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WSP USA Vice President, Environmental/Natural Resources Local Business Leader in Topeka, Kansas

Our Business

We are a global leader in environmental consulting – made stronger with the recent acquisition of Wood’s Environment & Infrastructure business and Golder – with world-class expertise in environmental, social and governance (ESG), climate resiliency & sustainability (CRS), and earth sciences. Combined we have over 20,000 multidisciplinary professionals worldwide collaborating daily to protect and conserve natural landscapes, create firm foundations for communities to stand on, and champion sustainable development to combat climate change.

As part of the team, you will have access to an unparalleled network of resources and endless opportunities to collaborate on exciting projects with diverse teammates from across the globe.

This Opportunity

WSP is currently initiating a search for a Vice President, Environmental/Natural Resources Local Business Leader (LBL) for our Earth & Environment Business in the Plains District . This position would be based in Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, or Nebraska . The candidate will play a key strategic leadership role in the Plains District, working closely with the Plains District Business Line Leader and two other Plains District LBLs (Minnesota / Dakotas and Missouri / Iowa) as we continue to strengthen and expand our existing Earth & Environment practice within the Plains District and beyond. WSP is playing a critical role in the growth and development throughout the Plains District. In Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Nebraska our strategy is focused on state Departments of Transportation (DOTs), the oil and gas industry, renewable energy industry, municipal work, and many others. Services provided include soil and groundwater investigation and remediation, natural and cultural resources permitting and regulatory compliance, due diligence and environmental compliance, dam and levee inspection and design, planning and NEPA, and electric transmission and renewable energy routing and siting. The LBL role also is a leader in leveraging cross collaboration with other WSP business lines such as Property and Buildings (P&B), Energy, Water, Federal, Advisory Services, and PMCM to bring value to our clients. WSP has over 700 professionals in Colorado between all these disciplines.

At WSP, we are driven by inspiring the right people to be part of our Future Ready business objectives. Our devotion to teamwork has allowed us to build communities and expand our skylines. Here at WSP, anything is within our reach and yours as a WSP employee. Come join us and help shape the future!

Your Impact

WSP’s vision is based on a passionate, thoughtful strategy that embraces the four pillars of our business: Clients, People & Culture, Operational Excellence, and Expertise:


  • Drives performance of the Earth and Environment, Plains District business within the noted geographic area and strategically grows our market share to fulfill our goal that WSP become the preferred, trusted advisor to our clients.

  • Manages local client coordination and cross-selling efforts in coordination with Team Leads, other LBLs, District, Region, National Business Lines, and Pursuit Management.

  • Integrates as the “face of the company” locally and across the geographic region with clients, industry, and within WSP.

  • Brings an expanded view and integrated response to complex challenges by leveraging our full suite of offerings across all end markets.

  • Utilizes our extended reach of technical and subject matter experts (SMEs) across regions, districts, offices and the globe to foster new and innovative client delivery.

People & Culture

  • Works with designated Team Leads within the geographic area, other LBLs, and the District Business Line Leader to attract the best industry talent by fostering a work environment that is collaborative, values inclusion and diversity and invites broad, creative thinking – crafting a more attractive place to work, grow and thrive.

  • Collaborates closely with Team Leads within geographic area to promote WSP culture, employee satisfaction, and performance.

  • Emphasizes employee training and development to create a unique work experience.

  • Inspires, motivates and promotes the best of WSP to our clients and communities to ensure strong employee engagement and morale.

  • Supports programs such as Safety, Sustainability and Ethics & Compliance

Operational Excellence

  • Optimizes the client and employee experience through regular reviews while embracing process improvement.

  • Focuses on innovation and collaboration with a focus on maintaining and improving quality.

  • Develops local growth, forecast and business development strategy in collaboration with Team Leads, LBLs, District, Region and National Business Line Leaders.

  • Resolves conflict and other internal/external issues that may arise in the office, amongst WSP’s client base, or on projects.

  • Collaborates with regional, district leaders and other area leaders to strategically drive the business, assess and suggest improvements for project performance, oversee overhead expenditures, and focus on Key Performance Indicators (KPIs): Sales, Funding, EBITDA, Staff Hiring and Retention, DSO, Utilization, Backlog, Inclusion & Diversity and Guiding Principles.


  • Leverages our broad technical experience to enhance current and new service offerings.

  • Fosters the development of new and emerging innovations to remain the trusted thought leaders in our industry.

  • Advances the strategic direction of the district and region in the location of responsibility for sustained and continued growth consistent within the context of the strategic plan.

  • Encourages, supports and promotes the technical and professional development of local WSP staff

Who You Are

Required Qualifications

  • Minimum of 15 years of experience with a college degree or equivalent experience in the environmental consulting industry with a strong focus in the geographic area of interest.

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Sciences, Biology, Geography, Planning, Business, Engineering, or related discipline.

  • Demonstrated experience of leadership, personal accountability, persistence, and growth.

  • Strongly established relevant client relationships and industry contacts in the local area.

  • Ability to innovate and re-think the conventional approach to client and employee engagement.

  • Strong business acumen with an aptitude for improving processes.

  • Sound decision-making, strategic and visionary thinking, and creative business development capabilities across a multi-disciplined practice.

  • Commitment to internal and external client service.

  • Exercise responsible and ethical decision-making regarding company funds, resources and conduct and adhere to WSP’s Code of Conduct and related policies and procedures.

About WSP

WSP USA is the U.S. operating company of WSP, 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 buildings, transportation, energy, water and environment markets. With more than 15,000 employees in over 300 offices across the U.S., we partner with our clients to help communities prosper.


WSP provides a flexible and agile workplace model while meeting client needs. Employees are also afforded a comprehensive suite of benefits including medical, dental, vision, disability, life, and retirement savings focused on 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 essential in meeting client objectives, goals and challenges. Are you ready to get started?

WSP USA (and all of its U.S. 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.


WSP does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters, employment agencies, or other staffing services. Unsolicited resumes include any resume or hiring document sent to WSP in the absence of a signed Service Agreement where WSP has expressly requested recruitment/staffing services specific to the position at hand. Any unsolicited resumes, including those submitted to hiring managers or other business leaders, will become the property of WSP and WSP will have the right to hire that candidate without reservation – no fee or other compensation will be owed or paid to the recruiter, employment agency, or other staffing service.