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WSP Canada

Principal Strategic Talent Advisor (Principal HRBP)

Posted 12 hours ago

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Job Description

The Opportunity:

As a Principal Strategic Talent Advisor, you will play a crucial role in assisting the Strategic Talent Leader in overseeing daily operations and key initiatives. You'll provide guidance and mentorship to the direct and broader strategic talent team. You'll be stepping in an supporting the Executive Vice President and Senior Vice President of Operations during times where the Strategic Talent Leader is away.

You will demonstrate an in-depth understanding of WSP's operations and partner with leadership to achieve financial targets and business strategy, all while integrating the talent strategy, to drive a high-performance and thriving diverse culture.

You will provide insight and expertise to the senior leaders surrounding major change initiatives in the business as it relates to organizational changes, including re-alignments to meet business needs while considering impacts on the business and employees.

You'll review and analyze People & Culture KPIs, trends and issues to provide insights and recommendations to the senior leadership team and define actions, with the goal of increasing overall engagement, culture and diversity.

You will create strong and effective partnerships with internal People & Culture functions, to provide best in class service to the business while ensuring all People & Culture practices and programs are embedded in the business. You will also build relationships with your broader Corporate Services teams within WSP to continue to develop and foster collaboration across the business.

You will manage the collective reputation of the entire People & Culture team by being an ambassador of the People & Culture programs and by supporting the implementation of COE programs, as well as defining and delivering solutions to business challenges, and enable execution.

You will develop a broad understanding of all WSP People & Culture programs and will be responsible to ensure the understanding, buy-in and application of all People & Culture initiatives within your designated sector

Why choose WSP?
  • We value and are committed to upholding a culture of inclusion and belonging
  • Our Flexible Work Policy - we recognize the importance of balance in our lives and encourage you to prioritize the balance in yours. We will support you on and off the job so you can be fully present in both your work and home lives.
  • A Canadian success story - we're proud to wear the red and white of this beautiful country and show the world what Canada has to offer.
  • Enhance the world around you - from the environment to the highways, to the buildings and the terrain, WSP is the fabric of Canada.
  • Outstanding career opportunities - we're growing and pushing ourselves every day to be greater than yesterday - we're open to your ideas and trying new things.
  • A phenomenal collaborative culture and a workforce filled with genuinely good people who are doing humbly important work. Come find out for yourself what it's like to be a part of our journey.

We offer attractive pay, flexible work options, a great corporate culture, comprehensive and employee-focused benefits including virtual healthcare and a wellness platform as well as great savings programs, and a clear vision for the future.


What you can expect to do here:
  • Lead major change initiatives: You will lead the major change initiatives and coordinate your peers through initiatives such as yearly budgets, workforce planning, integrations and other impactful initiatives.
  • Succession Planning: You will participate in the succession planning process by facilitating the discussion surrounding the identification of emerging diverse talent. In addition to this, you will support the employee experience team in ensuing our top talent have the appropriate development plans to thrive and grow within our organization.
  • Critical Role Identification and Planning: You will support a designated client group in identifying critical roles required in the present and for the future. You will ensure your client groups are utilizing our People and Culture programs in order to provide our employees with the development required to meet the needs of the role or by supporting our Talent Acquisition Team with the external search, where internal talent does not currently exist.
  • Performance Management: Provide coaching and advice on our performance management program in order to foster and enable a high performance and highly engaging diverse culture.
  • Total Compensation: With the assistance of our compensation team and your Strategic Talent Leader, you will provide guidance and advice on WSP's overall compensation programs while ensuring pay equity amongst our employees.
  • Engagement: Working closely with our Engagement & Enablement Team and your Strategic Talent Leader, you will analyze data from different sources such as, engagement surveys, exit surveys, exit reports etc. in order to provide sound advice on key actions required to increase engagement within your designated clients groups by using existing People & Culture programs and tools to ensure a consistent WSP experience.
  • Talent Development & Management: With the assistance of our engagement and enablement team and your Strategic Talent Leader, you will provide guidance and advice on WSP's talent development programs to foster a continuous learning and development culture. This includes supporting the broader redeployment strategy of the business.
  • Mentorship: Provide guidance and mentorship to fellow team members, fostering their team growth and enhancing their capabilities.

What you'll bring to WSP:
  • Strategic-thinking, able to identify solutions and associated impacts across the organization;
  • Sound judgment, business insights and can make a contribution to the business as a whole;
  • Demonstrated ability to consult, influence and partner with senior leaders in developing/executing people strategies to drive business performance;
  • Ability to proactively identify potential issues and/or areas of opportunity within the business and work to action these findings;
  • Has strong business and financial acumen;
  • Has experience working with executives (SVP & EVP level)
  • Informal roll up your sleeves and get it done leadership style that is people-centric, effective and marked by a high level of energy;
  • Well-developed team-building and influencing skills, unquestioned integrity, and the experience, confidence, and stature to effectively address sensitive People & Culture issues;
  • Ability to effectively collaborate within the People & Culture team
  • Capability, energy, experience, presence and accountability outlook to quickly establish and maintain the People & Culture team's credibility coupled with the ability to influence management, resolve conflicts with experience supporting senior leaders nationally in a matrix organization;
  • Financial modeling and insight as it relates to compensation and budget review for all labour requirements in your identified group
  • 10+ years' experience in a strategic/client facing HR role, preferably in a large, matrix organization
  • Strong Excel Skills

WSP is one of the world's leading professional services firms. Our purpose is to future proof our cities and environments.

We have over 65,000 team members across the globe. In Canada, our 12,000+ people are involved in everything from environmental remediation to urban planning, from engineering iconic buildings to designing sustainable transportation networks, from finding new ways to extract essential resources to developing renewable power sources for the future.


  • We value our people and our reputation
  • We are locally dedicated with international scale
  • We are future focused and challenge the status quo
  • We foster collaboration in everything we do
  • We have an empowering culture and hold ourselves accountable

Please Note:

Health and Safety is a core paramount value of WSP. Given the importance of keeping one another safe it is expected that you comply with our Health, Safety & Environment (HSE) policy at all times as well as client HSE policies when working at client locations.

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).

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 does not accept unsolicited resumes from agencies. For more information please READ THE FULL POLICY.

About WSP Canada

WSP is one of the world's leading professional services consulting firms. We are dedicated to our local communities and propelled by international expertise. We are technical experts and strategic advisors including engineers, technicians, scientists, planners, landscape architects and urban designers, surveyors and environmental specialists, as well as other design, program and construction management professionals. We design lasting solutions in the Buildings, Transportation, Infrastructure, Environment, Geomatics, Energy, Resources, and Industrial sectors as well as project delivery and strategic consulting services. With over 8,000 talented people across Canada, we engineer projects that will help societies grow for generations to come.



Company Size

5001-10,000 employees

Application closing date is 2024-09-12

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