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Senior Manager, IT Procurement

Date: Feb 21, 2019

Location: Farmington Hills, MI, US

Company: HARMAN International

Requisition Id : 115329 

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A Career at HARMAN

We are ONE HARMAN. We are greater than the sum of our divisions or brands. We proudly talk about our many iconic brands and describe how our technologies are transforming the car, the workplace and everywhere in between.  We work hard. We create useful, playful, beautiful things. We strive for excellence and we aim to win as a team. No matter the position, every employee at HARMAN is expected to demonstrate our core competencies:  leadership, change-orientation, collaboration, judgment and a results-driven mindset.  At HARMAN, we expect brilliance.  You can expect a career full of brilliant possibilities. 


Position Summary:

This role is responsible for managing the Global Spend of $80M for Software and IT Hardware, working closely with all IT and non-IT functional and divisional leaders, internal stakeholders and external sources.  Accountable for the year over year expense reduction and other category related targets assigned directly.  Support in achieving the overall category targets and objectives to attain overall budget performance as well as expected internal/external performance. This position reports to the Director of Technology Sourcing.


Supervisory Responsibilities:

This position will have direct oversight to one Indirect Category Manager located in US and provide category specific guidance to regional sourcing managers in India and China.


Job Responsibilities:

  • Develop and execute strategies and sourcing plans that foster the highest level of commitment to continuous improvement in category and service quality, cost, delivery, service, and technology
  • Plans and directs activities within assigned categories to achieve the maximum measurable results
  • Serves as the principal liaison representing Harman external towards suppliers on all commercial and business relationship content, including but not limited to quality, cost, delivery, service, contracts, risks and technology objectives
  • Ensures supplier KPI’s are in place as applicable and needed to audits supplier results, financial performance, and technical capabilities
  • Ensures supplier commercial and operational processes and principles meet Harman’s requirements in support of best cost, financial performance, and technical capabilities
  • Leads, directs and manages any Harman commercial negotiations involving the assigned categories and/or services
  • Collects, and coordinates business and technical requirements from the stakeholder, and supporting functions for negotiations.
  • Ensure expedient and compliant implementation of new contracts throughout organization.
  • Drives & Innovates suppliers improvements and performance by identifying and implementing solutions to business problems, independently cross-functional and globally as appropriate within assigned categories
  • Interfaces with functional and business stakeholders as required
  • Execution of stated goals and objectives toward the defined annual operating and strategic plans of Harman International where applicable
  • Identify and evaluate market changes and new technologies - make appropriate fact-based recommendations for adoption by Harman stakeholders.
  • Represents Harman supplier interests within Harman towards all functions, levels, and stakeholders regionally and globally as applicable and required within the assigned categories



Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Information Technology, Supply Management or related field
  • 8+ years of related experience in Procurement or Information Technology with a record of increasing responsibility
  • Prior experience in sourcing and negotiating Indirect goods and services in a Fortune 500 environment using strategic category management techniques to achieve results.
  • Experience in successfully using benchmarking and cost analysis tools to deliver negotiation outcomes to exceed the market index.
  • Must possess the social intelligence to influence and lead at the most senior levels within the organization.
  • Master’s Degree preferred


Eligibility Requirements:

  • Willingness to travel 10%
  • Willingness to work in an office in Farmington Hills, MI
  • Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screen



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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