Executive Leadership

Engineering Manager


Richardson Executive Search

Engineering Manager Morinville, AB


We have an excellent opportunity for an Engineering Manager to join a leading and competitive municipality. This is a vibrant, fast-paced organization that prides itself on challenging the status quo through innovation and new ideas to modernize the business. This is a great role for a Transportation or Municipal Engineer or an Engineering Consultant that has worked either with or for municipalities. 

The Engineering Manager must be a Civil Engineer with a background in road infrastructure, including paving, grading, bridges, who has worked with stakeholders, such as Alberta Transportation, and can hit the ground running. This is a key leadership position which will be responsible for the administration, performance, and supervision of the engineering functions of the County including infrastructure planning, capital project delivery, land development and asset management.

The Engineering Manager will also be instrumental in building a positive culture for not only the Engineering department staff but also with the external stakeholders, including residents, Council and industry partners. The successful candidate should have a demonstrated track record as a leader, enjoys managing engineering projects and activities for the department, coaching and mentoring the teams area of focus, and contributing as a working manager. Key attributes of this leader should also include adaptability, solution-focused, political savvy and an expert communicator.


Sturgeon County is a growing municipality located north of the City of St. Albert. It serves more than 20,000 residents and is comprised of 2,100 sq. kms which include 35 townships, 185 kms of secondary roads and 1,776 kms of local roads. Sturgeon County is a vibrant municipality made up of farmland, world-class industrial development, and residential acreage developments.

Sturgeon County provides residents with a high standard of living, a wide range of services, including FCSS programming, community events, protective, transportation, and utility services. It is the home of the Alberta Industrial Heartland which is one of the worlds most attractive locations for chemical, petrochemical, oil, and gas investments.

To learn more, visit their website at: https://www.sturgeoncounty.ca/


Engineering Development & Stewardship

  • Consult with the Manager of Transportation and Engineering to evaluate and determine corporate and department priorities, and review and direct the activities of department staff.
  • Liaise with Manager of Transportation and Engineering Services and develop project scope, budget and delivery parameters for infrastructure planning and capital projects.
  • Keep informed regarding new developments in infrastructure standards, and regulations; and recommend changes to County standards.
  • Develop terms of reference, review proposals and manage consultant contracts as necessary to support the work of the department.
  • Continually promote new and applied technology and their potential integration into capital and preservation programs
  • Have a solid understanding and familiarity with the management of assets, primarily focused on road and bridge infrastructure.
  • Ensure that all engineering issues for new development are addressed throughout the planning process.
  • Manage land development activities to ensure that new development of municipal infrastructure conforms to Area Structure Plans, Master Plans, functional studies, design reports, supplementary reports, outline plans, County standard guidelines, provincial standards, and any other relevant documents.
  • Manage land development activities to ensure that engineering concerns and issues are addressed in a responsive and pro-active manner.
  • Lead the preparation of cost estimates for municipal infrastructure improvements and the development of off-site levies or local improvements.
  • Assist in the negotiation of land acquisition and purchase agreements as required.
  • Assist in the management and development and maintenance of suitable databases to support the work of the department, including historical and future information and the ability to present the information graphically and textually.
  • Review, update and recommend new policies and changes to existing policies and guidelines where appropriate.

Project Development & Delivery

  • Plan the department Engineering activities and monitor the progress to ensure projects are completed on time and on budget.
  • Lead the preparation of infrastructure plans for roads, bridges, and drainage systems.
  • Provide project management, technical and administrative assistance to support either contracting or in-house construction of all infrastructure related programs or capital projects.
  • Review and submit all road and utility infrastructure grant applications for construction of new infrastructure.
  • Determine appropriate standard for proposed construction projects and review road designs for compliance.

Departmental Administration, Continuous Improvement & Leadership

  • Establish expectations, professional development plans, provide on-going job performance feedback, mentor, and coach direct reports. Evaluate the performance of their activities and recommend personnel actions to Chief Operating Officer in accordance with policy.
  • Prepare and monitor expenditures of the department budget and report any variances.
  • Respond to public inquiries and complaints related to the County engineering function. Be a lead in the resident engagement process as it relates to the provision of project information through open houses and that information provided to the Countys website.
  • Act as a liaison between the County and the development community, engineering consultants, shallow utilities groups, government agencies and other external agencies, for new development and to properly plan new projects.
  • Represent the County and participate in regional technical committees (i.e., Transportation Advisory Committee).
  • Prepare correspondence, briefings, and reports.
  • Attend Council meetings and report on projects as required.
  • Review County processes to ensure compliance with legislated requirements.

Other Responsibilities

  • Complete special projects as required.
  • Adhere to applicable responsibilities and accountabilities as outlined in the Countys Health and Safety Management System.


  • A degree in Civil Engineering.
  • P.Eng. preferred as eligibility for membership with APEGA is required.
  • Experience with the construction and rehabilitation of an urban and rural road network is necessary. Equivalent education and experience will be considered.
  • 5+ years of supervisory experience is required.
  • Experience in a microcomputer-based environment with a working knowledge of word processing, database and spreadsheet technology is essential with experience in engineering application software desirable.
  • Experience in the municipal environment a definite asset, must have a working knowledge of municipal process and requirements.
  • A valid drivers license and clean drivers abstract is required.


To be successful, the incumbent must possess:

  • Strong leadership and management abilities to motivate, lead, organize and manage direct reports.
  • Excellent presentation and public relations skills including strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience in personnel management.
  • A team player with an attitude of cooperation and the ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to make recommendations and decisions.
  • Excellent negotiation skills.
  • Knowledge of budgeting and monitoring expenditures to ensure compliance to the budget.
  • Ability to plan, organize and supervisor a relevant project ensuring completion in a timely and efficient manner without supervision.
  • Familiarity with local road and utility designs, experience with air photos and infrastructure design drawings.
  • Possess knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning and resource allocation.
  • Proficient computer skills while using Microsoft office programs.


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