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ZF is a global technology company supplying systems for passenger cars, commercial vehicles and industrial technology, enabling the next generation of mobility.

ZF allows vehicles to see, think and act. In the four technology domains of Vehicle Motion Control, Integrated Safety, Automated Driving, and Electric Mobility, ZF offers comprehensive product and software solutions for established vehicle manufacturers and newly emerging transport and mobility service providers. ZF electrifies a wide range of vehicle types. With its products, the company contributes to reducing emissions, protecting the climate and enhancing safe mobility.

Head of R&D Controlling Center Div E (m/f/d)

Country/Region:  DE

Friedrichshafen, BW, DE, 88046 Saarbrücken, SL, DE, 66117 Schweinfurt, BY, DE, 97424

Req ID 51276 Friedrichshafen, Saarbrücken, Schweinfurt, Germany

We are looking for a new colleague in our R&D Controlling Center at our location in Friedrichshafen, others (e.g. Saarbrücken or Schweinfurt) are possible as well


Your tasks as Head of R&D Controlling Center Div E (m/f/d):

  • Finance Business Partner and Single point of contact for SVP Domain R&D Div E as well as Sparring partner, supervisor and decision-making support for SVP Domain R&D Div E and Development entities around the globe
  • Supporting and challenging of domain performance from a financial perspective (Commercial conscience) incl. Target Setting and Target Deployment
  • Secure effective management of interfaces with both internal and external business partners
  • Monthly Controlling Review of the performance of the R&D department with Domain and Divisional Management (e.g. Domain RD Business Review)
  • Responsible for aligned R&D cost and revenue planning (in coordination with Sales / Business Center) within the scope of OP and SP
  • Leading directs around the globe to secure Controlling of R&D Reporting Units with a focus on R&D-related KPIs, Cost unit accounting (Kostenträgerrechnung) to enable a product-/project-based controlling and Investment Controlling of R&D related investments


Your profile as Head of R&D Controlling Center Div E (m/f/d):

  • Degree in business administration, finance, controlling or similar
  • Management & leadership experiences 
  • Flexibility in analytics, concepts and organization / processes 
  • Proven experience in change management projects
  • Excellent leadership skills/ Intercultural capabilities
  • Strong ability of communication and mediation between different stakeholders 
  • Fluent English in order to act globally



Be part of our ZF team as Head of R&D Controlling Center Div E (m/f/d) and apply now!


Fabian Ewald

(+49) 211 584 2178


At ZF, we continuously strive to build and maintain a culture where inclusiveness is lived and diversity is valued. We actively seek ways to remove barriers so that all our employees can rise to their full potential. We aim to embed this vision in our legacy through how we operate and build our products as we shape the future of mobility.

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