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Management position

Project manager for the cross-program project "High Altitude Platform"

Starting date


Duration of contract

3 years


up to the German TVöD 14

Type of employment


DLR is developing a solar-powered stratospheric aircraft as part of a cross-program (aircraft-, space- and security-research). The aircraft is intended to serve as a technology demonstrator and for research on advanced technologies for the future realization of such aircraft as well as for innovative payloads, such as earth observation sensors. Furthermore, potential future application missions will be demonstrated using the aircraft.

In the role of project manager, you lead the project strategically and administratively. In particular, you represent the project internally against the institute management and the involved program directorate. You identify conflicting goals and risks at an early stage and develop strategies for dealing with them together with the relevant stakeholders. You will also organize all project controlling activities and create regular reports about the current project progress. In terms of the technical implementation, you work closely together with the Chief Engineer. You represent the project externally, in particular at international conferences and towards potential external research partners and third-party funded customers.
The management of this project is a task on which you prove your project management skills in practice. Due to the high complexity of the project, you have the ideal opportunity to further develop your skills and turn yourself into a highly qualified project manager. Furthermore, you will get to know the entire range of DLR administration and prepare yourself for further responsible tasks.

The job requires a particularly high level of resilience, endurance and the ability to self-motivation. We support you intensively in performing your tasks and offer you the opportunity for extensive further training. You become part of a highly motivated and dynamic team and we will provide you the freedom to implement your own ideas. If we have awakened your ambition with this demanding area of responsibility and you are convinced to be ready for this challenge, we look forward to your informative application.

Your qualifications:

  • successfully completed university degree in industrial engineering, engineering or computer science
  • very good knowledge of project management
  • several years of experience as project manager of development projects in industry or science
  • good knowledge of MS Project, MS Office and SAP
  • very good spoken and written German and English skills
  • relevant certification in the area of project management (e.g. PMI or IPMA) is a plus
  • many years of experience in managing technically demanding development projects, ideally in the aviation sector, are of advantage

Your benefits:

Look forward to a fulfilling job with an employer who appreciates your commitment and supports your personal and professional development. Our unique infrastructure offers you a working environment in which you have unparalled scope to develop your creative ideas and accomplish your professional objectives. Our human resources policy places great value on a healthy family and work-life-balance as well as equal opportunities for persons of all genders (m/f/non-binary). Individuals with disabilities will be given preferential consideration in the event their qualifications are equivalent to those of other candidates.

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Andreas Bierig
Institute of Flight Systems

Phone: +49 531 295-2403

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