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National Express New Vehicle Director, North America in Lisle, Illinois


National Express LLC (NELLC) is the North American subsidiary of National Express Group, PLC, one of the premier transportation firms in the United Kingdom. We operate across 34 states and three provinces. All organizations share a strong commitment to provide the highest level of transportation safety, quality transportation, outstanding customer service and positive employee relations. National Express School (NEXS) operates more than 22,500 school buses, serves more than 550 school districts in 31 states and three provinces, and transports more than 1.3 million students on a daily basis. National Express Transit (NEXT) operations transport more than 22 million passengers annually with more than 2,800 vehicles. National Express Shuttle (WeDriveU) serves more than nine million corporate and university passengers annually. NELLC’s corporate headquarters, located in Lisle, Illinois, houses the administrative and corporate support functions for the organization. Our 290 local customer service centers (CSCs) are supported by regional operations teams located throughout North America. Learn more at

National Express Group is a leading public transport operator with bus, coach and rail services in the UK, Continental Europe, North Africa, North America and the Middle East. Passengers make 579 million journeys on our services each year utilizing our fleet of 28,600 vehicles.

We have an exciting opportunity for the position of New Vehicle Director, North America to drive the decarbonization strategy towards zero emission vehicles.

Job Description

The New Vehicle Director, North America will be responsible for owning and driving the agenda for the decarbonisation of the Transit and School Bus fleet. Working closely with the Global team you will align with supply chain leads to procure vehicles and infrastructure, proactively ensuring robust plans are executed for their introduction.

The development of key stakeholder relationships throughout the organization will be critical to implement effective fleet migration strategies. This position will be responsible for building strong cross-functional partnerships that align shared business objectives to increase total value to end customers.

Position Responsibilities Include:

  • Manage the development and execution of multiple zero emission vehicle projects in compliance with the Group safety standards

  • Coordinate a multi-discipline team across commercial, supply chain, operations, property, engineering etc

  • Secure grant opportunities with awarding authorities to accelerate the introduction of zero emission vehicles

  • Work with Procurement to deliver the most effective vehicle supply solutions

  • Work with real estate teams to deliver the most effective charging/fuelling infrastructure solutions

  • Work closely with the zero emission team across the Group (primarily Europe and United Kingdom) to share best practice and maximize leverage

  • Engage and motivate business partners to align on shared objectives

  • Be a catalyst for change and break-through solutions


  • Bachelor’s Degree in a related field or equivalent experience

  • Industry/sector certification a plus, but not essential

  • 7-10 years experience in fleet management roles within a large corporate environment

  • Background in zero emission fleet introduction is preferred

  • Excellent presentation skills; comfortable presenting to executive leadership

  • Excellent negotiation skills and capable of interfacing with senior staff

  • Excellent verbal, active listening, and written communication skills

  • Strong understanding of the needs of internal customers / business partners is critical

  • Highly motivated and self-directed with a strong attention to detail

  • Experience with Electric Vehicle Fleets

At National Express our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative of the communities we serve. All employment decisions are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth, lactation and related medical conditions), national origin, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information (including characteristics and testing), military and veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

Job: Procurement

Primary Location: United States-Illinois-Lisle-US Headoffice

Work Locations US Headoffice (1002_US Headoffice)2601 Navistar DriveLisle, 60532

Organization United States Bus

Schedule Full-time

Employee Status Regular

Job Level Director

Job Shift Day Job

Travel Yes, 25 % of the Time

Req ID: 214220