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Project Manager

Date: Oct 6, 2018

Location: Northridge, CA, US

Company: HARMAN International

Requisition Id : 112272 

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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 position is within HARMAN’s Lifestyle Audio Group located in Northridge. The primary role is to manage the new product introduction of luxury audio loudspeakers. As a member of our team, the successful candidate will leverage Harman's engineering, procurement, quality and supply chain teams to expedite product development.


Supervisory Responsibilities:


This position has no supervisory responsibilities


Job Responsibilities:

  • Manage the internal and external product development activities within Luxury Audio space.
  • Manage cross-functional development teams through a phase gate New Product Introduction development process.
  • Manage project timelines (Gantt) task based schedules.
  • Ensure accurate product documentation for in-house and ODM supplier designs.
  • Conduct regular team meetings, establishing action items and due dates for activities of Acoustics Engineering, Electronic Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Sourcing, Quality, Supplier, etc.
  • Act as Team Leader and spokesperson (in conjunction with Management) as final arbitrator in Team decisions
  • Act as main communication interface between supplier and the internal development team.
  • Ensure product collaterals such as photo samples, carton artwork, user manuals and other product literature are developed, reviewed and released for production.
  • Coordinate timely submission of Safety Agency samples on electronic items.
  • Support Supplier's personnel in planning and completing their Design Verification (DV), Process Verification (PV) and Production runs.
  • Provide regular project reports showing status of each program in development.
  • Track progress of cost, budget and timing for each program, reporting any variances and suggesting ways to bring program back to plan.
  • Ensure product concept is preserved, requested performance and application requirements of the product are met, and appearance and packaging standards are adhered to.
  • Continuously monitor risks proactively, identify risks and coordinate meetings with multi-discipline functions to address risks before they become issues.
  • Co-ordinate with suppliers on roadmap and discussions as needed.


Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Project Management, Engineering, Electrical engineering or equivalent.
  • 5-7 years of previous project management experience in the consumer audio products industry.
  • Proven history of achieving on time product delivery and project budgeting.
  • Must be able to work effectively in a globally distributed matrixed organization, occasional international travel is required.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills – able to influence technical, leadership and sales based audiences.


 Preferred Qualifications:

  • Working knowledge of speakers, transducers and/or audio systems (perhaps as a hobby interest) is desirable but not required.


Eligibility Requirements:

  • Willingness to travel to supplier sites, including international travel (<10%)
  • Willingness to work in an office in Northridge, CA
  • 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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