Senior Project Manager – Vehicle Engineering (VE SPM)

Senior Project Manager – Vehicle Engineering (VE SPM)
The mission for a Senior Project Manager within Vehicle Engineering (VE SPM) is to deliver cross-functionally anchored technical solutions (hardware, software or both) meeting product QDCF defined by the project management team led by the Chief Project Manager (CPM).
The technical solutions should also be in line with approved commodity cross-functional technology strategies and platform objectives. This role shall manage projects that are more complex and in parallel need to act as common interface to CPM for all commodities with in Vehicle engineering. (PME role).
The scope shall be relatively big and might demand to lead sub PM team along with ETL in other area.


Key responsibilities
An VE SPM is responsible, from project initiation (PCI decision) to project closure (End Gate), for the following main deliveries, in line with agreed QDCF:
  • Cross-functionally anchored technical solutions.
  • Representing more than one commodity to CPM on project deliveries.
  • Agile and SAfe large scale development way of working management.
  • Engineering releases and other product documentation.
  • Parts to vehicle builds and test objects.
  • Technical description and, if the VE PM is leading a PMR in an Intro Block (IB) , also the Project description.
  • Project time plan, level 3, covering all activities needed to ensure cross-functionally anchored technical solutions fully verified and validated. If the VE PM is leading a PMR in an IB also the level 1 time plan.
  • Project cost estimate including internal and external development cost as well as tooling related to developed parts (in co-operation with purchasing). If the VE PM is leading a PMR in an IB, the Aftermarket and Global Trucks Operation costs should also be included.
  • Product cost estimate (in co-operation with product finance and purchasing).

The VE SPM is responsible to work in the following way to ensure the main deliveries:
  • Secure that cross-functional networks are established at the operational level (engineers, buyers, suppliers, manufacturing and aftermarket engineers)
  • Follow GDP, GDIs and new Product stream Principles.
  • Report full QDCF status in project dimension as well as to concerned line management when needed
  • Secure needed resources with concerned line managers in early project phases
  • Lead, plan, prioritize and coordinate the activities of all resources working in the project within the project scope managed by the VE SPM. This includes also SIPD work until Concept Gate
  • Anchor technical solutions with responsible line management and Global Technology Managers (GTMs) to secure adherence to cross-functional technology strategies and platform objectives. In certain projects, this is valid until Concept Gate. After CG this responsibility is delegated to Sub System PM.
  • Request QDCF targets from project manager one level above.
  • Distribute QDCF targets to project manager one level below or to responsible engineer.
  • Proactive risk management.
  • Need to securing complete packaging studies, patent analysis, certification/ homologation analysis, quality tools and environmental tools.
  • Together with Complete Vehicle team and internal VE team, identify and carryout needed verification activities on complete system level.


The VE SPM has the following authorities:
  • Recommend on alternative technical solutions, while the solution is within total product QDCF and adhering to cross-functional technology strategies. Decision has to be taken by the applicable Steering Committee.
  • Request problem resolution and resources from line managers to carry out project deliveries. Escalate if only needed.
  • Prioritize activities for all resources assigned to the project scope managed by the VE SPM until Concept Gate. Later based on sub PM availability.
  • Agree on project prioritization together with Product Release Project Manager (PR PM) after handover at Concept Gate. Only applicable in platform projects.

  • Needed competences to deliver process output:
  • Strong Leadership skills that align to flat and open office environment. Demonstrating right Leadership and Behavior with rest of the team. Person works with mutual interest of the project deliveries and organization than individual benefits.
  • BE/BTech/ME/MTech in Engineering.
  • PMP® certification is desired
  • Agile & SAFe certification is desired
  • Minimum of 6 to 8 years of experience in cross functional project management and another 5 to 7 years of experience in product development
  • Strong networking abilities and communication skills adept in multicultural environment.
  • Demonstrating right Leadership and Behavior with rest of the team.
  • Complete Vehicle knowledge is a need, commodity knowledge is an advantage.
  • Good design & analysis knowledge to perform the design reviews to the team.
  • Self-driven and initiative.
  • Extending the involvement in other organizational activities like, Innovation Drive, Technical Design and development, Platform coordination, etc
  • Supporting Line managers with future strategic, Team competency feedback, Components roadmap inputs/ feedbacks, Customer feedback, etc
  • High customer and business focus.
  • Good knowledge in Quality Management Systems (QMS), DFMEA, Project Assurance Plan and other Quality tools
  • A combination of personal characteristics, practical experience and theoretical knowledge decides complexity and size of project scope that PM handles.

Reporting To
This role is reporting to Line/Project Organization:
  • VE SPM reports to the PMO Manager in the line dimension.
  • VE SPM reports to CPM or IB CPM or to new product stream setup depending on project.

The Volvo Group drives prosperity through transport solutions, offering trucks, buses, construction equipment, power solutions for marine and industrial applications, financing and services that increase our customers’ uptime and productivity. Founded in 1927, the Volvo Group is committed to shaping the future landscape of sustainable transport and infrastructure solutions. Countless career opportunities are offered across the group’s leading brands and entities that share a culture of Trust, Passion, High Performance, Change and Customer Success. 

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