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Engineer (m/f/d) as X-Planning Project Manager in the City Planning Department of the City of Cologne

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Cologne is the largest city in NRW and the fourth largest city in Germany. The dynamically growing metropolis of Cologne presents major challenges for urban planning. We are looking for committed and professionally experienced colleagues to carry out the associated diverse tasks in the area of urban development project management and land use planning.

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We are looking from now on An engineer (m/f/d) as X-Planning Project Manager. As part of a cross-departmental and interdepartmental joint project, the X-Planning Team at the Urban Planning Office has been working on the development and implementation of the X-Planning standard for land use planning since 2020.

xPlanning is the legally binding data standard and data exchange format for IT processes relating to spatial planning, state and regional planning, land use planning and landscape planning. xPlanning supports the loss-free transfer of planning data between different IT systems as well as the internet-based provision of planned works.



  • are responsible for quality management standard X planning with regard to the review of internal and external data
  • coordinate and document the review of GML data in individual teams
  • further develop the X-planning standard based on application practice and requirements in land use planning at the city of Cologne
  • are responsible for cooperation with other municipalities in the area of X planning
  • Are Deputy Head of Department 614-2 Planning Technical Service — XPlanungIn the City Planning Office
  • are responsible for occupational safety issues in the area of responsibility

Your active support as a special function in carrying out elections and the motivation of your employees to take on such a function is requested. This applies to a maximum of 3 days per election, which are rewarded with special leave and an expense allowance.


You have successfully completed a degree (at least a technical college diploma or bachelor's degree) in geoinformatics, geodata management, geoinformation, surveying or geography with a focus on geographic information systems (GIS).

Alternatively, surveyors and geomatists with equivalent skills and experience will also be approved if they

  • have at least five years of relevant professional experience in a technical area, and
  • worked in several (in principle at least three) different areas of responsibility and
  • have received regular professional training or qualifications.

As part of their application, applicants must prove that the above criteria have been met.



  • have knowledge of land use planning, in particular planning signs ordinance as well as georeferencing, objectizing and transformation of construction plans
  • have digital expertise, in particular in the areas of ArcGIS, CAD (BricsCAD, StadtCAD), XML validation and XPlanning, as well as in-depth knowledge of RFC compliant XML
  • have knowledge of building planning and building regulations law
  • Have good written and oral language skills and expressive skills as well as graphic presentation skills
  • They each bring above-average initiative, work quality and willingness to learn and perform
  • remain individually resilient and goal-oriented and solution-oriented even in phases of increased pressure
  • are team-oriented and able to communicate and also have self-sufficient organizational skills
  • have gender competence and diversity conviction
  • are committed to reconciliation of work and life and effective promotion of women — promote individuality and diversity and implement the inclusion agreement


  • Not only a financially future-proof job with all the benefits of public service, but also a regular weekly working time of 39 hours for employees. Employment is possible on a part-time and full-time basis
  • an important sustainable activity with social significance with a centrally located place of work in the town house in Köln-Deutz with good public transport connections and company canteen
  • Work-life balance through flexible working hours and home office options Structured onboarding as well as career and continuing education opportunities
  • 30 days of annual vacation (plus time off work on Christmas Eve, New Year's Eve and Shrove Monday) and a company sports association
  • Regular tariff increases, a special annual payment, an annual defined benefit payment and an attractive company pension
  • Offer of a discounted Germany ticket for tariff workers

Further reasons that speak for us as an employer can be found at:

Recruitment is for an indefinite period. The position is rated according to grade 11 of the Collective Agreement for the Public Service (TVöD).
The salary range in grade 11 (TVöd-vka) is between 4,032.38€ (experience level 1) and 5,975.19€ (experience level 6). A current pay table can be found, for example, at

Your professional experience is gladly taken into account when assigning it to the level of experience within the pay group, as far as possible under collective bargaining law.

Would you like to find out more about the benefits of working for the city of Cologne?

We will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the procedure: Ms. Gester Phone 0221 221-25095. Questions about the area of responsibility will be answered by: Mr. Tuch, telephone 0221 221-22813.


If you too want to make Cologne more livable, please apply, quoting the reference number 344/24-05-NAGE until the latest 02.06.2024 as follows:

City of Cologne - Die OberbürgermeisterPersonnel and Administrative Management Applicant Center (114/11) Willy-Brandt-Platz 2

50679 Cologne

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We actively promote equality between women and men as well as the diversity of all people in administration.

We therefore welcome applications from people of color, people of all nationalities, religions and worldviews, sexual orientations and gender identities, all ages and people with disabilities. We are also looking forward to applications from people with a family history of migration, in particular refugee history.

The city of Cologne is the bearer of the TOTAL E-QUALITY — Commitment to Equal Opportunities for Women and Men as well as the additional DIVERSITY Award and the Berufundfa-Milie - Reconciliation of Work and Family Certificate. In the STEM sector (mathematics, computer science, technology), women are expressly addressed and asked to apply.

We offer flexible working hours and forms, which can also be combined with mobile working. These are based on various life models and personal and service concerns.

As a public employer, we support the goal of integrating disabled, severely disabled and equal people into working life with our inclusion agreement. Severely disabled and equivalent applicants are given particular consideration if they are equally qualified.

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