Project Manager (Potential relocation to USA)

Triz Engineering
6 March 2023
San Jose, Costa Rica
Job Type
Costa Rica


Triz Engineering Solutions is looking for a Program Manager to form part of our advanced product development team. Candidates must fit the DNA of our company culture, be dynamic and embrace change. Apart from a contained and well-rounded person with a high EQ level, he/she will be required to deal with complexity in a fast-paced environment. The person needs to be a self-starter with attention to detail and bring a positive energy to the work environment, with a willingness to excel in their role.

Autocar®, LLC, headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, is a leader in engineering, assembling, and servicing severe duty trucks. With a steady stream of innovations to their Xpeditor® line - ranging from improved ergonomic cabs and integrated controls to a new hybrid-drive refuse truck – along with a steady stream of new products - Autocar®, LLC has staked out a position as the industry's technology and innovation leader. Moreover, they have forged strong partnerships with the leading suppliers in the business, including, Allison®, Cummins®, ArvinMeritor®, Hendrickson®, and others. Autocar®, LLC is the oldest North American vehicle nameplate in North America – dating back to 1897 - and has delivered more than double the natural gas vehicles than all of our competitors combined.


The candidate will work from Triz Engineering Solutions in San Jose, Costa Rica with the possibility to emigrate to Autocar in Birmingham, Alabama, or Hagerstown, Indiana USA if required after 1 year.

*All U.S. based employment is subject to company discretion and U.S. legal and visa requirements.

Position: Program Manager
Job Type: Full-time
Company: Triz Engineering
Location: San Jose, Costa Rica
Birmingham, Alabama, or Hagerstown, Indiana USA
Reports to: Chief Engineer (Triz/Autocar) and customer’s engineering/program managers


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical, Mechatronic or Electronic Engineering
  • Minimum 5-10 Years of experience in Automotive Engineering Development
  • 3 – 5 Years of experience in Project Management experience
  • Good understanding of automotive industry stakeholders, practices, and processes.
  • Willing to relocate to the USA
  • Willing to travel overseas for variable periods
  • South African Citizenship

Brief Description of your duties: 

Project Managers are responsible for planning and coordinating the execution of their team’s tasks to ensure the timeliness and quality of the required deliverables. In addition, they must interact with clients to determine and understand their requirements and ensure they are met.

Project Managers are responsible for mentoring, motivating and efficiently utilizing assigned team members to achieve project goals.

Project Managers report to Senior Management and customers regarding project schedule, budget performance, Risk, and Issue mitigation planning, etc.


Execute development programs from start to production flawlessly

  • Develop project plans, including detailed statements of work, cost estimations and work breakdown structures.
  • Interact, support and drive execution between all project stakeholders
  • Report project performance to senior management and or program manager

Execute development activities flawlessly.

  • Ensure adherence to the relevant process
  • Asses overall project risk daily and provide decisions and directions to mitigate the risk.
  • Ensure accuracy of regular project management reports (resource loading, dates, task status, budgets, risks)
  • Schedule and host internal and external design reviews
  • Manage projects across company departments
  • Develop and improve Project management processes
  • Identify, understand, and facilitate the resolution of technical, commercial or other program-related issues.

Execute development programs within budget

  • Develop and total cost for development project
  • Monitor cost vs quality and perforce and take corrective action where necessary.
  • Report on cost to senior management

Develop customizable products that are mass-produced

  • Ensure project development supports manufacturing to scale
  • Manage project and task timelines to ensure that agreed milestones are reached and to communicate and plan for non-compliance on time.

Support and develop engineering talent development

  • Management of various electrical design resources throughout a project
  • Interface with the Lead Engineers and Managers to help establish and prioritize the utilization of team resources.
  • Delegate work to assigned resources.
  • Direct and guide team members on related issues.
  • Collaborate with internal and cross-functional managers and teams to support identifying critical resource needs.
  • Provide input to the Company performance review process.
  • Provide input to the Company performance review process.
  • Support hiring and onboarding processes
  • Support in identifying critical resource needs


  • Excellent written and verbal communication (English)
  • Excellent in planning projects, performing task management and delegation
  • Solid organizational skills
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Attention to detail
  • Advanced computer literacy with MS Excel and MS Projects
  • Self-starter and Team player
  • Risk management
  • Orderly and consistent
  • Good record keeping
  • Continuous improvement mindset

Career Progression:

Assuming outstanding sustained performance, the successful candidate will have opportunities for promotion and broader responsibilities over time.


Autocar offers an attractive compensation and benefits package, to include base salary, incentive bonus opportunities, and benefits such as medical/dental/vision options, retirement/401K plans, etc.


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