Project Executive

Job area Project management
Location Marietta (Atlanta), United States of America
Contract type Full time

As a subsidiary of Toyota Industries (TICO), Vanderlande North America is enjoying rapid growth and extraordinary market demand.   Vanderlande is a global market leader in material handling system manufacture, design, installation, and service.  Vanderlande systems employ the latest in robotic, mechanical, and software technology.   Vanderlande’s customers are household names in e-commerce, package delivery, and air transportation. 

Project Executive:

The Project Executive is responsible for the successful delivery of our Material Handling Systems at major distribution hubs and Warehousing facilities throughout North America. This Project Executive must have a proven track record with demonstrable positive results as the responsible manager in charge in the delivery of large (greater than $100M) and complex projects or programs in the Material Handling, General Construction, or similar project-driven industries.


  • Builds and organizes multi-disciplined team(s) of Project Manager(s), Site Managers, Engineers, Planners, Administrators, and others as required to lead delivery of large and complex projects in excess of $100M or groups of projects comprising multi-year programs at select distribution hubs in North America.
  • 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 including but not limited to Building Department, Building Permit Contractor, OSHA, FMI, TSA, Fire Department, EPA, DOL, Port Authority, Airport Authority; 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.

 Required Qualifications and Skills:

  • BS in Engineering, Construction Management, or similar technical field.
  • Experience working with Amazon Transportation and Logistics
  • Minimum 10 years Project Management experience of increasing responsibility leading teams in delivery of large, complex projects with demonstrable positive results; including at least 7 years of experience as the responsible person in charge.
  • 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 – must have command presence.
  • Customer facing – Ability to deal with challenging and rapidly changing customer requirements
  • Strong, independent decision-making ability.
  • Solid and demonstrable negotiating skills.
  • Travel, as required for position.
  • 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.

 Desired Qualifications and Skills:

  • Professional Engineer or similar credential.
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) or similar credential.
  • LEED AP Accredited Professional.
  • Graduate Degree (technical or MBA)
  • Exposure to European and American cultures.
  • Pre-existing relationships with Amazon, DHL, UPS, FedEx, or similar.
  • Ability to coordinate tasks in a small team.
  • Ability to work in an entrepreneurial international organization, especially working within a project organization, where cooperating with others and being a team member is a natural.

Position Type

This is a full-time position


This position requires up to 50% travel.  

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