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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

Job Req ID:  59612

Mountain View, US, 94943

Work Type:  Full time
Contract Type:  unlimited

Objective of job

Lead and coordinate a main project in category B (1-2 Projects) or technical projects from category A (1-2 Projects) or respectively B (several B) according to the customer requirement. Ensure a timely, cost effective and mature level of product development and support from the concept phase up to and including series production, in compliance with the defined project goals and available resources in line with the strategy of the functional unit within DRÄXLMAIER Group


Principal activities

  • Customer Relations: clarification of the specialist subjects with the customers in collaboration with the superiors in the project hierarchy.
  • Evaluate RFQs to come up with technical improvements & alternatives. Coordinating Tasks internally and present solutions to the Customer.
  • Offer Process: compile initial cost estimation on the basis of the customer enquiry in line with the specialist projects or the product group as well as carrying out the creation of the offer in line with strategic goal setting and the budget within the functional unit. Clarify the technical aspects with the responsible technical areas/units. Collect and check the offers for plausibility and completeness with existing or new suppliers.
  • Goal Setting: ensure or compile an optimum cost structure for the project with the aim of adhering to target cost management (e.g. cost effective supplier selection, material management, etc). Determine and agree the project costs for the authorized projects in agreement with the superiors in line with the project hierarchy as well as monitoring there adherence in all technical areas and taking counter measures with actual/target deviations.
  • Project Management & Documentation: ensure the achievability of the agreed project goals concerning the corresponding specialist subjects. Promote a constructive collaboration between the parties concerned. Find the solutions to problems, set priorities and undertake decisions on the basis of SEP regulations to attain the project goals in close collaboration with the departments and in agreement with the superiors in the project hierarchy. Create or respectively check periodic project reports (according to the agreed regulations) and present before and during the project life span as well as handover of the project conclusion documentation to the direct superiors in the project. With target/actual deviations ensure the adherence to the defined escalation steps for timely information to the superiors in line with the project hierarchy. Process the work package according to SEP, in particular analyze concepts and scenarios.
  • Change Management: describe and evaluate change management requests and ensure the realization of change requests for internal and external customers as well as analyze the cost effects within the area of responsibility in agreement with the superiors in the project. 
  • Leadership: guide and motivate technical employees under your command within the project organization in accordance with the agreed guidelines and authorities. With performance issues or general problems escalate to the line Manager or the main departmental manager.


Job Requirements

  • Bachelors Degree - Business Management, International Business, Operations Management, Industrial Engineering or Associates Degree in Business Management
  • Automotive management experience 3-5 years
  • Complete product development process experience 3-5 years
  • Knowledge of standards, test and safety regulation in automotive sector