Max Wilfinger

graduate industrial engineer


Production Science and Management (English study), MSc
Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration, BSc



Program Management, Product Development, Strategy


fast cars, UI & industrial design, new technologies, creative and innovative products, future mobility, big data

Graduate engineer and product owner with expertise in cross-functional and agile project management, especially in the automotive industry. Experienced in strategic planning, organization and coordination of projects. Familiar with the phases of new product development, from concept prototyping to production readiness and launch. Creative team player and analytical problem-solver with exceptional quick comprehension. After graduating with a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration, I completed an international Master's program in Production Science and Management. I have also founded a profitable start-up company, developed my skills in strategy, finance and marketing, and continue to expand my knowledge through certified training. As an early adopter, I am passionate about functional product design and new technologies.


I have created value for

Rolls Royce Motorcars

Curriculum Vitae

My Resume

Work Experience

Team Lead Powertrain Engineering, Electric Motor Transmission

BMW Group — Munich, Germany

  • Team leader for the transmission development of the next generation electric drive units
  • Responsible for the achievement of performance, cost and quality targets up to the SOP
  • Management of suppliers, sourcing, industrialization and component release approval
  • Resolution of conflicting goals for in-house and purchased parts, and system integration
  • Lead the cross-functional team with mandate for engineering, purchasing and assembly

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Product Owner and Project Lead Vehicle Engineering

BMW Group — Munich, Germany

  • Responsible for the conversion of prototype vehicles (mechanics, E/E and software)
  • Leading the multidisciplinary team with operational control of all process groups
  • Product Owner for a cross-departmental IT system (new development from task force)
  • Deciding for the product lines MINI, BMW & BMW i regarding the prototype phase
  • Lead cross-functional employees for an IT development as technical project manager
  • Initiated and conceptualized the project and acquired the financial resources (€5MM)
  • Interface management between product line, engineering and production
  • Process engineering, analysis, and implementation of long-term optimization measures
  • Data analysis and modeling for dashboards including predictive analytics

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Co-founder and CEO

4ward concepts — Ludwigsburg, Germany

  • Business Development and Strategy, Financial Management, Funding and Consulting
  • Development of products, services and business models in the field of sports
  • Hardware product development from concept and prototyping to series production
  • Certifications, supplier selection, purchasing, marketing and multi-channel distribution

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MSc in Production Science and Management

Graz University of Technology — Graz, Austria

  • International engineering and management Master’s degree in English (Curriculum)
  • Focus: production sciences, strategic planning, internet of things (IoT), product development, business informatics, innovation and general management
  • Master’s thesis with Magna in the field of software engineering: Process Optimization of Mechatronic Systems in Automotive Applications (excellent)
  • Graduated with distinction (A / 4.0 GPA); FSI- and TU merit-based scholarship holder

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BSc in Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration

Graz University of Technology — Graz, Austria

  • Focus: machine elements, technical mechanics, mathematics, CAx, technology management, basics of computer science and electrical engineering (Curriculum)
  • Bachelor’s thesis: Interaction of Mechatronic Components in the Drivetrain (excellent)

Practical Experience

Development of Automated Driving and Driver Assistance Systems

Magna Steyr — Graz, Austria

  • Working student in the technical area of chassis and powertrain engineering
  • Systems engineering and integration of future Advanced Driver Assistance Systems
  • Adaptation of development processes based on future strategies and business models
  • Concepts for the integration and validation of future fully autonomous driving systems
  • Support in the area of functional safety (ISO 26262) in concept development
  • Assist the team leader for ADAS integration and chassis/powertrain in various projects

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Program Management, Electrification and AWD

Magna Powertrain — Lannach, Austria

  • Working student in the program management of global product programs
  • Coordination of interfaces between engineering, sales, production and procurement
  • Support of the Program Managers and the Director Program Management Europe
  • Participation in customer meetings with change, schedule and offer negotiations
  • Integration in SE teams with resource planning and tracking of different topics
  • Support in the management of various product programs over the product life cycle from concept and acquisition to the end of production (regarding quality, timing and costs)

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Vehicle Engineering, Testing and Quality BEV (Taycan)

Porsche — Weissach, Germany

  • Support the team leader prototype management and testing BEV and sports car series
  • Analysis and optimization of global vehicle testing strategies and endurance test plans
  • Preparation of documents for presentation to the executive management of Porsche
  • Participation in budget planning and controlling of the BEV project (engineering)
  • Assistance in the Department of overall vehicle engineering, testing and quality
  • Involvement in SE teams, E-Department control cycles and series committees
  • Evaluation of market analysis, charging infrastructure and customer field data
  • Planning of the endurance and complete vehicle tests of the first BEV derivative

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Engineering Project Management, AWD and eDrive

Magna Powertrain — Lannach, Austria

  • Working student in the technical overall engineering project management
  • Supporting the Project Managers (technical & integration) and Department Manager
  • Resource planning and controlling of projects (budget, work packages and time)
  • Technical guidance in a variety of custom powertrain projects (axles and transfer cases)
  • Cost and forecast analyzes as well as scheduling of projects (also with OEM)
  • Support the daily operations with the system integration in project management

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Powertrain Engineering, Transmission Mechanics and Testing

Mercedes-AMG — Affalterbach, Germany

  • Planning, organization, implementation and evaluation of powertrain tests
  • Dimensioning and designing hydraulic components in the clutch and transmission
  • Documentation and evaluation of diagnostic findings and benchmark tests
  • Organization and assistance in test setups (development vehicle & test bench)
  • Coordination of parts / development parts logistics and test stand commissioning
  • Support daily business operations and continuous contact with other departments: workshop, construction, application and suppliers (and across internal plants)

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Test Driver

AVL — Graz, Austria

  • Testing of functional endurance runners, prototype and pre-series vehicles within the framework of data record management of engine development and calibration
  • Measurement and recording of parameters of the control units and other sensors in the engine and exhaust system using ETAS INCA during test drives

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Lead Yacht Designer

K2 Vision — Lenzerheide, Switzerland

  • Responsible for the overall design and construction of a 35m long ship
  • Deck planning of the four decks, complete exterior and interior design
  • Planning of supply lines and installations (electricity, water, IT)
  • Creation of photorealistic renderings for product and advertising images
  • Project work in the home office and on site at the shipyard in the Maldives

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Research and Development

Reutter — Nellmersbach, Germany

  • Prototype development and optimization of tank and SCR systems
  • Test report, sampling (PSW) in accordance with PPAP
  • Creation of multi-language presentations and work instructions
  • Participation in meetings with the OEM: Decision and implementation of actions
  • Creation of standardized DVP&Rs for all product groups, based on diverse customer requirements, specifications and international standards.

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Project and Process Management Support

Ingenieurbüro Kurt Wilfinger — Affalterbach, Germany

  • Project planning and simulations of photovoltaic systems and LED light technology
  • Building automation: Creation of visualizations, graphical user interfaces and logics for the GIRA HomeServer. KNX-Bus and interface programming.
  • Graphic design and web development

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Prototype Manufacturing and Test Laboratory

Reutter — Nellmersbach, Germany

  • Research, prototyping and development of filler caps and SCR systems
  • Creation of a test and time plan for a complete product release (DVP&R)
  • Measurements in the test laboratory, validations, development and series tests
  • Analysis, result interpretations, documentation and preparing presentations

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Quality Management and Quality Assurance

Reutter — Myjava, Slovakia

  • Quality assurance and optimization of radiator caps and valves
  • Machine and process capability investigations (cpk)
  • Production scrap analysis and documentation with tolerance studies
  • Production scrap reduction of 15% by process optimization in the manufactory on locations in Germany, Austria and Slovakia

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Production, Assembly and Quality Assurance

GETRAG FORD Transmissions — Ludwigsburg, Germany

  • Cooperation in production, hardening shop, final assembly and quality control
  • Testing of engine control and transmission gears on measuring machines

Communication Designer

design hoch drei — Stuttgart, Germany

  • Design of print, digital and online products for Mercedes-Benz
  • Creation of the trade fair appearance for Herrenknecht

Work Experience Internship

Mercedes-AMG — Affalterbach, Germany

  • Work in the Performance Studio on vehicle customization
  • Assistance with assembly for the Mercedes-AMG G-Class

Personal Skills

Qualification and Engagement


German  —   native

English  —   fluent

French  —   basic

Voluntary Work

Member of VDI

Verein Deutscher Ingenieure - The Association of German Engineers

  • Committed member of the Association of German Engineers
  • Participation in various networking and further education events

Member of IAESTE Graz

International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience

  • Vice President and Member of the Board for Marketing — FY 17/18: Representation of the President and taking minutes of meetings. Responsible for marketing-related issues.
  • Auditor — FY 15/16: Responsible for the ongoing business control and audit of the financial management of the Management Board. Supervision of the proper accounting.
  • Member of the Board for Marketing — FY 14/15: Development and implementation of marketing strategies for our projects and the voluntary participation at IAESTE Graz. Design of marketing material, advertising, social media administration and branding.
  • Deputy Career Fair Manager TECONOMY Graz — FY 13/14: Organizing the greatest career fair for students in Austria with around 100 companies and over 4000 visitors.
  • Exchange Incoming Team — FY 12/13: Checking the incoming nominations for internship offers. Interviewing the international candidates on the telephone in English.


No matter what.