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Christian Ritzer

Automotive & machines: program mgmt. & development

The overall result has to be optimized - together we will find the best solution

from now
Interim Manager since: 01/2004
Update: 30.04.2024

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Ricoman - Interimsmanagement und Beratung - in Entwicklung und Projekten (Ingenieurbüro), München

Mühlthaler Str. 106 b
D-81475 München
rq.anzbpve@ep

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+49 151 17343132

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Short profile

Intro
I will contribute to the success of your company using my specific expertise, appropriate methods, and my entrepreneurial and holistic mind set. Together we create the best fitting solutions for you and your company. As mechanical engineer (Technische Universitaet Munich and University of Massachusetts, Amherst) I gained relevant practical experience as R&D engineer, project and program manager, department head, general manager, and interim manager in the automotive and aeronautics industry.
Experience overview
  • Research and Development in Aerospace- and Automotive-Industry
  • Project- and Program-Management
  • Launchmanagement, including relocation and commissioning, international
  • Innovationmanagement and development of new products
  • Setup of R&D organizations
  • R&D and General Management
  • International Cooperation, Experience in working abroad
Tasks
  • Project Management
  • Restructuring / Reorganization, close to insolvency
  • Building a Company / Business
  • Management
Leitung & Optimierung Produktentwicklung
Management / Koordination im Serienanlauf
Kostenreduktion, Produktbaukasten
Functions
  • Research & Development
  • Management / General Management / Board
  • Engineering
  • Operations
Projektmanagement (Program Management)
Verlagerung (Relocation)
Beratung (Consulting)
Role in the company
  • 1st Level / Executive Board / Management
  • 2nd Level / Division Management / Department Management
  • Program Manager
  • Projekt Manager (Leitung)
  • Consultant, Advisor
Industry experience
  • Plant Engineering
  • Automotive, Supplier
  • Automotive, Zulieferer
  • Aerospace
  • Mechanical Engineering
Entwicklung von Composite-Bauteilen
Leichtbau
Type of company
  • Owner-managed / Family Business
  • Corporation / Group
  • Medium-sized Enterprise
  • Start-up
Regions (Regions where you have proven experience)
  • Austria
  • Germany
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Slovakia
USA
Languages
  • German (Muttersprache)
Special certificates and awards
  • TU München: Dipl.-Ing Maschinenbau
  • University of Massachusetts: Aufbaustudium Computer Aided Engineering & Organizational Behaviour
  • AGILE: Professional Scrum Product Owner and Scrum Master
Special skills
  • Strategie erarbeiten 
  • Aktionen festlegen, einleiten und verfolgen         
  • Organisationen und Strukturen optimieren
  • Aufgaben (und Werke) verlagern 
  • Entwicklungsabteilungen aufbauen
  • Motivation verbessern und Kooperation forcieren, auch in wirtschaftlich schwierigen Zeiten 
  • neue Technologien einführen
  • anspruchsvolle Bauteile entwickeln

IM projects (self employed)


Company description

Engineering Company with good expertise in material science and FEM calculation and simulation

City / place
München
Reason for dismissal
Kunde verlangt Zertifizierung nach ISO 9001:2015 in naher Zukung´ft
Area of responsibility (sales and employees)
no responsibility for turnover or human resources
Mission
preparation of the organization for certification
Measures taken
  •  analysis and description of processes
  • creation of documents
  • relaunch of company presentation
Achieved Achievements
  • relevant processes defined and documented
  • overview over the business model 
Special challenges
solution had to be fitting to the structure of the successful company

Company description

innovative automotive OEM in cooperation with midsize supplier

City / place
München
Reason for dismissal
Verzug bei einem sehr anspruchsvollen Serienanlauf mit neuer Technologie, Kommunikation und Koordination zwischen OEM und Lieferant war zu verbessern
Area of responsibility (sales and employees)
Executive Consultant, coordinator and launch manager
no direct responsibilty for turnover or staff
Mission
  • coordination on site, improvement of communication, pushing improvements
  • project and action plans; detailed planning and visualization of measures for ramp up
  • organization and moderation of meetings to enable sufficient production during launch
Measures taken
see above
Achieved Achievements
  • organization and moderation of regular meetings on different levels
  • clear definition of actions and their influence on output
  • sufficient production, no stop 
 
Special challenges
urgent, supply for production was in danger

Company description

one of the largest manufacturers of packaging machines

Company turnover in Mio $
90 Mio USD
Number of employees in company
550
City / place
Duetschland
Reason for dismissal
Zur besseren Betreuung der Kunden in verschiedenen Regionen der Welt wurden lokale Werkzeumacher gesucht. Die unternehmenseigene Organisation benötigte dazu Unterstützung mt Erfahrung.
Area of responsibility (sales and employees)
none
Mission
  • creation, alignment, and presentation of business- and cooperation-models
  • search, selection, and certification of external tool partners
  • support for completion of critical projects, trouble shooting
Measures taken
see above
Achieved Achievements
  • business model for cooperation and exchange of know-how created and presented
  • possible partners found and pre-selected, business model explained to preselected partners and feedback used for improvement
  • internal experts supported to solve some challenges
Special challenges
  • Negotiations with potential partners could have been conducted only by videoconference, due to travel-limitations (Covid pandemic).
  • restricted capacity for this project in top management 

Company description

Development and production of chillers for extremely safety-critical powerstations

Company turnover in Mio $
20 Mio USD
Number of employees in company
100
City / place
Süddeutschland
Reason for dismissal
Der Kunde wuchs von einem "Handwerksbetrieb" zu einem Mittelständler. Wegen sehr anspruchsvoller Kunden (Konzerne) und sicherheitskritischer Projekte musste die Organisation wachsen und optimiert werden. Dazu benötigte das Unternehmen Unterstützung: Erfahrung und Lösungsvorschläge.
Area of responsibility (sales and employees)
none
Mission
  • analysis of company status and organization, proposals for improvement
  • creation and harmonization of scenarios for future vision, mission, and strategy
  • improvement of digital processes in product development and project management
Measures taken
see above
Achieved Achievements
  • clear scenarios for strategy as a basis for the discussion between management and shareholders
  • improvement of the capacity planning (project to workfloor)
  • further digitalization of processes in product development 
Special challenges
  • different understanding of the market between stakeholders
  • strategy not satisfying for customers

Company description

Development and production of machines to deburr and wash machine and vehicle components

Company turnover in Mio $
36 Mio USD
Number of employees in company
215
City / place
Bayern
Reason for dismissal
Inhaber-geführtes Unternehmen am Rande der Insolvenz Organisation im Umbruch: Einführung der C-Level-Funktionen bisheriger Leiter des Projektmanagements verlässt das Unternehmen Viele Projekte aus verschiedenen Gründen verspätet und/oder technisch nicht ausreichend gelöst
Area of responsibility (sales and employees)
all projects, about 15 employees in project mangement
Mission
  • head of project management
  • optimization of processes in order handling
  • completion of critical projects from the past 
Measures taken
  • reorganization of project management
  • introduction of standards (documentation, procedures, meetings, etc.)
  • support of project managers
  • support to solve technical issues
 
Achieved Achievements
  • new projects are strictly evaluated, planned, and completed
  • risks and cost from overdue projects are clearly stated and reduced
  • improvement actions are planned and completed
Special challenges
  • employees are insecure about the future, some are leaving the company
  • reduced work-time due to economic situation reduces the capacity
  • customers are unsatisfied, have to be especially cared for 

Company description

Automotive supplier with chinese owner produces battery box for an innovative car

Company turnover in Mio $
150 Mio USD
Number of employees in company
850
City / place
Bayern
Reason for dismissal
Projekt stark im Verzug Projektmangement mit interner Kapazität nicht ausreichend bisheriger Projektleiter fällt aus viele technische Herausforderungen durch neue Technologien und Lieferumfänge
Area of responsibility (sales and employees)
project team with about 67 persons
turnover for this project is about 150 Mio. EUR
Mission
  • optimization and restructuring of program management
  • leding and supporting the team in very difficult phases of the program: process planning, industrial engineering, launch of erial production
  • special tasks in program, change, and launchmanagement
Measures taken
see above
Achieved Achievements
  • clear allocation of tasks and follow up
  • transparent and harmonized program planning
  • clear planning of budget and expenses
Special challenges
new technology, new product, new customer, new part size and handling, new owner, new management, new production plant, ... (would have been quite a challenge for every supplier)

Company description

international supplier of brake systems for commercial vehicles

Company turnover in Mio $
3300 Mio USD
Number of employees in company
16000
City / place
Deutschland
Reason for dismissal
Das Projektmanagement sollte mit Hilfe einer externen Beratung verbessert werden
Area of responsibility (sales and employees)
none
Mission
  • analysis of critical issues
  • elaboration of improvement measures in project management and purchasing
  • enhancement of the cooperation between several locations in Germany and Poland
  • implementation and change management 
Measures taken
  • analysis
  • elaboration and presentation of proposals for improvement
Achieved Achievements
  • better transparence
  • clear allocation of tasks and responsibility
  • improved harmonization between related projects

Company description

international supplier for locking systems

Company turnover in Mio $
1400 Mio USD
Number of employees in company
7800
City / place
Deutschland
Reason for dismissal
In Zusammenarbeit mit einem OEM wurde über mehrere Jahre ein Sensor mit einer neuen, innovativen Technologie entwickelt. Das Projektteam hatte aber keine Erfahrung mit Industrialisierung und Serienproduktion. Dazu wurde externe Unterstützung beauftragt.
Area of responsibility (sales and employees)
abaout 15 persons in project team
Mission
  •  leading the project in cooperation with employed project manager, improved reporting
  • development, industrial engineering, and launch of this mechatronic system although order was very late 
  • analysis and mitigation of critical issues, definition and tracking of actions
  • support and coaching of the team to cope with many changes and technical drawbacks
Measures taken
see above
Achieved Achievements
  • customer and managemet are still supporting the project
  • frequently occuring challenges caused by this new technology were accepted and got solved
  • very productive cooperation with customer, suppliers, project team, and management
Special challenges
new technology and suitability for application in cars

Company description

prducer of application systems

Company turnover in Mio $
170 Mio USD
Number of employees in company
800
City / place
Bayern
Reason for dismissal
Nach deer Übernahme des mittelständichen Betriebs forderte der Mutterkonzern verschiedene Projektmanagement-Werkzueg und geeignete Berichte. Diese sollten eingeführt werden, ohne die Organisation zu belasten.
Area of responsibility (sales and employees)
about 8 people in project management
Mission
  • introduction of capable methods for management and reporting
  • change management: make people understand how to work for a large company
  • coordination of a large development project for a new product group
Measures taken
  • analysis of existing tools, reports, etc.
  • use as far as it made sense
  • introduction of additional means in cooperation with contact person oin mother company
Achieved Achievements
  • methods and tools were accepted by employees and appreciated by managers
  • the cooperaqtion project started with structure, as planned
  • the new head of development liked to use this elements as a basis 

Company description

commercial vehicle manufacturer

Company turnover in Mio $
5000 Mio USD
Number of employees in company
15000
City / place
Deutschland
Reason for dismissal
Das Unternehmen musste eine Vakanz überbrücken.
Area of responsibility (sales and employees)
technical management of about 66 employees
Mission
  • ensure succes of the development of components in the areas of undercarriage, steering, brake, drive shafts, and Advanced Driver Assitance Systems (ADAS)
  • actions to improve efficiency
  • elaborate model for the cooperation with other parts of the company group
Achieved Achievements
  • analysis, proposals to improve organization
  • efficient, agile cooperation with internal team
  • profit for customer through use of view from outside
  • positive feedback of conatct persons
Special challenges
large company with complex organization
City / place
Deutschland, Österreich, Slowakei, Polen

Work history (permanent employment)

City / place
München
Remarks
general management, sales, marketing, customer relationship,
optimization of process for the development in house and for customers,
enhancement of organization and reporting,
development and implementation of new strategy: markets and services
supporting customers in their cooperation with OEM
Employees: ca. 20
Sales volume: ca. 2 Mio €
City / place
Stockdorf
Remarks
automotive supplier (tier1), roof systems
about 40 million €/year planned turnover for this Project,
responsible for development and launch of panoramic sunroof module for Mercedes E-class with solar Generator,
3 innovations successfully implemented
Sales volume: 800 Mio €
City / place
München und Oslo (Norwegen)
Remarks
development and introduction of a new process for surface protection,
start of a new company as a part of an international Group,
search and selection of suppliers and sales-partners,
Close cooperation with customers and suppliers
Sales volume: < 10 Mio €
City / place
München und Donauwörth
Remarks
development and design of components and systems for helicopters,
CAD/CAM, lightweight design, (carbon) fiber reinforced plastics, , system integration, selection and qualification of suppliers, certification of aircraft, cost reduction, KAIZEN, customer relations, international cooperation
Sales volume: ca. 500 Mio €

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