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US_Novi_30001 Cabot Drive
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Novi, United States of America
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Description & Requirements

About the Role

As the Head of Value Management, Speakers you will own speaker cost optimization globally. You will lead the global cross-functional teams to create a cost-improvement strategy and ideas and drive and implement the cost-improvement strategy and activities to reduce the total cost of speakers. Your scope will include Projects AND Products, a full life cycle from RFQ through post-SOP, COPQ, and Sustainability

Your Team

You will lead a global team with 8-10 direct reports including transducer engineering, adhesive specialists, Mechanical Engineers, and Business Analysts.

What You Will Do

  • Set the strategic direction and roadmap for the global speaker VAVE group worldwide and execute critical projects.  Ensure that the strategy is set and aligned to the R&D activities and technology rollouts as well as manufacturing strategy and requirements.

  • Managing all aspects of speaker VAVE responsibilities worldwide including projects and products, pre and post-SOP, and ensuring parts are designed to meet benchmark costs.

  • Works with all engineering groups and other cross-functional teams to drive and deliver value to customers through features and cost reduction. Identify the lowest cost way and ensure the highest worth to accomplish the functions of a product, process, or project.

  • Ensure set up and execution of 2 years rolling VAVE pipeline with SBU leads.

  • Participate in the development of common work practices, procedures, and design standards with other engineering teams and manufacturing teams to achieve cost excellence.

  • Keep abreast of the latest developments in world-class best practices about material cost and manufacturing cost.

  • Setting objectives, measuring performance, conducting appraisals, and developing team/ engineer through coaching and counseling.

  • Foresee the technology opportunities beyond specific divisional or platform spaces but at a more systematic/ holistic level. Begins to develop a point of view on standards in the specific area of expertise or as projects prove key insights.

  • Support speaker product line leads to deliver cost-effective speakers and drive for profitability improvement.

  • Hire, coach, and develop high-performing talent ensuring the success of each team member.

  • Foster and maintain a positive and collaborative work environment to motivate staff while driving improvement through innovative solutions.

What You Need

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering

  • 15+ years experience in product development engineering (mechanical parts, speaker industry preferred)

  • Engineering/program management leadership experience in leading and coaching large multi-site teams

  • Global product development experience

  • Proven consistent success in delivering cost-effective products.

  • Proven experience in collaborating with a team of design engineering, manufacturing, finance, sourcing, and product management members and coordinating activities among team members with either direct or indirect reporting structure.

  • Proven key leadership traits and skills:  collaborative work style, integrity, creativity, objectivity, assertiveness, effectiveness, responsibility, honesty, and reliability.

What is Nice to Have

  • Advanced degree in engineering, business, or management/leadership preferred.

What Makes You Eligible

  • Willingness to travel 10%- 20% of the time

  • Willing to work in an office in Novi, MI location

What We Offer

  • Access to employee discounts on world-class Harman and Samsung products (JBL, HARMAN Kardon, AKG, etc.)

  • Extensive training opportunities through our own HARMAN University

  • Competitive wellness benefits

  • Tuition Reimbursement

  • Access to HARMAN Campus Fitness Center and Cafeteria

  • An inclusive and diverse work environment that fosters and encourages professional and personal development

HARMAN is proud to be an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.