He loves cars but drives projects
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.