Vice President, Project Management

Full Time

Voestalpine Group

Job description We are looking for a Director / Vice President, Project Management to join our team. Reporting to the Senior Vice President, Foundry & Fixation Operations, the Director / Vice President is responsible for leading the project management function to support the company’s growth and success. The ideal candidate will possess a strong background in project management within the manufacturing industry, a strategic mindset, and excellent leadership and communication skills. If you are a results-oriented professional with a passion for driving operational excellence, we invite you to apply for this position and contribute to the success of our organization.

TASKS & RESPONSIBILITIES: SAFETY: Safely interacts with plant employees when in the plants and with customers when in the field. Follows all safety requirements and procedures. Completes Behaviour Based Safety (BBS) audits when in Plant locations. Encourages all employees to conduct their work safely.

QUALITY: Oversee the entire project lifecycle to ensure compliance with quality standards and customer requirements. Implement quality control measures and regular quality checks throughout project phases. Collaborate with the Quality Assurance team to develop, support, and enforce quality procedures and processes. Develop tools and processes to support proactive project progress and status communication both internally and professionally to customers.

Develop professional templates and prepare professional communications for both internal and external stakeholders. Ensure compliance with relevant regulatory requirements, quality standards, and best practices in project management within the manufacturing industry. ON-TIME DELIVERY: Manage our external project portfolio across our Plants including understanding and managing contracts, scope, budget, timelines, risks, issues, and project resources. Manage, coordinate, resolve and/or proactively escalate project challenges in a timely manner.

Establish schedules and plans to achieve project goals and targets independently. Collaborates with Customers & Sales to understand project schedules and priorities on receipt of NTP or PO and works in coordination with Central Planning and Engineering to establish project schedules for company-wide projects considering creative, but realistic solutions to reduce project lead times where possible. Work with Central Planning to communicate project delays and project re-prioritization subsequent to award. Develop and implement project management processes, tools, and best practices to drive continuous improvement in project execution and delivery.

Establish project plans, including scope, goals, timelines, and resources allocation, and monitor project progress to identify and mitigate risks and issues. Coordinate with various departments and teams to ensure seamless execution and timely completion of project tasks. COST: Identify cost-saving opportunities and seek creative solutions to improve profitability without compromising safety, quality, on-time delivery, project objectives, and goals. Monitor project costs throughout the project lifecycle and work with the team to mitigate cost overruns, ensure the value from project scope and schedule changes are captured.

Manage and monitor the Change Order Management Process with the Project Management Team to ensure changes orders (all scope and schedule delays) are documented, reviewed with sales, communicated to customers, approved, negotiated, and invoiced. Monitor, manage, present, and negotiate project change orders with customers. Track and understand the financial implications of decisions on overall project budgets, presenting recovery plans when costs are higher than expected. PEOPLE: Set performance targets to help individual team members take steps towards achieving their personal goals and the team’s long-term goals.

Work with the PM team to communicate “lessons learned” as they arise on projects closing the loop with relevant Nortrak teams to ensure that ongoing learning is applied to future projects. Facilitate effective and respectful communication among project stakeholders, including customers, contractors, suppliers, and internal teams to achieve company goals. Align the team, methodologies, and project objectives with the organization’s goals and strategies. Lead the preparation and delivery of the Critical Project Review meeting.

Collaborate with cross-functional teams, including engineering, operations, sales, and finance, to align project objectives, milestones, and deliverables with overall business strategies. Act as a strategic partner and advisor to senior management, providing regular project updates, performance metrics, and recommendations to drive business growth and achieve organizational goals. Lead the selection, training, and development of project management staff, fostering a high-performance culture and ensuring the team has the skills and resources required for successful project execution. ENVIRONMENTAL: Adhere to Nortrak’s Environmental Procedures, Practices and Policies.

Qualifications QUALITIFCATIONS: REQUIRED COMPETENCIES & SKILLS: Understand SAP S4/HANA system, its functionalities, and data structures. Familiarity with SAP’s Project Management module is beneficial. Familiarity with government procurement contracts is an asset. Demonstrate a strong foundation in core project management principles, methodologies, and best practices (including project planning, resource management, scheduling, risk management, and cost control).

Ability to analyze complex situations, evaluate options, and select the best course of action to achieve project and customer goals. Strong strategic thinking and problem-solving abilities, with a focus on driving results and achieving operational excellence. Ability to summarize, work with, and synthesize data using Excel and other data tools. Exceptional communication and presentation skills, both written and verbal, with the ability to effectively interact with stakeholders at all levels of the organization.

Proactive and innovative mindset, with a strong drive for continuous improvement and operational effectiveness. EDUCATION: Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Business Administration, or a related field. Master’s degree preferred. Professional certifications in project management (e.g., PMP, PRINCE2) are highly desirable.

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE: Minimum of 10 years of progressive experience in project management roles, preferably within the manufacturing industry. At least 5 years in a senior leadership capacity. Experience working in a manufacturing environment is an asset. Proven track record of successfully building a Project Management Team.

PHYSCIAL DEMANDS: Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer. Occasional standing, walking, stooping, kneeling, crouching or climbing. Must be able to lift or handle up to 25 pounds at times. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

Occasional travel may be required which includes walking, standing, sitting and driving from short to long periods of time. What we offer BENEFITS: A supportive, family oriented Nortrak Blue culture. We provide an environment where Health and Safety is our 1 priority. Career development opportunities and competitive pay progression.

Competitive medical, dental & vision benefits. Company paid life and disability insurance. Paid holidays and vacation. Retirement plan with matching contributions.

Tuition Assistance Program. Wellness Program. Employee Assistance Program. Employee Recognition Programs.

Introduction Get Your Career On Track Company profile voestalpine Railway Systems Nortrak, with ten production facilities across Canada, US and Mexico, is North America’s leading designer and manufacturer of special trackwork for the railway industry. As the industry’s technology leader, we take pride in providing superior products, excellent customer service and unbeatable engineering design services to our customers. We are committed to bringing innovative solutions, products and services to our customers across rail freight and transit segments. Nortrak Blue Family Culture Nortrak Blue is our way of life and our commitment to our united Nortrak Family.We live Nortrak Blue through our values of Respect, Responsibility, Curiosity, Courage, Passion, and Diversity.

As a Nortrak family, Safety is our 1 commitment to our employees and Quality is our 1 commitment to our customers. voestalpine Railway Systems Nortrak (“Nortrak”) is a subsidiary of voestalpine AG ( one of Europe’s premier steel producers with over 50,000 employees worldwide. Nortrak is closely affiliated with voestalpine’s Railway Systems group which operates in 21 countries across the globe to provide cutting edge system-based solutions to railroads and transits. Our website is voestalpine Railway Systems Nortrak is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, and any other federal, state, or locally protected classifications.