Head of Project Management Office (PMO) Operations (f/m/d)


PALFINGER stands for the most innovative, reliable and economical lifting solutions that are used in commercial vehicles, rail vehicles, bridge inspection devices and in the maritime sector. To strengthen our Team we are looking for a Head of Project Management Office (PMO) Operations (f/m/d).

You are a passionate project manager and gained extensive experience in managing projects in different set ups? You love to establish professional and high-performance project management in organizations? People are key to you to drive things forward? You are a leader familiar in working a global organization and in different cultures? Then you are the ideal individual to join your team!

The Project Management Office (PMO) within the Operations organization is newly built up and acts as the global nerve center for project management. The PMO on one hand defines project management strategy, roadmaps, governance, standards and methods - on the other hand leads, supports and coaches’ projects with a pool of Senior Project Managers. In first place the focus will be on managing strategic Operations projects (e.g. manufacturing footprint adjustments) and building profound project management capabilities for new product implementation within our Product Development Process (PDP) framework.

Your Tasks

  • Build and development solid project management capabilities and capacities within global, regional and local Operations functions
  • Lead a team of Senior Project Managers who will provide direct professional support to Project Managers, Project Teams, and/or take on projects themselves
  • Develop and implement a global PMO roadmap and strategy plan across the entire Operations organization
  • Shape and implement project management processes, methods and best practices to match current and future organizational needs
  • Define, implement, set goals and strategies together with the Operation Management as well as the Product Line Leaders to grow the current project management knowledge
  • Be a point of reference for project management expertise for the organization
  • Design and implement project management guidelines and documentation
  • Design and conduct workshops and training to provide guidance and support to the project management community
  • Communicate, moderate and manage internal and external stakeholders involved in PMO activities
  • Work, together with the other PMOs in the organization (e.g. Sales, Product Line Management), on the continuous improvement of the project management technics, knowledge and global adoption

Your Qualification

  • Completed technical or commercial education (HTL, FH, TU or comparable)
  • Relevant professional experience of at least 5-10 years (e.g. PMO leader, project leader / manager, preferably in an international environment)
  • Project Management knowledge, preferable on PMI best practices and principles
  • Experience in international matrix organizations and multicultural environments
  • Experience in coordination of virtual teams and virtual trainings
  • Experience in the management of international projects preferable
  • Flexible and strong personality operates well in intercultural environment, able to implement processes and standards
  • Well organized and structured person with hands on implementation skills
  • Enjoys working in a creative, dynamic and global team
  • Eager to learn, continuously improve and drive research on new project management trends and topics
  • Certification on a Project Management Standard (PMI, PRINCE2, IPMA, SaFe) as a great plus
  • German and English language skills in verbal and written is are a must

We offer

  • Good-life-balance thanks to flexible working hours and freedom to organize your work
  • Performance-related compensation and attractive incentive schemes
  • Career planning and development opportunities
  • Leadership development programs
  • Personal and professional competence
  • Opportunity to gain international experience
  • Voluntary fringe benefits provided by our company health management scheme PALfit


Minimum gross salary according to Austrian metal industry collective agreement is EUR 49.596,40. We are willing to overpay according to training and qualification.

We are looking forward to your informative application!


Sabrina Noppenberger

HR Business Partner
Lamprechtshausener Bundesstraße 8 | 5101 Bergheim | Austria


Lamprechtshausener Bundesstr. 8 , 5101 Bergheim
Palfinger Bergheim

Job Benefits

  • Learning Opportunities
  • Barrier Liberty
  • Company Doctor
  • Food Allowances
  • Company mobile phone (function related)
  • Fitness Programs
  • Flexible Working Hours
  • Health Measures
  • Good transport connection
  • Mobile working (function related)
  • Canteen
  • Employee discounts
  • Parking facilities
  • Car Sharing Initiative
  • Job Ticket