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Director, Category Strategy, Semiconductor

Date: Jan 28, 2019

Location: Budapest, Hungary, HU

Company: HARMAN International

Requisition Id : 106572 

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Position Summary:

This position seeks a senior level procurement professional to be  responsible for global category strategy development and continuous improvement execution.   The individual will be a key contributor to the future competitiveness in major direct material  categories for all divisions  by analyzing  current and new products and identifying  new sourcing opportunities.  This role will report to the Sr. Director Direct Material Category Leader.


Job Responsibilities:

  • Partner with HARMAN Category Leaders (HCL) to  develop category strategies that support the overall strategy of the business and deliver best in class results
  • Analyze category markets and assess risk, gathering intelligence on fundamental conditions and technical information that impact the category
  • Evaluate and make an initial determination the need to second source based on nature of material and underlying supply chain in terms of qualified vendors available
  • Analyze Supplier spend data to determine  qualification, negotiation and final selection
  • Signature authority for contracts, blanket purchase orders, framework agreements or any other similar written agreements  in accordance with contract approval criteriaelect suppliers and finalize negotiations based upon parameters determined by Delegation of Authority
  • Responsible and accountable for the policies and procedures used by the global category teams for implementing strategy
  • Provide expertise in supplier relationship management.  Responsible for delivering on best practices for supplier selection and approvals, RFx, contracts terms and conditions and negotiation approaches


Basic Qualifications:  

  • Bachelor’s Degree in either Engineering or Business Management
  • Requires at least 7-10 years of professional experience in procurement and category management with a deep understanding of strategy development
  • Experience collaborating with internal and external resources to develop sourcing and negotiation strategies that meet established goals and timelines
  • Experience and demonstrated ability to manage global teams and projects
  • Proven track record of implementing effective sourcing strategies
  • Epertise translating complex data into a clear and consise communication  
  • Ability to communicate effectively at a senior executive level


Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Masters degree in Business Management, Supply Chain or related discipline 
  • Previous experience working in a multinational company


Eligibility Requirements:

  • Willingness to travel 10-15%.
  • Willingness to work in a office located in Budapest, Hungary.


Core Competencies:

  • Strong analytical skills
  • Takes accountability
  • Strong customer focus
  • Proficiency with procurement systems including sourcing, contract management and transactional systems
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Good influencing skills at senior levels to influence acceptance of a new way of working
  • Project Management skills


Our offer:

  • Be a part of an international team working with the world’s largest automotive manufacturers
  • Attractive salary package
  • Extensive technical trainings
  • Career development opportunities
  • Employee discounts on our HARMAN (JBL®, AKG®, HARMAN Kardon®) and Samsung products



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. HARMAN is an Equal Opportunity /Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or Protected Veterans status.  HARMAN offers a great work environment, challenging career opportunities, professional training and competitive compensation. Looking for a challenge where your experience is valued? Come see what you can achieve as a leader with HARMAN!  (

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