Vanderlande North America

Project Lead Engineer

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Job Overview:

Vanderlande’s Engineering Department is responsible for the design, specification and commissioning of material handling systems for our customers. In this position you will be responsible for leading an engineering project group focused on targeted customer(s) or market area(s). The Project Lead Engineering works closely with the Project Manager and Project Team. The Project Lead Engineering reports directly to the Regional Manager, Eastern Canada with a strong connection to our North American and Dutch Engineering Group.



Manage technical solution:

  • Responsible for delivery of (sub-)systems with the right quality
  • Technical sparring partner to customer and other external parties
  • Steers towards maximum application of Vanderlande standards (platform) both internal and external
  • Execute the health and safety analysis and ensures implementation thereof in the design
  • Support sales in bid- and contract phase

Manage planning:

  • Creates the project plan / planning engineering and organizes accordingly
  • Reports and manages planning updates throughout the whole chain
  • Makes periodical Project Status Rapport (PSR) including risk and opportunities
  • Is linking pin towards Supply Chain and Procurement
  • Challenges estimates and challenges engineers to work efficiently

Manage budget:

  • Steer and reports LE and explains deviations
  • Create split up
  • Manage scope modifications
  • Pro-actively manage risks and create and realize opportunities to improve CM
  • Report on latest estimate (monthly)

Lead a team:

  • Create organization chart for the engineering scope and build a team accordingly
  • Lead the team in executing all activities, including subcontractors
  • Give technical support to the project team
  • Is responsible to execute the project according the Vanderlande process map
  • Coordinate closely with IM's and PLE's of other work packages

Continuous improvement:

  • Make improvement proposals of product, process and tooling, and execute / lead these improvements
  • Is responsible for project evaluation of the engineering scope and is proactive in rolling back lessons learned


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or equivalent
  • Minimum 10 years of experience with engineering and implementing of highly complex and large scale material handling systems
  • Minimum 5 years of proven leadership experience
  • Willing and able to travel up to 15% and go abroad for 6 – 8 weeks for training
  • Must be able to obtain a security clearance pass



  • Manager capacity and skills in an international environment with affinity for intercultural aspects
  • Insight into development possibilities of employees
  • Independence in a great extent for complex (political) problems
  • Able to manage efficiently and effectively with vision
  • Able to lead a specialized team responsible for complex project(s)
  • Point out and lead the realization of synergy advantages between projects (also outside the group)
  • Ability to read and understand architectural, mechanical & structural drawings
  • Ability to work effectively in team environment incorporating engineering, sales and management functions
  • Proactive and hands on work ethic
  • Strong team-oriented mentality and acceptance of responsibility for project completion
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written skills, experience with Microsoft Office Suite
  • Good organizational skills as required for handling multiple drawings and tasks
  • Able to make the translation of the department strategy to a clear vision of how the group and individual employees should function in short and long term
  • Able to give interpretation at the realization of that systematic (year/multiple year) plan
  • Shows entrepreneurship and market oriented awareness


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