service provider

Direct Time:

  • Consistently achieve the approved metric for billable time; expected to be at or near 75%

Your Capabilities and Credentials

  • The successful candidate will possess the following:

  • A skill set that positions them at the highest technical level of their engineering field

  • Results-oriented individual who excels in a multi-disciplinary environment

  • Strong project planning and delivery experience

  • Appreciation of Stantec’s Project Framework, policies and procedures, professional standards, quality program and health & safety policy

  • Strong leadership, management, communication and team building skills are essential

  • Skills and knowledge to create, suggest and introduce innovative and effective client solutions and integrated deliverables that are aligned with the business objectives

  • Proven experience in building rapport and trust

  • Desire to succeed, be enthusiastic, and possess a high degree of integrity

  • Superior and demonstrated communication, verbal and written skills

  • Ability to travel

Education and Experience

  • Minimum of 15 years of relevant experience with a background in engineering consulting, preferably in the Water Sector.

  • A master’s degree in science or engineering is strongly recommended, however a first degree may be sufficient should the candidate possess a strong skill set and appropriate professional accreditation (PE., or P.Eng.)

Typical office environment working with computers and remaining sedentary for long periods of time. Field work may include exposure to the elements including inclement weather.

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.





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