The board of Forze consists of the Chief Engineer, Project Manager, Finance & Operations Manager and Team Manager. In short the Project Manager and Chief Engineer are responsible for planning and quality of the car, respectively. The Finance & Operations Manager overviews the financial health of the situation. Lastly, the Team Managers overviews the harmony of the three aspects. As the board it is key to work closely together. All board members need to be able to fulfill their separate responsibilities, but also to solve problems together. Together you strive to find ways to organise the team more efficiently, overcome challenges and improve the output of the team by making clever use of resources.
Our team could be divided into two different teams, a Technical department which is responsible for the race car and a Business & Operations department which is responsible for marketing, relations, and operations. As the team manager, you optimise how these two disciplines work together, while taking longer term strategy into account. Next to this, I manage people. That is, I make sure every team member can work in the right environment, while helping them to achieve great progress, both personally and professionally. Lastly, I am also the spokesperson of the team to the outside world.
As Chief Engineer I am responsible for the technical quality of the project. In the development phase I set the top-level requirements for the car and ensure that all the subsystems match these requirements. The challenge in such a complicated project is to keep track of the interfaces between departments and to avoid any interferences. This does not only require a strong fundamental understanding of all aspects of the car but also the capability of letting people discuss with each other across very different departments to understand how they interfere with or depend on each other. During tests and races my responsibility shifts on the operation of the car and checking that all systems have been set up according to plan and operate up to specifications in a safe and reliable way.
Every engineer in the team works within 3 limits: money, quality and time. As a Project Manager, my job is to ensure that our team members finish their projects on time and prioritise correctly. There is only one year to design and build a car, so everyone has to work together seamlessly. To make this happen, I keep a schedule of everyone’s ongoing and future work.
Finance and Operations Manager
As the Finance and Operations manager I am leading the business side of the team. Together we take care of the revenue streams and public appearances of the team. As the finance manager I look after the financial health of the team. Together with the tech team I look at what our expenditures are going to be and how we can minimize these.