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Stantec Innovation Portfolio Manager in Overland Park, Kansas

Innovation Portfolio Manager - ( 230004PQ )


Many of the world’s top engineers and scientists come together in our Water business because they view a community’s interaction with water a bit differently—as a single holistic system, rather than unconnected networks divided by jurisdictional boundaries. Working throughout the hydrologic cycle, we are delivering sustainable solutions to make sure water is where it should be and available when needed. Our experts guide our work with scientific rigor, an innovative spirit, and a vision for growth. Every day, we help communities improve, reuse, and protect this precious resource for future generations. By 2025 we’re hiring 2,000 people (like you) to join our team. Grow with us, H2O+U.

Your Opportunity

This Innovation Portfolio Manager will be responsible for advancement of research and digital tools and technologies focused on the water, wastewater, biosolids and energy sectors. The role will liaise with Sector Leaders and sector professionals, Water Delivery Center, Applied Research Group, Regional Delivery Leads, and team members within the Water Business Operating Unit (BOU) Office of Innovation & Technology. The role will be leading and driving our innovation in two key priority areas: 1. development of digital tools to enhance our process engineering delivery (bio, phys-chem, other) and 2. applied research. The professional will report to the Director of Innovation and Technology.

Your Key Responsibilities

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • Lead and drive critical research projects in the wastewater, biosolids and energy and water sectors in collaboration with the sector leadership and applied research group. While the professional may not be directly responsible for implementing research, they may serve as a principal investigator or guide/research mentor, or subject matter expert as required for the project.

  • Drive the development of process engineering, O&M focused and/or system planning/design digital tools to support the project implementation process. This will include projects defined by the Digital Delivery Steering Group and push innovation projects ideated by and driven by the professional.

  • Collaborate with the OI&T team to build a strong Innovation group and culture across the water business.

  • Effectively leverage new and emergent technologies in support of water digitalization and delivery practice and innovation efforts.

  • Key point of contact with select customer-advisory groups set up to provide market-intelligence, user requirements and expectations and early feedback on the digitalization efforts.

  • Support the Director of Water Innovation & Technology in internal informational sessions and messaging to keep key stakeholders in the Water BOU (e.g., sector leaders, regional growth leaders, etc.) informed of progress, KPIs, etc.

In addition, the professional will:

  • serve as an innovation coach for select greenlight and other “pull-innovation” submissions from Water BOU professionals.

  • collaborate on pilot-scale and/or large bench-scale testing of water/wastewater treatment processes and technologies; and

  • as necessary, support the Director of Innovation and Technology to drive related innovation initiatives within the Water BOU.

Utilization Expectations

  • It is anticipated that this professional will spend approximately 30%-35% of their time supporting MBD and project delivery based on their specific knowledge and skill sets. Note that the priorities and expectations of this role are based on research and innovation.


Your Capabilities and Credentials

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Process engineering (water, wastewater or biosolids/energy) including advanced process modeling.

  • Ability to think strategically and act tactically.

  • Strong analytical skills.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Excellent problem-solving skills.

  • Ability to independently manage multiple priorities.

  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work within all levels of an organization.

  • Expert level Microsoft product user; Office365 Suite including Visio and Project

  • Functional knowledge of common industry products; Bluebeam, Autodesk Platform Products, Bentely products, ESRI products

  • Willingness to develop and enhance low-code/no-code skill sets.

Essential Attributes

  • Technical Expertise

  • Organized

  • Communication

  • Initiative

  • Customer Service Oriented

  • Detail Oriented

  • Teamwork

Education and Experience

  • PhD in a technical discipline 6 years of work experience as a process engineer in water, wastewater or biosolids/energy

Typical office environment working with computers and working at a desk for long periods of time. Field work may include exposure to the elements including inclement weather.

This description is not a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that may be required of the employee and other duties, responsibilities and activities may be assigned or may be changed at any time with or without notice.

Stantec is a place where the best and brightest come to build on each other’s talents, do exciting work, and make an impact on the world around us. Join us and redefine your personal best.

Benefits Summary: Regular full-time and part-time employees have access to medical, dental, and vision plans, a wellness program, health saving accounts, flexible spending accounts, 401(k) plan, employee stock purchase program, life and accidental death & dismemberment (AD&D) insurance, short-term/long-term disability plans, emergency travel benefits, tuition reimbursement, professional membership fee coverage and paid family leave. Regular full-time and part-time employees will receive ten paid holidays in each calendar year. In addition, employees will be eligible to accrue vacation between 10 and 20 days per year and eligible for paid sick leave (and if more generous, in accordance with state and local law).

Temporary/casual employees have access to 401(k) plans, employee stock purchase program, and paid leave, in accordance with state and local law.

The benefits information listed above may not apply to union positions because benefits for such positions are governed by applicable collective bargaining agreements.

Primary Location : United States-Missouri-St. Louis

Other Locations : United States-Kansas-Overland Park

Work Locations :

St Louis MO

Organization : BC-2243 Water-US Delivery

Employee Status : Regular

Job Level : Individual Contributor

Travel : Yes, 25 % of the Time

Schedule : Full-time

Job Posting : Nov 21, 2023, 7:23:55 AM

Req ID: 230004PQ

Stantec provides equal employment opportunities to all qualified employees and applicants for future and current employment and prohibit discrimination on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, disability, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. We prohibit discrimination in decisions concerning recruitment, hiring, referral, promotion, compensation, fringe benefits, job training, terminations or any other condition of employment. Stantec is in compliance with local, state and federal laws and regulations and ensures equitable opportunities in all aspects of employment. EEO including Disability/Protected Veterans