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 to lead a team of skilled professional and technical staff in a variety of survey projects. You will be supported by senior technical specialist with extensive market relationships. 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.

While working collaboratively with other McElhanney branches in a strong team environment, the Division Manager will also be responsible for contributing to branch and regional strategic planning, controlling division budgets and scopes, as well as development of new and existing business, marketing of the branch’s services, and liaising with clients on project matters. 
At McElhanney, we are committed to fostering a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion which celebrates the successes 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!

Live & Work in Cowichan Valley:
Life on Vancouver Island offers you an alternative to the cost and congestion of a city without giving up professional development. From the lush, green forests and stunning orchards to award-winning vineyards and miles of pristine coastline, there’s always something new to quench your thirst for the fresh outdoors in the Cowichan Valley. Come and work with us, get rid of your commute, and live the Vancouver Island lifestyle!

Deadline to apply: March. 10, 2023

Our Duncan Branch, conveniently located in the heart of the Cowichan Valley, has had a survey presence in one form or another since the 1970’s.  We are a branch in growth mode.  We have a small team of civil engineers, one planner and our survey team currently comprising of two field crews (with plenty of opportunity to grow), one CAD tech and two BCLS. We perform engineering, construction and legal survey projects from simple boundary lot surveys, subdivision to large land act surveys and complex boundary resolutions. 

Vaccination Requirement:
In accordance with the recommendations and guidance provided by government health authorities, McElhanney strongly encourages all employees to get fully vaccinated to protect themselves and others against the health and safety risks and the transmission of COVID-19 to others.  This position requires that the successful candidate is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and as such, proof of vaccination will be required prior to the first day of employment. McElhanney will consider all accommodation required due to a protected ground under applicable human rights legislation.

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 a very 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 plans.  Establish 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.
  • Possession of a current Canada Lands Surveyor (CLS) commission is an asset. Obtaining a CLS commission will be a requirement.
  • A proven track record of deploying technology 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
  • A modern office building conveniently located in central area with on-site parking
  • Competitive salary with a one-time signing bonus of $20,000 and participation in our generous Performance Bonus Plan
  • 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
This role is designated as a safety sensitive position.

For a full review of our projects, please visit our online portfolio:

Application Instructions

Please include the following in your application:

  1. An updated resume that is relevant to the position
  2. A cover letter that includes:
  • Why do you want this role?
  • What relevant experience do you have?
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 1,100 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.
Our Purpose:  Amaze our clients. Care for our communities. Empower our people.

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

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Department: Management & Leadership
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