Project Director

Location PL-Katowice


Guardian Industries, a global company headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan, employs more than 17,000 people and operates facilities throughout North America, Europe, South America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Guardian’s diverse group of companies are involved in the manufacture of high-performance float, coated and fabricated glass products; the manufacture of high-quality chrome-plated and painted plastic components for the automotive and commercial truck industries; and the distribution of specialty building products. Guardian’s vision is to create value for customers and society through constant innovation using fewer resources. Guardian is a wholly owned subsidiary of Koch Industries, Inc. Visit


  • Ensure the project(s) is/are executed with deliberate application of all elements of MBM® and consistent with the Guiding Principles with emphasis on alternatives development and economic thinking.
  • Ensure the project is developed and executed with disciplined application of the Guardian C-PEP process (adapted from Koch Industries C-PEP) including tight and effective scope/cost/schedule control and that key learnings are captured and incorporated in the process for future projects (see more detailed break out below).
  • Communication - Take the lead in representing the project to the Project Steering team and Executive Steering Team, ensure appropriate metrics are developed and routinely communicated. This includes ensuring the Steering Team is connected to project progress and key risks, and is making timely decisions to support the project objectives.
  • Maintain clear project objectives, commercial bets and economic expectations that are aligned with the Good Glass to Good Glass, Zero Incidents (GGtGG0) vision and key strategies.
  • Ensure the project is appropriately staffed to meet objectives.
  • Ensure alignment of business and operating capabilities to achieve the bets including:
    • Operations – On-time, on-budget with base plant reliability
    • Business/Franchise Development
    • Logistics and transportation
    • Sales and Marketing
    • Public Affairs
    • Governmental Incentives
    • Legal
    • Accounting/Controls
    • Tax
    • Natural Gas, water, power and other key utilities
    • Other key capabilities and outside stakeholders (City, County, etc.) 
  • In alignment with the project team and Global EHS/Legal capabilities, ensure that the project has appropriate plans for permitting and that the permit plan fully integrates into the facility permitting strategies.


Addendum to 2nd bullet point above:

  • Ensure compliance and EHS performance are met.  Measure project EHS performance which includes, but is not limited to, selection and management of contractors and suppliers.
  • Apply the DMF process to project requests in order to evaluate business goals and projects to capture those goals. Consider alternative goals and projects and “zero options.”  
  • Clearly identify the Project Owner and Sponsor and ensure they are aligned with the project goals and Project Process.
  • Clearly capture agreed upon business goals and scope of work for each phase. 
  • Engage a project team with the right virtue and talents consisting of Business, Operations, Operations Excellence, EHS, Compliance & Legal, and Project Management or other personnel appropriate to the project to ensure alignment with and execution against the project goals and scope; and, ensure continuity.
  • Use project process appropriate to the size and scope for “phased” development, approval, and funding. This includes:
    • Project Charter and Execution Plan appropriate to each phase and the project scope
    • Disciplined application of Gatekeeping and review of completion of phases and the readiness of the project for the next phase of development/execution and funding
    • Clear understanding and communication of project scope, performance expectations, and estimated cost range and risks appropriate to the current project phase
  • Perform disciplined “Front End Loading” prior to full funding to develop engineering and business documents and studies appropriate to the Scope of Work – this includes:
  • FEL appropriate Estimate
  • FEL appropriate Schedule
  • Project Execution Plan appropriate to the work
  • Design and project deliverables appropriate to the project
  • Ensure funding is approved at the appropriate level prior to committing expenditures.
  • Assess risks of performance against the project goals (business goals, cost, schedule, operations, & compliance) and mitigate the risks with clear ownership and accountability.
  • Create a project “scorecard” that includes final output measures as well as input measures of project status and predictors of project success and assess after completion.
  • Provide accurate cost and execution control with a clear change management process.
  • Provide regular project status reporting and measurement of effectiveness to stakeholders.
  • Maintain project records and ensure appropriate project closure and records management.


Qualifications and Education Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, MBA or Masters in Engineering/Project Management a plus. Minimum of 20 years of Project Engineering and Project Management experience
  • Experience managing multiple construction contractors in brown field location
  • Strong financial acumen with analytical and economic thinking skills
  • Demonstrated success working with cross functional teams
  • Ability to provide senior level presentations and make business recommendations

What do we have to offer?

  • A culture that places top priority on integrity and compliance
  • Encouragement to challenge the status quo and share knowledge
  • Responsibilities and rewards based on contributions


For more information about Guardian Industries LLC., visit us at

Guardian Industries LLC. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.





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