Head of Target Costing and Cost Engineering (m/f/d) - REF61643C

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We are looking for you, a Head of Target Costing and Cost Engineering (m/f/diverse), to support our Business Area Automotive at the location Babenhausen.

Your tasks will focus on the following activities:


  • Leading the global target costing organization (leaders and people)
  • Consultant to management and other related functions
  • Refine target costing vision and strategy 
  • (Further) Embed Target Costing into overall organization and process landscape

Guidance & Governance

  • Worldwide implementation of cost engineering methods
  • Responsibility for all commercial targets in all customer project quotations
  • Building up and training of target costing specialists, team development and continuous adaptation of team tasks to business needs
  • Establish standards & processes together with all customer project related functions

Target Costing

  • Driving cost reduction measures in all phases of a project 
  • Financial evaluation of technical concepts and alternatives
  • Costing evaluation, target setting and benchmarking for products, components, processes, manufacturing concepts, tooling in quotation phase
  • Guiding worldwide cost review process for selective products in production
  • Financial evaluation of standardization concepts
  • Cost improvement measures for A-parts and tracking of implementation
  • Evaluation and Driving of Make or Buy - operationally and strategically
  • Supplier and fair visits to follow technical trends and enhancing target costing knowledge


  • Supporting purchasing in supplier negotiations - technically and commercially incl. cost value analysis activities
  • Supporting project and sales teams in customer negotiations - technically and commercially (concepts, cost breakdowns, change management) - as counterpart to customer's cost value teams
  • Supporting business case evaluations
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  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in economics or industrial engineering (preferably) with affinity for controlling or comparable education
  • Several years relevant work and management experience in Target Costing/Cost Engineering and project controlling of an multinational technology driven company, preferably in Automotive (Cost Analysis Expertise of an OEM)
  • Experience in project work and with interfunctional teams
  • Knowledge regarding product costing/cost engineering and project controlling, purchasing / product management / business development preferred
  • Strong business acumen and thorough understanding of commercial and technical business aspects
  • Several completed projects regarding financial process-/tool implementation
  • Several years of experience in leading leaders and Experience with international teams and with Management
  • Strong technical understanding
  • Experience in controlling and financial systems (eg.: SAP (ERP), cost engineering, MS Office applications, accounting, data analytics)
  • Fluent German and English language skills in written and spoken 
  • Strong intercultural and social competency, experienced to lead international, interdisciplinary and virtual teams
  • Management and communication skills
  • Analytical setting, strategic thinking, commercial Know-how, ability to solve complex problems

Applications from severely handicapped people are welcome.

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Mes siūlome

We want to take care of our employees – because we can only develop as an organization with a committed team. This is why we not only offer an exciting job surrounding in an international, innovative technology company but a lot more such as

  • a culture that enables our employees to grow
  • a multitude of learning & training opportunities
  • possibilities for flex work, mobile work (also abroad) & sabbatical
  • a company pension plan
  • exclusive employee discounts with our Corporate Benefits
  • local offers (canteen & bistro, company gas station, free parking, electric vehicle charging stations, health initiatives)

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Apie mus

Continental develops pioneering technologies and services for sustainable and connected mobility of people and their goods. Founded in 1871, the technology company offers safe, efficient, intelligent and affordable solutions for vehicles, machines, traffic and transportation. In 2022, Continental generated sales of €39.4 billion and currently employs around 200,000 people in 57 countries and markets.

The Automotive group sector comprises technologies for passive safety, brake, chassis, motion and motion control systems. Innovative solutions for assisted and automated driving, display and operating technologies, as well as audio and camera solutions for the vehicle interior, are also part of the portfolio, as is intelligent information and communication technology for the mobility services of fleet operators and commercial vehicle manufacturers. Comprehensive activities relating to connectivity technologies, vehicle electronics and high-performance computers round off the range of products and services.

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