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HU_Budapest_Vaci Ut 96 13th District
Additional Location:
Budapest, Hungary | Garching, Germany
Job Family:
Supply Chain Management
Worker Type Reference:
Regular - Permanent
Pay Rate Type:

Description & Requirements

About the Role

The Senior Director, Global Cost & Sustainability Engineering, (e)Mechanical Lead define and execute cost and sustainability engineering strategy across HARMAN division considering all Region, Business Unit and Customer.

The created strategy is used to define overall profitability, sustainability and growth goals for HARMAN AUTOMOTIVE. The role is responsible to reach the defined goals with driving cross-functional implementation of Technical and Commercial measures in collaboration with, mainly but not exclusively, Procurement, Engineering, Customer Account Management, Manufacturing and Suppliers.

The role is responsible for optimizing an annual spend and expected to deliver defined sustainability goals over multiple years to enable divisional level growth results. The role reports into Best Value Analytics in the Strategic Procurement and Partnering Function of our global Operations.

Your Team

This position will report to the VP, Best Value Analytics lead and will have a global team of 10+ direct reports.

What You Will Do

  • Establish the vision, goal, framework, processes and methods needed to enable profitability, sustainability and growth goals with highly accurate cost/ CO2e modeling (TCO) across entire HARMAN Automotive division (all products, regions and customers)

  • Establish the vision for Lifecycle Assessment of emissions (CO2e) and build capabilities to achieve carbon neutrality per HARMAN Automotive Sustainability objectives

  • Define divisional profitability, sustainability goal and execution strategy on respective areas (see above) with senior leadership of the division

  • Develop, align and execute divisional wide strategy to assemble and enable highly effective cross functional teams (incl Procurement/Engineering/Manufacturing/Account Management...) which create overarching profitability, sustainability strategies and deliver commercial and technical measures.

  • Build and enroll strategy with the executive leadership team of HARMAN and Suppliers to identify framework of reaching cost transparency and best cost which ensures HARMANs overall competitiveness on the market.

  • Support Make versus buy analysis process to Controlling, category and Operation organization

  • Define and deliver advanced sourcing, design to cost,, CO2e reduction & manufacturing and sourcing strategy of current and new HARMAN products in close collaboration with state of the art supply chain partners

  • Create and execute supplier and customer cost negotiation strategy with Procurement and Customer Account teams

  • Ensure day-to-day development and delivery of cost & CO2e models by establishing required processes and methods to drive consistent practices within the cost engineering team and reflecting industry best practices.  This includes the processes necessary to keep the cost & CO2e models up to date with current information and best known methods.

  • Develop synergy programs within Samsung group to leverage scale in business

  • Build development strategy of internal teams to reach a cost conscious mindset across all teams of Automotive division

  • Lead, Coach and Develop staff and through training and succession planning processes to maximize their potential for the benefit of individual and company

What You Need

  • Minimum 15+ years of experience in Cost Engineering /Sustainability/ Value Management / Procurement or Manufacturing / Engineering preferably in the Automotive industry

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or Business Administration or Economy

  • Minimum 10+ years of experience in cost engineering / Value Management / design to cost/manufacturing

  • Minimum 10+ years of experience and ability to lead diverse global teams to improve profitability, sustainability growth, innovation, and time to market commitments

  • Demonstrated experience in technology benchmarking and advanced sourcing of new and emerging technologies. Including CO2e efficient technologies

  • Proven experience with scientific expertise in Electrical Devices and mechanical parts category. More than 10 years in Industry.

  • Proven track record of outstanding engaging skills in diverse, cross functional teams including executive stakeholders to embrace continuous improvement in a highly competitive environment

  • Strong negotiation and relationship building skills.

What is Nice to Have

  • Master’s degree

  • Experience with automotive electronics is highly desirable

  • Demonstrated ability to build cross-functional collaboration models which identify and implement improvements in the area of sourcing, design and manufacturing in automotive electronics

  • Experience in corporate level design to cost/manufacturing programs

  • Proven team player with excellent communication, collaboration and interpersonal skills

  • Change Orientation: able to adapt to changing demands and conditions

  • German, Chinese, and/or Hungarian Language skills are a plus

What Makes You Eligible

  • Be willing to travel up to 20%, domestic and international travel

  • Be willing to work in an office in EU(Any)/NA(Novi)/APAC(Shanghai) or work remotly full-time with occasional trips to all HARMAN locations (this could be on 24-hour notice)

What We Offer

  • Flexible work environment, allowing for full-time remote work globally for positions that can be performed outside a HARMAN or customer location

  • 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.