SMS group is renowned worldwide for its future-oriented technologies and outstanding service for the metals industry. In 2022, our team of over 14,400 employees around the world generated sales of more than 3.1 billion euros. We apply our 150 years of experience and our digital know-how to provide the industry continuously with innovative products and processes that extend beyond our core business. We are the right partner for challenging projects and support our customers throughout the entire lifecycle of their plants and equipment. Paving the way for a carbon-neutral and sustainable metals industry is our stated goal.

For the Solutions Flat Products division in Mönchengladbach or Hilchenbach we are looking for a 

Head of Plant Design Electrics and Automation (m/w/d)


As Head of Plant Engineering Electrics and Automation Flat Products, you will be responsible for the development and implementation of innovative methods applying the latest technological approaches to the electrical engineering design of steelmaking plants in the field of rolling and strip processing lines.

For this purpose, a worldwide team is available to you with competence centers in Mönchengladbach and Hilchenbach. In total, you handle an annual budget in the 2-digit million range.

Your duties include:

  • Personnel planning and development in the field of Plant Design EA for rolling mills and strip processing lines
  • Global coordination with the worldwide teams
  • Establishment and maintenance of a global execution network to manage volatile workloads
  • Full budget responsibility for all projects in your area of responibility
  • Contribution in the sales phase and responsible for defining a competitive design and cost estimation
  • Planning and control of the project milestones and budgets
  • Responsibility for compliance with requirements, guidelines, methods, processes and standards at all locations
  • Value Engineering and standardization
  • Quality assurance for all deliveries in your area
  • Knowledge of various field bus systems such as Profinet, EtherCAT, IO-Link or others
  • Experience in the field of 3D modeling of electrical equipment and cable routes in the 3D plant model, ideal in the environment of AVEVA E3D
  • Administration and user experience with electrotechnical CAE tools such as COMOS, Intergraph SPE/SPI or similar as well as in the cabinet planning with Eplan and EEC
  • Innovation for digital methods or AI in the associated processes to increase effectiveness of your team
  • Familiar with IEC and VDE standards for electrical design and installations, NEC/UL knowledge round off your knowledge


You have a degree in electrical engineering, mechatronics or comparable vocational training or corresponding professional experience in the described environment of more than 10 years. Also important are:

  • State of the art human resources management and project management competence
  • Strategic and entrepreneurial thinking
  • Very good knowledge of written and spoken English
  • Intercultural competence, loyalty and integrity
  • Strong team orientation with colleagues worldwide
  • Ability to communicate with customers worldwide
  • High resilience to work in a challenging environment and assertiveness
  • Willingness to undertake business travel worldwide and continuous own development


As an innovative and internationally active employer, we will impress you with performance-related remuneration (including profit sharing) and an attractive company pension scheme. We also offer you the opportunity to harmonise family and career in the best possible way, e.g. with our childcare, our flexible working time models and the option of mobile working. Find out more about the benefits of working at SMS group here.


Have we convinced you to join us in shaping the future? Then we look forward to receiving your online application. We will also be happy to answer your questions in advance.

SMS group GmbH
Simon Spitzer