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Division Category Manager

Date: Dec 1, 2018

Location: Budapest, Hungary, HU

Company: HARMAN International

Requisition Id : 111770 

Additional Work Location(s) ​​​​​:  

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Creates and develops a strategic global sourcing plan that fosters the highest level of commitment to continuous improvement in product quality, cost, and delivery within the category assigned, for the Professional Division.
  • Plans and directs the activities of the supplier so that maximum, measurable results are achieved for all Harman Professional Business Units.
  • Ensure high spend compliance through preferred suppliers based on category requirements.
  • Serves as the principal authority and liaison for the company with suppliers on business objectives in line with corporate procurement.
  • Builds and manages base line spend (history and forecast) date for Harman Professional for their category. Performs operational review of contract performance and spending for categories.
  • Develops supplier metrics such as spend/savings Tracker, KPI’s, SLA, etc., monitors and reports on supplier performance criteria.
  • Ensures that a quality system is in place at each supplier's manufacturing site.  Audits supplier costs, financial performance, and manufacturing and technical capabilities.
  • Ensures supplier's operating principles meet the company's requirements and enhance the supplier's costs, financial performance and manufacturing and technical capabilities.
  • Directs the negotiations of major contracts involving the assigned commodities.
  • Coordinates efforts with engineering and quality personnel in developing supplier’s capabilities to produce critical components. Approves product design changes that require tooling expenditures. Presents selected supplier in management reviews.
  • Maintains constant communication with suppliers to make sure there is full understanding of the company's requirements and the supplier's capabilities and to identify process and product improvement opportunities.
  • Monitors category trends and conducts market research/benchmarking as needed.
  • Support project management team to work on project-level RFQ, develop local sourcing, tools, and negotiate price/term, for required parts for both China project and business units’ project.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Preferable to Engineering Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent experience in Sourcing, and 7+ years of sourcing and purchasing materials within the category of mechanical, elec. (component, module), and PCBA , etc.
  • Be familiar with the manufacturing process of PCBA, and elec. products assembly.
  • CPSM or CPM Certification preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience in procurement problem solving, negotiating, and contract management.
  • Ability to implement sourcing strategies to control the company’s purchased material or service costs and to assure an adequate source of service and supply.  Manage supplier’s cost, quality and delivery performance.
  • Knowledge and participation in Six Sigma activities, including participation in Kaizen, Value Stream Mapping (VSM) and other continuous improvement activities.
  • Excellent verbal, organization and written communication skills.
  • Experience working with process improvement methodologies.
  • Proficient in computer use (MS Word, Excel, Project, Outlook and SAP).
  • Ability to work in a metrics-driven, fast-paced and dynamic environment.
  • Proactive and aggressive in solving problems, recognizing and taking action on opportunities and developing a team environment to understand and execute company-wide needs in regards to material supply.
  • Good at product & component cost analysis and build up cost model.
  • Maintain and promote sound relationships with customers, suppliers and business community.


Desired Characteristics:

  • Ability to handle a variety of projects at the same time.
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.
  • Ability to develop and populate reports, business correspondence and procedure manuals.
  • Self-starter, and quick learning.
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, vendors, customers, and company employees.  Ensure communication with business owners is consistent, clear, timely, helpful and productive.


Eligibility Requirements:

  • Willing to travel 30% of the time.
  • Domestic and/or international travel may be required.   
  • Willingness to submit to a background screen and a drug test.


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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