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We have an exciting opportunity as:


Manager Connected Car Platforms (M/F/D)


at the Kia Connect GmbH in Frankfurt/Main, Germany.


Kia Connect was founded in 2019 as a fully owned subsidiary of Kia Europe and is therefore part of the fifth-largest automotive group in the world.


Kia is a global mobility brand with a vision to create sustainable mobility solutions for consumers, communities, and societies around the world. Founded in 1944, Kia has been building motorcycles, cars and trucks for more than 75 years.

Kia is now spearheading the popularization of electrified and battery electric vehicles, developing a growing range of mobility services while encouraging millions of people to explore the best ways of getting around. Our brand slogan – ‘Movement that inspires’ – reflects our commitment to inspire consumers through our products and services.


Kia Europe is the European sales and manufacturing arm of Kia Corporation. From our headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany, we lead 39 markets across Europe and the Caucasus, employing more than 5,500 persons, including about 3,500 blue collar workers in our state of the art car plant in Zilina, Slovakia.


In 2019 Kia Europe has launched its Connected Car services with the latest generation of the Kia Soul and will continue the rollout to its complete European Lineup. The role of Kia Connect is to manage these services as well as to develop, deploy and monetize future services to enhance the convenience of our customers and the profitability of our company.


Do you have what it takes to join our team? We are looking forward to getting to know you!


You will enjoy working with us if you like these things:

  • A pulsating international environment. Our workforce is composed of people from 37 nations.
  • Playing an active and important part in the development of Kia in Europe.
  • Developing new frameworks and solutions.
  • Demanding challenges to which you can creatively contribute.
  • A competitive compensation package; private leasing offer; systematic off and on-the-job training, free staff restaurant, support as concerns Health Management and more.


The Challenges: High - The Job: Great.

1. Your initiative, energy and persistence will ultimately determine your success.

2. You will work in a network of experts in Kia Connect and other business professionals.

3. You have the spirit that makes us successful.


You are +++ ambitious +++ dynamic +++ flexible +++ optimistic +++ patient +++


Job Mission: As Manager Connected Car Platforms, you will be responsible for the delivery, the management and security integrity of the Cloud platform solutions necessary to run the connected car operations. You will be the main point of contact to the IT developers in the Global and Regional Headquarters in order to lead platform provisioning, build deployment, software configuration, continuous integration, continuous delivery, and release engineering processes.


Your Responsibilities:

  • Build long term platform strategy for internal and external customer-facing platforms
  • Provide leadership in architecture, design and planning to support the organization’s implementation of Cloud computing with a focus on application and platform technology
  • Manage technical requirements such as APIs and other platform components
  • Maintain and find creative ways to lead Quality Assurance to best regression test products to identify bugs
  • Collaborate closely with the data management, the customer experience and the business development teams to deliver outcomes that serve the end-customers and the business
  • Maintain a full product life cycle perspective with keen focus on security and resilience to protect end-users who depend on the platform to conduct business
  • Regularly reassess priorities based on market trends, end-customer and business needs
  • Ensure issues are logged and assembled for prioritization, resolution and follow-up
  • Manage agencies and contractors engaged in the provisioning of application and middleware technology services by

establishing and managing work priorities and standards

  • Provide subject matter expertise for multiple public Cloud vendors and services
  • Leverage industry best practices and technological innovations to provide solutions that contribute to increased IT operational efficiency
  • Participates in defining parameters for third party service level agreements (SLA)
  • Ensure technical and user manual documentation is up-to-date and available in electronic format for all applications
  • Monitor their organization’s networks for security breaches and investigate violations when they occurs
  • Help to design, implement, and maintain the organization’s cyber-security plan
  • Develop and direct implementation of security standards and best practices for the organization
  • Perform a variety of other duties as required to support IT operations including help desk and network administration, programming, and project management of small IT projects


Your Profile:

  • University Degree in Computer Science/Information Technology
  • Minimum of 8 years relevant work experience in a technical field ideally in a start-up environment or in a IT company
  • At least two years’ experience with cloud platforms, virtualization platforms and middleware
  • Minimum two years’ experience working with Release Management and automation/DevOps concepts and practice
  • Knowledge in Connectivity is a must
  • Experience in automotive/mobility would be considered as a strong asset
  • Capable of understanding project-level content as well as executive-level strategic thinking
  • Ability to initiate, manage and deliver complex IT projects
  • Skill to influence behaviour without organizational hierarchy
  • Comfortable using Agile project management tools like Confluence or JIRA
  • Have a proven understanding of programming languages such as Python, Java, SQL and open source technologies
  • Practical and hands-on experience in implementing projects & solutions with Amazon AWS or other cloud environment
  • Familiarity with SCRUM and DevOps methodologies in project and development
  • Experience within IT security/cybersecurity would be considered as a strong asset
  • Fluent in English (written and spoken)

If you’re interested to become part of our Kia team, please apply via our online portal. We are looking forward to getting to know you.

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