Lead Fire Protection Consultant

Job Description

Posted on: 
September 6, 2023

WSP is currently initiating a search for a Full-Time Lead Fire Protection Consultant for our New York, NY office. Other locations considered include Arlington, VA; Atlanta, GA; and Columbia, MD. This search is for a dynamic and experienced FPE and will play a crucial role within our group.

This position will be responsible for providing technical expertise, and guidance as a mentor to ensure the highest quality of fire protection and life safety solutions. The successful candidate will lead the development and execution of fire protection and life safety strategies, foster a culture of technical excellence, drive innovation, and uphold our high standard of care, particularly in the context of building and fire code consulting.


  • Technical Excellence
    o    Oversee the design and implementation of state-of-the-art fire protection and life safety systems.
    o    Provide expert technical guidance and solutions to ensure compliance with industry standards, building codes, and regulations.
    o    Drive continuous improvement in design methodologies and technological advancements to enhance the quality of fire protection and life safety solutions.
    o    Act as a subject matter expert in the areas of building and fire codes, fire alarm and sprinkler design, and the industry standard of care.
  • Building Code Consulting
    o    Lead building code consulting efforts, providing expert guidance to clients and project teams to ensure compliance with local, state, and national building codes and regulations.
    o    Stay current with evolving building codes and contribute to the development of company-wide strategies for code compliance.
    o    Experience with a wide range of complex projects and occupancy types (high-rise buildings, large campus arrangements, mixed use developments, healthcare facilities, governmental facilities, etc.)
  • Project Excellence
    o    Collaborate with project managers and cross-functional teams to ensure the highest quality of fire protection and life safety solutions for a diverse portfolio of projects.
    o    Review and approve project designs, calculations, and documentation to ensure accuracy and adherence to standards.
    o    Maintain a deep understanding of industry best practices, codes, regulations, and emerging trends in fire protection and life safety engineering.
    o    Ensure that the fire protection and life safety practice consistently meets and exceeds the established standard of care for all projects.
  • Contribute to the overall business development of the company.

Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's Degree or Master's in Fire Protection Engineering or related discipline; or equivalent working experience in the fire protection industry.
  • Professional Engineering (PE) license required; additional certifications (such as CFPS, PMP) are advantageous.
  • Proven experience (7+ years) in the industry, the last 2 of which should be as a project manager for several significant projects.
  • A passion for innovation, continuous learning, and staying updated with industry advancements.
  • A deep understanding of Building and Fire Codes, Standards, and Regulations (IBC, NFPA, UFC, OBO, etc).  
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to collaborate effectively with clients, project teams, and regulatory authorities. The ability to convey complex technical concepts to both technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Ability to strategically assess and implement technological advancements in fire protection and life safety engineering.
  • Must be flexible to a variety of schedules to meet business needs and able to prioritize responsibilities and quickly adapt to change in a pressure work environment.
  • Occasional travel may be required depending on project-specific requirements.
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