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Director of Project Management in Rancho Cordova, CA at NEC America

Date Posted: 11/8/2018

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Job Title:

Director of Project Management (Rancho Cordova, CA)

Job Code:


Organization Name:

Advanced Recognition Systems

Reporting Relationship:

Senior Director, Systems Implementation & Delivery


Directs the activities of the Project Management Office of the Advanced Recognition Systems Division. Responsible for ensuring all projects adhere to scope, schedule, and budget while maintaining profitability and meeting revenue forecasts.  This role requires a strong leader who can prioritize activities and has strong decision making abilities.  A results oriented leader who effectively utilizes resources to accomplish current objectives is required, with the vision and foresight to incorporate future planning into their strategy.  Leadership of the Project Management Office includes the administration of the department, but a focus on results oriented deliveries is the primary task.

This position is a key role within the organization, providing tremendous impact to customer satisfaction and growth.  Experience with biometric solutions (fingerprint, face, and iris) is required to provide the foundation for sound decision making.  Soft skills including the ability to develop relationships with customers, work with other department heads, and mentor their staff are also key to success.  A cross-functional matrix organization is provided, and requires the Director to manage a broad portfolio of projects across multiple verticals (both domestically and abroad).

The Director position requires strong analytical skills and effective change management to ensure planning and execution meet the organization’s objectives.  Risk management and planning is a necessary component of the position, providing direction and guidance on mitigation.  Experience in waterfall and Agile project deliveries is required. 

Strong financial acument is a prerequisite as the position has direct P&L responsibility.  The ability to accurately forecast cost and revenue buildup, in tandem with customer satisfaction, are key objectives of the Director position. 

Excellent presentation abilities will aid the Director in keeping clients and executive management informed of current and future activities.  The successful candidate will be comfortable in presenting to groups, including customer and internal executives.  Sharing and expressing their vision and strategies for delivery and implementation with sales and marketing efforts is a part of the Director’s inter-department responsibilities.



BE, BS or BA (or equivalent) within a technical or business field or equivalent work experience required.


Advanced Project Management Skills.  Ten years Project Management experinece, with a minimum five years in a management position.  Experience managing client-facing projects.  Experience managing implementations of fingerprint/facial recognition/iris identification Biometrics Systems (or a combination thereof) is required.

Certifications, Licenses, etc:

Current PMP Certification preferred. 


Specialized Knowledge and Skills

Interpersonal Skills:

Highly developed communication skills; The ability to interact effectivly  with people across the enterprise and within customer organizations to accomplish assigned tasks; the ability to build and motivate multifunctional project teams.

Mathematical Skills:

Basic mathematics and logic are necessary.  Ability to calculate revenue, margin, and profits.

Reasoning Skills:

Must take initiative, be able to work independently, and  produce measurable results that positively impact the project baselines; the ability to collect and filter relevant data valid for decision-making in a dynamic environment, and to integrate individual demands, requirements, and limitations into decisions that benefit the overall portfolio.

Computer and/or Technical Skills:

Advanced knowledge and ability to use the software required, specifically Microsoft Office Applications (Word, Excel, Access, etc.).  Strong Excel skills required to create budgets and forecasts.  Experienced in planning, staffing, and project control.  Experience utilizing Microsoft Project.


Work Environment and Physical Demands

General Work Environment:

Office Setting


Low noise level.


Occasional standing.  Occasionally required to lift and/or move up to 25lbs.


Prolonged periods of computer work on an LCD monitor required.


Moderate stress level.


Minimum travel up to 10%


Supervisory Responsibility, if any:

This position supervises a management team directly, along with secondary reports in the Project & Program Management positions.  Reports are located both locally and in remote positions.


Headquartered in Irving, Texas, NEC is a leading provider of innovative IT, biometrics, network, and communications products and solutions for service carriers and Fortune 1000 and SMB businesses across multiple vertical industries, including healthcare, government, education, and hospitality. NEC delivers one of the industry's broadest portfolios of technology solutions and professional services, including unified communications, wireless, voice and data, managed services, server and storage infrastructure, optical network systems, microwave radio communications, and biometric security. NEC is a wholly owned subsidiary of NEC Corporation, a global technology leader with a presence in over 44 countries and more than $37.5 billion in revenue. For more information, please visit

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