Max Wilfinger

graduate industrial engineer


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



Program Management, Product Development, Strategy


Interesting professional lectures and industry events


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

Graduate engineer with know-how in cross-functional program management and engineering, 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 English Master's program Production Science and Management. In addition, I've already completed a number of internships in the automotive industry and learned a variety of graphic and simulation software as well as programming languages auto-didactically. As an early adopter I am passionate about functional product design and new technologies.


I have worked for

Curriculum Vitae

My Resume


MSc in Production Science and Management

Graz University of Technology — Graz, Austria

English Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration graduate studies with focus on Product Development, Program Management, Strategic Planning, Product Excellence, Innovation, Internet of Things (IoT), Lean Strategies and Leadership. Curriculum
Master's thesis with Magna and the Institute of Automotive Engineering: Development Process Optimization of Mechatronic Systems in Automotive Applications – excellent (A)
Graduated with distinction; recipient of FSI-scholarship and TU merit-based scholarship.

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BSc in Mechanical Engineering and Business Administration

Graz University of Technology — Graz, Austria

Undergraduate studies with focus on Engineering Mechanics, Mathematics, Thermodynamics, CAD, Industrial Engineering and Technology Management. Curriculum
Bachelor's thesis with Magna Powertrain and the Institute of Automotive Engineering:
"Interaction of Mechatronic Systems in the Drivetrain" (in German)

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Abitur (German secondary school leaving examination)

Friedrich-Schiller-Gymnasium — Marbach am Neckar, Germany

Advanced courses: Mathematics, German, English, Economics and Biology.

Professional Experience

Vehicle Engineering, Prototype Management

BMW Group — Munich, Germany

  • Responsible for hardware realization of conversion projects across product lines
  • Responsible for the hardware offer product line MINI and compact class BMW
  • Planning and management of retrofitting projects of test vehicles (complete vehicle)
  • Decision-making authority on the building phase type and evaluation of hardware needs
  • Interface management between product line, engineering and production
  • Product configuration of non-series-like production phases (prototypes)
  • Process analysis and optimization within the hardware process chain
  • Development of concepts in the area of overall demand determination

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Founder and CEO

4ward concepts — Ludwigsburg, Germany

  • 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
  • Performing cost accounting, controlling and resource planning
  • Handling supplier selection, purchasing, quality management, logistics and distribution
  • Overall responsibility for marketing, design and branding of all company brands
  • Management of the entire IT structure, software tools, servers, accounts and systems

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Advanced Driver Assistance Systems Integration

Magna Steyr Engineering — Graz, Austria

  • Working student in the technical area of chassis and powertrain engineering
  • Support the vehicle integration of future Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS)
  • 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

Magna Powertrain — Lannach, Austria

  • Working student in the program management of global product programs
  • Coordination of interfaces between engineering, sales, production and procurement
  • Assistant 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 "Mission E"

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
  • Support in the overall planning and operation of development vehicles and tests

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Engineering Project Management

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

I tested functional endurance cars, prototypes, development and pre-series vehicles as part of the data set management and motor development / calibration. Mainly for cars of the BMW Group and Mercedes-Benz (Daimler AG). Measured and recorded OBD values, parameters of the engine control unit and from other sensors in the engine and exhaust system with INCA during the test drives.

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Yacht Designer

K2 Vision — Lenzerheide, Switzerland

Responsible for the overall design and 3D modeling of a 35 m (115 ft) yacht with four decks: Planning of all four decks, interior and exterior design, planning of the installation pipes (power, water, IT, media..). Creation of high-resolution, photo-realistic renderings for product images. From the Home Office and in the shipyard on site on 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

  • Support the Quality Management Officer and Chief Quality Assurance
  • 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

Participation in manufacturing, heat treatment shop, final assembly and quality control. Testing of engine control and transmission gears on measuring machines and test rigs.

Communication Designer

design hoch drei — Stuttgart, Germany

I was involved in creating designs of print and online products but also fair appearances on behalf of Daimler AG (Mercedes-Benz Cars) and Herrenknecht AG.

Work Experience Internship

Mercedes-AMG — Affalterbach, Germany

Support in the Performance Studio with the vehicle individualization and at the Mercedes-AMG G-Class manufactory.

Personal Skills

Qualification and Engagement


German  —   native

English  —   fluent

French  —   basic

Voluntary Work

Member of VDI

Verein Deutscher Ingenieure - The Association of German Engineers

Student member of the VDI (Association of German Engineers). Committed participation in various networking and educational events in the Munich and Stuttgart area.

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.


Competence and Proficiency


Through projects but also internships in the automotive industry, I have gained a lot of experience in the overall vehicle and component development and had intensive insights into the various departments and business processes.


I work reliable and organized. I always bring in new ideas, therefore my research and engineering has already contributed to several patents and major improvements in the development of products, existing components and processes.


In addition to studying and working, I am involved in voluntary student organizations for the organization of great career fairs, excursions to various companies and the international exchange of students for technical experience / internships.


Besides my interest in digitalization and "Internet of Things", I have a very high affinity for the automotive industry. I am open for radical things and interested in new technologies, forward-looking ideas and eager to develop things further.

Team Work

I like working with people and it is essential for me to work in a team together and rely on each other, regardless of whether it is in my daily work or the engagement in voluntary student organizations besides my studies.


I have already demonstrated creative and pragmatic ways of thinking, such as finding solutions, in various companies. I am also very passionate about creativity in the sense of great design, excellent functionality and inspiring content.

Further Education

Courses, Certificates and Awards

Python for Data Science


3-month course

DAX (Excel and Power BI Desktop)


2-month course

Python and R for Data Science


3-month course

Machine Learning Data Science


2-month course

Ethical Hacking


3-month course

Python Bootcamp


2-month course — received: Oktober 2019

Online Marketing


Digital Garage — received: April 2018

Merit-based Scholarship

Graz University of Technology

for excellent exam results — received: December 2017

FSI Scholarship

FSI / Magna

for the Master's thesis — received: October 2017

Data Analysis with R

by Facebook

2-month course — received: May 2017

The Analytics Edge

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

3-month course — received: June 2016

Analyzing and Visualizing Data


2-month course — received: May 2016

Technology Entrepreneurship

Stanford University

2-month course — received: May 2016

Computer Science 101

Stanford University

6-week course — received: March 2016


No matter what.

Max Wilfinger

Mobile: +43 160-158-1993

80797 Munich