He loves cars but drives projects

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TECH­NI­CAL project man­age­ment en­gi­neer Viven­dren Mu­daly talks to us about his work at Volk­swa­gen South Africa (VWSA).

What does a typ­i­cal day

in your job en­tail?

A typ­i­cal day for me as a tech­ni­cal project leader in­cludes man­age­ment of projects, mon­i­tor­ing of fi­nan­cial tar­gets re­lated to projects, cre­ation and main­tainance of project doc­u­ments (scope, tim­ing plans and risk anal­y­sis) and pre­sen­ta­tion of project re­ports.

What are your work


Some of my re­spon­si­bil­i­ties cover co­or­di­nat­ing and man­ag­ing pro- ject bud­gets, mon­i­tor­ing and re­port­ing on projects and lead­ing, co­or­di­nat­ing and mo­ti­vat­ing tech­ni­cal project teams both in VWSA as well as within the VW Group.

I also present the tech­ni­cal, fi­nan­cial and tim­ing sta­tus of projects in VWSA and in global project teams.

What did you do be­fore?

My en­tire ca­reer at Volk­swa­gen South Africa has been spent in prod­uct en­gi­neer­ing.

I be­gan my ca­reer at VWSA as a con­trac­tual en­durance en­gi­neer, and moved into the pro­to­type build depart­ment as a per­ma­nent em­ployee af­ter four months fol­low­ing a suc­cess­ful ap­pli­ca­tion.

Three years later I moved to the trim com­po­nent area as a com­po­nent en­gi­neer where I spent two years. Sub­se­quently the HVAC depart­ment was merged with the pow­er­train depart­ment where I spent a fur­ther one-and-a-half years, and also com­pleted the VWSA Fu­ture Leader Pro­gramme dur­ing this time. I moved into my cur­rent po­si­tion in Au­gust last year.

What chal­lenges do you face?

Be­ing able to work un­der pres­sure while en­sur­ing that key de­liv­er­ables are met;

Mo­ti­vat­ing tech­ni­cal project team mem­bers in chal­leng­ing sit­u­a­tions; and

En­sur­ing that project mile­stones are met.

What do you like and dis­like

about your job?

I en­joy hav­ing to deal with the com­bi­na­tion of tech­ni­cal and project man­age­ment as­pects. The job there­fore proves to be both stim­u­lat­ing as well as chal­leng­ing.

I dis­like the fact that I don’t get to test drive Audi R8s.

Has it al­ways been your dream

to do what you do?

Yes it has. I have al­ways wanted to be a me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer and had a nat­u­ral at­trac­tion to cars.

My cur­rent po­si­tion al­lows me to grow and de­velop while work­ing with ve­hi­cles on a daily ba­sis.

Where do you see your­self in

the near fu­ture?

I for­tu­nately have a clear de­vel­op­ment plan pro­vided by the com­pany.

I aim to spend a year as res­i­dent en­gi­neer at Volk­swa­gen AG in Wolfs­burg [in Ger­many] within the next few years, as well as work to­wards par­tic­i­pat­ing in the man­age­ment de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme.

What ad­vice do you have for young peo­ple who would like

to do your kind of job?

When be­gin­ning a ca­reer in me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing, per­se­ver­ance is of the ut­most im­por­tance, as there might be days when some chal­lenges you face seem im­pos­si­ble to over­come.


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