Transdev Chief Operating Officer of VTMI in Lombard, Illinois


Transdev, is the largest private sector operator of multiple modes of passenger transportation in North America, providing bus, rail, paratransit, shuttle, sedan and taxi services. We manage over 200 transportation contracts for cities, transit, rail and airport authorities providing safe, sustainable and innovative mobility, maintenance and construction solutions.

The Chief Operating Officer of VTMI provides strategic leadership for the VTMI Maintenance of Way and Construction business. This includes responsibility for management of the P & L, operations, projects, the bid process, maintaining strong client relationships, and a key focus on safety.


  • Develops the construction, repair and maintenance strategic planning and direction for VTMI; develops and manages project and department budgets.

  • Oversees all MOW construction activities through subordinates; ensures that work team has required skills and knowledge for book of business; ensures that projects have sufficient supplies, tools, and equipment to complete projects on time and within budget.

  • Leads business development activities to enable growth targets to be met.

  • Cooperates and coordinates with other public agencies to ensure appropriate scheduling and public information.

  • Ensures that all construction, repair, and maintenance activities comply with existing contracts.

  • Responds to escalated issues that will interfere with safety and/or the timely completion of projects within budget.

  • Understands labor market for rail construction; works with recruiting to source and hire appropriate staff and contractors for projects under management; applies creative strategies to obtain the right skills for the project at hand.

  • Ensures project compliance with corporate policies, procedures, safety regulations and operating rules; ensures workforce compliance with all relevant safety rules and procedures

  • Ensures that all completed projects are closed according to company policy and code requirements; presents project updates and completion summaries to leadership.

  • Maintains strong, strategic relationships with vendors for contractors, materials, and supplies.

Other duties as required.


Education, Licensing, and Certifications :

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Construction Management, Transportation, or related field required.

Experience :

  • Field and years of experience required: Five (5) or more years of relevant rail management experience/construction experience

  • Eight (8) or more years’ management/supervisory experience required

Skills and Knowledge Required:

  • Strong ability to deal with rail authorities and state and local government

  • Knowledge of federal and state employment laws

  • Ability to apply labor agreements and manage a unionized workforce

  • Ability manage costs and financial/budget experience managing multiple locations and projects

  • Knowledge of General Code of Operating Rules (GCOR)

  • Thorough knowledge of laws, ordinances and regulations underlying the transit operation

  • Ability to direct and oversee contracts and related subcontractors

  • Ability to read, interpret and apply documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions and procedure manuals.

  • Ability to read and interpret blue prints, schematics, and other mechanical diagrams

  • Working knowledge and proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel and project management programs

  • Strong written and oral communication skills; excellent presentation skills; ability to influence people at all levels of the organization; strong negotiation skills

  • Ability to organize and perform work efficiently; strong attention to details

  • Ability to work effectively with labor; including labor grievances and negotiations

Physical Requirements:

  • Must be able to work shifts or flexible work schedules as needed, including evening and weekend speaking and information gathering meetings

  • May be required to work and respond to emergencies at any time of the day or night in emergency situations

  • Some outside activity to visit construction sites

  • Work is primarily accomplished in an office or in a cubicle space equipped with a telephone and computer in air conditions or well ventilated facilities

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The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions upon request.

Transdev is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer and welcomes all qualified applicants. Applicants will receive fair and impartial consideration without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic data, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion or other legally protected status, or any other classification protected by federal, state, or local law. EEO is the Law Poster:

Drug free workplace

If based in the United States, applicants must be eligible to work in US without restrictions for any employer at any time; be able to pass a drug screen and background check

Job Locations US-IL-Lombard

Posted Date 1 week ago

Requisition ID 2017-7147

Position Category Management & Above

Internal Reference 000

Company/Division Transdev Inc. (Corporate)