Planning Manager


Seattle, WA

Experience Level: Senior

AICP Certification: AICP Preferred

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At WSP, we are inspired by bringing together the right people to be a part of future-focused business objectives to support our vast client base.  Well planned and efficient transportation networks are the foundation of economic prosperity.  Through smart planning and collaboration, we collaborate with our clients to make the right choices for their needs, finding effective and sustainable strategies that also improve quality of life. 

As a world-wide leader of transportation consulting and planning services, we invite you to be a part of that vision.  

Our Transportation Planning team is looking for a Senior Manager in our Seattle, Washington office. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Acts in an advisory capacity on administrative, technical and regulatory aspects of planning
  • Manage a variety of planning studies related to multi-modal transportation, public transit, feasibility studies, policy documentation and research   
  • Directs technical direction for the development and execution of planning research and studies  
  • Demonstrates strong commitment to keeping up-to date in technical knowledge of current practice and ability to share knowledge with junior to mid-level staff and becoming proficient in applying emerging practice
  • Approves planning documents for compliance with contract requirements and quality of technical content
  • Analyze complex and large planning assignments, and review work of other staff  
  • Prepare, review and present technical information to internal and external working groups  
  • Oversees and approves the work of planners and technicians performing highly complex planning activities 
  • Oversees risk management, quality assurance and financial procedure  
  • Directs and manages planning team project delivery and resource management
  • Works with district business line and business development managers to win work and grow the planning practice
  • Organizes and leads client meetings; develops and presents alternative solutions and ideas   
  • Serve as project manager and task manager by leading tasks for multi-modal transportation and policy for statewide, regional, and local projects  
  • Manages and mentors staff, ensuring to meet business line goals and objectives  
  • Manages scope, schedule and budget requirements in large, complex projects  
  • Leads business development work by managing client relationships and selling work  
  • Growth and diversification of project portfolio
  • Provides information and support to government officials, clients, users and public  
  • Manage client relationships with minimal input from senior staff  
  • Coordinate and inform with other disciplines and practices within WSP  
  • Identify circumstances for junior staff to grow in their roles
  • Exercise responsibly and ethical decision-making regarding company funds, resources and conduct and adhere to WSP’s code of conduct and related policies and procedures
  • Other duties as required by business needs

Talent is the essence of meeting our client’s objectives, goals and challenges.  If this sounds like a fit for you, we’d love to have that first discussion of you joining our team.


Required Qualifications include: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent   
  • 12 plus years of experience in in one of the following areas: planning or transportation planning

Preferred Qualifications or “Great to Haves” include:  

  • Post Graduate Education (Graduate Level courses, short courses, Masters, PhD)   
  • AICP, PE, or other relevant licensure/ certification   
  • Active member and hold leadership role in local professional organization   
  • Participation on conference program with panels, poster sessions, papers and presentations
  • Experience working with public agencies
  • Expertise in other technical software relevant to planning, engineering, graphic design, and data analytics     
  • Experience managing and growing a diverse team


WSP USA is the U.S. operating company of one of the world's leading engineering and professional services firms. Dedicated to serving local communities, we are engineers, planners, technical experts, strategic advisors and construction management professionals. WSP USA designs lasting solutions in the transportation, buildings, energy, water and environment sectors. With nearly 9,500 people in 150 offices across the U.S., we partner with our clients to help communities prosper.

WSP provides a comprehensive suite of benefits including medical, dental, vision, disability, life, and retirement savings focused on a providing health and financial stability throughout the employee’s career.

At WSP, we want to give our employees the challenges they seek to grow their careers and knowledge base.  Your daily contributions to your team will be a key piece in our meeting client objectives, goals and challenges.  Are you ready to get started? 

WSP USA (and all of its US companies) is an Equal Opportunity Employer Race/Age/Color/Religion/Sex/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/National Origin/Disability or Protected Veteran Status.

The selected candidate must be authorized to work in the United States.

Posted June 30, 2021, 11:30 AM PDT

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