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, R&D, new technologies, creative and innovative products, future mobility, big data

Graduate engineer and Product Owner with know-how 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 mass production readiness and market introduction. Creative team player and analytical problem-solver with an exceptionally quick grasp. Following my Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration, I’ve graduated in the international Master’s program Production Science and Management. In addition to various practical experience, I also run a start-up which has been profitable since its foundation. Through certified training courses I continuously improve and broaden my skills. 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


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; 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)

Professional Experience

Project Manager Vehicle Engineering, Prototypes

BMW Group — Munich, Germany

  • Responsible for hardware realization of conversion projects across product lines
  • Responsible for the hardware offer product line MINI, compact class BMW and BMW i
  • Decision-making authority on the building phase type and evaluation of hardware needs
  • Product Owner for a cross-departmental IT system (new development from task force)
  • 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, Technology and Innovation

4ward concepts — Ludwigsburg, Germany

  • Co-founder and Managing Director with a focus on technology and innovation
  • Development and conception of innovative products, services and business models in the field of sports and their distribution as well as investments in this field
  • Hardware product development from concept and prototyping to series production
  • Supply chain management, supplier selection, purchasing and quality management
  • Overall responsibility for marketing, design and branding of all company brands
  • Performing cost accounting, controlling and resource planning
  • Management of the entire IT structure, software tools, servers, accounts and systems

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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.

Further Education

Courses, Certificates and Awards

AI Product Manager
Udacity Nanodegree - 02/2021
Become a Supply Chain Manager
LinkedIn Lernpfad - 01/2021
Finance for Non-Finance Managers
LinkedIn - 01/2021
Process Improvement Foundations
LinkedIn - 01/2021
Leading Projects
LinkedIn - 01/2021
Supply Chain & Ops Management
LinkedIn - 01/2021
Inventory Management Foundations
LinkedIn - 01/2021
Logistics Foundations
LinkedIn - 01/2021
Purchasing Foundations
LinkedIn - 01/2021
Supply Chain Foundations
LinkedIn - 01/2021
Predictive Analytics for Business
Udacity Nanodegree - 01/2021
Linux Command Line
LinkedIn - 12/2020
Advanced Network Hacking
Udemy - 12/2020
Ethical Hacking from Scratch
Udemy - 12/2020
Product Management
LinkedIn - 12/2020
Tableau: Visual Data Analysis
Udemy - 12/2020
Dieter Rams: Principles of Good Design
LinkedIn - 12/2020
Become a Python Developer
LinkedIn Learning Path - 12/2020
Marketing Analytics: Forecasting Models
Udemy - 11/2020
Becoming a Power BI Expert
LinkedIn Learning Path - 11/2020
Excel: Cube Functions
LinkedIn - 11/2020
Excel: Power Pivot
LinkedIn - 11/2020
Scrum for Scrum Masters
Udemy - 11/2020
Power Query in Excel for Experts
LinkedIn - 11/2020
Microsoft Power BI for Experts
LinkedIn - 11/2020
Microsoft Power BI Basics
LinkedIn - 10/2020
CATIA V5: Class A Surfacing
LinkedIn - 08/2020
Fusion 360: Design for Plastics
LinkedIn - 08/2020
Basic Part Modeling
LinkedIn - 08/2020
3D Printed Product Enclosures
LinkedIn - 08/2020
Blender 2.83 Essentials
LinkedIn - 08/2020
Lightweight design for engineers
LinkedIn - 07/2020
PCB Design with EAGLE
LinkedIn - 07/2020
Fusion 360: Design for Metal
LinkedIn - 07/2020
Learning Fusion 360 CAM
LinkedIn - 07/2020
Fusion 360: Generative Design
LinkedIn - 07/2020
Fusion 360: Design for Mechatronics
LinkedIn - 07/2020
3D Scanning: Mesh to Model
LinkedIn - 07/2020
Digital Transformation: Technologies
LinkedIn Learning Path - 07/2020
DevOps Basics
LinkedIn - 07/2020
Machine Learning on MS Azure
LinkedIn - 07/2020
IoT with Microsoft Technologies
LinkedIn - 07/2020
Cloud-Computing Concepts
LinkedIn - 07/2020
Blockchain Basics
LinkedIn - 07/2020
Big Data: Methodologies and Concepts
LinkedIn - 07/2020
Data Scientist: Tools
LinkedIn Learning Path - 06/2020
Tableau 10 Basics
LinkedIn - 06/2020
LinkedIn - 06/2020
R und R Studio Basics
LinkedIn - 06/2020
Mathematica and Wolfram Language
LinkedIn - 06/2020
Data Science Basics
LinkedIn - 06/2020
Mathematik for Programmers
LinkedIn - 06/2020
Data Structures (Coding)
LinkedIn - 06/2020
Becoming a Project Coordinator
LinkedIn Learning Path - 06/2020
Using Gantt Diagrams
LinkedIn - 06/2020
Time Management
LinkedIn - 06/2020
Basics of Prorgamming
LinkedIn - 06/2020
Moderate meetings
LinkedIn - 06/2020
Working in a Team
LinkedIn - 06/2020
Successful Communication
LinkedIn - 06/2020
Writing Reports
LinkedIn - 06/2020
Becoming a Project Manager
LinkedIn Learning Path - 05/2020
Simplified Project Management
LinkedIn - 05/2020
Becoming an Agile Project Manager
LinkedIn Learning Path - 05/2020
Agile Retrospektives
LinkedIn - 05/2020
Reporting with agile Boards
LinkedIn - 05/2020
Planning with User Stories
LinkedIn - 05/2020
Agile working
LinkedIn - 05/2020
Building an Agile Team
LinkedIn - 05/2020
Lateral Leadership
LinkedIn - 05/2020
Power BI Desktop
LinkedIn - 04/2020
Lean Six Sigma
LinkedIn - 01/2020
Kanban Basics
LinkedIn - 01/2020
Productive Agile Meetings
LinkedIn - 01/2020
Agile Leadership with OKR
LinkedIn - 01/2020
Applying Agile Methodologies
LinkedIn Learning Path - 01/2020
Design Thinking Practice
LinkedIn - 12/2019
Design Thinking Basics
LinkedIn - 12/2019
Scrum: Scrum Master
LinkedIn Learning Path - 12/2019
Excel Dynamic Arrays
LinkedIn - 12/2019
DAX (Excel & Power BI)
LinkedIn - 12/2019
Agile Project Management
LinkedIn Learning Path - 12/2019
Strategic Negotiation
LinkedIn - 12/2019
Scrum: Product Owner
LinkedIn Learning Path - 12/2019
Python 3 Basics
LinkedIn - 12/2019
Excel VBA Solutions
LinkedIn - 12/2019
Excel Data Analysis
LinkedIn - 12/2019
Access Selection Queries
LinkedIn - 12/2019
Access Office 365
LinkedIn - 12/2019
Python Bootcamp
Udemy - 10/2019
Management and Controlling
LinkedIn - 07/2019
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
FranklinCovey - 02/2019
Online Marketing Basics
Google - 04/2018
Merit-based Scholarship
TU Graz - 12/2017
Magna - 10/2017
Data Analysis with R
Facebook - 05/2017
The Analytics Edge
MIT - 06/2016
Analyzing and Visualizing Data
Microsoft - 05/2016
Technology Entrepreneurship
Stanford - 05/2016
Shaping the Future of Work
MIT - 05/2016
Computer Science 101
Stanford - 05/2016
English Expert
Duolingo - 09/2015
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No matter what.

Max Wilfinger

Mobile: +43 160-158-1993

80797 Munich