Vacancy Translation Manager

Translation Manager / Language Manager (GERMAN-speaking)

Your primary responsibilities will be to coordinate language projects in both German and English, by supervising our freelance linguists, and to ensure the quality of all language projects. This full-time position is available immediately. Do you have a good grasp of the German language? Are you well-organised, pro-active, and do you have a passion for language and thoroughness? Then this might be the job for you!

Your tasks in this new position:

  • Client management: you will be the interface between some of our German-speaking clients and the translators/transcriptionists and other linguists
  • As part of our project management team, you provide independent support for existing clients in all or most language service areas, from quoting, to project planning and to invoicing
  • You are responsible for converting German client enquiries into confirmed project orders, primarily by drawing up tailor-made quotations to meet client requests, via email and personal communication with clients, in close coordination with the Project Management team, Project Leadership, Marketing, and Recruitment, thereby contributing to the further development of the company’s key accounts and the volume of project assignments received
  • You make decisions independently, regarding the assignment and coordination of translation projects
  • Support with marketing measures for the acquisition of new clients and the expansion of your client base
  • You manage the final quality control for your client’s projects

Your profile:

A positive attitude, flexibility, energy and focus, and the will to learn new skills and bring in and implement your own ideas are more important to us than qualifications or many years of experience.

Experience in the following areas would be an advantage:

  • Project Management, Key-Account Management
  • English/Language Studies, Applied Linguistics, Translation Industry, Copy-Editing Industry
  • Language Skills: one additional language, besides English and German

Your knowledge and skills:

  • Excellent German language skills (native level), very good English language skills (fluent)
  • Client friendly and professional communication style
  • Result-oriented and pro-active
  • High degree of diligence, sense of responsibility, personal accountability
  • Proactive thinking and acting
  • Enjoy working in a deadline-driven and dynamic environment
  • High degree of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Accurate and independent working style while also thriving in a collaborative team environment
  • Good IT understanding and computer skills, particularly essentials such as Microsoft Office Excel, Word, PowerPoint etc.
  • Interest in language and culture
  • A creative and at the same time analytical and solution-focused approach to the compilation of attractive quotations
  • High motivation to contribute directly to the growth of the company

Further advantageous knowledge and skills:

  • Strong problem-solving skills and client/service orientation
  • High degree of agility, ability to switch between projects of varying complexity, difficulty and delivery time, while maintaining focus and perspective
  • Process-oriented, analytical and structured thinking, ability to understand complex projects and review complex files
  • Good time and self-management, ability to set priorities and work through projects accordingly (workflow management)
  • Technology adeptness: genuine interest in software solutions and the eagerness and ability to acquire/expand further software knowledge
  • Interest in language and culture

What we offer:

  • A monthly salary depending on individual qualifications, experience and performance. For career starters, the initial gross monthly salary is 20,000 ZAR on average. Project managers who make an above-average contribution can earn up to 30,000 ZAR per month on average.
  • A position with decision-making and creative freedom and personal and project responsibility
  • Great colleagues from Germany and South Africa, as well as a dynamic, young, agile team
  • Hybrid work with the possibility of a daily home office as well as flexible working hours within a time frame
  • Being part of an agile company with short management lines and fast, solution-oriented decision making
  • Possible additional team bonus
  • Fruit, water, coffee, tea on the house and Ice Cream Team Friday
  • Annual leave above the industry average
  • Opportunity to grow into business development or senior management
  • Encouragement of personal/private and voluntary commitment

Please send your detailed and updated curriculum vitae as well as your letter of motivation including your salary expectations, your South African visa status (if applicable) and your earliest possible starting date to: marlen.boehm(at)

We look forward to hearing from you!

MSS Cape Town

Vacancy Language Project Manager / Translation Manager (GERMAN-speaking)

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