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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 a Senior Technical Program Manager, you will be responsible for organizing and executing product development tasks. You will work in a cross-functional role planning, communicating, team building, and executing a development plan to Harman and customer requirements.

What You Will Do

  • Manage multiple highly visible projects, requiring both applications and international development engineering. 

  • Define tasks to be performed by a cross-functional team in delivering portfolio products across various internal/external projects. Use a task list to create a work breakdown structure.  Use work breakdown structure to establish program schedule.

  • Follow corporate product development PLM process. Ensure the compliance of team members.

  • Ensure prompt decision-making is executed by promoting consensus decisions, intervening when consensus decision-making fails, and making unilateral decisions in the case of a deadlock.

  • Understand all of the technical detail of the products used in all systems, both electrical and mechanical.

  • Approve requirements and technical solutions for meeting requirements for assigned development projects.

  • Establish and manage program budget.

  • Provide progress, status updates, and issues of technical projects and programs in Objective and Key Results, Monthly Status Reports, Quarterly Business Review activities.

  • Work with Sales, Supplier Engineering, and Design Engineering to set system cost targets.  Meet system cost target.

  • Set team goals for the timeliness, customer issues, and quality. Lead team to meet goals.

  • Interact with all internal functions: design engineering, manufacturing, and quality, purchasing, marketing, and sales.

  • Facilitate and coordinate meetings, tech reviews, workshops, demos and reflection sessions as required.

  • Negotiate resource allocations from functional managers. When a resource conflict occurs, negotiate a solution with functional managers and other program managers.

  • Serve as lead program interface with the customer as needed.

  • Identify program issues as early as possible and drive resolution at the team level.  If resolutions require management intervention, escalate to appropriate management personnel with proposed alternatives.

  • Review selected suppliers and quotes, and participate in supplier reviews/selection as appropriate.

  • Coordinate and oversee the ordering of prototypes and production tooling.

  • Audit task completion and report major deviations from plan to appropriate management.

  • Recommend continuous improvements development process.

What You Need

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or related field and 16 years of overall experience

  • 8+ years related experience in program management, sales, quality, design, engineering management, process engineering, or manufacturing engineering

  • Equivalent relevant industry experience will be considered

  • Project Planning, problem-solving, multi-tasking, project management skills

  • Background in Automotive Electronics and Audio systems (areas like ECU, TCU, Telematics, Infotainment, ADAS, etc) preferred.

What is Nice to Have

  • PMP certification

  • Master’s Degree in Engineering or MBA with 12 years overall experience

  • Experience in launching automotive products

What Makes You Eligible

  • Be willing to travel up to 10% domestic and international travel and occasionally travel to customer location and Harman Plants.

  • Be willing to work in an office in Novi, Michigan

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

What We Offer

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

  • An inclusive and diverse work environment that fosters and encourages career development opportunities

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

  • On-site opportunities to focus on personal well-being and development such as onsite café, fitness center, weekly massage, fitness classes, and other onsite events promoted by our Employee resource groups

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

  • Internal talent management leadership acceleration programs

  • “Be Brilliant” employee recognition and rewards program

  • Scholarship programs for employee family members


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.