Solution Project Manager (m/f/d)

Research & Development Laatzen, Niedersachsen


Sensus is a company of the Xylem group with its headquarter in Rye Brook, New York, USA. Xylem employs approximately 16.000 people worldwide, has a high and extensive application expertise and focuses on the creation of comprehensive, sustainable solutions in the field of water management. Xylem operates in more than 150 countries and has a number of leading product brands.

Sensus is one of the world's leading providers of intelligent meters, network technologies and modern data analysis solutions for heat, water, electricity and gas with around 3.400 employees at 28 locations. The head office is in Raleigh, NC, USA.

The Role: Sensus, a Xylem company, seeks to hire a Solution Project Manager who will be responsible for leading product development projects as part of the Solutions Team. The Solutions Project Manager will lead cross-functional teams in Laatzen.

The Solutions Project Manager (SPM) is an experienced professional responsible for effective management of all technical and non-technical aspects of assigned project(s) and project team(s) to successfully drive product solution delivery on-time, within target cost and within specification(s). The Solutions Project Manager must be knowledgeable in all aspects of the design, development and verification process as it relates to hardware, firmware and software components, along with the enablement of supporting processes and services (Systems Test, Quality, etc...). The SPM must be able to drive integration of all aspects of the solution and oversee development, test, manufacturing, customer support, and documentation and training functions. The SPM will prepare project plans and documentation in adherence with the Stage Gate methodology. As Sensus is in a transition to Agile also Agile and Hybrid Agile methodologies are required. The SPM will serve as the champion of their solution(s), and must be capable of both inspiring and challenging matrix teams to meet the marketing and engineering objectives that are set. The SPM will also be responsible for being a champion and driver of change management in the organization, as well as serving as an advocate for the Solutions team within other organizations. In this function the SPM is also the communicator between all levels of the organization, including the team, the resource managers and briefing the executive leadership.

Essential Functions:

  • Lead NPI solutions through the full product development life cycle using Stage Gate methodology, from concept and customer requirements through commercial launch of the product
  • Prepare, lead, and document all Gate/Milestone reviews for each NPI solution
  • Develop and implement project plans in collaboration with the cross-functional team(s)
  • Drive/ Track / Analyze / Report progress against project plan(s)
    • Assist with development of the business case and work with team(s) to prepare and submit IAR
  • Manage the performance of cross-functional solution teams. Schedule and conduct regular project meetings to ensure that projects are developed from a solution perspective, including coordinating all cognizant organizations to ensure the product solution is completed on schedule and on budget
    • Document and disseminate issues, decisions, meeting minutes and action items
    • Use established metrics to monitor budget, schedule, and risk, and make recommendations for recovery plans, if needed
  • Responsible for detailed project schedules, risk definition and mitigation strategies, and communication of status and tasks
  • Manage and lead the internal teams to support alpha, beta, and controlled launch programs, and ensure all relevant teams (AEs, PMs, Sales, etc…) have the necessary training
  • Define working packages with targets, deliverables and get commitments for delivery date together with the resource managers and working package responsible team members.
  • Manage product solution integration for transition from NPI development to manufacturing
  • Facilitate ongoing lessons learned and ensure lessons are applied
  • Facilitate with team Complaint History/Failure Analysis Draft- TTP Backlog
  • Implement  and maintain Project Management sites and tools (Sensei, Seapine, Aha!, Sharepoint, NPI Dashboard)
  • Track, analyze and report project Budget

    Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s or Master´s Degree in Engineering or related field or equivalent experience
    • E.g. electrical engineer, radio technology engineer, mechanical engineer, communication technology or similar
  • 5+ years of project/program management experience
  • Experience with agile and hybrid agile projects and Stage Gate process methodologies
  • Experience managing projects with both software and hardware components
  • Experience with Earned Value Management, Risk Management, Resource Management
  • Excellent project management skills,  Project Management Professional (PMP, PGM or similar) a plus

    Other Job Requirements

  • Fluent in English Language, speech and writing
  • Excellent skills in computer software, like  Microsoft Office and Smartsheet or MS-Project,  SAP knowledge
  • Team work capabilities and social competence
  • High flexibility and readiness
  • Travelling: 10- 30 % depending on project and project phase