Project Management Process Lead

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Project Management Process Lead

Do you want to impact our project management way of work and thus our work culture?

Do you consider yourself a seasoned professional with a fundamental understanding and passion for project management, product development, and human collaboration? Do you want to build on Lightyear's success now and in the future?

Join us on our mission. 

Full-time · Helmond / Remote

Where: The Automotive Campus in Helmond, part of Brainport: the heart of Europe's innovation and from the comfort of your own home office
Domain: Project Management Office (PMO)
Experience: 10+ years of experience
Degree: Bachelor's or Master's degree in a relevant direction

Working at Lightyear is a unique experience. You get the opportunity to work for a company with a pure and meaningful mission. A mission that will make a positive and lasting impact on future generations.

What will you do as Project Management Process Lead?
Your personal mission will be to create, implement and maintain Lightyear’s project management ways of working, with the purpose of achieving optimal performance of the project teams with successful and innovative product delivery. 

  • Design, implement and maintain Lightyear’s project management processes (roles & responsibilities, culture and ways of working)
  • Be the architect and owner of the Product Creation Process (PCP) at Lightyear, leading the PCP committee with representatives from every department who come together to align and continuously improve how product development is done at Lightyear.
  • Ensure high-performance project management methods at Lightyear that gets the best out of the project teams, ensuring successful execution of Lightyear’s innovative product development and R&D activities.
  • Create an honest and healthy work culture wherein innovation can flourish by managing risks, and where a strong alignment permits high levels of autonomy within the teams.
  • Support Project Managers with the appropriate framework and tools to perform to their best, whilst sufficiently managing project risks, budgets, and timelines, key to Lightyear’s success.
  • Liaise and have fruitful conversations with other departments to ensure development and common knowledge and adoption of best practices to support achieving our milestones.
  • See to the generation and presentation of visuals, documentation, and other media which capture and effectively communicate the desired way of working at Lightyear. 

A day in the life of a Project Management Process Lead
After a nice chat at the coffee machine with some colleagues, you will make a quick stroll around the office and production facility to see how the projects are progressing (daily stand-up or build meeting), check-in with colleagues, and obtain feedback on the processes and ways of working. 

With a strong network on the working floor and a real-life understanding of how things are going, you work on your vision for Lightyear’s project management processes laid out in the PMO way of working roadmap which you manage. 

After a good lunch, where there is always the opportunity to catch up with colleagues, you present a new concept for an improved status reporting process using graphics you prepared earlier in the week. In a fruitful discussion, some improvement points were found but all stakeholders are happy with the concept and approve further refinement and implementation. In the late afternoon, you work on answering some emails after which you spend some time further working out a process improvement.

What do we expect from a Project Management Process Lead?
In order to succeed in the dynamic world of Lightyear pro-activity, professionalism, communication, and adaptability are crucial. In addition, we are looking for people with an ambitious attitude who learn from the past (tried and tested) and who strive to set new standards when needed. You love to work on tight deadlines with a highly motivated and talented team. In the meantime, you embrace the fact that we're developing the company, its processes, and recruiting people simultaneously. You recognize yourself in the following profile;

  • A Bachelor's or Master's degree in engineering or equivalent
  • 10+ years of project management experience in a high-tech product development environment

  • Experience in large-scale product development, ideally in a mass-production setting

  • A track record in project management in a complex environment with multiple stakeholders, ability to take ownership and drive for success with a strong sense of team mentality and reliability
  • You are structured and well organized with highly evolved problem-solving skills with a track record of delivering in a highly fast-paced environment
  • You consider yourself a visionary with a fundamental understanding of human collaboration mechanics
  • Knowledge of the automotive industry is considered a plus
  • Knowledge of Agile methodology is highly appreciated

  • Ability to generate and communicate processes in a visual and intuitive way

  • Highly evolved interpersonal communication, collaboration, and negotiation skills with an energetic, approachable, and authentic personality
  • Ability to convince people of your clear vision using reason, pragmatism, and strong rationale

  • Excellent understanding of the English language is mandatory

We need someone with a visionary view who is very comfortable with the unknown. You are someone with a very strong understanding of fundamentals and someone with a clear vision of what the ideal way is and why and the ability to convince others of this vision in a collaborative way. You can quickly adapt to different situations and remain in control. It does not need any addressing that you are a strong communicator and networker. You are a motivator  and educator and your vision is unfaded by the pressure of the milestones.

What can you expect from Lightyear?
In addition to a challenging role we also offer:

  • A high degree of freedom and independence in your role
  • A role within a multidisciplinary team consisting of highly motivated, inquisitive and talented people with a broad diversity of experience
  • A role at one of the fastest growing technical companies in the Netherlands with tremendous potential
  • 40 vacation days per year
  • An interesting and balanced pension through Zwitserleven that is in line with the mission of Lightyear
  • The ability to participate via shares and to be involved in the growth and success of Lightyear
  • In addition to a dynamic working environment, there is time for relaxation during our already epic Friday afternoon drinks
  • A diverse & inclusive culture driven by trust which results in the opportunity to work remotely. UK & German contracts are in place and more are yet to come!

About Lightyear
Lightyear is an innovative and progressive scale-up with one mission: clean mobility for everyone, everywhere.

Lightyear originates from the legacy as a multiple world championship of the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge® Cruiser Class. Officially established in 2016 by 5 visionaries with the dream to make this groundbreaking technology accessible to everyone, everywhere. In order to accelerate the transition towards a truly sustainable solution for mobility, we believe that it is necessary to completely rethink automotive design by starting from scratch, not limited by industry conventions.

At Lightyear, we all strive for the same goal. We have a team with diverse skill sets and backgrounds; all working tirelessly towards clean mobility for everyone, everywhere. We’re proud of our culture and live up to our core values: think independently, be bold, deliver the change, put people first and take responsibility. Our shared vision is what unites and drives us.

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