Vanderlande North America

Project Director

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The Project Director is responsible for the successful delivery of our Baggage Handling Systems at airports. This Project Director must have a proven track record with demonstrable positive results in the delivery of large (greater than $50M), complex projects or programs from Material Handling Systems, General Construction or other related fields.


Builds and organizes multi-disciplined team(s) of Site Managers, Supervisors, Engineers, Planners, Administrators, and others as required to lead delivery of large and complex projects in excess of $50M or groups of projects comprising multi-year programs at select large airports.

  • Leading project teams through sales, pre-construction (systems engineering), execution, and closedown phases.
  • Leads the administrative, commercial, technical and financial management and control of all assigned projects.
  • Establishes team expectations based upon corporate objectives
  • Puts mechanisms and processes in place to ensure expectations are fulfilled
  • Creates and maintains continuous improvement loop to monitor performance and improvement opportunities.
  • Coordinates with external stakeholders from middle management to C-Level stakeholders to deliver program requirements while protecting Vanderlande interests.
  • Coordinates with Government and Authority Having Jurisdiction; as well as city, state, and federal governments to fully comply with the law.
  • Develops and maintains appropriate relationships with labor, including local unions, to ensure successful project delivery.
  • Puts organization in place to address requirements of internal stakeholders.
  • Serves as a proactive leader and problem solver to address complex issues and situations as they arise.
  • Implements and leads program level Risk Management process.
  • Mentors project team members.
  • Sufficient understanding to contract law to successfully negotiate and execute prime contracts, subcontracts, and change orders.
  • Leads training, development, and evaluation of the performance of all reporting employees. Works with other department managers in reference to the needs and performance of members on the project teams.
  • Directly supports sales activities as required.



  • BS in Engineering, Construction Management, or similar technical field.
  • Minimum 10 years Project Management experience of increasing responsibility leading teams in delivery of large, complex projects ($50M+) with demonstrable positive results;
  • Delivery of projects in Fixed Price and Cost Reimbursable methods.
  • Direct experience with government contracting requirements for project delivery. 
  • Exceptional and demonstrable leadership capabilities in creating unified and motivated project teams.
  • Exceptional communication skills.
  • Strong, independent decision-making ability.
  • Solid and demonstrable negotiating skills.
  • Strong business acumen who understands “Thinks Big Picture”.
  • Experience leading delivery execution of complex projects such as material handling systems, institutional or manufacturing facilities, or similarly complex projects.
  • Professional Engineer or similar credential.
  • Graduate Degree (technical or MBA)
  • Exposure to European, American and Canadian cultures.
  • Airport, baggage handling system, airline, or similar experience. 
  • Pre-existing relationships with airports, airlines or baggage handling systems.
  • Travel, as required for position.



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