Survey Division Manager

Duncan, BC, Canada Req #296
Wednesday, January 24, 2024

About McElhanney 

Based in Western Canada for over 110 years, McElhanney offers innovative and practical engineering, surveying, mapping, planning, landscape architecture, and environmental services. As a 100% employee-owned and operated firm, with over 1,400 staff members in 33 locations, we are proud to offer qualified staff with shareholding options in our company. At McElhanney, we work in teams to build strong connections with our staff, clients, and local communities. Our employees enjoy working here because of our varied projects, high levels of autonomy, opportunities for career development, excellent total compensation and benefits package, and collaborating with a team of great professionals. 

The Opportunity: 

Are you an experienced leader who is ready for the challenges and rewards of team management? We are seeking an exceptional individual with strong leadership capabilities to join our survey team as Division Manager. In this position, you will lead a team of skilled professional and technical staff in a variety of survey projects. You will be supported by local senior technical specialists with extensive market relationships and have the backing of one of Canada’s largest professional geomatics firms. This is a fantastic opportunity for a technically proficient self-starter with supervisory skills, business development, project management and client management capabilities. This role offers eligibility for shareholding privileges in our employee-owned company. 

In a dynamic team environment that encourages collaboration with other McElhanney branches, the Division Manager will shoulder the responsibility of not only fostering branch and regional strategic planning but also overseeing divisional budgets and scopes. Additionally, they will play a pivotal role in cultivating new and existing business, promoting the branch's services through effective marketing strategies, and maintaining client interactions on project-related matters. 

At McElhanney, we are committed to fostering a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion which celebrates the success that comes from a team that is diverse in expertise, experiences, and perspectives. If this job description resonates with you, we encourage you to apply even if you don’t meet all the requirements outlined. We’re interested in getting to know you and what you bring to McElhanney!


Deadline to apply: March 18, 2024 

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  • McElhanney's new office in Duncan's historic old-town quarter boasts breathtaking views of Mount Tzouhalem and is within walking distance of the Cowichan River, making it a perfect place to work while immersing yourself in the town's charm and character.  
  • Access to idyllic nature and a thriving community at your doorstep – a perfect haven for those seeking work – life balance   
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Pay Range: $82,000- 123,000 per annum. McElhanney offers fair compensation that is commensurate with the individual’s education, experience, skills, and professional qualifications. The posted base salary/wage range is representative of the required level of qualifications and experience for the position as noted in the job posting. The salary offered will be based on the experience and qualifications of the successful candidate.


What You’ll Be Doing:   


As a strategic professional, the Division Manager will work closely with the Branch Manager and project managers to achieve operation excellence, collaboration and resource sharing across the region and company. The successful candidate can rely on capable and established operational and support teams and a strong, cohesive, branch culture that incorporates and prioritizes our shared commitments to safety, project management excellence, and client satisfaction. The Division Manager empowers and develops their team and effectively contributes to our local community. 

  • Lead survey division operations including management of business development, workload, staffing, equipment, safety, quality, and financial outcomes 
  • Participate in technical and financial aspects of projects, participate in their execution as required 
  • Contribute to the branch survey budget development and achieve financial KPI’s and targets 
  • Work closely with our Civil Engineering, Environmental Services, and Structural Divisions to collaborate on interesting and challenging projects.  
  • Achieve all other non-financial KPI’s 
  • Supervise and mentor survey staff to assist with professional development and foster an engaged culture with strong technical capabilities  
  • Conduct performance management and facilitate the development of employee learning plansEstablish effective talent acquisition and retention plans   
  • Represent McElhanney to the external environment including clients, businesses, and professional associations to enhance McElhanney’s positive public profile 
  • Nurture existing and develop new strategic relationships with key clients, agencies, and partners  
  • Ensure the branch has the right survey people, in the right positions, doing the right things; aligned perfectly to fulfill our company purpose: ACE: Amaze our clients, Care for our communities, Empower our people  

What You’ll Bring 

  • Diploma or degree in Geomatics and 5-10 years’ experience in consulting or management 
  • Possession of a current BC Land Surveyor (BCLS) Commission and current good standing with ABCLS.  
  • A proven track record of deploying new technology and developing processes to streamline survey practices.   
  • A great attitude with the ability to lead, develop, build trust and engagement, and motivate team members  
  • A keen interest in advanced survey technologies  
  • Experience working closely with other disciplines like civil engineering is an asset. 
  • Demonstrated success in business development and fostering long-term client relationships
  • Project management experience with demonstrated ability to deliver projects on time and budget
  • Strong leadership and organizational skills

What Can We Offer You

  • Flexible work hours to accommodate your lifestyle 
  • A workplace culture that is characterized by safety, respect, and inclusion for all  
  • Opportunity for the right candidate to become a shareholder in an employee-owned company 
  • Maternity leave top-up and parental leave 
  • Great benefits, including extended health and dental coverage, healthcare spending account, and RRSP matching 
  • Employee and Family assistance program, which offers 24/7 support for all employees and their families either online or over the phone 
  • Participation in our numerous programs that support our Four Cornerstones: people & communities, clients & partners, processes & technology, and financial  
  • Continuous support for your professional development and growth including access to courses on our Learning Hub, paid professional development, mentorship program, and encouragement to join internal committees such as, Young Professional, Women at McElhanney, Equity Diversity and Inclusion, and technical service groups 

Application Instructions 


Please include the following in your application: 


  1. An updated resume that is relevant to the position 

  1. A cover letter that includes: 

  • Why do you want this role?  
  • What relevant experience do you have? 

This role is designated as a safety sensitive position. 


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Our Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

At McElhanney, our unwavering commitment lies in cultivating a culture that aligns with our core values and fosters diversity, equity, and inclusion. We celebrate the collective achievements of a team rich in expertise, experiences, and perspectives, and welcome applications from individuals of diverse ethnicities, religions, backgrounds, genders, sexual orientations, gender identities, aboriginal statuses, various age groups, and those with disabilities. Requests for accommodations can be made at any stage of the selection process. If this job description resonates with you, we encourage you to apply even if you don’t meet all of the requirements outlined. We’re interested in getting to know you and explore the unique contributions you can bring to McElhanney!

If this is the opportunity for you, apply now or visit to learn more. We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. 


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