Project Manager

Lafayette, Indiana
Apr 15, 2024
Apr 24, 2024
Full Time
Organization Type
Corporate, Other Corporate
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ZF is a global technology company supplying systems for passenger cars, commercial vehicles and industrial technology, enabling the next generation of mobility.

ZF allows vehicles to see, think and act. In the four technology domains of Vehicle Motion Control, Integrated Safety, Automated Driving, and Electric Mobility, ZF offers comprehensive product and software solutions for established vehicle manufacturers and newly emerging transport and mobility service providers. ZF electrifies a wide range of vehicle types. With its products, the company contributes to reducing emissions, protecting the climate and enhancing safe mobility.

Project Manager
Country/Region: US

Lafayette, IN, US,

Req ID 65979 CSS Lafayette Staff, United States

About the team:

We are looking for a new colleague in the Project Management Department at our location in Lafayette, Indiana.

What you can look forward to:

The Project Manager is responsible for the overall management and coordination of the project/s by actively leading the project core team within a matrix organization, in their efforts to achieve project objectives in terms of financial, quality, schedule targets
Responsible for the Project WBS, Detailed Project Schedule, Customer Interface, Project Risk, Opportunity and Improvement Management, Project Launch, Contractual Obligation Management, Budget allocation and monitoring, Project Reporting
Lead multi-functional business project teams using a company-specific product launch process (GDPEP). Matrix functions include Sales, Product Engineering, Quality, Purchasing, Manufacturing, Materials, and Finance
Provide effective communication on all aspects of the project to internal stakeholders up to and including ZF senior management, by regular project reporting, ensuring requirements and deliverables definition within the constraints of automotive compliance
Main interface to internal and external stakeholders for all aspects of the current state, progress and alignment of the product and / or project
Ensure project profitability, manage the Business Case as well as the project budget in coordination with the project controlling
Conduct project meetings and management gate reviews
Maintain comprehensive project reports including schedule and metrics status, open issues and actions, and change management (EC) summary
Analyze potential risks and their implication on the project / platform / organization and thereafter define risk reduction and mitigation plans
Establish, update, and implement processes to ensure timely completion of all programs/projects (internal or external, eg VA/VE, ECNs and customer driven changes).


Bachelor's Degree in Engineering
Automotive business-related experience, with progressive responsibility in an engineering or operations environment with a minimum of 5 years of Project Management experience
Project Management and Technical understanding with clear business acumen and interest in product strategy
Market knowledge on customer and competitors' trends and actions
Demonstrated organizational skills as well as strong written and verbal communication skills are a must
Ability to influence in a matrix management environment
Excellent communication skills (presentation and negotiation) and team working skills with a strong goal oriented approach and drive for results


Master's Degree
PMP certification

Be part of our ZF team as Project Manager and apply now!


Julia Earhart


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion are more than just words for us. They are at the core of the ZF Way that propels our team members towards their utmost success. We strive to build and nurture a culture where inclusiveness is a natural reflex. We actively seek ways to remove barriers so that every member of ZF can rise to their full potential. We aim to embed this in our legacy through how we operate and build our products as we shape next generation mobility, safety, sustainability and social justice.

With four generations across 118 nationalities in 41 countries, ZF combines a unique variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and ideas. Together, we solve problems, drive innovation and shape next generation mobility.

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What does DEI (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion) mean for ZF as a company?

At ZF, we continuously strive to build and maintain a culture where inclusiveness is lived and diversity is valued. We actively seek ways to remove barriers so that all our employees can rise to their full potential. We aim to embed this vision in our legacy through how we operate and build our products as we shape the future of mobility.

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