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Category Manager (m/f) Software License Management

Date: Sep 2, 2018

Location: Karlsbad, Germany, DE

Company: HARMAN International

Requisition Id : 109622 

Additional Work Location(s) ​​​​​: Garching, Germany 


  • Responsible for key supplier relationships with software license and embedded software providers
  • Sourcing of embedded software, licenses and services
  • Manage the Request for Quotation (RFQ) process
  • Manage supplier selection process
  • Contract and price negotiations with suppliers for current and future business
  • Creation of make or buy analysis in consideration of alternative system designs / solutions
  • Close cooperation with sales organization, product development, finance and program management
  • Support and drive technical discussions between suppliers and internal interfaces to ensure technical requirements are met by suppliers at best possible commercial terms
  • Continuous cost and quality improvements
  • Preparation and presentation of reports and status updates for internal customers
  • Search and identification of new and alternative partners and suppliers
  • Ownership of supplier / partner relationships
  • Support license determination by Program Management with coordination support of Program Management Office



Required Skills:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration or Engineering, preferably with majors in Business Information Systems, Supply Chain Management, Information Systems, Software, Engineering, Finance or similar
  • Minimum of 3 years previous work experience as Global Category Manager, ideally for Software and Licenses
  • Automotive experience would be preferred
  • Passion for new technologies, media and system software
  • Experienced in creation of supplier contracts
  • Experienced with MS Office applications, SAP/R3 is optional
  • Strongly engaged and motivated
  • Self dependent work behavior, flexibility and ability for continuous learning
  • Business fluent in English


Our Offer:

  • Be part of an international team working with the world's largest automotive manufacturers
  • Attractive salary package
  • Employer contribution to company pension plan
  • Extensive technical trainings
  • Career development opportunities
  • A great package of additional benefits such as
    • flexible working time
    • free parking spaces
    • company sports like onsite fitness courses, company soccer and golf teams, or sport events like the B2Run or a skiing trip
    • employee music groups
    • daily lunch allowances
    • employee discounts on our HARMAN (JBL, AKG, HARMAN Kardon) and Samsung products


HARMAN designs, engineers and produces solutions for car manufacturers, consumers, and enterprises worldwide, including connected car systems, audio and visual products, enterprise automation solutions and connected services (IoT-solutions). With leading brands including AKG®, Harman Kardon®, Infinity®, JBL®, Lexicon®, Mark Levinson® and Revel®, we are 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. We have a workforce of over 30,000 people and are a fully owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics. #LI-MG1

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