Automation & IT Implementation Manager


Role:               Automation & IT Implementation Manager 

Reports to:     Project Business Director

Location:        Italy, Trieste (HHLA PLT Italy terminal – Expansion)

Shift work:      No

Travel:            Limited (<10%)

Level:             Intermediate/Senior


HHLA PLT Italy (PLT) is preparing the construction of a major port expansion in Trieste and is creating the team to build up the business.

In this team we are looking for an experienced Automation & IT Implementation Manager.


Scope of work:

The Automation & IT Implementation Manager reviews the operational flows and conceptualizes the Automation & IT requirements in close coordination with the Operations Implementation Manager, the Safety Specialist and the Asset team. The Automation & IT Implementation Manager drives the overall automation concept forward and delivers accurate and safe solutions to be delivered. The Automation & IT Implementation Manager documents the solutions from a conceptual level down to the detailed technical solution that can be implemented. This implementation will be in close collaboration with the external equipment supplier and the internal teams.

The Automation& IT Implementation Manager is a pro-active communicator and collaborator across the project team gathering and sharing information.


Summary of responsibilities:

  • Build out the automation concept into detailed technical solutions
  • Solve the automation & IT requirements for all operational flows
  • Project manage automation topics or automated areas
  • Liaise with internal & external stakeholders
  • Apply best practices in terms of automation, IT & safety
  • Forecast problem areas and provide solutions
  • Share requirements with the Asset team
  • Interface with the HHLA PLT Italy existing IT and automation
  • Support where required the Project Management



We’re looking for an experienced process minded individual who can build-out the automation concepts. The person would have a high sense of responsibility as the role is vital to ensure we can operate/deliver the business.

  • Good English (Italian and/or German are a plus)
  • Experience (5+ year(s)) in automation/IT (port experience highly valued but not mandatory)
  • Experience (5+ year(s)) in building processes and guiding automation projects
  • Thorough understanding safety in automated environment (experience with the Italian legal environment & EU machinery directive highly valued)
  • Strong communicator both verbally and written
  • Ability to work in agile environment and bring people together to deliver solutions
  • Self-starter with the ability to translate high level concepts into technical solutions
  • Process & logic driven mentality
  • Degree in Engineering/IT/other


The ideal candidate would have a valid EU working permit and would be willing to relocate to Trieste in short notice.



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