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General information

Location:
DE_Böblingen_Konrad-Zuse-Straße 10, DE_Garching_Parkring 1-5
Additional Location:
Böblingen, Germany | Böblingen, Germany | Garching, Germany
Job Family:
Supply Chain Management
Worker Type Reference:
Regular - Permanent
Pay Rate Type:
Salary
JOB ID:
R-33473-2024

Description & Requirements

About the Role

The VP, Global Electronics Category Lead will manage and make critical decisions on all aspects of the global supply base including contracts, commercial/ pricing, supply assurance, innovation, and conflict resolution.  Additionally, this role will develop and execute category strategies through alignment with HARMAN business units, engineering, quality, and manufacturing activities. This will require knowledge of the business unit’s technology and product roadmaps and specific expertise in the procurement of category components and manufacturing cost structure. This role also requires a sophisticated level of relationship management interfacing with CEOs and business presidents of global suppliers, requiring balancing of interests to maintain mutually beneficial relationships. This person will be the executive escalation/communication point for HARMAN and the supply partner.

Your Team

Your team consists of 5-6 direct reports and approximately 30 total team members, located in the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific. This position reports into the Senior Vice President, Procurement & BCA.


What You Will Do

  • Develop and implement global procurement strategies that align with business objectives and support growth and profitability
  • Build appropriate executive level supplier relationships to strategic suppliers including CEOs and business presidents
  • Foster the executive level engagement between procurement, supply chain functions and senior stake holders within the HARMAN automotive SBUs
  • Working collaboratively throughout the value chain, drive innovation, agility, cost, quality, business continuity and sustainability through Strategic Sourcing, Supplier Relationship Management, and flawless execution
  • Lead effective supplier negotiations and event driven cost reductions to meet annual cost reduction goals and Should Cost targets
  • Drive supplier rationalization and new supplier development to maximize category leverage.
  • Establish goals, improvement plans, business reviews and monthly reporting related to areas of responsibility
  • Develop staff through training and succession planning processes to maximize their potential for the benefit of individual and company
  • Overall contract approvals and budgetary authority.

What You Need

  • Minimum 15+ years of experience in Procurement, Strategic Sourcing, and Supply Chain Management
  • Bachelor’s degree in business or technical related field
  • Proven experience and ability to lead diverse global teams to achieve cost, quality, fulfillment, innovation, and time to market commitments
  • Transformational leadership style
  • Strong negotiation and relationship building skills
  • Ability to communicate and express self well in groups as well as one-to-one conversations
  • Demonstrate resourcefulness to effectively leverage and focus resources across organizational/ geographic boundaries.

What is Nice to Have

  • Master´s degree
  • Previous Electronics category sourcing experience

What Makes You Eligible

  • Willingness to travel 20%.
  • Willingness to work in an office, hybrid model, in Garching, Boblingen or Karlsbad

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
  • 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.