Security, energy efficiency, building automation and more: Bosch delivers excellent solutions to meet these needs. But how do customers get them into their buildings? Marius Kaiser and his team make it happen. Kaiser heads large, complex construction projects, making sure that visions of the future become reality.
Passionate manager and man from the field: project head Marius Kaiser provides insights into his work
Holding all the threads together in exciting projects across a variety of industries
You can count yourself lucky if you have friends or acquaintances like Marius Kaiser – and doubly so if he’s on your team. Someone who always stays cool, calm and collected, even in the most hectic situations, keeps track of everything, and shows you the way forward. Kaiser is in charge of large construction projects conducted by Bosch Energy and Building Solutions in Stuttgart. He concurrently supervises multiple large projects that can include modernizing a hospital, erecting a commercial building, or – like recently – creating Bosch’s new Service & Supply Chain Campus in the city’s Feuerbach district. For someone in his role, it's an genuine asset to radiate calm.
Many of the projects that Kaiser conducts involve building or modernizing so-called critical infrastructure: buildings and facilities that play key roles in the energy, IT and telecommunications, transportation, health, water supply, food, or financial and insurance sectors. Their owners and operators have to meet high technological standards. Security has to be seamless, and operation and data transmission must be consistently ensured even if there is a serious disruption.
One ongoing project is at the Robert Bosch Hospital in Stuttgart, with the mission of boosting energy efficiency. Among other things, this involves renewing aging equipment and control systems, some of which date back to the 1990s, without interfering with the hospital’s operation. This calls for smooth coordination of all activities. Kaiser constantly keeps a watchful eye on all involved trades, schedules, and measures, striving to plan and schedule all activities to rule out any chance of a serious hold-up. “As a project leader, you always have to think ahead and figure out what needs to be done to achieve the overall goal. While monitoring the work being done right now, I always stay a few steps ahead of the game: developing strategies, solutions, and work packages to keep the ball rolling.”
Marius Kaiser manages teams of up to 50 members, depending on a project’s size
For Kaiser, every project begins long before the actual work starts and isn’t wrapped up until well after it has been completed and vetted. “As system integrators at Bosch, we plan, for example, security systems or solutions to achieve greater energy efficiency or improve fire protection, install them and then maintain them. My team's job is in the process stage where the structural foundations are laid and we implement the solutions and systems, “ says Kaiser. He can often be found on site, most recently at the new Bosch Campus in Feuerbach. “A construction site is a dynamic place,” he says, referring to the fact that there’s always something to organize or speed up, and occasionally also glitches to be smoothed out.
Kaiser delights in the blend of new events and proven know-how that characterizes his job. This has to do with the fact that his background was in practical, hands-on work and he draws on this experience to accurately assess situations and make decisions that can be hard for a project leader who is well-versed in theory but still lacks real-world experience. More than anything else, Kaiser is responsible for the business side of projects and leading the members of his team. For smaller projects this can mean a crew of five to 10 people, while bigger ones can involve up to 50.
Paving the way for success: Marius Kaiser’s broad experience and diplomatic skill
“I’m a passionate manager with practical experience. Because I’ve worked outdoors myself, I can assess pretty well what needs to be done on site. I immediately spot any problems that my project engineers, site managers, or installers may be having and know when they need my support.” His frequent visits to the site often inspire him to come up with suggestions and ideas that are worth sharing with clients. He can also tell when priorities need to be redefined or reinforcements requested from Bosch’s large network in order to wrap up a project. “My extensive experience is especially valuable during meetings with customers. Managing directors, external planners, and specialized engineers often also join them. So it helps that I know my way around all of the relevant fields.” Not to mention diplomacy, of which Kaiser boasts a healthy portion.
Marius Kaiser completed vocational training as a mechatronics specialist for energy technology and power generation, then entered the field of building systems and earned master’s credentials in electrical engineering. After passing an exam on technical management at a chamber of commerce and industry, he joined Bosch in 2018 to manage large projects. He is solutions-oriented and approachable, and his organizational talents are legendary. And word has gotten around, not only on the job, but also among friends and family. “Skills and knowledge flow in both directions between work and private life,” he says.
Bosch as an explainer of what is technically possible
Since Kaiser joined Bosch, he has been assigned to work on things like security solutions, energy efficiency, and building automation. “Digitalization and efficiency play an important role in this day and age. We offer solutions that are new in the market and can be counted on to work reliably going forward. We integrate them for customers today, who will travel far into the future with them,” says Kaiser. He remarks that customers often ask him loads of questions about technologies and digitalization. “It’s extremely challenging to keep up with technical advances. At Bosch we play a role in disseminating them. We’re a technology group, and our customers have certain expectations of us. We show them new, innovative overall solutions and then integrate them so they are precisely harmonized with each client’s needs.”
Technology progress never sleeps, and again and again there are problems to solve at construction sites. But Marius Kaiser says that it energizes him: “The challenge should always be slightly outside our comfort zone so we’ll try even harder to succeed.” In other words, unforeseen situations in combination with proven skills and successes. “That’s why this is my dream job.”