Project Manager – Software Engineering (industrial systems)

Project Manager – Software Engineering (Industrial Systems)

Vacancy highlights and key points:

  • Software background (not specifically automation, must have software experience i.e. Java etc)
  • Technical background, people management skills, budget and financial management
  • Projects are €50k to €1m
  • Salary is €75-80k + 10% Bonus + Company Car

Must be local to Karlsruhe, Germany


Job Description


The project manager will own the project responsibility for the definition and clear communication of project priorities, delivering project expectations, and identifying and mitigating issue/risk among a cross-functional project team. All while representing the best interest of the business unit.



  • Performs all aspects of project management functions.
  • Manages execution of assigned projects within margin targets and customer schedules.
  • Manages and reports all resource demand and financial aspects of assigned projects.
  • Applies complex and advanced project management and scheduling techniques.
  • May participate in development of business team strategic plan.
  • Must be able and willing to travel and work at customer sites, including industrial plants, etc. (~ 20% of working time)
  • Supports Quality Manager with respect to internal / external audits



  • Acts as a company representative for assigned projects.
  • Complete responsibility for successful outcome of projects. Manages single projects up to $10M and/or a multiple project portfolio of up to 10 projects.
  • Manage subcontracts that include labour and/or fixed price Third Party deliverables.
  • Responsible for meeting project schedule, margin, and customer satisfaction targets.
  • Contributes to partnerships at the business management level of key customers.
  • Deliver projects to the quality standards and constraints dictated by the business and the customer’s industry
  • Prepares & Negotiates Change Orders with customer.
  • Ensures that all project administration is completed and project files are maintained according to RA standards.
  • Able to assist in the preparation and presentation of quotes, sales proposals, and contracts to the customer in compliance with company policies and standards, obtaining the appropriated approvals
  • Responsible for following all applicable corporate, company, governmental and regulatory policies and procedures as appropriate for this position.
  • Prepares and leads internal project reviews



  • Leads efforts of project personnel on complex projects.
  • Coaches and mentors less-experienced engineers assigned to projects.
  • Acts as mentor for less-experienced project managers.
  • Leads project teams typically employing up to 20 engineering professionals and coordinates activities with support teams and other capabilities.
  • Leads internal project process improvement efforts.



  • Responsible for resource scheduling to meet project plan requirements.
  • Serves as the primary interface with customer for assigned projects.
  • Supports an environment conducive to successful team interaction.
  • Must have excellent negotiation skills.
  • Acts professional in communication with other departments
  • Act as a coach in interpersonal conflict situations



  • Bachelor's degree (or higher) in Engineering discipline or equivalent knowledge; further education in business administration, operations, or project management is a plus, i. e. PMP Certification
  • Software industry experience
  • Typically requires 3 or more , three or more years’ experience in a system, software, process automation or application engineering capacity and proven documented project management experience
  • Extensive experience with direct customer contact, able to moderate cross-cultural
  • German language skills, and excellent English language (verbal and written) skills
  • Familiar with PMI and iPM standards
  • Conversant with MS Project and all MS software products Excel, Access, Word, etc.
  • Work permit for Germany
  • Understanding of other cultures and their ways of thinking and working