Job Profiles

We need your know-how and ideas: HZI offers interesting career opportunities in an international environment in project planning, plant engineering, after-sales service and back office roles.

We’re committed to helping individual members of staff develop and will support you along various career paths:

  • Technical specialist path
  • Project path
  • Management path

You also have the option of working in different areas within the organisation.

We’re keen to promote young talent. Every year we offer school-leavers the chance to do a commercial apprenticeship or an apprenticeship as draughtsperson/design engineer in close collaboration with the Ausbildungszentrum Winterthur (AZW) training centre.

Check out our job profiles and get to know prospective co-workers:

Arrangement Planner

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As an Arrangement Planner you’re responsible for planning plant components in 3D software and working out technical specifications. You draw up project plans, installation and detailed drawings, and customer documentation. In addition you lead sub-projects, and are an important point of contact for the Technical Project Manager. Part of your job (5-10%) involves travel, visiting our suppliers’ premises for quality acceptance.

Profile: Draughtsperson/design engineer with a knowledge of CAD

Potential next steps: Senior or Lead Arrangement Planner, System or Process Engineer

Process Engineer, Execution

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As a Process Engineer you’re responsible for the process specifications of a range of different systems, as well as creating piping and instrumentation diagrams (P&ID), engineering lists and functional descriptions for programming control systems. Your job is to support the project team throughout delivery and commissioning, including on-site presence (travel accounts for around 20% of your job), and serving as the point of contact for all process-related matters. You’re involved, and contribute your knowledge, right from the proposal stage.

Profile: FH (university of applied sciences)/ETH engineer specialised in process, environmental or controls technology, with a knowledge of CAE tools

Potential next steps: Senior Engineer Process Execution, Technical Project Manager

Manager Process Engineering

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As a Process Engineering Manager you lead a team of process engineers and assure the quality and timely availability of all engineering documentation for proposal, delivery and warranty projects. You are responsible for making sure that all the relevant process-technology-related standards and guidelines are complied with in our Energy from Waste projects. You develop and optimise processes and work closely with R&D and various specialist departments.

Profile: FH (university of applied sciences)/ETH engineer with a very good knowledge of process workflows and engineering tools, plus experience as a process engineer and manager.

Potential next steps: Development as a specialist or manager, or switch to another specialist area.

Manager Engineering Execution

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As an Engineering Execution Manager you lead a team of process engineers, electrical engineers and arrangement planners. You’re in charge of making sure that planning work conducted as part of renewable gas projects is executed in line with internal and external standards and guidelines and the project requirements. You develop and optimise processes and work closely with R&D and various specialist departments.

Profile: FH (university of applied sciences)/ETH engineer specialised in process, electrical or mechanical engineering, with experience in management and plant engineering

Potential next steps: Development as a specialist or manager, or switch to another specialist area (e.g. Project Director)

Director Project Systems & Service

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As Project Systems & Service Director you’re responsible for planning and leading project managers on international lot and retrofit projects. It’s your job to make sure that all projects and services are delivered on schedule and in accordance with the relevant guidelines and client requirements. You also work closely on an ongoing basis with other departments and HZI subsidiaries to expand customer services, and play a lead role in proposals.

Profile: FH (university of applied sciences)/ETH engineer with strong experience in the international service business plus project management skills and leadership experience

Potential next steps: Development as a specialist or manager, or switch to another specialist area

Project Director

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As Project Director you’re responsible for the commercial, contractually-compliant delivery of complex large plant projects all over the world. You serve as our clients’ principal point of contact, and deliver the project together with your project team in Zurich and employees on site (often up to 1,000 people on the construction site).

Profile: FH (university of applied sciences)/ETH engineer with further business qualifications, experience in international projects and in-depth plant engineering knowledge

Potential next steps: Senior Project Director, leadership [oder: executive??] function

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Contract Manager Sales

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As a Contract Manager Sales, you are responsible for negotiating the commercial and legal terms of contracts with customers and partners. In the context of our projects you serve as the interface to different departments when it comes to business matters, analysing contractual risks and formulating risk mitigation measures. Every day you work to find the best possible solution to commercial challenges.

Profile: In-depth technical or legal training, experience as contract manager, outstanding negotiation and communication skills in German and English.

Potential next steps: Senior Contract Manager, Contract Manager Execution, leadership role

Proposal Manager

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As a Proposal Manager you manage the timing, business and quality aspects of our proposal projects, always seeking the optimum solution for our customers. You work with our internal expert groups to draw up a plant concept, which you then present to our customer together with the sales manager. Your responsibilities also include negotiating the technical components of contracts.

Profile: Engineering degree (university of applied sciences/technical school) and additional business qualification, experience in project management and process engineering, very good communication skills

Potential next steps: Senior Proposal Manager, Sales Manager, Business Development

Project Controller

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As a Project Controller you support our projects on the financial side by doing regular project forecasts, documenting project budgets and progress, and monitoring the costs of sales as well as any divergence. Your role also includes compiling invoices to our customers and making sure the project is correctly captured in SAP. In addition, you will work with our project team to draw up the financial section of the project report and present it to our management.

Profile: Bachelor’s or master’s in finance and controlling, experience in project controlling in industry, project management, very good knowledge of MS Office and SAP

Potential next steps: Senior Project Controller, Business Unit Controller, Group Controller

Quality Manager

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As a Quality Manager you are responsible for managing the quality of your allotted business unit or product areas. In line with our quality commitments to our customers you develop processes to improve performance in consultation with internal teams and initiate measures to boost cost-efficiency. You also make sure that suitable solutions are in place to ensure sustained compliance with quality standards.

Profile: Bachelor’s or masters (technical subject) with additional training in quality management, several years of experience in a project environment, good knowledge of quality management systems

Potential next steps: Senior Quality Manager, Project Manager, leadership role

Project Procurement Manager

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As a Project Procurement Manager, you are responsible for the operational management of all procurement activities involved in a plant engineering project. You coordinate complex procurement processes and monitor the time schedule and budget. As a core member of the project team you’re responsible for compliance with suppliers’ contracts throughout the project, actively working to improve procurement processes on a continual basis.

Profile: Commercial and technical training, experience in procurement (international environment) and/or interdisciplinary project management in a technical setting, good knowledge of SAP and MS Office, affinity for negotiations, good communication skills

Potential next steps: Senior Project Procurement Manager, Category Manager, Project Manager, leadership role