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Northridge, United States of America
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Description & Requirements

About the Role

The Manager, Finance – GPLM and R&D is responsible for financial planning, analysis, cost controllership, and providing financial leadership for the global R&D and GPLM (Global Product Line Management) organizations within the Professional Solutions Division of Harman International. This role will be working closely with Pro management to provide insight into the financial results for the two functions and PRO brands (ie, JBL, AKG, Crown).  This position requires good controllership, ability to work in global environment, and strategic thinking and cross functional collaboration for new product assessments. This position is based in Northridge, CA.

Your Team

This role will manage an organization of three (3) people who are based in Shenzhen, China. As this role is based in California the standard hours are PST, however, some flexibility is needed to support the global nature of the R&D finance team.

What You Will Do

  • Manage budget and forecast models and processes, including compiling, analyzing, and partnering with business leaders and Global financial consolidations teams.

  • Perform month-end close activities including consolidations of financial results, financial reporting related to R&D OPEX/CAPEX including variance analysis against budget and forecast.

  • Review of business cases for potential new products, including pressuring assumptions from business partners by underwriting for logic and consistency including between other business cases for; pricing, forecasted sales, investment outlay, and incremental operating expenses.

  • Sensitivity analysis for potential new products, including; Sales, EBIT, and financial return metrics like NPV and IRR.

  • Analysis and reporting on recently launched new products including monthly sales and periodic long-term reviews comparing business cases to results.

  • Develop R&D KPIs and benchmarks to improve decision-making process.

  • Interpret and apply corporate financial policies, government legislation, and accounting theory.

  • Work with accounting department and project managers to capitalize and maintain the assets under construction and fixed asset accounts as they relate to R&D.

What You Need

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Finance, Accounting or Economics.

  • 5-7 years of finance and accounting experience in a complex environment including 2+ years managing others.

  • Fluency in Chinese (Mandarin) is highly preferred.

  • CPA preferred.

  • Strong knowledge of budgeting, forecasting, GAAP accounting, financial analysis processes, and financial operations.

  • Knowledge of SAP, consolidation applications, and Business Intelligence reporting systems.

  • Experience preparing financial statements, financial modeling, forecasting, budgeting, and variance analysis.

  • Outstanding communicator (oral and written) and creative thinker, with an ability to use both data, input, and intuition to inform decisions.

  • Experience with change management in the areas of processes and systems.

  • Extensive experience in Microsoft Office software required, including high proficiency in Excel and PowerPoint.

What is Nice to Have

  • Results-Driven:  Having a proactive, goal-oriented approach to decision making. A clear and strategic thinker with proven experience in translating strategies into actionable plans. Capable of handling multiples projects / initiatives simultaneously and executing to completion.

  • Team Player: Leading teams with clarity and accountability. A proven team player with excellent communication and interpersonal skills who can effectively work with all levels of a global matrixed organization. Multi-Cultural awareness and ability to adjust communication accordingly.

  • Change Orientation:  Able to adapt to changing demands and conditions. Act as a Change Management expert and enabler on various projects and programs across the business.

  • Customer Focus:  Providing exceptional service and quality to external and internal customer. Understanding and working in past organizations that have centralized and de-centralized structures as business requirements change is helpful.

  • Self-Awareness:  Accepting responsibility for personal development and actions. Have clear objectives and strives to exceed them.

What Makes You Eligible

  • Be willing to travel up to 5% domestic and international travel.

  • This role is eligible to work remotely with weekly trips into the Northridge, CA office as scheduled or requested (this could be on 24-hour notice).

  • Successfully complete a background investigation and drug screen as a condition of employment.

What We Offer

  • The standard base salary range for this position is $118,800.00 – $145,200.00.

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

  • Professional development opportunities through HARMAN University’s business and leadership academies.

  • Flexible work schedule with a culture encouraging work life integration and collaboration in a global environment.

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

  • Tuition Reimbursement.

  • “Be Brilliant” employee recognition and rewards program.

HARMAN ( designs and engineers connected products and solutions for automakers, consumers, and enterprises worldwide, including connected car systems, audio and visual products, enterprise automation solutions; and services supporting the Internet of Things.  With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson® and Revel®, HARMAN is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform around the world. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and connected car systems. Our software services power billions of mobile devices and systems that are connected, integrated and secure across all platforms, from work and home to car and mobile. HARMAN has a workforce of approximately 30,000 people across the Americas, Europe, and Asia. In March 2017, HARMAN became a wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics.

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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.