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Page Overview: BMW Group - Careers - Areas of activity

Areas of activity

Turn your visions into reality.

Find the perfect stage for your talents.

BMW Group vehicles are the epitome of innovation, combining cutting-edge technologies with state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities and processes. We are always looking for talent from a broad range of disciplines to help us realise our visions and drive automotive progress. Whether in research, development or production, an exciting working environment defined by challenges, responsibilities and rewards awaits software developers, IT specialists, engineers, mechatronic engineers and electrical engineers. Graduates of other disciplines, such as business administration, law and the arts also make a valuable contribution to the company. What matters more than the area of expertise is a passion and enthusiasm to bring high-quality vehicles to the road.

Your specialty is in demand.

Woman sitting in front of a monitor gesticulates to explain her project.

Software developers, IT specialists and digitalisation experts are in demand in various BMW Group departments. This is because IT and digitalisation are not only the driving forces behind nearly all innovations in the vehicle and for the driver, but are also essential for the security and development of our production and business processes.

Automotive IT: the basis for almost all innovation in vehicles.

Those wanting to develop future vehicle generations don't just need petrol in their blood, but also bytes. These days, most innovations in cars and motorcycles are based on software and electronics. They are only made possible thanks to the work of passionate electrical / electronics experts, software and IT architecture.

Automotive IT jobs.

Working in automotive IT.

You can make your ideas a reality that others only dream of.
BMW Group employee working on a vehicle with laptop and measuring devices.

Portrait: Albrecht Neff, Software developer.

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What to expect.

The electronics for drive and driving dynamics, such as the drive electronics for engines, is another typical field of activity in automotive IT. Real-time requirements are of particular concern here. Our specialists also develop the software in-house for driver assistance systems like the lane departure warning system or camera-based and image-processing systems such as those used in identifying signs.

Even far from functions that the occupant can see and feel, there is a lot of IT in the vehicle. Challenges here include designing a consistent overall E/E vehicle architecture - including software functions in control units and their networking via bus systems. Here, the physical on-board network and harness has to be integrated perfectly into the body electronics and adjacent systems. Currently, a BMW 7 Series has more than 70 control units, around three kilometres of cabling and about 300 processors. Partitioning the software correctly is essential for such extensive architecture.

The electronics for drive and driving dynamics, such as the drive electronics for engines, is another typical field of activity in automotive IT. Real-time requirements are of particular concern here. Our specialists also develop the software in-house for driver assistance systems like the lane departure warning system or camera-based and image-processing systems such as those used in identifying signs.

IT pre-development is carried out both in our Research and Development Centre (FIZ), as well as at BMW Car IT GmbH, the BMW Group subsidiary founded specifically for this purpose. In series production, too, automotive IT is an important field – not least when it comes to vehicle maintenance and care. For example, our software engineers develop complex and especially precise diagnostic tools for the after-sales service department.

A BMW i3 with ActiveAssist.

Software for BMW ConnectedDrive.

Gain a direct insight into Corporate IT job fields.

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DRIVER ASSISTANCE SYSTEMS.


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IT PROJECT MANAGEMENT.


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DRIVER EXPERIENCE COCKPIT/INTERIOR.


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RESEARCH/ADVANCED DEVELOPMENT.


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IT PROJECT MANAGEMENT.


Corporate IT: at the cutting edge of technology.

Those wanting to develop future vehicle generations don't just need petrol in their blood, but also bytes. These days, most innovations in cars and motorcycles are based on software and electronics. They are only made possible thanks to the work of passionate electrical / electronics experts, software and IT architecture.

Corporate IT jobs.

Working in corporate IT.

A team is as strong as the energy that drives it.
BMW Group Corporate IT employee pointing helpfully at a monitor.

Portrait: what our IT employees say about working for the BMW Group.

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What to expect.

Exciting fields of application.

Project managers work in corporate IT on challenging projects as only a global business can provide. Specialists develop and implement innovative technologies or ensure the global operation of data centres, our infrastructure and applications.

Corporate IT deals with numerous exciting issues and future-oriented topics. For example, our specialists are currently addressing the question of how augmented reality, i.e. computer-assisted expansion of reality perception, can be used in production. This means that complex manufacturing process can be optimised with appropriate IT-assisted visualisations, such as by displaying information directly in the installer's field of vision.

IT-supported data evaluation is another important area of corporate IT. Here, the key issue is how to gain meaningful information about customer requirements or technical relationships from huge amounts of unstructured data. Data like this is essential for predicting traffic flows, predictive quality management or the alignment of our service portfolio.

Corporate IT also makes a valuable contribution to enabling electro-mobility in the first place. Particularly when it comes to service provision, like looking for the nearest outlet for an electric vehicle or the development of an appropriate IT infrastructure for our online sales channels for electro-mobility.

Corporate IT is also heavily involved in realising the wide range of ConnectedDrive services. It is Corporate IT that delivers infrastructure and solutions for online services, which can then be displayed when the vehicle is in motion.

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Digitalisation: expand the boundaries of what’s possible.

Networking is key to the future of mobility. The networking of vehicles and traffic data, of vehicle technology and automotive IT, and of product and production process generates completely new possibilities for the development and implementation of new and pioneering vehicle technology and services. Just as essential as the networking of technologies is the networking of people and their talents and skills. The collaboration of experts from various fields is given the highest priority at the BMW Group. This creates the best conditions to not only develop the future, but also design it first and make it tangible for others.

Digitalisation jobs.

Work in the digitalisation area.

Continue writing mobility history with us.

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Digitalisation: opportunities and challenges for the BMW Group.

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What to expect.

Data is the basis of everything. Big data and smart data lay the foundations for the development and implementation of new, innovative mobility technologies such as Connected Car, autonomous driving, digital services, or industry 4.0. Our big data experts analyse vehicle data, data about driving behaviour or production data. They gain valuable insights to support important decision-making at the BMW Group and for the development, optimisation and implementation of new technologies. Understanding how everything hangs together is as essential as excellent knowledge of analytical methodologies and the design and redesign of complex reporting and analysis systems. Our creative and visionary big data experts are generalists, who, in cross-functional and multidisciplinary teams, take the experience of pioneering digitalisation to a new level.

Driving forward mobility means not only developing new vehicle technologies, but also new services and digital services. This is how the challenges ahead will be met. With its premium car sharing services DriveNow and ReachNow and the ConnectedDrive services and apps, the BMW Group is a pioneer in this area. The development of new digital services based on comprehensive needs analysis goes hand in hand with all the necessary steps to implement and safeguard the ongoing business. Once again, the best experts from different areas work together in order to jointly secure the BMW Group’s lead. Skills such as agile software development and know-how in the areas of continuous integration, delivery and deployment come together with modern methodologies such as design thinking and visionary thinking. Flexible project teams cultivate a start-up mentality while benefiting from the resources of a large company.

New thinking is required not only in vehicle development, but also in the fundamental transformation of production. Here too, the BMW Group is one of the technology leaders. Specialists from various disciplines are working hard on the merger of product and production process to make the vision of the factory of the future a reality. Central to this is the self-control and self-regulation of many production steps based on the communication of product and process (Internet of Things). Big data specialists, IT architects, software developers and control engineers work hand in hand in the development, construction and implementation of pioneering solutions. As part of the global logistics and production network of the BMW Group, they have a high degree of creative freedom in their work and can shape the worldwide deployment of their solutions.

With BMW ConnectedDrive, the BMW Group has set the standard for intelligent driver assistance systems. The BMW Group is again taking the lead in the next steps for partially automated and fully automated driving. Intelligent technologies that are increasingly taking over driving tasks and providing the driver with greater safety and comfort, are already in action (or deployed) in prototype vehicles. Sensor specialists, experts in automatic control, driving strategy, machine learning and system integration as well as mathematicians and computer scientists are working closely together to make the revolution of mobility a reality. The most diverse skills are bundled in centres of competence in Shanghai, Ulm and in Silicon Valley. Small teams work independently and across locations, networked through all the stages from the development to the implementation of autonomous driving.

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You can’t predict the future, but you can create it.

Anyone wanting to develop future generations of vehicles and mobility concepts needs, from time to time, to question each individual component in the vehicle. This not only requires the best engineers, but those with pronounced intellectual flexibility. At the BMW Group, these people can find an ideal working environment to be able to launch vehicles with cutting-edge technologies onto the roads.

Jobs for engineers.

Working as an engineer at the BMW Group.

Good ideas have to prove themselves on the road. 

Portrait: Jürgen Greil, Mechanical engineer.

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What to expect.

One focal point for engineers is working on innovative technologies to optimise fuel economy and reduce emissions, especially through continuous optimisation of BMW EfficientDynamics. This package of measures is based on the combination of highly-efficient engines, lightweight construction, aerodynamics and intelligent energy management. With EfficientDynamics, the BMW Group is pursuing its long-term goal of combining efficiency with driving pleasure.

Our BMW i sub-brand combines the revolutionary advances of Efficient Dynamics with visionary vehicle concepts. With the electric-powered BMW i3 and i8 models, engineers have succeeded for the first time in creating vehicles with carbon bodies for series production. These are considerably lighter than comparable electric cars on the market and underline BMW i‘s sustainable and individually sporty character.

Another main focus is alternative drive trains for hybrid and electric vehicles based on production models – with impressive results, such as the BMW ActiveHybrid models and the MINI ActiveE concept car.

The challenges for our engineers are not getting any easier. An important focus of development is on driver assistance systems that inform or warn the driver and intervene, as needed, according to the situation. In-car safety technologies are another focus of research. The aim is to make these visible to the driver through an impressive display in the cockpit.

In addition to development, production planning offers another exciting area of activity for engineers. They are responsible for efficient vehicle production and plan production systems along the entire process chain in the BMW Group‘s global production network - from press shop and body shop through to paint shop and final assembly.

Planning engineers translate manufacturing concepts into working systems or optimise existing equipment by refining machine technology and control systems. They also develop future-oriented production concepts and introduce the appropriate technologies. They are actively involved in the vehicle development process, adjust existing production systems to the vehicle model and changing conditions and perform the necessary fine-tuning. Calculating and scheduling capacity, budget and investments and negotiating with suppliers round out the range of tasks. Planning engineers therefore need a good understanding of business, as well as extensive engineering know-how. A degree in mechanical engineering or industrial engineering therefore provides the ideal educational background.

Engineering the future at the BMW Group – New Technologies.

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The BMW Group Research and Innovation Centre.

Engineering the future at the BMW Group – New Technologies.

The future is our workplace – Our Research and Innovation Centre. The BMW Group Research and Innovation Centre, FIZ, brings together almost all the development expertise of the BMW Group under one roof. This is where several thousand employees develop the vehicles and technologies of the future.

The FIZ houses all areas of development - from design, planning and construction, purchasing and service to the building of prototypes and testing in the wind tunnel. All those involved in product development work together under one roof. The FIZ therefore serves as an example for the automotive industry and offers exciting challenges for dedicated engineers.

BMW i3 und BMW i8 in Fahrt.

Sustainable high-tech: the BMW i brand.

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PRODUCTION CONTROL.


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ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING/ELECTRONICS.


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Head of Prototype Concept Implementation at the BMW Group.

POWERTRAIN.


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Head of Advanced Development of Control Units at the BMW Group.

ELECTRIC POWERTRAIN.


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Specialist for Innovationprojects E-Mobiltity at the BMW Group.

ELECTROMOBILITY.


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Specialist Accoustics: Vibration at the BMW Group.

DRIVER EXPERIENCE COCKPIT/INTERIOR.


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Specialist for Research / Advanced Development at the BMW Group.

RESEARCH/ADVANCED DEVELOPMENT.


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Manager, Logistics Planning at BMW Group.

LOGISTICS PLANNING.


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Project Manager, Material and Parts Supply at BMW Group.

MATERIAL AND PARTS SUPPLY.


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Product Manager at BMW Motorrad - BMW Group.

PRODUCT MANAGEMENT.


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Quality Management at the BMW Group.

QUALITY MANAGEMENT.


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Quality Management at the BMW Group.

QUALITY MANAGEMENT.


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Manager, Indirect Purchasing at BMW Group.

INDIRECT PURCHASING.


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Purchasing Specialist at the BMW Group.

DIRECT PURCHASING.


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Purchasing Specialist at the BMW Group.

DIRECT PURCHASING.


Two BMW Group production employees.

The same high standards at all plants, the dedication and responsibility shown by our employees, the latest technologies and efficient processes all ensure that we meet our customers’ quality requirements.

Non-stop perfection.

Customised production entails serious challenges for people and technology. That is why all systems need to be adapted or even newly designed for the introduction of new models. The BMW Group production network regularly demonstrates where its strengths lie: in the intelligent networking of knowledge, even across different plants.

We work with future-oriented technologies as well as the latest plant technology in all stages of production and operate according to ergonomic and resource-optimisation principles. A key success factor is the sophisticated production planning process, as well as the continual maintenance and servicing of our tools.

Gain a direct insight into production job fields.

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CFK.


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CARBON-FIBRE COMPONENTS.


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Specialist for Production Planning at BMW Group.

PRODUCTION PLANNING.


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Production Manager at BMW Group.

PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT.


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Manager, Logistics Planning at BMW Group.

LOGISTICS PLANNING.


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Project Manager, Material and Parts Supply at BMW Group.

MATERIAL AND PARTS SUPPLY.


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Quality Management at the BMW Group.

QUALITY MANAGEMENT.


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Quality Management at the BMW Group.

QUALITY MANAGEMENT.


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Architect in Facility Management at the BMW Group.

FACILITY MANAGEMENT.


BMW Group engineer planning out systems on a wall.

Planning and developing systems: jobs for engineers.

We are looking for planning and development specialists across the entire process chain, for example, in the areas of lean production, forming technology, automation technology, car body construction, assembly, control technology, plant engineering, tool manufacturing, robotics and lightweight construction. Of special importance are all planning tasks that our planning engineers are responsible for in production.

Engineering jobs in production.

Expertise that moves both cars and people.

We need skilled specialists who want to achieve a lot. With their knowledge, their skills and their commitment, our manufacturing employees deliver non-stop perfection. They know every move, every manoeuvre, every detail. They avoid standing still at all costs. They aim to be no less than the best. Those who share this ambition have access to the best working conditions for mechanics and technicians in manufacturing, maintenance, plant construction and engine construction.

Become part of the perfection the BMW Group stands for and apply your skills at the highest level.

BMW Group mechatronics engineer attaching something to an engine.

Keeping machines running smoothly: jobs for mechatronic and electronic technicians.

Power supply electronic technicians, mechatronics and industrial electronics technicians all have important responsibilities in production. For example, maintenance technicians and plant operators are responsible for the operation and maintenance of equipment. In addition, their range of duties also includes the development of proactive optimisation approaches in order to eliminate any possible weaknesses.

Maintenance technicians and plant operators contribute to smooth and efficient production processes in the various BMW Group plants and help to ensure product quality from the outset.Stellen im Bereich Instandhaltung und Anlagenführung.

The job of maintenance technician / system operator.

The job of maintenance technician / system operator.

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Engines that drive both cars and people.

The challenges never stop for our mechanics and technicians working in the dynamic field of engine production. These mechanical drive system specialists plan, develop, install and optimise engines across our entire production network to ensure they meet the very highest quality standards. Working at our state-of-the-art plants in Steyr (Austria), Hams Hall (UK) and Shenyang (China), they are responsible for creating our precision engine components using innovative casting methods and computerised machine tools – and meticulously testing all aspects of the finished engines.

We rely on their ideas, know-how and craftsmanship each day to deliver the high-performance, premium-quality engines that drive every vehicle.

Engine construction jobs.

Scientifically-trained BMW Group employees working with a pipette.

Success through diversity.

A satisfied customer at the wheel of a vehicle purchased from the BMW Group: this is the result of many different factors - and especially the commitment of highly motivated people. Many of our more than 115,000 employees have an academic background in the classic MINT disciplines; mathematics, informatics, natural sciences and technology. But not everyone, of course.

The BMW Group offers attractive career options to graduates from a wide range of academic disciplines and vocational programmes. Anyone who has graduated in the field of arts and humanities or completed his or her training as an industrial clerk will find just as varied a challenge as someone with a degree in economics, law, design or architecture.

Discovering new ideas from different perspectives.

Natural scientists: research the fundamentals and implement innovative solution.

Automotive manufacturing today at the BMW Group is based on subjects that make a natural science perspective indispensable. Whether you are talking about the malleability of new materials, battery technologies for the next stage of electro-mobility or fuel cell drive technology: fundamental research and implementation are crucial tasks within the automotive industry for materials researchers, chemists, mathematicians and physicists who are free to blaze new trails within interdisciplinary teams. With vocational training or a university degree in business you are able to work in multiple departments and divisions within the organisation.

With vocational training or a university degree in business you are able to work in multiple departments and divisions within the organisation.

Business scientists can analyse figures and assess them competently. Not only are they competent in matters of business administration, but also economics and have the ability to develop winning strategies and measures from facts and figures. If you combine an affinity for numbers with an engaging personality you have come to right place.

Business administration, economics, business informatics and industrial engineering - excellent knowledge in any of these fields makes you the ideal candidate for one of the many positions that are related to the sale and marketing of our products. We offer interesting jobs in controlling, financial services, marketing, sales and e-commerce. The business area of financial services is part of the central customer interface of the BMW Group. It provides innovative financial products for customers and dealers to support the sale of BMW Group products.

BMW Bank is one of the largest BMW Financial Services companies and ranks among Germany’s leading automotive banks. Join us to pave the way for mobility and turn customers into fans of “sheer driving pleasure”. BMW Bank is looking for people like you who want to make a difference in a dynamic and international environment. Experience our culture of diversity and flexibility, and learn about our wide range of activities related to our core business of leasing and financing vehicles. If you are looking for a challenge in the field of risk management, accounting/controlling, sales and marketing or customer service/CIC, why not step things up a gear and apply now?

Business mobility redefined - get involved in shaping the future with Alphabet. Alphabet is a subsidiary of BMW AG and is a leading international leasing and full-service provider, offering manufacturer-independent products, integrated services and personal consultation. We stand for innovation and customer orientation and currently operate more than 600,000 vehicles in 19 countries. In addition to providing full-service leasing, we also develop solutions for the business mobility of the future. We respond to the changing demands of the future with products such as the corporate car sharing solution AlphaCity and our comprehensive e-mobility solution AlphaElectric.

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The BMW Group Legal Affairs department performs the advisory, management and regulatory functions entrusted to it by the Board of Management in accordance with the company’s basic strategic principles, and is committed to protecting the economic and legal interests, freedom of action and reputation of the BMW Group.

The general counsels and patent lawyers of the BMW Group Legal Affairs department and the specialist intellectual property, labour and social law and tax law departments enjoy professional independence in the performance of their duties. They work with other departments in interdisciplinary teams to make a vital contribution to the uniqueness of the company’s technical innovations and products.

The BMW Group Compliance Committee Office manages and monitors activities necessary to avoid violations of the law at the BMW Group. For this purpose, jurists work with colleagues from other disciplines in an interdisciplinary team.

Social scientists and humanities graduates have the chance to work in a variety of fields. Through work experience gained during their studies, they qualify for a variety of cross-departmental functions.

Arts and humanities graduates distinguish themselves by their ability to absorb and process information quickly. They think outside the box, establish connections between different disciplines and are considered creative and communicative. Moreover, they learn early on how to analyse scenarios independently and get to the bottom of problems. Anyone with skills who commits to further training with perseverance and determination can work with us in many areas where communication skills are crucial.

Corporate Communications engages in dialogue with different target groups through various channels and media: with the press and the general public, but also with staff in-house and with shareholders. In this exciting and diverse field, initiative, flexibility and creativity are just as important as in brand communication, customer relationship management, process and quality management, human resources, logistics, service and sales.

Jobs in additional fields.

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COST ENGINEERING.


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Quality Management at the BMW Group.

QUALITY MANAGEMENT.


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Architect in Facility Management at the BMW Group.

FACILITY MANAGEMENT.


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Manager, Indirect Purchasing at BMW Group.

INDIRECT PURCHASING.


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RISK MANAGEMENT.


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HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGEMENT.