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Business:  Kalmar
Job Function:  Project Management

Paramount, US

Project Director

Kalmar keeps global trade moving. Our innovative solutions contribute to every fourth container movement in the world and help transform the future of cargo handling. We believe in collaboration, delivering on our promises and that people make the difference.

Making your next move count

Interested in leading the industrial revolution and being the managing director for large scale automation projects including massive robots, deployed to the heart of the biggest cities in the world, that enable our global logistic chain to operate more efficiently, safely and with a smaller environmental footprint?

This is what we do: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BS2pDcJt6ec

More about us: https://www.kalmarglobal.com/automation/

Purpose of the position

Kalmar is now looking for a seasoned Project Director to lead our Ports and Intermodal projects in the Americas.

The Project Director will organize, manage, and plan high value and complex projects for the organization’s Terminal Automation Solutions Division. This position will report to the Vice President of Customer and Project Services and will be located in the Los Angeles, CA area.

Role will include working in a global matrix organization, together with manufacturing locations and competence centres, and local market area organization. Project team will be built with a variable amount of direct reports, experts from the global matrix and selected subcontractors and vendors.

Essential duties and responsibilities
  • Acts as managing director of short and long term projects including large scale automation projects in the Americas
  • Profit & loss responsibility towards the relevant business lines and project steering group
  • Contract Management
  • Financial and Project Control
  • Leadership, management, recruitment and development of direct and indirect reports and subcontractors
  • Project resource management
  • Consolidates project plan from subplans
  • Proactively addresses questions, concerns, and/or complaints throughout the project 
  • Acts as a liaison between company, customers, and vendors.
  • Conducts risk assessments; reports identified risks to management; provides recommendations for mitigation of risk (including termination of the project if appropriate).
  • Ownership of master schedule and steers consolidation of subschedules
  • Drives change management, decision maker on changes to project plan
  • Critical project decisions
  • Drives continuous improvement and steers lessons learned
  • Communicates and collaborates with sales and marketing teams to provide training and information required to promote and sell new projects, programs, and systems.
  • Ensures compliance with federal, state, local, industry, contractual, safety and company regulations, standards, specifications, and best practices.
What you’ll need to succeed:
  • +5 years Project Management and Contract Management Experience
  • Experience and knowledge around automation, software development and heavy machinery
  • Experience in marine and/or intermodal container terminals preferred
  • Ability to work and lead in a global matrix organization combining many different cultures and ways of working
  • Lead with purpose and ability to set and follow clear priorities, goals and objectives in very complex and demanding environment
  • Able to interact fluently with all levels of the organization internally and externally
  • Ability to travel domestically and internationally
  • Bachelor's or Master’s degree
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills
  • Outstanding interpersonal and customer relations skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Time management skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Effective supervisory and leadership skills
  • Ability to prioritize and delegate tasks effectively
  • Ability to quickly learn about the project and product being developed and delivered
  • Ability to understand complex technical solutions and have dialogue in all levels of the organization internally and externally
  • Proficient with Google Office Suite, SAP, MS Project and Salesforce
You will be part of:

We offer you a challenging, rewarding and diverse working environment where we value passion and commitment. You will be surrounded by highly motivated, engaged and skilled teams working with state-of-the-art projects and technology in a global environment with a joint vision of revolutionizing the industry together.

Our competitive compensation, bonus and benefits package includes 401(k), medical, dental, vision and life insurance plans with paid vacation and ten paid holidays.

This is who we are: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7283CqJMNw   

This is the Kalmar family: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lkQCu5s8gNI

This is where we are going: https://www.youtube.com/user/KalmarGlobal 


Kalmar is part of Cargotec

Kalmar offers the widest range of cargo handling solutions and services to ports, terminals, distribution centres and to the heavy industry. Kalmar is the industry forerunner in terminal automation and in energy efficient container handling, with one in four container movements around the globe being handled by a Kalmar solution. Through its extensive product portfolio, global service network and ability to enable a seamless integration of different terminal processes, Kalmar improves the efficiency of every move. www.kalmarglobal.com


Kalmar is part of Cargotec. Cargotec's sales in 2018 totalled approximately EUR 3.3 billion and it employs around 12,000 people. www.cargotec.com


We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Nearest Major Market: Los Angeles