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JP_Nagoya_77, 1- Chome Takayashiro
Additional Location:
Nagoya, Japan
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Regular - Permanent
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Description & Requirements

About the Role

The Sr. Director, Project Engineering T-OEM, is responsible for orchestrating and leading the global car audio engineering interface with T-OEM and will be T-OEM’s 1st point of escalation in case of issues. Together with the Sr. Director, Car Audio Engineering, Japan, this role will be responsible for managing the external relationship with T-OEM from the working level up to senior management level ensuring transparent bidirectional communication between Harman and T-OEM.  As a senior leader in Japan, this position will oversee the team’s customer engagement and ensure the team strives for sustainable win-win solutions for T-OEM and Harman.

What You Will Do

  • Manage overall customer interface with T-OEM engineering globally for car audio products, w/ a special focus on Japan, together w/ Japan Car Audio Engineering lead.
  • In concert with Japan Car Audio Engineering lead, act as a solutions provider striving for win-win solutions for Harman and T-OEM that yield the greatest benefit for T-OEM’s customers and Harman.
  • Ensure T-OEM technical expectations, explicit and implicit, and requirements is correctly interpreted and communicated globally by the Japan Car Audio Team.
  • Drive the Japan Car Audio team to provide rapid, high quality responses to T-OEM’s inquiries and concerns.
  • Ensure Japan Car Audio Team responses are consistent with customer’s specifications and expectations.
  • Upskill organization’s customer communication capabilities and understanding of customer’s unique expectations.
  • Anticipate T-OEM’s future needs and drive change in team’s processes / strategy by closely collaborating w/ Japan Car Audio Team lead.  
  • Work closely with T-OEM’s cross-functional team on identifying continuous improvement initiatives to improve Harman’s development quality and to develop solutions to customer’s present and future needs. 
  • Support CAM team by assembling and deploying the best team for each customer engagement.
  • Drive initiatives, in collaboration with Japan Car Audio Team and Harman’s JBL / ML Chief Engineers, for improving end-to-end accountability from initial product concept to End-of-Life for car audio products.
  • Serve as a strong partner and backup to the Sr. Director for Japan Car Audio Engineering.

What You Need

  • Minimum of 10 years of engineering experience with at least 7 years experience working in a customer-facing role at a Tier 1 automotive supplier (preferably a global supplier) on T-OEM product or working in T-OEM (or one of its subsidiaries).
  • Deep understanding of T-OEM development process and organization.
  • Strong reputation and relationships within T-OEM from working to management levels.
  • Deep understanding of T-OEM Car Audio development process and organization.
  • Experience working in a global cross-functional team w/ understanding of how to work w/in Western companies.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in Japanese and English.
  • Desire and ability to act as a Coach to global Harman Team on how to work with T-OEM.
  • BS in Acoustics, Electronics, Mechanical or other related Engineering field.

What is Nice to Have

  • Master’s degree in engineering or science field.
  • Understanding of world-class best practices in product design, development and electronics engineering.

What Makes You Eligible

  • Be willing to travel up to 30%, domestic and international travel.
  • Successfully complete a background investigation/Aptitude Test as a condition of employment.
  • This position requires the use of a HARMAN or customer-owned vehicle.  As such, any offer of employment will be contingent upon having a clean driving record, which will be evaluated and determined in HARMAN’s sole discretion, no more than 4 active points for moving violations (issued by any motor vehicle agency), and no references to operating a vehicle under the influence of controlled substances within the last 10 years.

What We Offer

  • We offer an authentic diverse, equal, and inclusive work environment that fosters and encourages professional and personal development in a truly global organization.
  • You will work on products and services that touch people’s lives and will change the industrial standards, being a part of the transformations in our industry.
  • Our work environments are fast paced, challenging, empowering, collaborative, flexible and exciting.
  • We offer our own HARMAN University with regular updates on the new technologies and trends by utilizing various sessions organized by Self Learning and Development Trainings to help grow and advance talent.
  • We offer competitive compensation/benefit programs and recognition programs.

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.