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Modern wire harness systems and exclusive vehicle interiors: The name DRÄXLMAIER stands for automotive innovations – products that enhance your driving experience. Every day, approximately 70,000 associates around the world cooperate to contribute their knowledge, skills and automotive passion toward this goal. Individuals, who like to take on responsibilities, use their creativity and contribute their ideas toward the common success. Individuals like you!

Project Leader Development (FPL-E)

Job Req ID:  59610

Mountain View, US, 94943

Work Type:  Full time
Contract Type:  unlimited
Objective of job
  • Manage and coordinate overall projects in the area of development in accordance with the customer requirements to ensure product development and support which is on schedule, adheres to the budget and the development (product & process) status, from the concept phase through series production as per agreement with the Program Manager and the Management while adhering to the defined project targets and the available resources. Cooperate in several B-level or A-level projects.
  • Create project plans/concepts and assure they are followed (e.g. resource planning, schedule planning, cost planning, etc.) in cooperation with technical or key project leaders as well as technical areas; introduce actions in case of deviations, as required
  • Act as interface between involved internal/external areas (e.g. key project leader, technical project leader, sub-project leader, customer, suppliers, departments, etc.) and Development.


Principle activities
  • Cooperate in conducting risk analyses
  • Develop suggestions for project organization; select suitable associates in cooperation with supervisors and define tasks, rules and interfaces
  • Assure compliance with allocated project budget and distribute to functions reporting to him/her (e.g. sub-project leaders, etc.); introduce actions in case of deviations
  • Analyze and evaluate changes (internal/external), cooperate in negotiations (e.g. volume and costs of changes, etc.) and assure implementation within development area
  • Create and check project reports and presentations, as well as project conclusion documentation
  • Provide technical leadership for project associates and/or sub-project leaders
  • Acquisition / Quotation Phase: Clarifying the technical requirements and ensuring the compilation of quotations with regards to development costs on the basis of the customer requirements and within the defined general conditions of the customer division (Key Project Manager) in collaboration with the competent departments. Supporting the various departments in negotiations with the customer divisions and Purchasing with regards to the suppliers right up to the final submission of the quotation.  
  • Project Organization:  Working out a suggestion by a project organization in the BU in accordance with the internal BU directives. Cooperation to determine suitable employees in each of the centers as per agreement with their supervisors and approval according to a defined process. Defining tasks, rules and interfaces for the Sub-Project Managers.
  • Project planning:  Ensure the creation of project plans with regards to the tasks and deadlines.  Obtaining the agreement of the affected departments for approval by the relevant manager.
  • Project Budget:  Ensure that the project cost planning of the project is worked out and agreed on and monitoring adherence in all the departments and taking counter-action in the case of any deviations from the target/actual plan.
  • Project Control:  Ensure that the project targets are achieved with regards to keeping to the deadlines, developing costs and quality in accordance with the services agreed on with the Key Project Manager. Encouraging constructive teamwork within the own project organization. Demanding solutions to problems. Negotiating in conflict situations according to the escalation mechanism.
  • Change Management:  Ensure clarification of the technical implementation of change requests from the customer in collaboration with the development engineers at the customer’s and the project organization and ensuring the changes are carried out. 
  • Customer Support:  Provide customer support to various departments.  Act as key customer contact for Development related topics.  
  • Supplier:  Support the project buyer in defining the requirements for the suppliers and in the supplier decision. Assisting in make-or-buy decisions.
  • Reporting:  Compiling periodic project reports (according to agreed on rules) and presentations before and during the term of the project as well as documentation on the project conclusion for transfer to the management.
  • Leadership:  Lead and motivate the product & process development associates within the project organization according to the agreed on directives and authorizations. In the event of performance problems or general problems, possible discussion with the line supervisor or escalation.


Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's Degree - Electrical, Mechanical, Industrial engineering, etc.) Or comparable, well-grounded technical occupations; proven competence in the corresponding area (e.g. electrical, interior, etc.) 
  • 5 Years of qualified professional experience in development of interior, at least 2 years of internal DRX experience desired
  • 2-3 Years experience or knowledge in automotive industry product development, part and/or tool design or some interiors processes
  • Good technical knowledge of IATF 16949:2016 Standard anc ISO 14001-2015 / ISO 45001:2018
  • Negotiation skills 
  • Problem solving and conflit management experience