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Director, Human Resources

Reference #: 7542
City: Montréal
Region: Quebec
Secondary Location:
Job Type: Permanent - Full Time
Business Line: Corporate



WSP is one of the world's leading professional engineering services firms. Every day our more than 37,000 experts work to restore the natural environment and transform the built environment. 

In Canada, our 8000+ people are involved in everything from environmental remediation to urban planning, from engineering iconic buildings to designing sustainable transport networks, from finding new ways to extract essential resources to developing renewable power sources for the future.

The excellence we bring to our work and to our workplace has been recognized far and wide. We’re a Forbes Top Employer in Canada, one of the Top 100 Sustainable Companies in the World (and among the Top 10 in Canada), and we earned Platinum Elite Recognition through our participation in more than half of Canada’s Top 100 Infrastructure Projects.

At WSP, we’re proud, professional and passionate people. Join us. 


WSP is currently seeking a Director, Human Resources to join our Human Resources department, located at our Montreal office.  Reporting to the Chief Human Resources and Safety Officer, Canada, this position will be responsible for delivering the activities of the Human Resources function which supports nationally the Mining, Power & Industrial Business Line and Corporate Services. The role works closely with business line and Corporate Services leaders to ensure HR programs and services are in place to support and drive business objectives. In this role the Director, Human Resources, along with two direct reports, leverages services from the Centers of Excellence in areas such as Talent Attraction, Global Mobility, Compensation and Benefits. We are seeking an individual with a solid HR business partner background and demonstrated change management experience who has experience managing a broad range of human resources initiatives and programs. The selected individual will be able to guide cultural change, build internal business partnerships, and provide coaching to develop others, challenge the status quo and offer creative solutions to business issues. Candidates must possess strong interpersonal and project management skills, have strong business acumen and previous experience in a large publicly traded organization, preferably in a professional services environment.


  • The incumbent will maintain a thorough understanding of business strategy and organizational plans and participate in the development of HR requirements to support and drive the business plans in the ongoing development of the Business Line and Corporate Service’s talent and culture. Understanding the business strategy and knowing what HR initiatives will actively support and drive successful implementation is an important driver of success in this role;
  • Focus on building a high performance, empowered culture by working with the HR Centers of Excellence along with the leaders in the respective corporate functions to ensure all HR practices and programs are in place and well understood;
  • The work of this role and the team varies from supporting the implementation of established Center of Excellence programs to defining and partnering with the Centers of Excellence to deliver HR solutions to overcome business challenges and enable strategy execution;
  • Coach business managers on issues of effective team building and organizational effectiveness;
  • Manage employee relations issues with an eye towards ensuring WSP remains an employer of choice;
  • Advise and facilitate people management, career development and training;
  • Develop and implement approaches and solutions which foster sound employee relations and engagement;
  • Measure and monitor key HR performance indicators;
  • Identify HR trends and issues including potential management options; and
  • Manage, guide, counsel and coach two HRBPs.
  • Other duties as assigned/required.


  • ​University degree or equivalent in a related field;
  • Fully bilingual in both spoken and written French and English;
  • Able to travel nationally across Canada, approximately once per month;
  • CRHA certification is an asset;
  • 12+ years of HR business partner experience, preferably in a large organization;
  • Knowledge of fundamental HR regulations and applications;
  • Demonstrated competence in the various HR functional areas: compensation, employee relations, management coaching, organizational development, diversity, benefits, employee communications and talent attraction;
  • Must be effective at influencing management and conflict resolution;
  • Capability, energy, experience, presence and outlook to quickly establish HR’s credibility with the management team;
  • Must have outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, both verbal and written;
  • Strong facilitation skills;
  • Strong system thinking and the ability to identify solutions and associated impacts across the organization;
  • Thrives in an unstructured environment and requires minimal supervision;
  • Experience in navigating efficiently through a matrix organization;
  • Ability and desire to embrace and manage and able to deal with ambiguity effectively;
  • Well-developed teambuilding and influencing skills, unquestioned integrity, and the experience, confidence, and stature to effectively address sensitive HR issues;
  • Sound judgment, business acumen and the ability to make a contribution to the business as a whole;
  • Informal roll up your sleeves and get it done leadership style that is people-centric, effective and marked by a high level of energy;
  • Proactive in developing and effectively introducing alternatives to current HR practices as appropriate;
  • Program and project management skills; and
  • Ability to operate in a positive, helpful and productive manner.

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).

To learn more about our firm and the projects we have been involved in, please visit our  World of Possibilities microsite.

WSP welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

WSP is committed to the principles of employment equity. Only the candidates selected will be contacted.

WSP Canada Inc.



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