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Category Specialist Semiconductors (m/f)

Date: Mar 2, 2018

Location: Karlsbad, Germany, DE

Company: HARMAN International


  • Responsible to manage and make critical decisions on all aspects of supplier relationship
  • Develop and execute sub-category strategies through alignment with Harman International global category lead, Business Units, engineering, quality, manufacturing activities
  • Coordination of engagement between procurement, supply chain functions and senior stake holders
  • Acting as the escalation/communication point for Harman International and the supply partner
  • Identification, establishment and development of new suppliers, supplier relationship management, supplier portfolio management and supplier performance   evaluation 
  • Planning, coordination, execution and documentation of negotiations & annual global price negotiations
  • Identification, implementation and documentation of cost reduction potential
  • Establish goals, improvement plans, business reviews and monthly reporting related to areas of responsibility
  • Timely coordination of procurement processes to ensure supply, cost and quality


Required Skills:

  • University degree in Engineering or Business Administration
  • Minimum 2-3 years of relevant working experience preferably in the areas of either procurement, engineering, quality, or product development
  • Experience in procurement of electronic components is a great benefit
  • High level of commitment, strong self-motivation and goal orientation. Ability to work independently
  • Strong negotiation and relationship building skills
  • Strong communication & presentation skills; assertiveness
  • Experience in international working environment / with multicultural teams; effective team player committed to organizational goals
  • In-depth product knowledge in electronics / semiconductors is desired
  • Fluent English skills, German skills highly preferred
  • Good knowledge of SAP R/3 and MS Office
  • Willingness to travel internationally 10-20%



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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