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DE_Karlsbad_Becker Göring Straße 16
Additional Location:
Böblingen, Germany | Böblingen, Germany | Karlsbad, Germany
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Regular - Permanent
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Description & Requirements

About the Role

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

Your Team

Lead a global team with 8-10 direct reports transducer engineering, adhesive specialist, Mechanical Engineers, Business Analyst.

What You Will Do

  • Set the strategic direction and roadmap for the global speaker VAVE group worldwide and execute on 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 & post SOP, and ensuring parts are designed meeting 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 ensuring 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 team and manufacturing team to achieve cost excellence.
  • Keep abreast of the latest developments in world-class best practice in relation to material cost and manufacturing cost.
  • Setting objectives, measuring performance, conducting appraisals and develop team/ engineer through coaching and counselling.
  • 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 lead to deliver cost-effective speaker 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 experiences 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 to collaborate with a team of design engineering, manufacturing, finance, sourcing, and product management members and coordinate activities among team members with either direct or in-direct reporting structure.
  • Proven key leadership traits and skills:  collaborative work style, integrity, creativity, objectivity, assertiveness, effectiveness, responsibility, honesty, reliability.

What is Nice to Have

  • Advanced degree in engineering, business or management/leadership preferred
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills both in English

What Makes You Eligible

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

What We Offer

  • HARMAN offers a diverse and inclusive work environment that fosters and encourages career development opportunities, professional training and competitive market base compensation
  • You will also receive top-notch employee discounts on Harman’s Consumer Audio (JBL, AKG, HARMAN Kardon) and Samsung products
  • Flexible work schedule with a culture encouraging work life integration and collaboration in a global friendly working atmosphere and good work-life-balance
  • Attractive salary package and an Employer contribution towards a company pension plan
  • Professional development opportunities through HARMAN University’s business and leadership academies which also includes extensive technical trainings
  • Internal talent management leadership acceleration programs
  • “Be Brilliant” employee recognition and rewards program


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.