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Project Manager (Cape Town)

Product/Project management
Cape Town – Western Cape

An esteemed product engineering and development firm specializing in comprehensive commercial vehicle solutions seeks a proficient Project Manager to join their dynamic engineering team. The ideal candidate should seamlessly integrate into the company culture, which thrives on adaptability and evolution. In addition to possessing a composed and well-rounded personality with a high emotional intelligence quotient, they must adeptly navigate complexity within a fast-paced setting. A Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical/Electrical/Mechatronic Engineering, Automotive Engineering, or a relevant field is required, with a Master’s degree being advantageous. The role demands demonstrated expertise (7-10 years) as a Project Manager within the automotive engineering or consulting realm. A robust understanding of automotive engineering principles, processes, and industry standards is essential.  
Project Planning and Execution:
  • Collaborate with clients and stakeholders to define project objectives, scope, deliverables, and timelines.
  • Develop comprehensive project plans, including work breakdown structure, resource allocation, and budget estimates.
  • Coordinate project activities, assign tasks to team members, and monitor progress to ensure adherence to project schedules.
  • Implement effective project management methodologies, tools, and best practices to drive project success.
Team Leadership and Collaboration:
  • Lead a multidisciplinary team of automotive engineers, designers, and technical specialists.
  • Foster a collaborative and high-performing team environment, promoting effective communication and knowledge sharing.
  • Provide clear direction, guidance, and support to team members, ensuring their professional development and growth.
  • Manage and resolve conflicts, obstacles, and risks that may impact project delivery.
Client Relationship Management:
  • Establish and maintain strong relationships with clients, understanding their needs and expectations.
  • Act as the primary point of contact for clients, addressing their concerns, providing project updates, and managing expectations.
  • Collaborate with clients to identify additional project opportunities and provide innovative solutions to meet their requirements.
Quality Assurance and Compliance:
  • Ensure project deliverables meet the highest quality standards and comply with industry regulations and client specifications.
  • Conduct thorough reviews and inspections to identify and resolve any issues or deviations from project requirements.
  • Implement quality control processes and procedures to continuously improve project performance and customer satisfaction.
Risk Management:
  • Identify project risks, assess their potential impact, and develop risk mitigation strategies.
  • Proactively monitor and manage risks throughout the project lifecycle, implementing contingency plans as necessary.
  • Keep stakeholders informed of potential risks and provide recommendations to minimize their impact on project outcomes.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical / Electrical / Mechatronic Engineering, Automotive Engineering, or a related field. Master’s degree is a plus.
  • Proven experience (7-10 years) as a Project Manager in the automotive engineering or consulting industry.
  • Strong knowledge of automotive engineering principles, processes, and industry standards.
  • Proficient in project management methodologies and tools, with a track record of successful project delivery.
  • Afrikaans speaking is essential.
  • Please note this position is onsite, in Cape Town
  • Excellent leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.